SAN ANTONIO -

The Texas Worforce Commission reported that 64,294 residents will lose federal unemployment benefits on Dec. 28 when the emergency compensation program expires.

The commission added that an additional 106,900 could lose their benefits by the middle of 2014 if Congress does not agree on an extension.

Some 3,384 residents in Bexar county would lose their benefits next week, the fourth highest total by county in Texas where the average benefit is $338.

This news comes on the heels of a report of job growth in the San Antonio-New Braunfels metro area.

Workforce Solutions Alamo reported overall job growth of 1,900 over last month with the majority of growth in retail.

The local unemployment rate dropped from 5.8 percent to 5.6 percent. The state's unadjusted rate dropped from 6.0 percent to 5.8 percent and the national unadjusted rate fell from 7.0 percent to 6.6 percent.

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