Thousands of Hoosiers could lose jobless benefits

LaPORTE, IN. (AP) - A state official says thousands of Hoosiers will lose unemployment benefits each week unless Congress extends federal jobless aid.

Indiana Department of Workforce Development spokesman Marc Lotter says 15,000 people could lose benefits each week starting in May if Congress doesn't pass an extension when it returns from its spring recess.

Lotter says about 270,000 Hoosiers are receiving unemployment benefits. Those fall into several tiers, including state unemployment and federal aid. Each level provides a different number of weeks of benefits, with all six together totaling up to 99 weeks.

The National Employment Law Project says nearly 1 million people would see their benefits exhausted by the end of April without another federal extension.

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