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1.3m losing unemployment benefits Saturday
Boston Globe ^ | 12/28/2013 | Annie Lowrey

Posted on 12/28/2013 10:24:00 AM PST by SeekAndFind

WASHINGTON — An emergency federal program that acts as a lifeline for 1.3 million jobless workers will end Saturday, drastically curtailing government support for the long-term unemployed and setting the stage for a major political fight in the new year.

The program, in place since the recession started in 2008, provides up to 47 weeks of supplemental unemployment insurance payments to jobless people looking for work. Its expiration is expected to have far-reaching ramifications for the economy, cutting job growth by about 300,000 positions next year and pushing hundreds of thousands of households below the poverty line.

An extension of the unemployment program did not make it into the two-year budget deal that was passed just before Congress left on its winter recess. When the federal program expires, just 1 in 4 unemployed Americans will receive jobless benefits — the smallest proportion in half a century.

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


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
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1 posted on 12/28/2013 10:24:00 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
Whast will they do with all this "freed up money" ?

(I know ... it doesn't exist, but they think it does and act like it does)

2 posted on 12/28/2013 10:26:45 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true .. I have no proof .. but they're true.)
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To: SeekAndFind

47 additional weeks they are probably already on. That plus the customary 26 or 47 weeks....99 weeks - NINETY NINE WEEKS. And they need more....


3 posted on 12/28/2013 10:27:39 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: SeekAndFind

They had over a year to get one of those millions of jobs that Obama claims he created.

I see it all of the time with people I personally know. Very few recipients will even start seriously looking for a job until about 4 weeks from the benefits ending


4 posted on 12/28/2013 10:28:53 AM PST by digger48
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To: SeekAndFind

Unemployment was never supposed to be a career


5 posted on 12/28/2013 10:29:24 AM PST by llevrok (Obama 2008 : "If you vote for me, you can keep your country")
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To: Gaffer

Disability is the next step.


6 posted on 12/28/2013 10:29:40 AM PST by Wiggins
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To: Gaffer

I saw a story on the news about some unemployed guy who couldn’t afford his $1,100 a month apartment in NYC. I would advise moving as a start.


7 posted on 12/28/2013 10:30:09 AM PST by ReformationFan
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To: SeekAndFind

Obama allowed this to happen...


8 posted on 12/28/2013 10:30:11 AM PST by Cowboy Bob (They are called "Liberals" because the word "parasite" was already taken.)
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To: Wiggins

With 99 weeks of being at home watching TV, it is hard to believe they haven’t seen dozens of “The Cochran Firm’s” ads on TV hawking how “we’ll get your disability approved.”


9 posted on 12/28/2013 10:30:57 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: SeekAndFind

Blame the people responsible - Obama and the democraps.


10 posted on 12/28/2013 10:31:05 AM PST by KC_Conspirator
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To: SeekAndFind

Is this the end of funemployment?


11 posted on 12/28/2013 10:31:30 AM PST by Tzimisce
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To: SeekAndFind

This is the best news I have heard in years.


12 posted on 12/28/2013 10:31:46 AM PST by billhilly (Has Pelosi read it yet?)
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To: SeekAndFind

I’m trying to figure out how this will “cut job growth”.


13 posted on 12/28/2013 10:31:53 AM PST by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: llevrok

These millions need to get one of those part time McDonald’s or Walmart jobs...Then they can at least qualify for food stamps and or welfare...


14 posted on 12/28/2013 10:32:08 AM PST by dragnet2
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To: ReformationFan

Geez...unemployed in NYC. And with a cheap apartment at that.

I’d bet he feels taking a lesser paying job is beneath him and/or his liberal arts education.


15 posted on 12/28/2013 10:32:31 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: SeekAndFind

This is the best news I have heard in years.


16 posted on 12/28/2013 10:32:58 AM PST by billhilly (Has Pelosi read it yet?)
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To: All

its Saturday, stooges day. today was the one where the war ended and now the boys are hungry. they look for jobs and get tricked into reenlisting. as larry signs on the dotted line, he exclaims “oh boy, a job at last”.
that type of ambition is long lost. today they would yell, oh boy, an extension, plus food stamps and heating assistance.


17 posted on 12/28/2013 10:33:29 AM PST by willywill
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To: SeekAndFind
When you pay people to stay home and do nothing, what do you think you're going to get?

More Democrats!!!


18 posted on 12/28/2013 10:33:41 AM PST by DJ Taylor (Once again our country is at war, and once again the Democrats have sided with our enemy.)
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To: SeekAndFind
"The program, in place since the recession started in 2008, provides up to 47 weeks of supplemental unemployment insurance payments to jobless people looking for work. Its expiration is expected to have far-reaching ramifications for the economy, cutting job growth by about 300,000 positions next year . . . "

Can someone explain to me how curtailing UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS will hurt JOB GROWTH? On the surface, it makes no sense.
19 posted on 12/28/2013 10:33:44 AM PST by Steve_Seattle
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To: SeekAndFind

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nbGthv-dJp4


20 posted on 12/28/2013 10:34:16 AM PST by carlo3b (Corrupt politicians make the other ten percent look bad.. Henry Kissinger)
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To: SeekAndFind

Well there goes the economy according to Pelosi. She says that unemployment money stimulates the economy.


