Unemployment benefits expired on Saturday for those receiving assistance for more than 6 months.

Initially used to absorb the impact of the recession on citizens, this termination comes after a bipartisan budget deal in congress to avoid another government shutdown.

According to Workforce Solutions in Edinburg, about 5-thousand stand to be affected across the Valley, but they say there is hope.

Bridget Bickerstaff is taking advantage of that help, she is currently receiving unemployment benefits, but is also in constant search for a job and developing skills.

Her family depends on it.

Like Bridget, around 66-thousand Texans will be looking closely at what agreement their representatives will be able to come to in January, if at all.

If you find yourself unemployed you may call the Texas Workforce Commission at 800-939-6631 or Workforce Solutions at 956-928-5000.