Time's Up: Thousands of Unemployed Ohioans watch their Benefits run Out

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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Some government spending bills are set to expire threatening millions unemployed Americans, including hundreds of thousands of Ohioans.

"This is my last week now so it's going to affect me a lot because I can't pay my bills, rent, food," said construction worker John Coran.

The U.S. House is expected to vote on and pass a bill to extend unemployment benefits Wednesday.

The Senate is scheduled to vote to extend benefits Thursday evening but it looks like it may be one vote short of 60 needed to advance the measure.

Before last month, out-of-work Americans qualified for a 26 week extension of state benefits and 73 weeks of federal benefits. No more though after 99-weeks.

"The Ohio Dept. of Jobs and Family Services just released figures that three thousand three hundred and 86 residents will exhaust their unemployment benefits that's a huge number," said Jeannie Roberts of Stark County's The Employment Source.

The possibility of losing benefits is just one more stress on the unemployed.

"We can't go on if there's no government support," said an unemployed Ohioan.

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