Skip to comments.1.3 million losing unemployment benefits Saturday
Posted on 12/28/2013 8:02:45 AM PST by Olog-hai
More than 1 million Americans are bracing for a harrowing, post-Christmas jolt as extended federal unemployment benefits come to a sudden halt this weekend, with potentially significant implications for the recovering U.S. economy. A tense political battle likely looms when Congress reconvenes in the new, midterm election year.
Nudging Congress along, a vacationing President Barack Obama called two senators proposing an extension to offer his support. From Hawaii, Obama pledged Friday to push Congress to move quickly next year to address the urgent economic priority, the White House said.
For families dependent on cash assistance, the end of the federal governments emergency unemployment compensation will mean some difficult belt-tightening as enrollees lose their average monthly stipend of $1,166.
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Well, if you are only considered non-unemployed when not looking for work, I wonder how the government determines when someone is looking for work or not?
In normal times you’d probably be correct, in Obama’s America? Fat chance, unless they all move here.
****More than 1 million Americans are bracing for a harrowing, post-Christmas jolt as extended federal unemployment benefits come to a sudden halt this weekend,****
My experiences with those who go on the dole is that they will stay on the dole till forced off when their benefits run out. Why look for work when you are living on someone else’s dime.
Plenty of work in North Dakota.
They do polling by phone of random people and extrapolate to come up with numbers.
I grew up in the 50’s and once I went on unemployment when I was almost 18. Since I lived at home at the time my 2 brothers and Mom soon knew of this and I never heard the end of it until I found another job which I did REAL quick.
I was harassed by my own family for “being on the take”, called an embarrassment and harangued for bringing shame on the family because only bums take money without working for it.
It was the last time I ever applied for UI.
Gotta love government figure-fudging.
“with potentially significant implications for the recovering U.S. economy”
WTF??? They are parroting the regimes asinine claim.
Asking the AP to think independently and unbiased is asking a bit much of them. They have to keep up with the NY Slimes and all.
That’s 1.3 million that probably won’t be voting republican, despite the fact that it was a bipartisan bill and the democrats did nothing to challenge the cut. It was a setup and Pelosi has already blamed the Republicans.
And despite the fact that neither party has done anything significant about jobs.
Republicans should make a quick stand to restore the unemployment benefits and the military benefits. But they are too stupid to do so. The GOP has been lured into the rope-a-dope and will tire itself out taking the wrong stand.
The unemployment numbers are cooked. Shadowstats.com still shows 23%.
There...fixed. His entire economic policy direction is that the economic pie is a fixed entity and the only way for the poor to get more is to take it away from the rich. Hey...Stupid! How 'bout: "A rising tide lifts all boats." Grow the pie by X% and everyone wins.
Why are you creating a war between classes by trying to sell the idea that the rich don't pay their fair share? The top 10% of income earners in this country pay 68% of the tax bill. True, they aren't paying their fair share...they're paying too much and 51% don't pay anything. You liberals out there, ask yourself this: "How many of you were hired by a poor person?" You wnat to beat down the rich, but they're the ones who drive this economic engine.
How 'bout this: Try developing a plan that encourages companies to hire somebody. Your approach is just plain stupid:
Raise taxes on the rich. Really?
Kill the Keystone Pipeline. Good for your buddies in the Mideast...not so good for people in the US.
More gov't spending. Seriously? The fastest growing economy in the world has decreased the gov't spare of GDP from almost 35% to 17%. The country? Chile. Also, the gov't spending multiplier is always 1 less than the private sector multiplier.
Personally, my feeling is that if you don't pay at least 5% of your income in Federal taxes, you don't get to vote in federal elections. If you've got nothing in the game, why should you have any say in how it's played? Same for state and local govt.
Finally, I think you need to pass a current events test to vote. If you don't know who stands for what and your major voting criteria is that somebody told you how to vote in exchange for a free cell phone, I'd really prefer you to stay home and talk on the phone to all those other stupid voters with free cell phones.
This Republic is doomed unless someone realizes a free lunch is not sustainable in the long run.
Tell me about it. Technically when you are collecting unemployment, you are supposed to be looking for a job and providing information to the government on a weekly basis but that's a bit of a joke. People just set up phony interviews and report that - nobody ever checks up on them.
