(Washington, DC) — The DC Council has okayed emergency legislation that will extend unemployment benefits for thousands of city residents for an additional five-months. The benefits of about 5000 residents would soon expire without the legislation. Mayor Adrian Fenty says the extension will “alleviate some of the burden felt by many households” and will also provide training for “high-demand” jobs. DC’s unemployment rate is 10.9 % and is expected to continue to climb. The national rate is 9.7%. The legislation takes effect immediately.
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