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Desperation Grows as Unemployment Benefits End
New York Times ^ | August 2, 2010 | Michael Luo

Posted on 08/02/2010 3:18:07 PM PDT by reaganaut1

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Ms. Jarrin is part of a hard-luck tribe of jobless whose members have taken to calling themselves “99ers,” because they have exhausted the maximum 99 weeks of unemployment insurance benefits that they can claim.

For them, the resolution recently of the lengthy Senate scrum over extending jobless benefits was no balm. The measure renewed two federal programs that extended jobless benefits in this recession beyond the traditional 26 weeks to anywhere from 60 to 99 weeks, depending on the state’s unemployment rate. But many jobless have now exceeded those limits. They are adjusting to a new, harsh reality with no income.

With long-term unemployment at record levels, about 1.4 million people were out of work for 99 weeks or more in June, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Not all of them received unemployment benefits, but for many of those who did, the modest payments were a lifeline that enabled them to maintain at least a veneer of normalcy, keeping a roof over their heads, putting gas in their cars, paying electric and phone bills.

Without the checks, many like Ms. Jarrin, who lost her job as director of client services at a small technology company in March 2008, are beginning to tumble over the economic cliff. For them, the last vestiges of their former working class or middle-class lives are gone; it is inescapable now that they are indigent.

Ms. Jarrin said she wept as she drove away from her old life last month, wondering if she would ever be able to reclaim it.

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Nevertheless, the political appetite to help people like Ms. Jarrin appears limited.

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She says none of her three adult sons are in a position to help her.

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Front Page News
KEYWORDS: bho44; bhoeconomy; democrats; economy; fail; hopeychangey; jobs; layoffs; obama; obamanomics; porkulus; revovery; sixth100days; summer; unemployment
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Unemployment should not last more than a year, forget about 2 years. But there needs to be shelter system so that people don't starve or freeze.

Maybe raising the minimum wage about 10% last summers wasn't a great idea? Maybe we should stop scaring the heck out of potential employers?

1 posted on 08/02/2010 3:18:10 PM PDT by reaganaut1
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To: reaganaut1

Maybe Obama should make it a law that you have to have a job.

That’s how they fixed health care right? {sarc}


2 posted on 08/02/2010 3:20:52 PM PDT by DanielRedfoot (What a fool believes, No wise man has the power to reason away)
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To: reaganaut1

3 posted on 08/02/2010 3:21:40 PM PDT by WOBBLY BOB (drain the swamp! ( then napalm it and pave it over ))
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To: reaganaut1

I want to go back to 2005, when we had the worst economy since the depression and unemployment was around 5%. I’ve had enough of “recovery summer” with its 10% unemployment (16% when you count the underemployed).


4 posted on 08/02/2010 3:23:29 PM PDT by YankeeReb
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To: reaganaut1
Maybe we should stop scaring the heck out of potential employers?

Maybe we should stop importing a million new desperate job seekers a year who MUST be hired in preference to Americans because Affirmative Action demands it?

5 posted on 08/02/2010 3:23:47 PM PDT by Regulator (Watch Out!! The Americans are On the March!! America Forever, Mexico Never!)
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To: reaganaut1

Obama obviously loves the chronically unemployed, he’s making so many of them.


6 posted on 08/02/2010 3:24:27 PM PDT by Argus
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To: reaganaut1

Before it’s over, they’ll all be wishing they had one of those $10.00 an hour jobs they wouldn’t take while the unemployment checks were rolling in.

It’s been almost 2 years for my brother. He says, “What do you expect me to do? Take a $10.00 an hour job and lose my house?”

It’s always the house he’ll be losing. Not the wife’s cigarette habit, or the dog, the 3 cats, or the lottery tickets, or the daily energy drinks and other non-essentials.

Never any of these things that will be lost, it’ll be his house, according to him for not be able to make the mortgage payment.

I told him, “Work TWO $10.00 an hour jobs.”

