San Diego's representatives, back in session for a week, held off on a vote on extending the federal emergency unemployment compensation over two hundred thousand Californians depend on. Local workers on the extended unemployment in San Diego will have payments cut off at the year end.
In the Senate, time starts to tick off towards the end of the congressional session this week. Senators return to session on Monday. The California Employment Development Department is prepared to pay its last federal extension benefit for the week ending December 28th.
The department has set the cut off date for all workers and veterans on the extensions. No one, even a mother putting food on her family's table, will get aid by the department. California will run out of money without the federal financial support. No workers will be paid, "even if some remain unemployed and still have a remaining balance on his or her extension," the department announced Friday.
President Barack Obama warned Congress on the consequences of not passing an extension bill by the session end Saturday during his weekly address. Calling the benefits, "a vital economic lifeline," he put stock in the value of unemployment payments to job seekers. And, fixed officials attention on the impact on the economy if Congress fails to pass an extension. Saying, unemployment insurance is "one of the most effective ways there is to boost our economy." Telling officials not to underestimate the importance of workers having money to spend on basic necessities. The valuable customers pay money Obama counts on for businesses to fill jobs and pay the hired workers.
EDD sent notices to unemployment enrollees warning them on the coming cut of in benefits. The department stays on standby, and waits for a decision from Wahington lawmakers on an extension. An extension will make the emergency unemployment last one to two years.
San Diegans are advised to keep up on the state payments by using the EDD website.
No action has been taken in Washington on the three bills introduced in Congress. Two in the House. And, one in the Senate.
Job opportunities have grown in the San Diego jobs market over the long run in 2013. Jobs numbers went up into the 4th quarter. But, tens of thousands still do not have a job, and depend on the federal emergency unemployment compensation.
This is an On The Watch Take.