STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV) -- Federal emergency unemployment benefits expire Saturday, which will impact more than one million people across the country.
One estimate said by the end of next year almost 70,000 Virginians could lose access to these federal unemployment benefits.
For Brian Case his access ends Saturday and his uncertainty begins now.
"I threw my hands up in the air, and I said, 'I surrender.' You know? What else do you want me to do?" said Case.
Case received a letter earlier this month informing him that his federal extended jobless benefits will expire.
"It gave you what you needed to survive. Now that it's going, I'm not sure what's going to happen," said Case.
He is just one of 1.3 million people across the country facing uncertainty, unsure where their next dollar will come next week.
"This will be the last payable week, and they will receive no more money from us unless Congress passes some new legislation or does something different that we would administer for them," said Joyce Fogg with the Virginia Employment Commission.
Case was laid off eight months ago, but he's had to compete with his past to try to find a job.
"I'm a felon. Once people read that, they pretty much throw your application in the trash," said Case.
He's also competing with the clock, trying to find a job before his luck and his money run out.
"It just puts you in a spot to where you're not really sure what the next day holds," said Case, "That's one of the worst feelings in the world, is being unsure. I don't wish that on anybody."
Just a note of caution, this does not impact everyone collecting unemployment right now, only if you're getting EUC benefits, which is federal money if you've been unemployed for more than 26 weeks.
These federal benefits are expiring as a result of this month's budget deal.
An extension was not part of the budget deal struck by Senate and House negotiators before Christmas, but a short-term, three-month extension has been proposed.
That will make it to the Senate floor when lawmakers return to Capitol Hill next month.
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