12/23/2013 11:08 AM
by Courtney Rosemond
CHARLESTON - Without an extension, nearly 7,000 West Virginians who receive long-term federal unemployment benefits will be cut off at the end of the week.
Federal funding for the benefits will run out on Dec. 28. The benefits are available for people unemployed for at least 26 weeks.
More than 1,300 recipients of federal jobless benefits live in Charleston. Huntington and Beckley each report more than 500 recipients.
The U.S. Department of Labor says the average weekly claim for a West Virginian was $273 in 2013. People who are unemployed for 25 weeks or less can receive state unemployment benefits.