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Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extends Through 2013

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YAKIMA, Wash. - The fiscal cliff has been avoided and millions of people are breathing a sigh of relief, especially those relying on emergency unemployment benefits.

People on the job hunt said there just isn't any work.

"I'll do anything right now," said a Yakima woman who prefers to remain anonymous.

"I'll even stand on the corner with a sign. Can't do that," said a man who is frustrated with the lack of job opportunities.

"I'm completely open to anything right now," said Roberto Mendez. "I'm not picky. I can't be picky right now."

Almost 3,000 people in Benton and Franklin counties use emergency unemployment compensation and over 2,000 people in Yakima County alone.

Congress approved legislation to continue the benefits until the end of 2013, and President Obama is expected to sign it. People are always encouraged to keep looking for work.

"I don't think there's a person out there that wants to be unemployed so WorkSource is here to help any individual that's looking for a job," said Ignacio Marquez, the South Central WorkSource Area Director.

"When I walked in here I was kind of surprised that there's a bunch of people on the computers," Mendez said. "I was like wow, there's a lot of people looking for work right now."

"I come here, put applications in all day and check and see if there's anything on my email," said a Yakima woman. "And then use the phone and call."

Even though times may be tough, people are optimistic about 2013.

A Yakima woman said, "I'm hoping it's a lot better year than last year. I pray to God it is because it's been one rough year."

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