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  • The household survey is insane, Opinion: Don’t believe the drop in the unemployment rate to 6.3%

    05/02/2014 9:00:21 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    Market Watch ^ | May 2, 2014 | By Rex Nutting
    The household survey is simply insane. Do not pay any attention to it. Do not make eye contact. Just calmly walk away. It’s simply not believable that the labor market contracted so violently according to one survey, while at the same time a separate survey of business establishments showed strong payroll growth of 288,000. Consider this: The jobless rate fell because 733,000 fewer people were considered unemployed. That’s the largest one-month decline since 1949, when unemployment fell by 920,000 when two large national strikes concluded. Nothing like that happened in April.
  • Jobless benefits bill clears key Senate hurdle, over GOP complaints on cost(Reid's subject change)

    01/07/2014 8:55:36 AM PST · by sickoflibs · 103 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 07, 2014
    A controversial jobless benefits bill narrowly cleared a key Senate hurdle on Tuesday, over the objections of Republicans who complain the $6 billion measure is not paid for. Senators voted 60-37 to advance the bill extending long-term jobless benefits, which expired Dec. 28. Democrats needed 60 votes to move the bill forward. But Republicans blasted Democratic leaders for pushing the bill without any plan to offset the cost elsewhere in the budget. "This is all borrowed -- every penny of it," Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., told Fox News. Backers of the extension still need to clear several additional votes in...
  • Benefits Ending for One Million Unemployed

    12/28/2013 5:51:29 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 127 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 27, 2013 | ANNIE LOWREY
    WASHINGTON — An emergency federal program that acts as a lifeline for 1.3 million jobless workers will end on 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...
  • Vanity, is gov't paying the salary difference for unemployed who accept a lower paying job?

    07/10/2013 7:44:47 AM PDT · by bigtoona · 8 replies
    me | 7/10/13 | me
    A friend of mine heard a story about an unemployed guy who finally accepted a new job that paid 50k less than the job he had before unemployment. The reason he took this job is that some part of the gov't. Is paying the 50k difference! So its essentially a program that props up the employment statistics while still spending massive amounts of money. The question is, does anyone know if this is true or the name of the program or agency that may be doing this?
  • People Making Over $100K Received Unemployment Benefits in 2011, Media Mum

    04/29/2013 7:55:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies ^ | April 29, 2013 | Noel Sheppard
    With all the media panic about sequestration, one would think a study finding billions of dollars of fraud in a government program would be national news. Apparently not, for with few exceptions, a report published by the St. Louis Federal Reserve last week finding $3.3 billion in fraudulent unemployment claims in 2011 got almost no attention: The unemployment insurance program in the U.S. offers benefits to workers if they lose their jobs through no fault of their own. In 2011, this program cost $108 billion, of which nearly $3.3 billion was spent on overpayments due to fraud. Unemployment insurance fraud...
  • Undocumented immigrants could get jobless benefits

    12/12/2012 6:00:41 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 30 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | Dec. 12, 2012 | Sacramento Bee
    Legislation introduced Tuesday would give about 400,000 undocumented immigrants in California the same rights as citizens to unemployment benefits and various other government services.
  • A Shocking 52% Of Unemployed Americans Have Exhausted Their Benefits (What next?)

    11/06/2011 7:29:55 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 68 replies · 1+ views
    Business Insider ^ | 11/06/2011 | Via AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The jobs crisis has left so many people out of work for so long that most of America's unemployed are no longer receiving unemployment benefits. Early last year, 75 percent were receiving checks. The figure is now 48 percent — a shift that points to a growing crisis of long-term unemployment. Nearly one-third of America's 14 million unemployed have had no job for a year or more. Congress is expected to decide by year's end whether to continue providing emergency unemployment benefits for up to 99 weeks in the hardest-hit states. If the emergency benefits expire, the...
  • Obama: Unemployment Benefits Will Create More Jobs Than Keystone Pipeline

    12/09/2011 3:52:16 PM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Rush ^ | December 9, 2011 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: From "A pending legislative package to extend the payroll tax credit and unemployment insurance will create more jobs than the approval of the Keystone pipeline, Obama said yesterday. 'Here's what I know,' he said. 'However many jobs might be generated by the pipeline, they're going to be a lot fewer than the jobs created by extending the payroll tax cut and extending unemployment insurance.'" In fact, here's the president saying that. This was this morning, actually, in Washington talking about this. OBAMA: I know that, eh -- the -- the suggestion right now is that somehow,...
  • Obama's Latest Stimulus: Handing Out Jobless Benefits To Striking Workers