What would the pioneers and the people that built this nation say about such people?


7 posted on 08/02/2010 3:27:27 PM PDT by reaganator
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To: reaganaut1

Ms. Jarrin said she wept as she drove away from her old life last month, wondering if she would ever be able to reclaim it.

Someone who can hang out for 99 weeks without making something happen probably doesn’t have the drive and imagination to make it in this new economy. She should marry a decent man and work at keeping him happy.


8 posted on 08/02/2010 3:28:32 PM PDT by freedomfiter2
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To: reaganaut1
Maybe raising the minimum wage about 10% last summers wasn't a great idea? Maybe we should stop scaring the heck out of potential employers?

You could lower the minimum wage $1.50 today, and it's not going to fix this economic disaster.

Deport several hundred thousand illegals every week from the U.S., and reform the endless chain immigration, lower business taxes, and dramatically reduce the size of the federal government and only then you'll start to see some improvements.

9 posted on 08/02/2010 3:28:49 PM PDT by dragnet2
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To: reaganaut1

Well Obama, Democrats and RINOs want to keep 20 to 30 million illegals in the country doing jobs that Americans cannot get access to in some cases. Employers want to pay nothing and get slaves or thanks to affirmative action they have to hire minorities with green cards and no green cards.


10 posted on 08/02/2010 3:28:52 PM PDT by Frantzie (Television controls the American people/sheep)
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To: reaganator

They are living above their means....that is what they would say for starters....


11 posted on 08/02/2010 3:30:14 PM PDT by cranked
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To: dragnet2

There should be no minumum wage.


12 posted on 08/02/2010 3:32:46 PM PDT by reaganator
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To: reaganaut1

How about ending Free Trade with Communist China, NAFTA, CAFTA....and all the other Liberal Globalist trade deals.

You can put America back to work by bringing jobs back.

Too many support Free Trade endorsed by the UN, George Soros, Al Gore, Jimmy Carter, the Clintons, Obama, etc....Looks like the US is looking more like the EU everyday

We have Economic Failure....


13 posted on 08/02/2010 3:33:17 PM PDT by UCFRoadWarrior (JD for Senate ..... jdforsenate.com. You either voting for JD, or voting for the Liberal...)
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To: reaganaut1
I'm waiting for the crime rate to go up, as some of those "99ers" turn to drug dealing, prostitution, robbery, burglary, mugging, etc. as a way to make ends meet. Maybe the crime rate is already on the increase in other parts of the country; our crime rate's pretty low here in Boise. But when people get desperate there's no telling what they may do.

Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!

14 posted on 08/02/2010 3:33:27 PM PDT by wku man (Steel yourselves, patriots, and be ready. Won't be long now....)
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To: reaganaut1
But there needs to be shelter system so that people don't starve or freeze.

There is, it's called family members.

15 posted on 08/02/2010 3:33:31 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: reaganaut1
But there needs to be shelter system so that people don't starve or freeze.

Shelter system? Have you heard what Section 8 has been up to lately?????

16 posted on 08/02/2010 3:33:56 PM PDT by Michael Barnes (Call me when the bullets start flying.)
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To: reaganaut1

“Her three grown sons are unable to help her.” Have to wonder about her parentling skills.


17 posted on 08/02/2010 3:35:00 PM PDT by yetidog
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To: reaganaut1
...She says none of her three adult sons are in a position to help her...

Wonder why not?

18 posted on 08/02/2010 3:35:10 PM PDT by Screaming_Gerbil (...he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one... Luke 22:36)
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To: DanielRedfoot
I would sooner expect them to pass a law saying every business has to hire someone

...or even more likely, force businesses to pay the salary of a government worker assigned to that business.

19 posted on 08/02/2010 3:35:10 PM PDT by farmguy
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To: dfwgator

But when you’re as spread out as my family is, you need to hold onto some money for a U-Haul truck to move your stuff halfway across the country and store it in a mini storage place.


