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Congress extends unemployment benefit help

CHAMPAIGN – â€œI want a job,” Sara Goble’s resume reads. 

“I am a hard worker and I am tired of being unemployed. I have welded and worked in a factory half of my life so it would not be quite new to me. I can pass (a) drug test . . .”

Goble, a single mother of two, had collected unemployment for more than 60 weeks as of March 26.  Across the state, the unemployment rate continues to top 11 percent.

The high jobless rate has nearly depleted the state’s unemployment trust fund.

Pam G. Dempsey/Sara Goble, 35, in her Hoopeston home in February. Goble is one of the 660,000 state residents who filed for unemployment for the first time in 2009. Since last summer, the state has been forced to borrow $2.2 billion from the federal government to pay unemployment benefits.
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