Dec 1, 2010 12:21 AM
TUCSON - A bill to extend the federal unemployment benefits to roughly 2-million people failed to be brought up so it won't be happening.
Democrats have been pushing to pass an extension for weeks but even fast track rules couldn't get it passed.
Here in Arizona, the Department of Economic Security said 52-thousand people will be affected by the start of the New Year and 34-thousand more by the spring.
Steve Meissner with DES said, "This is going to have a profound affect on a number of people. People who have already used up their resources so once these checks are used up they're going to be in a world of hurt."
And nobody knows that better than those still looking for a job. We caught up with AJ Gross at the Pima One Stop looking for a new job. He said, "They're depending on them to keep the lights on, pay the rent, pay their mortgage, not necessarily the frills and thrills, just to get by. The jobs just aren't out there right now."
But not everybody thinks extending the unemployment benefits is the answer.
At Remedy Intelligent Staffing, a job placement center, workers said they have people come in that say they're looking for work but they're really not.
Owner Jayne Henninger said, "There are the ones that come in with their unemployment slips and talk to us for five minutes and they say please sign here so I can turn it in to unemployment and that's what they're doing."
Henninger said, "Its people like that who not only hurt the system but hurt the community. She said, "They're bleeding our system and why should we allow that? Why should we keep feeding them and taking care of them? They're just going to sit back and not do anything so I think its only hurting Tucson."
We asked Henninger if there are jobs out there and she said there are plenty, it's just a matter of people wanting to do the work.
At the Pima One Stop one of the managers said they've been busy as usual but added it will be interesting to see what happens now that the benefits have been taken away.