20 posted on 08/02/2010 3:36:23 PM PDT by savedbygrace (Rev 22:20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord)
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To: reaganator
I told him, “Work TWO $10.00 an hour jobs.”

You don't get it...There are tens of millions out of work...Ya think they could all just go out and get two 10 dollar an hour jobs in this economic meat grinder?

Come on...That would mean there are many millions of jobs paying $10.00 an hour, readily available...

You'll have to start deporting the *millions* of illegals that hold those $10. an hour jobs before that ever happens.

21 posted on 08/02/2010 3:37:40 PM PDT by dragnet2
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To: reaganator

I have friends (husband and wife). The husband lost his first job after 22 years when AT&T closed his place of employment. He worked another job for 12 years until that job disappeared too. In the meantime, his wife has been working two jobs. She works in an office on weekdays and on weekends she gives out samples at the supermarket. They used to be devoted hockey fans — followed the Pittsburgh Penguins just about everywhere they played. When times got tough, there went the Penguins games, among other things.

The point is that when times get tough, if you are able bodied, you do what you have to do to stay alive. You cannot depend on government to take care of you forever.


22 posted on 08/02/2010 3:37:45 PM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: freedomfiter2
She should marry a decent man and work at keeping him happy.

At the real risk of being called a male chauvinist pig, take a look at the picture in the NY Times article.

23 posted on 08/02/2010 3:37:50 PM PDT by CedarDave (Arrogant Obama on tax day protesters: "YouÂ’d think they would be saying 'Thank You!'.")
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To: Argus

Did you ever notice how all the stories we saw from last summer about “funemployment” and how men were connecting on very personal levels with their children they didn’t have the chance to bond with, until they became happily unemployed, have completely disappeared?

I have not seen one of those stories in months if not a year.

Wonder why that is? /sarc


24 posted on 08/02/2010 3:38:22 PM PDT by PittsburghAfterDark
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To: reaganator
There should be no minumum wage.

If wishes were horses, beggars would ride...

That wasn't my point.

25 posted on 08/02/2010 3:39:53 PM PDT by dragnet2
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To: reaganaut1

NY Times: “Desperation Grows as Unemployment Benefits End”\

English translation: “Employment Grows as Unemployment Benefits End”


26 posted on 08/02/2010 3:40:00 PM PDT by FormerACLUmember ("Subtlety is not going to win this fight": NJ Governor Chris Christie)
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To: reaganaut1

In 99 weeks she could have found some kind of job even if it was working for Molly Maid.

Too proud to lower herself to manual labor? That pride will go when she gets hungry.


27 posted on 08/02/2010 3:40:27 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: dragnet2

If I were faced with her situation, I’d be spending my last $260 on printing up house cleaning and yard work fliers and passing them out door to door personally. Probably make plenty of money but she’d have to get dirty.


28 posted on 08/02/2010 3:41:37 PM PDT by Integrityrocks
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To: reaganator

I have one brother that just milked an insurance company for 200,000. He got 73,000. H now has 11,000 and he does not have a place to live.Now..That is genius.


29 posted on 08/02/2010 3:42:49 PM PDT by mirkwood (54 degrees f this morning in Steuben, maine)
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To: CedarDave

Okay. She is in a rough situation and she probably can’t fix it alone. God and a good church could help.


30 posted on 08/02/2010 3:43:17 PM PDT by freedomfiter2
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To: freedomfiter2

Get down to the marinas and start washing boats. The standard rate for boat cleaning is $3.50 per foot. You NEVER run out of clients.


31 posted on 08/02/2010 3:43:17 PM PDT by Integrityrocks
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To: Integrityrocks

Get down to the marinas and start washing boats. The standard rate for boat cleaning is $3.50 per foot. You NEVER run out of clients.

You’re right. People that just want a job are in for trouble. They need to open their eyes and get off their butt.


33 posted on 08/02/2010 3:45:18 PM PDT by freedomfiter2
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To: reaganator
What would the pioneers and the people that built this nation say about such people?

