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Disaster Unemployment Assistance Ends Saturday

Disaster Unemployment Assistance payments will end for Hurricane Katrina victims this Saturday.

The Mississippi Department of Employment Security said about 12,000 recipients have been contacted by mail informing them of the approaching end to the temporary benefits. The weekly checks of $210 were funded by the federal government.

"Should another extension be approved, Mississippi Department of Employment Security will send instructions to claimants on what they should do to receive the benefits," said Les Range, Deputy Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer for Mississippi Department of Employment Security.

Governor Barbour's spokesman, Pete Smith, said the Governor has not asked President Bush for an extension to the benefits, and has no plans to do so.

"There is a labor shortage on the coast, so there are jobs," Smith said.

This week, the Mississippi Department of Employment Security released numbers showing Harrison and Hancock Counties with the highest jobless rates in the state, at 14.3 percent and 14.2 percent respectively.

"Those without jobs because of Hurricane Katrina or for any other reason are urged to contact any local WIN Job Center in the state to seek job placement assistance or occupational training," Range said.

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