The Madeleine Brand Show for December 22, 2011

Out of work, worrying about the end of unemployment checks

Job Fair

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MIAMI, FL - NOVEMBER 15: Job seekers line up to apply for an opening with Major League Baseball's Miami Marlins on November 15, 2011 in Miami, Florida. The major league baseball team is looking to fill over 2,000 positions ranging from sales to ground crews and even managerial positions. People reported that some of them had been sitting outside the job application site since Monday evening to have a chance for one of the job openings. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

During the first week of January, 646,700 people will lose federal unemployment if Congress doesn't act on an extension.

Bonnie Ornitz lost her IT job at IBM in June and her unemployment is set to run out the first week in January. She has a house she's worried about losing in Granada Hills, Calif. and she's worried she may have to move out of state to find a job.

Bonnie explains what life has been like joining the 13 million American who are unemployed.


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