Tens Of Thousands Locally See Unemployment Expire - Fox 2 News Headlines

Tens Of Thousands Locally See Unemployment Expire

Posted: Updated:
PHILADELPHIA -

An expiration date is affecting more than a million Americans. They were just cut off from what many considered a lifeline. The lifeline is unemployment benefits.

Federal unemployment benefits have expired, leaving some in our area without any income.

FOX 29's Dave Kinchen got a first-hand look at the impact Saturday. There are tens of thousands of people right here in the Delaware Valley impacted by these cuts, and that means endless stories of heartbreak and despair.

For one woman in Philadelphia's Tacony section, it's a story of fear.

Tracey Mulvehill spends precious time with her granddaughter as she thinks about an uncertain future.

She said she's "scared. Scared to death."

She's trying to figure out how she can care for her family now that the unemployment benefits she depends on with this card have been cut off and there are nearly 87,000 PA residents in the same boat.

"I rely on my faith that get me through and hopefully get that job I need to provide for my family and be self sufficient," she said.

The bills are stacking up, and the future of her house may even be in jeopardy.

"I don't know how I'm going to pay my mortgage next month. And it's just scary. It's really scary."

Tracey says she's been on unemployment for about a year after losing a full-time office manager job and part-time evening work. And she says it's hard out there

"There's a job around the corner for lottery tickets. I said I could do that, you know, in the evenings, and she said I was too old."

"How did that feel?" Kinchen asked.

"So degrading," Tracey answered.

She even added a magnetic sign to her car that says she is seeking work as a house cleaner.

Tracey is one of 1.3 million Americans separated from a 37-week extension of jobless benefits after Congress went home for the holidays without a plan to preserve them. That makes it hard for Tracey to be festive when the letters in the mail are hardly considered presents.

"My bills are piling up," she said. "This is a month's worth."

Tracey spends her time looking for work and volunteering with the Philadelphia Unemployment Project, and she says they have organized a bus trip down to Washington in January to lobby Congress. Their goal is to push for those benefits to be restored, Kinchen reported.

  • David Kinchen ReportsMore>>

  • Shoppers Get Sneak Peak Of New Target Store In King Of Prussia

    Shoppers Get Sneak Peak Of New Target Store In King Of Prussia

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 10:58 PM EDT2014-07-23 02:58:18 GMT
    Shoppers got a sneak peak of the mega Target store located by the King of Prussia mall on Tuesday.
    Shoppers got a sneak peak of the mega Target store located by the King of Prussia mall on Tuesday.
  • Ya Gotta Try This Tasting

    Ya Gotta Try This Tasting

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 6:34 PM EDT2014-07-22 22:34:59 GMT
    Join FOX 29's Mike Jerrick and the Good Day Philadelphia team for a tasty night of yummy treats benefiting local youth.You've all seen Mike's weekly "Ya Gotta Try This" segments on Good Day Philadelphia, where he visits local restaurants and eating establishments to try their signature, and sometimes, unusual, dishes. Now you have the chance to do the same at the "Ya Gotta Try This" Tasting, Thursday, October 2nd, 6:30 to 9:30, at the Independence Visitor Center, One North Independence Mall W...
    Join FOX 29's Mike Jerrick and the Good Day Philadelphia team for a tasty night of yummy treats benefiting local youth.You've all seen Mike's weekly "Ya Gotta Try This" segments on Good Day Philadelphia, where he visits local restaurants and eating establishments to try their signature, and sometimes, unusual, dishes. Now you have the chance to do the same at the "Ya Gotta Try This" Tasting, Thursday, October 2nd, 6:30 to 9:30, at the Independence Visitor Center, One North Independence Mall W...
  • Two Masked Men Steal Over $180,000 From Caesars Casino

    Two Masked Men Steal Over $180,000 From Caesars Casino

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 12:33 AM EDT2014-07-22 04:33:01 GMT
    Authorities say two men stole $181,200.00 from Caesars Casino in Atlantic City early Monday morning.
    Authorities say two men stole $181,200.00 from Caesars Casino in Atlantic City early Monday morning.
  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Suspect Identified In Darby Wellness Center Shooting

    Suspect Identified In Darby Wellness Center Shooting

    Thursday, July 24 2014 7:11 PM EDT2014-07-24 23:11:39 GMT
    We are following breaking news in Darby, Pa. where one female employee is dead and two are wounded in a shooting at the Wellness Center on the Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital campus.
    We are following breaking news in Darby, Pa. where one female employee is dead and two are wounded in a shooting at the Wellness Center on the Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital campus.

  • Blind Horse Gets New Hope And Restored Vision In One Eye

    Blind Horse Gets New Hope And Restored Vision In One Eye

    Thursday, July 24 2014 6:41 PM EDT2014-07-24 22:41:34 GMT
    A blind draft horse will live to see retirement, thanks to surgeons at the University of Pennsylvania’s new Bolton center in Kennett square.
    A blind draft horse will live to see retirement, thanks to surgeons at the University of Pennsylvania’s new Bolton center in Kennett square.
  • 14 Men Arrested In Child Pornography Sweep

    14 Men Arrested In Child Pornography Sweep

    Thursday, July 24 2014 5:57 PM EDT2014-07-24 21:57:31 GMT
    A big child pornography sweep has caught 14 men, including two school bus drivers and a man who prosecutors say blackmailed a girl to strip on a webcam.
    A big child pornography sweep has caught 14 men, including two school bus drivers and a man who prosecutors say blackmailed a girl to strip on a webcam.
Powered by WorldNow

WJBK-TV | Fox 2
16550 West Nine Mile Rd.
Southfield, MI 48075

Main Station: (248) 557-2000
Newsroom: (248) 552-5103

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices