BOSTON- On Tuesday, January 7th, Senator Michael O. Moore (D-Millbury) wrote letters urging United States Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey and United States Representative James McGovern to vote in favor of extending the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation program.

“Although the Massachusetts economy has shown signs of recovery, many are still having trouble finding employment,” stated Senator Moore. “The Commonwealth has one of the most competitive and difficult job markets in the country. For many struggling to find work, extending the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program could mean the difference between ensuring a home for their families or foreclosure.”

The Emergency Unemployment Compensation program, created on June 30, 2008, is a 100% federally funded program that provides benefits to individuals who have exhausted regular state benefits. On December 28, 2013, the program expired. In Massachusetts, 58,700 people have lost their benefits, including 1,823 in the Second Worcester District.