Unemployment benefits stopped for 6,000 in June

Unemployment benefits ended for an estimated 6,000 Hawaii workers last month.

The money dried up when Congress decided against extending an emergency unemployment insurance program.

The state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations says an additional 2,150 island workers are expected to lose their benefits each month the program isn’t funded.

Economists say the loss of unemployment checks for thousands of Hawaii workers will be felt by island businesses.

The U.S. House voted last month to approve extending the emergency benefits.

Republicans in the U.S. Senate are holding up the measure, saying the spending will put too much strain on the federal deficit.

(Maui News)