Two credit unions, one in Erie, Pa., and the other in Houston, are now promoting a Web-based program to promote job help for the unemployed that is combined with financial counseling services.

Officials of the PrimeWay Federal Credit Union in Houston introduced its "LaidoffinHouston" in August and has received favorable public support for the effort as well as TV coverage. Erie General Electric FCU had a similar experience with its program.

The Pennsylvania CU, readily acknowledging it got its program idea from PrimeWay by surfing the Internet, launched "LaidoffinErie" early last month.

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