On December 28, about 1.3 million people in the United States will lose their unemployment benefits and about 75,000 Florida residents will lose their unemployment benefits. Individuals who have been collecting unemployment benefits for over 26 weeks will lose their benefits, according to an article by David Lauter, Tribune Washington Bureau in the December 28 Sun Sentinel.
"I think this will be hard for those who are having a hard time finding work. I just got a new job but I have friends who have been out of work for a long time and need their unemployment benefits," said Monique Hernandez.
"The economy is improving and I think people need to be encouraged to get back to work," said Bryan Downing.
The local economy has been improving and the unemployment rate in Florida is now below seven percent. The problem for many Florida residents is not finding a job, it is finding a job that pays a living wage. Because of Obamacare, a growing number of companies are only offering part-time jobs, positions that involve less than 30 hours a week to people who want to work. This means many people either have to find a second or third job or live on a lower income.