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Extended unemployment benefits stops for GA

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Georgia no longer qualifies for extended unemployment benefits because its jobless rate has improved.

The emergency federal benefit extension ends Saturday, the Georgia Department of Labor announced Tuesday.

Congress created the extended benefits in 2008 during the height of the recession for states struggling the worst. To qualify, a state's unemployment rate had to be 9 percent or higher for the most recent three months.

Georgia's rate dropped to 8.9 percent in April and has remained there, ending the state's qualification for the added federal benefit.

The federal program is due to expire nationally in December.

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