The figures below are republished with the kind courtesy of the New York State Department of Labor, which tracks the number of beneficiaries who have exhausted employment benefits.
Needless to say, these numbers are not encouraging at all, and represent a significant reason for all the members of the NY Congressional delegation, on both sides of the aisle, to throw their support behind H.R. 589.
Between January 21 and April 29, almost 65,000 people have been added to the list of the 99ers who worked and live in NY state.
Almost 50,000 of that increase come from the five boroughs of New York City, plus the suburbs of Long Island and Westchester.
|New York State Beneficiaries Who Have Exhausted All Available Benefits|
|New Yorkers first began exhausting the current federal UI extensions on March 28, 2010|
January 21, 2011
April 29, 2011
|NYS Including OSR and Unknown||147,278||218,333||71,055||48.25%|
|NYS Excluding OSR and Unknown||134,594||199,284||64,690||48.06%|
|Top 10 Exhaustions By County|
|New York (Manhattan)||13,846||20,205||6,359||45.93%|
|Richmond (Staten Island)||3,687||5,332||1,645||44.62%|
In related news, the state of California reported last week that "the number of Californians who have exhausted their 99 weeks of unemployment benefits grew to more than 402,000."