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AARP Urges Congress to Extend Unemployment Insurance for Millions of Americans

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 30, 2010

Contact:AARP Media Relations, media@aarp.org

AARP Urges Congress to Extend Unemployment Insurance for Millions of Americans

Benefits Are Critical for Long-term Workers

Washington – Noting that jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed expire today, AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond released a statement urging Congress to take quick bipartisan action to extend the benefits for another year:

“Millions of Americans – including record numbers of older workers – want to work but have faced long stretches of unemployment in this difficult economic recovery.  Unemployment insurance has played a critical role in keeping these workers from falling further and further behind.

“The average duration of unemployment among workers aged 55 and older exceeded 11 months in October.  Younger Americans have suffered as well. Workers need the benefits to keep up with bills and housing payments, pay for health care and put food on the table while they continue to look for work.

“We urge Congress to take bipartisan action today and extend the benefits for the long-term unemployed, who are still trying to get back on the job.”

Earlier this year, Congress approved a plan to provide an extension of benefits beyond the customary 26 weeks of assistance.  The program ran out in June, and Congress later extended the program through today.

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan social welfare organization with a membership that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to either political campaigns or candidates. We produce AARP The Magazine, the definitive voice for 50+ Americans and the world's largest-circulation magazine with over 35.1 million readers; AARP Bulletin, the go-to news source for AARP's millions of members and Americans 50+; AARP VIVA, the only bilingual U.S. publication dedicated exclusively to the 50+ Hispanic community; and our website, AARP.org. AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. We have staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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