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What's the Real Benefit of Unemployment Benefits?

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Erin Breen
Channel 2 News

With so many people out of work for so long you may wonder if extending unemployment benefits might stop them from looking. Turns out, experts say it doesn't.

They say the benefits taxpayers are funding actually help the community as a whole.

"It's one of those two-handed things. We can pay the unemployment benefits now, or we can pay for social services. If they don't have the money to pay their mortgages the foreclosure rate will go up even higher. What will become of poverty for kids if they can't buy food? You have to look at the big picture and see that those benefits are actually floating the entire community," says Elliot Parker, an economics professor at UNR.

And those at Nevada Job Connect say they see the same faces coming back day after day, regardless of the frustration factor.

"You have to realize there just aren't many jobs out there. So for every job there is, employers get at least 50 applications. That can get so frustrating of course some drop out and stop looking but most are very dedicated in here every day," says Kathleen Holbrook with the Reno office.

But there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Slowly but surely they say they are seeing more jobs across the board (with the exception of construction and financial jobs). And they hope that will mean more people back to work over the next few months.

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