Extended unemployment benefits may run out by Dec. 29

POSTED: 12:37 PM MST Nov 28, 2012    UPDATED: 01:04 PM MST Nov 28, 2012 
EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. -

If Congress does not come up with a decision to extend unemployment benefits, tens of thousands of Coloradans may no longer get help after Dec. 29.

Those who have been on unemployment for more than 26 weeks will be affected. 

Terence Jackson with the Pikes Peak Workforce Center said he and his coworkers have been answering many questions from those who are concerned.

He said there are about 31,000 Coloradans who would be affected this year and another 50,000 Coloradans who could be potentially affected next year.

KRDO NewsChannel 13 spoke to Clinton Groth, who has been looking for a security job since leaving the military this summer.

He said unemployment benefits have been his lifeline and he is concerned that they may run out.

Groth hopes to find a job soon. He said he would prefer to make his own money rather than get unemployment benefits.

Jackson pointed out that there are many resources at the Pikes Peak Workforce Center available.

Career counselors, job skills training workshops as well as information on community resources are available for free.

Jackson said there are a number of community agencies that can help fill the void if unemployment benefits run out at the end of the year.

For more information, check out the Pikes Peak Workforce website by clicking on this link: http://www.ppwfc.org/

Jackson said calling 211 is another helpful resource.