More than 300 people in Potter and Randall counties saw their unemployment benefits cut off this last weekend.

The unemployment rate in Texas is at 6.4%.  The federal government had in the past extended unemployment benefits due to problems with the economy.  Democrats are generally in favor of extending the benefits while Republicans generally want to end the benefits.

Thousands more people across the state stand to lose unemployment benefits in the first six months of 2014 if Congress does not extend the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Program that was created in 2008, just after the start of the recession.