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Long-term unemployed eligible for benefits extension

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COBB COUNTY, Ga. -

Help may be on the way to thousands of Georgians looking for work. Longtime unemployed residents whose benefits have lapsed may now be able to get help.

The Georgia Department of Labor said that because the state's seasonal unemployment rate was in excess of 9 percent, the state's long term unemployed are eligible for additional benefits.
 
Jeff Johnson is among thousands of long term unemployed Georgians who saw emergency unemployment compensation run out, but he hopes that he can once again get assistance as he looks for work.
 
Johnson falls into a category of people the state calls the "tier 4" unemployed. With the state's unemployment rate drifting above that 9 percent number, those folks are once again eligible for benefits.

The state says the program will cover thousands of Georgians who have been out of work so long that they've exhausted all previous benefits.

"I had used all of my 99 weeks and it would be great to get 10 more weeks," said Johnson. "It will get me through the end of the year."
 
The Department of Labor says they began sending out notices this month to the 13,000 Georgians who might once again be eligible for benefits.

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