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Press Release

For Immediate Release
January 6, 2014

Contact:
Communications Office
(603)271-2121

Governor Hassan Calls on Congress to Renew Emergency Unemployment Insurance
1,350 Unemployed Granite State Workers Have Lost Emergency Benefits

CONCORD - To support New Hampshire’s unemployed workers and help protect the state’s economic recovery, Governor Maggie Hassan today sent a letter to Congressional Leadership calling on the United States House and Senate to quickly renew Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) benefits, which expired for 1,350 Granite State workers at the end of 2013.

“I am writing to strongly urge your support for the reinstatement of the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Program, a program that provides a critical lifeline to thousands of New Hampshire residents, and also stimulates the economy and creates jobs as unemployed workers purchase essential goods and services,” Governor Hassan said. “It is imperative that Congress takes up this important issue as soon as possible.

For each month that the EUC program is not available, an additional 500 to 600 New Hampshire citizens will exhaust regular unemployment insurance coverage, potentially impacting more than 8,500 New Hampshire citizens over the course of 2014 and resulting in a potential loss to the economy of as much as $14 million.

“As we continue to recover from the Great Recession, we must support measures that will encourage economic growth,” Governor Hassan said. “Although New Hampshire continues to experience lower unemployment rates than most states, there remains a critical need for the EUC program as our unemployed workers continue their efforts to secure employment throughout 2014. Failure to reinstate the EUC program will undermine our fragile economic recovery.”

The full text of the Governor’s letter to Congressional Leadership is below:

January 6, 2014

The Honorable Harry Reid
Majority Leader
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510

The Honorable John Boehner
Speaker of the House
United State House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20510

The Honorable Mitch McConnell
Republican Leader
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510

The Honorable Nancy Pelosi
Democratic Leader
United States House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Majority Leader Reid, Republican Leader McConnell, Speaker Boehner and Democratic Leader Pelosi:

I am writing to strongly urge your support for the reinstatement of the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Program, a program that provides a critical lifeline to thousands of New Hampshire residents, and also stimulates the economy and creates jobs as unemployed workers purchase essential goods and services.  It is imperative that Congress takes up this important issue as soon as possible.

The expiration of the EUC program has abruptly cut off vital support for 1.3 million of our fellow Americans, including approximately 1,350 individuals in New Hampshire. For each month that the EUC program is not available, an additional 500 to 600 New Hampshire citizens will exhaust regular unemployment insurance coverage. More than 8,500 citizens of our state could be hurt over the course of the next year, resulting in a potential loss to our economy of as much as $14 million.

As we continue to recover from the Great Recession, we must support measures that will encourage economic growth. Although New Hampshire continues to experience lower unemployment rates than most states, there remains a critical need for the EUC program as our unemployed workers continue their efforts to secure employment throughout 2014. Failure to reinstate the EUC program will undermine our fragile economic recovery.

Again, I urge you to act quickly and reinstate the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Program. We all need to work together to ensure that the economy continues to grow and that we continue to lend a helping hand to unemployed workers in New Hampshire and across the country.

With every good wish,

Margaret Wood Hassan
Governor

cc: The Honorable Jeanne Shaheen, US Senator
The Honorable Kelly Ayotte, US Senator
The Honorable Carol Shea-Porter, US Representative
The Honorable Ann McLane Kuster, US Representative