Hassan calls for unemployment benefits renewal
Gov. Maggie Hassan is asking the state’s congressional leaders for help in calling on fellow lawmakers to quickly renew Emergency Unemployment Compensation benefits, which expired for 1,350 New Hampshire workers at the end of 2013.
Hassan said for each month that the program is not available, an additional 500 to 600 New Hampshire residents will exhaust regular unemployment insurance coverage, potentially affecting more than 8,500 residents over 2014.
Hassan said although New Hampshire continues to experience lower unemployment rates than most states, there remains a critical need for the program as unemployed workers continue their efforts to secure employment throughout the year.