President Obama will push Congress for an extension of emergency unemployment benefits through the end of 2014. 

White House spokesman Jay Carney said that while the economy is improving, the benefits "are crucial" for the unemployed and their families. 

The National Employment Law Projects says more than two-million people stand to lose their jobless benefits at the end of the year if Congress doesn't authorize an extension. 

The federal unemployment insurance becomes available to people who have exhausted their state benefits, which usually run out after 26 weeks. (Metro Networks Inc.)