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U.S. Rep. Jim Himes To Host Unemployment Discussion In Stamford

 Congressman Jim Himes is set to host a roundtable discussion with those on unemployment on Thursday, Jan. 30 at the Stamford Senior Center.
Congressman Jim Himes is set to host a roundtable discussion with those on unemployment on Thursday, Jan. 30 at the Stamford Senior Center. Photo Credit: Courtesy Jim Himes' Office

STAMFORD, Conn. -- U.S. Rep. Jim Himes is set to host a roundtable discussion for people on unemployment at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, at the Stamford Senior Center.

Himes, D-4th District, is looking to hear from constituents who are out of work and to speak on the importance of extending long-term unemployment insurance. Himes and the unemployed workers will be joined by representatives from The WorkPlace, a regional job training and placement nonprofit.

“It is shameful that Congress failed to pass an extension of the unemployment insurance program for the thousands of Connecticut families who have been relying on this lifeline since the recession first hit,” said Himes. “Hearing from some of these families firsthand will allow me to bring their stories back to Washington and continue advocating for an extension on their behalf.”

Congress failed to extend unemployment insurance for the long-term unemployed in December, and as a result, 1.6 million Americans – including nearly 29,000 in Connecticut – have lost this assistance, according to Himes' office.

The Stamford Senior Center is located at 888 Washington Blvd. in Stamford.