News Number of the Day Millions Avert Unemployment Benefit Cliff Number of the Day: The most relevant or interesting figure in personal finance By Diccon Hyatt Diccon Hyatt Diccon Hyatt has written hundreds of articles about how public policy and the economy intersect with personal finance, tracking all the latest dynamics affecting your money. Before joining The Balance, he covered business and community news for 17 years, including Princeton, New Jersey's high-tech Route 1 Corridor. learn about our editorial policies Published on March 15, 2021 Share Tweet Pin Email That’s the number of people who would have lost their unemployment benefits had the American Rescue Plan Act not been enacted, according to one analysis. The $1.9 trillion package of relief measures was enacted days before the government’s special pandemic unemployment programs were set to expire. Had they not been extended to Sept. 6, an estimated 11.4 million people would have completely lost their benefits by April 11, according to The Century Foundation, a progressive think tank. Note On unemployment? Here’s more on how the latest government relief impacts you. Was this page helpful? Thanks for your feedback! Tell us why! Other Submit Sources The Balance uses only high-quality sources, including peer-reviewed studies, to support the facts within our articles. Read our editorial process to learn more about how we fact-check and keep our content accurate, reliable, and trustworthy. The Century Foundation. "11.4 Million Workers Facing Jobless Benefit Cliff Starting March 14, Unless Congress Acts Swiftly."