A bit of a tangent, but years ago I read the first four or five books in Louis L'Amour's series about the Sackett family. The will, the faith and the grit that the people who settled this land had must have been astonishing. Very, very inspiring. And light years from today, where having to cut out annual vacations, cable television and dining out qualifies as "hard times" in the pages of the New York Times.

That said, I pray your brother finds work.
34 posted on 08/02/2010 3:46:19 PM PDT by LostInBayport (When there are more people riding in the cart than there are pulling it, the cart stops moving.)
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To: reaganaut1

Wonder how that Hopey-Changy thing is working for her...


35 posted on 08/02/2010 3:47:32 PM PDT by JrsyJack (a healthy dose of buckshot will probably get you the last word in any argument.)
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To: dragnet2

You’re right. Around here $10 an hour would be an above average job. Of course our town is around 40% Mexican.


36 posted on 08/02/2010 3:47:56 PM PDT by freedomfiter2
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To: reaganaut1

First of all no matter what kind of mom she may be her children need to assist her. Second how did she manage to get in debt for $92,000 for her education?

“I owe $92,000 for an education which is basically worthless,” she said. WOW


37 posted on 08/02/2010 3:48:04 PM PDT by linn37 ( "The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples money.)
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To: dragnet2

I love it when people say ‘get 2 jobs ya bum’ when someone is saying ‘I can’t find even one’. Ivory tower thinking of the worst kind.


38 posted on 08/02/2010 3:49:29 PM PDT by Tolsti2
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To: reaganaut1

For all those people out there a job, I got a new job, sold my house, and found a part-time job to supplant my new full-time job.

This all happened in the latter half of 2009. Anyone can get a job; it takes a resume, hundreds of phone calls, and resolve.


39 posted on 08/02/2010 3:49:29 PM PDT by struggle ((The struggle continues))
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To: dfwgator

“There is, it’s called family members”

And there’s the problem. We only have babys mamas and babys daddy anymore. There are very few families left in some sectors of society.


40 posted on 08/02/2010 3:49:37 PM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like what you say))
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To: freedomfiter2
She should marry a decent man and work at keeping him happy.

Only one way that's gonna happen:


41 posted on 08/02/2010 3:53:05 PM PDT by Richard Kimball (We're all criminals. They just haven't figured out what some of us have done yet.)
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To: reaganaut1

I can relate—as a near 60 year old professional, I have lost two jobs in the past two years. Company closings... we are near desparte and doing what we can for ourselves. But I have spent all my 401K and savings, cannot pay for student loans for my son who is now in the Navy and anyway, not whining too much but in my field if I was bi-lingual or female or minority I suspect I would have already been at work.
That is just how it is.
But when a company does hire me they will get one of the best in his field who can meet objectives.
The government has dome immesuarble damage to private manufacturing and it started thirty years ago. Now it has become far worse.


42 posted on 08/02/2010 3:53:12 PM PDT by BamaAndy
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To: reaganator
What would the pioneers and the people that built this nation say about such people?

"Forasmuch as it hath pleased Almighty God of his great mercy to take unto himself the soul of our dear brother here departed, we therefore commit his body to the ground; earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust;..."

43 posted on 08/02/2010 3:54:28 PM PDT by digger48
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To: Michael Barnes

What has section 8 been up to lately?


44 posted on 08/02/2010 3:58:15 PM PDT by Rusty0604
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To: reaganaut1

The permanent underclass is growing and growing. Long-term unemployment is the death knell for most individuals and families. If they were smart enough to have savings, they go through that first. Then, sell whatever they can to stay afloat a few more weeks/months. The last resort is cashing in on retirement and investment accounts. When those are gone, they have NO safety net.

In Argentina, by the end of their economic collapse, 60% of the population was at or below poverty level. This absolutely can happen here, and long-term unemployment is paving the way.