21 posted on 12/28/2013 10:34:35 AM PST by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: SeekAndFind
An extension of the unemployment program did not make it into the two-year budget deal that was passed just before Congress left on its winter recess.

It tried really, really hard but just barely missed the cutoff. Idiot journalist enablers.

22 posted on 12/28/2013 10:35:36 AM PST by Pan_Yan (Who told you that you were naked? Genesis 3:11)
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To: SkyDancer

One can only note that they aren’t losing unemployment
benefits, they are losing EXTENDED unemployment benefits.
That is benefits BEYOND what they would normally receive.


23 posted on 12/28/2013 10:37:13 AM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Slump Tester
"I’m trying to figure out how this will “cut job growth”."

I see you had the same thought as I did (post #19). On the surface, it just sounds like a lie. The purpose? Maybe to make it seem like those who support the cuts are opposing honest work.
24 posted on 12/28/2013 10:39:04 AM PST by Steve_Seattle
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To: SeekAndFind

maybe the merchants who have been having trouble finding employees will not be able to fill some of their vacancies...


25 posted on 12/28/2013 10:39:06 AM PST by faithhopecharity
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To: SeekAndFind

The welfare rolls just grew by 1.3 million. The government will just try to sweep these people under the rug, out of sight, out of mind. In the mean time, the economy in china is going like crazy, with all of the work we exported to them. Make companies and shareholders pay through the ass on capital gains and stock earnings and dividends. You want to gamble? Pay up, or leave, and if your sorry ass sides with the chinese, then you lose your US citizenship, and you can suck up to your communist chinese masters.


26 posted on 12/28/2013 10:40:38 AM PST by factoryrat (We are the producers, the creators. Grow it, mine it, build it.)
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To: SeekAndFind
provides up to 47 weeks of supplemental unemployment insurance payments to jobless people looking for work. Its expiration is expected to have far-reaching ramifications for the economy, cutting job growth by about 300,000 positions next year and pushing hundreds of thousands of households below the poverty line.

Ths Boston Globe's reporting makes it sound as if it's the government's responsibility to make sure that unemployment benefits keep people "above the poverty line".

Fact is that, if people were already depending on unemployment benefits in order to "make a living", then they were already below the poverty line. Getting a handout doesn't change the economic status of a person or family.

So, how long does the Boston Globe believe that people continue getting unemployment benefits? If the benefit keeps getting extended, then it's for certain that many or most of those people, will not be going out to seek work, and might stay on the dole indefinitely. Eventually, people have to start being responsible for themselves.
27 posted on 12/28/2013 10:40:49 AM PST by adorno (Y)
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To: Gaffer

Or Binder & Binder! “You have too much to worry about (like what size big screen TV to buy or what kind of beer to get), let us rip the government off for you!” And of course extract our “fee” for doing so.


28 posted on 12/28/2013 10:42:18 AM PST by vette6387
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To: SeekAndFind

Obama won the presidential election and democrats control the senate and most of the judiciary.

Talk to them about it.


29 posted on 12/28/2013 10:42:44 AM PST by Iron Munro (Orwell: There are some ideas so absurd that only an intellectual could believe them.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Heartless republican bastids.


30 posted on 12/28/2013 10:45:35 AM PST by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: tet68

But it still is ending though, isn’t it?


31 posted on 12/28/2013 10:45:53 AM PST by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: SeekAndFind
pushing hundreds of thousands of households below the poverty line.

Voted for King Obama put these hundreds of thousands below the poverty line years ago. There are some who are really in need, the rest gamed the system.

32 posted on 12/28/2013 10:46:08 AM PST by Logical me
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“And they need more....”

I was on that unemployment. The entire industry I worked in for 30 years has been killed by Obama. I’ve applied for jobs world wide. I’ve had a few interviews, but I’m 59 and up against men much younger. (I cut 20 years out of my resume to get those interviews.)

Now, do I really, really need the money? Thanks to Obama the cost of groceries and fuel has gone through the roof. The money I’ve saved was mostly destroyed by what he did to the economy and the stock market. (I was heavily invested in coal, for one thing.)

I see no prospect for continued employment while Obama and the Democrats are in charge. I’ve applied for much lower end jobs and haven’t gotten so much as a phone interview, probably, with two degrees, because I’m grossly over qualified. I even dumbed down the resume, but when they ask for my previous titles that probably kills it.

I did manage to get ten months running a US Navy project that was under investigation for fraud and abuse. No company employee wanted to get within touching distance. I not only completed the contract, I also built a successful case to prove their innocence. But the rest of their business was in near collapse due to what Obama is doing to the military.

