BROOKLYN - Unemployment benefits expired Monday for more than 200,000 people in Brooklyn and the rest of the country.

Groups such as Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow say its resource center in Bushwick had more than 1,600 people seek job training in the past year.

?Things are starting to open up across the board ... more law firms, legal professions and with the government,? says Randy Peers, Executive Director of Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow.

About 162,000 temporary jobs were added in March nationwide, the most created in nearly three years. However, unemployment remains at 9.7 percent.