    08/25/2011 9:09:04 AM PDT · by Nachum · 28 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 8/25/11 | Tyler Durden
    One of the oddities that seemed out of whack in this morning's weekly Unemployment Claims update was the explanation for the spike in this week's receipents of government generosity: apparently it had to do with the BLS handing out weekly benefits checks to striking Verizon workers. We will repeat the key word from that sentence because it bears repeating: "striking." Now, we may be wrong here, but if one is striking, one is not u-n-e-m-p-l-o-y-e-d, and hence the US government should probably not be using taxpayer money to double pay such individuals who have singlehandedly decided to forgo pay in...
  • Obama renews call for more stimulus

    08/09/2011 8:46:14 AM PDT · by yoe · 131 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 9, 2011 | Stephen Dinan
    Pummeled by ghastly economic news, President Obama called Monday for more spending and extended tax cuts that he said would help stimulate the economy — but these also could deepen the deficit problems that helped the federal government earn its first-ever debt downgrade last week. The president made the proposals as world stock market indexes were tumbling, and his remarks seemed designed to help the White House regain its political footing by resetting the congressional agenda next month. Mr. Obama said he wants the 2 percent payroll-tax cut extended into next year, the creation of an infrastructure bank by Congress...
  • Dem McDermott: 'Little Baby Jesus And All This Stuff'

    12/02/2010 5:35:47 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 22 replies · 1+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Was Jim McDermott mocking Christmas? View the video and be the judge. On this evening's Hardball, the left-wing Democrat [but I repeat myself] from Washington was making the case for the extension of unemployment benefits. MCDERMOTT: This is Christmas-time. We talk about Good Samaritans, the poor, the little baby Jesus in the cradle and all this stuff. And then we say to the unemployed we won't give you a check to feed your family. That's simply wrong. Chris Matthews, interestingly, took umbrage at what he clearly took to be McDermott's mocking tone. View video here.
  • Unemployment extension unlikely; jobless file for last checks

    11/30/2010 4:44:57 PM PST · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 128 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 11/30/2010 | CNN Money
    Although the deadline to file for extended unemployment insurance is officially Nov. 30, many jobless have already filed their last claim for benefits. And since lawmakers aren't likely to extend the deadline anytime soon, many more unemployed Americans will run out of their extended federal benefits in coming weeks. About 2 million people are expected to stop receiving checks in December. Though President Obama on Tuesday called on Congress to extend unemployment benefits, lawmakers are still fighting over the expense. Sen. Max Baucus, a Montana Democrat, introduced a bill Monday night that would extend benefits through next year at a...
  • House GOP blocks bill to extend jobless benefits (YES!)

    11/18/2010 5:44:37 PM PST · by USALiberty · 212 replies
    State-Controlled Associated Press ^ | By Comrade Andrew Taylor
    WASHINGTON – Republicans in the House have blocked a bill that would have extended jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed beyond the holiday season. The most recent extension of jobless benefits expires Dec. 1. Two million people will lose benefits averaging $310 a week nationwide by the end of the year.
  • Schultz Sees Soup Lines

    07/30/2010 5:12:06 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 25 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Hey, it's Friday night. Time to kick back and enjoy some—unintentional—humor, courtesy Ed Schultz. Big Ed sees soup lines around the corner if those evil Republicans reclaim power. His solution to stave off disaster? The extension of unemployment benefits. . . . "endlessly." View video here.
  • Do Jobless Benefits Discourage People From Finding Jobs? (Yes.)

