That's how many Illinoisans are scheduled to exhaust their state or federal unemployment benefits on November 30 if Congress fails to pass an emergency extension, according to a new briefing paper (PDF) from the National Employment Law Project. Only California and Florida have more residents at risk. Remember that the U.S. Senate will only have seven days to reauthorize the program when they return from the fall recess. More from NELP:
Any lapse or cuts would strike a major blow to workers and businesses during the height of the holiday and retail season, and further federal cut-offs will quickly mount to millions more early next year—if Congress fails to continue the current programs.