FORT MYERS, Fla.- It looks to be a frugal holiday season for the millions of Americans who are still out of work. A bill aimed at extending unemployment benefits failed in the House and the last extension expires December 1st.
"It does come at a bad time for people. The economy is very bad right now, and with the holiday season coming up, it's kind of a shame," Fort Myers resident Marie Cann said Thursday.
The legislation would have extended unemployment collections through February, instead of ending just at the start of the holidays.
"With everything coming up- Thanksgiving, Christmas, for most people, I feel like it's a pretty rough time to hear, 'sorry your benefits are cut'. If they haven't been able to find a job, nothing's going to say that they're going to be able to find one right before the holidays," Lisa Adwell of Fort Myers said.
The extension would have been the fifth of it's kind this year alone, coming at a cost of $12.5 billion dollars of added debt to the country.
"I think it is a burden on those of us who are struggling, trying to make our own bills and everything," Fort Myers resident Brad McGrath said.
Nationwide, unemployment checks average out at $310 a week. That money that will dry up starting in December, unless jobless benefits are quickly renewed.