    03/17/2010 5:46:43 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 35 replies · 580+ views
    New York Times ^ | March 17, 2010 | Casey B. Mulligan
    Unemployment benefits provide a small amount of help to a number of people who desperately need it. But some economists have gone too far by claiming that unemployment insurance is stimulating the economy. Unemployment insurance is jointly administered and financed by the federal and state governments, offering funds to “covered” people who lost their jobs and have as yet been unable to find and start a new job. The program has been around for decades, but this recession has created an especially large group of laid-off workers who, despite an extensive search, genuinely cannot find another job. With no new...
  • When stints on payroll hurt the jobless

    02/17/2010 7:11:06 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 5 replies · 564+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | February 17, 2010 | Robert Gavin
    After nearly a year without work, Gary LaPlante was happy to take a three-week construction job. What he didn’t know was that the job would cost him more than two-thirds of his benefits when he went back on unemployment. LaPlante, a union carpenter, is among thousands of unemployed in Massachusetts and across the nation who are discovering an unexpected kink in the system that can mean drastic cuts in their unemployment benefits. Workers who seek to renew their benefits for a second year - not uncommon during this recession - are finding that their new benefits are based on their...
  • Obama Expands Economic Plans

    10/13/2008 12:07:33 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 50 replies · 915+ views
    New York Times ^ | October 13, 2008 | Jackie Calmes and Jeff Zeleny
    TOLEDO — Senator Barack Obama on Monday expanded his economic platform, including proposals to spur new jobs, to give Americans penalty-free access to retirement savings to help them through the downturn, to urge a 90-day moratorium on home foreclosures and to lend money to strapped local and state governments. Mr. Obama also is calling on Congress to double $25 billion the government loan guarantees for automakers and to temporarily eliminate taxes on unemployment benefits. ... Senator John McCain, his Republican rival, also gave an economic speech in Virginia Beach, Va., but he had no new policy prescriptions, having rejected his...
  • ‘We walked right into it’ Democrats lament as GOP builds a pre-election model to trap John Kerry

    05/18/2004 10:56:19 AM PDT · by areafiftyone · 17 replies · 112+ views
    The Hill ^ | 5/18/04
    The one-vote defeat of an extension of unemployment benefits last week has sparked fear among Democrats that Republicans have developed a legislative model that will cast Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) repeatedly in a bad light before the election. The extension needed 60 votes to pass in the Senate, and 12 Republicans made sure the final tally was 59-40, with only one absentee, presidential candidate Kerry. At least one Republican senator, Elizabeth Dole (N.C.), was prepared to switch to a no vote to make sure the measure was defeated even if Kerry returned to cast his vote, a Democrat charged....
  • Cantwell's jobless bill fails by 1 vote

    05/13/2004 7:52:26 PM PDT · by musical_airman · 17 replies · 254+ views
    Tri-City Herald ^ | May 12th, 2004 | Les Blumenthal
    Cantwell's jobless bill fails by 1 vote This story was published Wednesday, May 12th, 2004 By Les Blumenthal Herald Washington, D.C., bureau WASHINGTON -- The Senate on Tuesday rejected by a single vote Sen. Maria Cantwell's amendment to provide extended federal unemployment benefits to 47,000 Washington workers and more than 1 million others nationwide. The vote came as the chamber moved toward passage of a $170 billion corporate tax bill that would benefit Boeing, Microsoft and other U.S. exporters and help defuse a mounting trade dispute with the European Union. Cantwell, D-Wash., sought to attach her amendment to the tax...
  • Statement on John Kerry's Missed Vote

    05/13/2004 7:22:53 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 10 replies · 213+ views
    George W. Bush ^ | May 11, 2004
    "Last month, John Kerry was pushing for the extension of unemployment benefits. Today he had the chance to actually vote on that question but was too busy playing politics when he would have made the difference in the Senate. John Kerry's rhetoric on the campaign trail is hiding a long list of missed votes and empty promises on the issues he claims are priorities." -Steve Schmidt, Bush-Cheney '04 Spokesman

    05/13/2004 12:00:51 AM PDT · by kattracks · 21 replies · 173+ views
    New York Post ^ | 5/13/04
    <p>May 13, 2004 -- John Forbes Kerry, presidential prospect, is ignoring his day job. Kerry says he supports extending emergency federal unemployment benefits. Whether that's a sound position is another matter, but it is Kerry's position.</p> <p>Tuesday, the U.S. Senate voted 59-40 in favor of the extension.</p>

    05/12/2004 3:10:11 PM PDT · by GAGOPSWEEPTOVICTORY · 27 replies · 166+ views
    New York Post ^ | 5/12/2004 | Deborah Orin
    <p>A push by Senate Democrats to extend jobless benefits lost by a single vote yesterday - as their nominee-to-be, John Kerry, missed the vote while campaigning in Kentucky.</p> <p>Kerry, the only senator to miss the vote, said he didn't come back to Washington because "we were told that no matter what would happen, [the Republicans] would change a vote in the Senate and they were not going to let it happen."</p>
  • Kerry a no-show when it counts [key missed vote]

