The number of long-term unemployed without access to federal benefits crossed 2 million this week, just a few weeks after crossing the 100,000 threshold in Florida.
Those are the latest estimates released Tuesday by the National Employment Law Project, which has been lobbying Congress to restore the federal, long-term unemployment benefits program which lapsed at the end of 2013.
Beginning in January, the maximum payout of unemployment benefits in Florida decreased from 19 weeks to 16 weeks under a formula tied to its unemployment rate. Without the extra layer of federal aid, several thousand Floridians are running out of unemployment insurance payouts every week while still job hunting.
According to NELP, if Congress does not act to restore the long-term program by April 5, the number of people who will run out of benefits will reach 2.3 million nationally, including more than 124,000 in Florida. More than one million children in affected families have also been impacted by the cutoff.