The toll has been felt all over the country, especially in the states hardest hit by the lackluster job market.
The vote about the 2010 unemployment extension amounted to every Republican in the Senate voting the measure down, as woes over deficit spending are on the forefront of their agenda.
There are some mixed reports over whether or not the President can extend benefits via an executive order. One Senator's office claims that Congress must be among those to extend benefits.
Now, it's not only the so-called 99ers that are without a lifeline - it is also those who have gone 26 weeks unemployed. The tiers 1-4 that were previously available are no longer available, as they expired on June 2nd and the bill that would have extended the benefits until November 2010 is the bill that was voted down.
Democrats wanted to pay for the measure via tax hikes on investment fund managers, oil companies, and S-corporations. Republicans wanted to fund the measure with unused stimulus plan funds. A way to pay for the benefits was never agreed upon by politicians.
The stories of those who are unemployed are heart wrenching. There are many who have multiple children, college tuition, and mortgages to pay. The effects of unemployment are far reaching and is one of the most important current political topics today.