In one way, I’m pleased that Congress has done this. In another way I’m upset that Congress didn’t fix any of the underlying economy that created the unemployment; sequestration and Obamacare.


33 posted on 12/28/2013 10:46:11 AM PST by Gen.Blather
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To: SeekAndFind

How do we square the fact that we have high unemployment on the one hand, and the pro-amnesty crowd crying to certify illegal aliens in the country because their labor is crucially needed. I’m just an ol’ country boy so explain it to me in easy to understand words.


34 posted on 12/28/2013 10:46:23 AM PST by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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To: SeekAndFind

The good news is these millions will be taken off the official government unemployment numbers thereby pushing the unemployment rate down and allowing our dear leader to tout that the economy is improving, just look at the unemployment rate.


35 posted on 12/28/2013 10:46:27 AM PST by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: SkyDancer
"Well there goes the economy according to Pelosi. She says that unemployment money stimulates the economy."

So that's the alleged link between unemployment benefits and job growth? That one is messing with my brain. If unemployment benefits allow people to buy things they otherwise wouldn't buy, this allows employers to hire more people? Just how many unemployed people does Pelosi think we need in order to grow the economy?
36 posted on 12/28/2013 10:47:26 AM PST by Steve_Seattle
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To: Steve_Seattle

It just occurred to me what a small # are losing unemployment benefits, compared to how many have already lost their health insurance.


37 posted on 12/28/2013 10:50:50 AM PST by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: KC_Conspirator
Blame the people responsible - Obama and the democraps.

Can't. Obama and the democraps made it against the law.

38 posted on 12/28/2013 10:53:13 AM PST by UCANSEE2 (I forgot what my tagline was supposed to say)
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To: SeekAndFind

The media are already blaming it on Republicans.


39 posted on 12/28/2013 10:54:10 AM PST by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible traitors. Complicit in the destruction of our country.)
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To: Steve_Seattle
So that's the alleged link between unemployment benefits and job growth? That one is messing with my brain.

Well, in fairness, we should remember that Nancy Pelosi actually says that food stamps are the best economic stimulus, but unemployment is up there as well. You must bear in mind the synergy at work: food stamps plus unemployment is a powerful combination, and then throw in Sec. 8 and Medicaid and you have all the ingredients for a full Detroit-sized boom.

40 posted on 12/28/2013 10:57:28 AM PST by sphinx
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To: elpadre
I’m just an ol’ country boy so explain it to me in easy to understand words.

Money, sex, drugs, and guns. And the power over others those items give.

41 posted on 12/28/2013 10:58:40 AM PST by UCANSEE2 (I forgot what my tagline was supposed to say)
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To: SeekAndFind

No jobs, no healthcare and now no welfare. What does that mean?


42 posted on 12/28/2013 10:59:17 AM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: SeekAndFind

For later.

Where are the jobs? North Dakota! Go there!


43 posted on 12/28/2013 11:01:07 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Steve_Seattle

Wait until she’s back on her med’s before asking her. LOL


44 posted on 12/28/2013 11:01:38 AM PST by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: Salvation

RE: Where are the jobs? North Dakota! Go there!

As long as you don’t mind the cold, freezing winters...


45 posted on 12/28/2013 11:07:22 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

RE: Where are the jobs? North Dakota! Go there!

As long as you don’t mind the cold, freezing winters...

___________________

Some people find the northern continental climate to be invigorating.

If that’s where the jobs are, that’s what you have to do.

When thousands of Pittsburghers and other rust belt denizens lost their jobs at the end of the steel mill age, they may have complained about the mosquitos in Houston or the heat in Arizona. But many still went and made the best of it.


46 posted on 12/28/2013 11:18:06 AM PST by I_Like_Spam
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To: SeekAndFind

Time to get their behinds to work! I’m thru with them slinging off me.


47 posted on 12/28/2013 11:30:31 AM PST by vpintheak (Thankful to be God blessed & chosen!)
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To: Tzimisce
Is this the end of funemployment?

Yes, and probably also staycations.

48 posted on 12/28/2013 11:34:53 AM PST by TwelveOfTwenty (See my home page for some of my answers to the left's talking points.)
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To: SeekAndFind

So if unemployment was extended we would have an increase of 300,000 jobs. Liberal logic.


49 posted on 12/28/2013 11:50:11 AM PST by informavoracious (Root for Obamacare and healthcare.gov failure!)
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To: Gaffer
NINETY NINE WEEKS. And they need more....

I know a man who was laid off a few years ago and took all 99 weeks of unemployment. When it ended he got another job and worked for just long enough to be able to volunteer for a layoff and go on unemployment again. Last time I saw him he said he would do this over and over as long as the government allowed this.

50 posted on 12/28/2013 11:59:57 AM PST by OldMissileer
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