Unemployment is one of the only government transfers I approve of because it applies to people who normally work for a living and helps them get through a rough stretch when they are between jobs. 99 weeks however is crazy - that's almost two years of unemployment! Anybody who has been employed in the past can find a job in a couple weeks if they needed to. Even if it's to work at the dreaded McDonalds or WalMart for a short period of time while you are looking for something better.
The problem with extended unemployment is it allows people to be "overly choosy" about their jobs because they know they will be collecting an income. In fact, many people have the mindset of "maximizing" their unemployment benefits because they feel it is a perk that they have coming to them.
Speaking of taking a job that is "beneath you", I had a family member a few years ago get laid off from a well-paying job. He took a temporary part-time job at Home Depot and ended up loving it so much he was offered a full-time position and now manages the tool rental department. He now makes more money than he made in his old job and is much happier. So you never know what that "dead-end" job might turn into with the right attitude.
Monthly stipend? No mention of food stamps which will continue ...
North Dakota’s is a young persons game. ...but for them it’s an excellent choice. I’m in Chicago the job market is terrible. Met a guy yesterday who visited his sister in Lincoln NE. Said there’s lots of jobs. Picked up a good job and an apartment for $400.00. Said no way he’s moving back. People may have to bite the bullet and move.
You can’t be serious.
Real unemployment above 15% and you think that simply accepting lower pay will solve the problem?
The U.S. is slated to be just another has been country by the trans-nationals. In the 60’s, a 5% unemployment rate was considered a scandal, and the relative pay and benefits were higher then they are now.
not bloody likely
This will turn into another faux passion play w/ the dhimmis pulling up hard cases to parade in front of the moron press and the GOPers folding like a cheap lawn chair.
F ryan, bohner and mcconnell for this sorry charade of a budget deal!
Yes. And having a job you don’t like pushes you into finding a better one.
It is my understanding that they only count people drawing unemployment as unemployed. When your benefits run out you are no longer counted as unemployed.
If you were self-employed (sub contractors in the construction trades) and not qualified for unemployment compensation, then you were never counted as unemployed.
That is the main reason the unemployment numbers are worthless.
Hooray. Now the freeloaders will have to find work even it’s only a menial job.
When the Republicans (GOP-e) had all the branches of government, they too cooked the unemployment numbers. The Democrats slammed them for doing so, but of course when the Dems themselves do it, it’s not evil.
What's different between this week and last week, and a week a month ago, and a week 6 months ago? Isn't it just news when congress is about to pass something?
Seems to me that an unemployed person's 26 weeks, or 52 weeks or even 99 weeks, starts shortly after applying and ends 26/52/99 weeks later. That would mean a rolling unemployment scenario with millions going on and millions going off, each and every week.
And furthermore, I thought unemployment was a good thing, and it helps boost the economy. Nastee told me so.
The point is that if there were more jobs created, this wouldn’t be a problem.
Why isn’t anyone holding Obama responsible?
They ways describe the economy as “ recovering.”
IMO if the Government pays these people they should get some work out of them as Roosevelt did.
There are all kinds of jobs they could do.
People who can't find jobs in the field they think is for them would be far better off trying something different and seeing where it leads. Hasn't it occurred to them that they become less employable when they haven't found some kind of job for so long? Don't they know how to research for companies that promote from within?
I'm all for helping those who can't find jobs after their six months are up....a cot in a warm homeless shelter, a warm shower, enough simple cafeteria-style food to survive, and clinic style medical help only providing the cheapest options.
Here's a tip for the newly desparate....get together with five to ten (or so) of your friends and declare yourself to be some kind of business...a shopping service for the elderly, basic small lawn and home repairs, anything. Then do that job for each other and advertise your services to the general public. If it takes off, great. If not, you and your friends have your business and its success (just from doing stuff for each other) on your resume.
My daughter was layed off few years ago, had attempted to find work and had collected some employment in the mean time. Finally she went to a temp agency and got hired at Big bank in loan document center. She did that for a while until temp job contract terminated. A year later, the temp agency called her bank at the bank to work and she was hired full time in the loan processing center.
There are tons of temp jobs out there- people didn’t want them because of no benefits. With Obamacare now, shouldn’t be a problem right?