45 posted on 08/02/2010 3:58:19 PM PDT by ChocChipCookie (TheSurvivalMom.com)
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Agreed. There are loads of slackers but there are also very few jobs. Companies, stores and restaurants are closing up all over the place. Things are bad and are getting worse because the islamo marxist who is supported 100% by all the TV networks and the media.

Until the public wakes up and cancels cable and sat TV - they will keep supporting him and he will remain in power.


46 posted on 08/02/2010 3:58:24 PM PDT by Frantzie (Television controls the American people/sheep)
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To: reaganaut1

Maybe we should stop scaring the heck out of potential employers?


That’s not right. You need to put the federal boot on the neck of these small businesses until they start hiring again. Those fatcats need to learn a lesson; send in some swat teams and lawyers.

/ 0bama mode


47 posted on 08/02/2010 3:59:01 PM PDT by kenth
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To: reaganator
...It’s been almost 2 years for my brother. He says, “What do you expect me to do? Take a $10.00 an hour job and lose my house?”

It’s always the house he’ll be losing. Not the wife’s cigarette habit, or the dog, the 3 cats, or the lottery tickets, or the daily energy drinks and other non-essentials.

Never any of these things that will be lost, it’ll be his house, according to him for not be able to make the mortgage payment.

I told him, “Work TWO $10.00 an hour jobs.”

You don't understand. The cigs they need to calm their nerves. The energy drinks are for them to have energy to try to find work. The Lottery tickets are for trying to get money to get themselves out of debt. As for the dog and cats, do you want to have them taken to the pound where they will be put to sleep?

What kind of mean person are you?

(Ok, sarcasm off).

But maybe as you can guess, I am myself familiar with this. In my case, it's my brother and two sisters. (Yep, everyone but me).

There are apparently many people in that situation. It is easier for them not to change their ways and ask for hand-outs. So they didn't change their spending back when they had some money saved or coming in, and now they get to experience full stop all at once - they have now hit a brick wall.

In my case, Mom ran out of money to help them and no amount of sweet talking (especially after they didn't have much to say to me for about the past ten years) is going to cause me to part with my hard earned $$$. That's for my wife and myself - because I know hard times are coming...

So hang in there. It is frustrating, but you can't be responsible for what other people do, just yourself.

As a side note, there is the possibility that there is going to be flak coming your way as they try to grab at any thing out of desperation.

48 posted on 08/02/2010 3:59:50 PM PDT by Screaming_Gerbil (...he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one... Luke 22:36)
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>> Get down to the marinas and start washing boats. The standard rate for boat cleaning is $3.50 per foot. You NEVER run out of clients.

The trouble is, too damn many people are looking for “a job”. “A job” is a salary and health care benefits and paid vacation and life insurance and an office or a cube or a truck and so on and so forth, all tied up with a neat little bow... little or no thought as to what you’re expected to DO, or how EXACTLY it will BENEFIT the BOTTOM LINE of your employer and keep THEM in business.

It used to be — back in the depression — people didn’t go out to seek jobs. They went out to seek WORK.

How quaint! No one looks for WORK anymore (like washing a boat). It’s beneath them. They’re holding out for a JOB.

Jobs are scarce, but as you point out, there is plenty of WORK for those with the grit and determination to find it.


49 posted on 08/02/2010 4:01:03 PM PDT by Nervous Tick (Eat more spinach! Make Green Jobs for America!)
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To: wku man

I’ve been expecting an increase in crime, but my theory is that most of these people who have been out of work for months and months aren’t the type who turn criminal. When my husband’s electrical business was floundering, he got discouraged, but nothing in a million years would have caused him to start burglarizing homes or holding up convenience stores. Most of these people just get more and more desperate, quietly. They sell off everything they can, cash in everything they can, and wake up each morning hoping for a miracle. The condition of our country and hundreds of thousands of our fellow Americans breaks my heart.


50 posted on 08/02/2010 4:02:28 PM PDT by ChocChipCookie (TheSurvivalMom.com)
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