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Dear Editor,

In the aftermath of the Great Recession, this frightening scenario has hit close to home for many Ohio families. It was just a few years ago that our economy was brought to its knees and millions of workers found themselves out of a job and out of luck. The economic crisis was not only deep, it lasted far longer than anybody expected and many people who yearned to work could not find jobs for years. Even now, the recovery is tentative and sluggish and we still have an unemployment rate in Ohio that is higher than the national average.

Unfortunately, Congress has allowed unemployment benefits for long tenn unemployed workers lapse. These unemployment benefits not only help those that arc struggling to find work and make ends meet, they also help out our current economic situation.

If benefits are not extended, the resulting decline in benefit payments will force tens of thousands of Ohio households to reduce consumption in the short term, causing significant adverse effects on aggregate demand and thus on employment statewide. Representatives .Johnson and Wenstrup need to support extending the unemployment benefits that help every community in their districts.

Jerry Easter, Jr.

Portsmouth, Ohio

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