According to New York Times, unemployment benefits are coming to an end for persons who are currently job seeking. This particular program is a federal government program that began in 2008 when the large recession first began.
The larger issue in question is how worth this unemployment benefit program will actually be to continue as on one hand it is providing income to persons who are not working but there is a larger problem still not being corrected that is business owners (small and large) refuse to create jobs and hire personnel staff to lower the unemployment rate.
What seems to be causing a lack of hiring are new taxes each business owner will be forced to pay after January 1, 2014 even though health care will not go into full effect until January 1, 2015. Ever since the affordable health care program began, the job force has been effected in such a way that employees have either 1) lost employment due to job lay-offs or 2) received notification of job hours being cut from full-time to part time.
What has made matters worse in the end is the inability to locate employment overall which does raise the long-term question how effective is keeping unemployment benefits going to be in comparison to small business owners creating jobs and beginning to hire once again and lowering the unemployment rate numbers within each state.