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Local man shares unemployment struggles

With the extra unemployment aid coming to an end, one man is sharing how he plans to move forward.

Posted: Jul 30, 2020 10:52 PM
Updated: Jul 31, 2020 8:46 AM

CHICO, Calif. - As new cases keep climbing, we know this pandemic is not ending anytime soon. Yet the $600 boost to unemployment benefits is set to expire July 31.

About 17 million Americans are still out of work.

Those on unemployment insurance will still be able to claim state benefits, but it's a lot less help and right now, the country's unemployment rate is 11%.

William Hedden, receives unemployment, but says without the 600, he only makes a little over $350 a week on the regular state, and that's not enough to cover the bills.

"I knew on July 31 it was going to end, I figured if the pandemic was going to continue that the government would have something in place before it ended," said Hedden.

He added, "There's a lot of people that are struggling more than I am that this is really going to hurt a lot worse, for me, it's going to hurt me, because just with unemployment there's no way to pay my bills to let alone the rest of living expenses."
Action News Now asked Hedden, what comes next.

"Right now it just continues with doing what I am, and hoping something happens and my job becomes available, if it gets to the point where im going to lose everything, ill look for alternative employment, if it's the difference between a lower job or losing my home, I'll do it."

Hedden shared this message with those who are going through the same thing.

"Understand that everything will pass, if you understand there is going to be an end to this struggle, then you have something to look forward to."

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Cases: 3592560

Reported Deaths: 53854
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