BRIDGEPORT - With oil prices on the rise and unemployment stubbornly high, more people are seeking help to pay their energy bills this winter.

Marcus Paca, the director of energy and weatherization operations at Action for Bridgeport Community Development, said his agency has seen a 20 percent increase in the number of people receiving assistance this year compared to last.

"A lot of people that come into ABCD and our satellite offices have lost their jobs," Paca said. "These are the people that really need the help."

Energy expert Peter Beutel says the cost of heating oil is going to remain high, at least for a little while. He blames cold temperatures and speculators jumping into the commodities market.

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