We had a neighbor who got layed off from his job as a car repair/painter. He made 30.00 hour. He was offered jobs left and right albeit less pay. He turned it down because in his mind he was worth 30.00/hr.
That is lot of the mentality out there now a days...
2yrs unemployment is crazy.
Anyone losing benefits had a job 6 months ago in order to have qualified for UI in the first place. We are not seeing the multigenerational welfare recipients lose a dime or any other democrat welfare recipient, but now there will be 1.3 million, and more, workers that will blame the Republicans for cutting their benefits while keeping every other form of welfare.
“bipartisan bill and the democrats did nothing to challenge the cut”
Once again the Republicans fall for a massive negative PR campaign. Stupid Republicans.
After 26 weeks, they are not UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS...THEY ARE WELFARE...THE SLUGS ARE ON THE DOLE.
There are jobs available, not what people want but when I was first married, I had three part time jobs (70-80 hours/week), went to college, and slept 4 hours a day.
I don't want to hear about 99 weeks of unemployed free loaders.
***I wonder how the government determines when someone is looking for work or not?***
years ago a friend of mine operated a retail business. One day in comes a young man who stank of BO and beer. Long stringy hair, no shave. He asked, in a snarly tone, “Do you have a job opening?”
When my friend said “NO” the bum pulled out a government form and said...”Sign here!”
My friend refused to sign so the guy left in a huff.
My Sister-in-law works for a local charity who helps poor people. she has learned lots of tricks the bums use to get welfare and goods.
She said that many of the families, asking for help, use their adult children to get more by claiming the children (30 year old kids) are “bi-polar” and can’t work. Whole families of adults who are bi-polar people and can’t work.
1) The economy is growing and jobs are being created.
2) We shouldn’t stop paying benefits during rough economic times when there are no jobs.
1) Unemployment is high and no jobs are being created.
2) People on unemployment should go find a job.
Do you see where they agree? Democrats’ “1 goes with Republicans’ #2. Democrats’ #2 goes with Republicans’ #1.
The GOP has been advocating a doubling of the guest worker programs to 1.4 million a year to do jobs Americans can't do. The Dems want to more than double legal immigration to 33 million over the next decade while over 20 million Americans are underemployed or unemployed. In the meantime, immigrants are getting the jobs while the native born are losing them. Is there something wrong with this picture?
You were raised in a good family.
Most of these people were on unemployment compensation for over 99 weeks.Its time they got kicked off and got a real job instead of sucking off of the working stiffs.
unemployment benefits come to a sudden halt this weekend
Sorry... the US Government is operating today on money that is borrowed from men and women yet to be born. Get a job or get on welfare... if you want to see a lost generation of Americans then pay them to keep sitting on their butts for not working. Let them enjoy the stigma of the perpetual welfare family... sell their cars and homes and move into Section 8 housing... or go to work doing anything you can find to do... move if you need to. We do not have enough money to pay our debts down today and if one looks at what it will take for us to pay down these Trillions spent in living beyond our means... one can clearly see that we will be enslaved by this debt. Slaves are what the rats want for workers... so if you embrace unending unemployment... you are embracing the death of America.
To be blunt... the color of his skin has insulated him from any blame on any subject.
“My experiences with those who go on the dole is that they will stay on the dole till forced off when their benefits run out. Why look for work when you are living on someone elses dime.”
Agreed. I have a good friend that worked his whole life, starting at 16 bagging groceries. He finally lost his last job a while back, started collecting unemployment for the first time in his life, and made no serious attempt at finding a new job until his benefits ran out, at which point he did in fact find another job.
That IS crazy.
I guess the U. S. media do not want us to know about it.
“You help people who CAN’T help themselves, not people who WON’T help themselves” - My Mother
Recovering U.S. economy?? I remember San Fran Nan saying that congress needs to restore the benefits for all these hard working Americans. Just proves you can't fix stupid. If you are unemployed, you are not working.
Obama is celebrating because that will reduce the unemployment rate.
Unemployment benefits have become the new welfare. And Supplemental Security Income (SSI) has become the new unemployment benefit.
The “smart” ones on unemployment applied for SSI as soon as they became unemployed, realizing it can take as much as two years to get approved.
Unfortunately, today, just about anybody can apply for and get the SSI benefit if you’ve got a smart lawyer.
Now the unemployment rate will drop to 6%.