    05/12/2004 5:46:48 AM PDT · by Gothmog · 17 replies · 584+ views
    The Boston Herald ^ | 5/12/04 | Editorial
    We never thought we'd be grateful to have Sen. John Kerry [related, bio] too busy on the campaign trail to tend to his day job. But there's a first for everything. A Democratic election-year favorite - extending federal unemployment benefits for six months - went down the drain yesterday by one vote. And guess who wasn't in the Senate chamber to put the measure over the top? Proponents needed 60 senators to support the procedural move to get the extension considered. It failed 59-40. That's a very good thing. The unemployment rate dropped to 5.6 percent last month. Employers added...
  • [Hillary] Clinton Upset Over Senate's Failure to Extend Unemployment Benefits

    05/11/2004 10:45:53 PM PDT · by upchuck · 32 replies · 263+ views
    Hildabeaste's Senate website ^ | May 11, 2004 | Hillary? (probably an aide)
    [FREEPER NOTE: The RATS lost by one vote. sKerry was in Kentucky campaiging.] Clinton Deeply Dissappointed Over Senate's Failure to Extend Unemployment Benefits Senator calls on President Bush to show leadership and do the right thing for America’s workersWashington, DC - Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton expressed her deep disappointment over the Senate vote today, opposing an extension of unemployment insurance benefits. The vote was 59 to 40. In her statement prior to the vote, Senator Clinton pointed out that it would only take a few words from President Bush to turn the tide in favor of providing assistance to the...

    05/12/2004 12:22:11 AM PDT · by kattracks · 21 replies · 117+ views
    New York Post ^ | 5/12/04 | DEBORAH ORIN
    <p>May 12, 2004 -- WASHINGTON - A push by Senate Democrats to extend jobless benefits lost by a single vote yesterday - as their nominee-to-be, John Kerry, missed the vote while campaigning in Kentucky.</p> <p>Kerry, the only senator to miss the vote, said he didn't come back to Washington because "we were told that no matter what would happen, [the Republicans] would change a vote in the Senate and they were not going to let it happen."</p>
  • Senate rejects extended federal unemployment benefits

    05/11/2004 1:14:09 PM PDT · by TexasCajun · 16 replies · 188+ views
    AP ^ | 5/11/2004 14:25 | Mary Dalrymple
    WASHINGTON (AP) The Senate by a single vote rejected an election-year effort Tuesday to extend federal unemployment benefits. Democrats tried to attach the benefit to a corporate tax bill. On a 59-40 vote in the GOP-controlled Senate, they fell just shy of the 60 votes needed to overcome objections that extending the benefits violated last year's budget agreement.
  • Kerry Fails to Extend Jobless Benefits

    05/11/2004 3:27:19 PM PDT · by txradioguy · 7 replies · 133+ views ^ | 11 May 2004 | Staff Writer
    Because Sen. John Kerry keeps refusing to show up for the job for which he is still on the taxpayers' dole, the Democrats today failed in their election-year ploy to extend federal jobless benefits yet again despite the booming economy. The Senate rejected the stunt by one vote. The only one of the 100 lawmakers not voting was Kerry, who deemed it more important to attack the president in the Bush stronghold of Kentucky. Although Democrats didn't gripe about the 5.6 percent unemployment rate when Bill Clinton was running for re-election in 1996, now they claim the same rate is...
  • Senate Rejects Extending Jobless Benefits- Measure Fails By Kerry's Missed Vote

    05/11/2004 5:34:48 PM PDT · by 11th Earl of Mar · 51 replies · 421+ views
    AP ^ | 5/11/04
    By MARY DALRYMPLE, Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON - The Senate by a single vote rejected an election-year effort Tuesday to extend federal unemployment benefits.   Democrats tried to attach the benefit to a corporate tax bill. On a 59-40 vote in the GOP-controlled Senate, they fell just shy of the 60 votes needed to overcome objections that extending the benefits violated last year's budget agreement. Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry (news - web sites), the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, was the only senator who missed the vote. Kerry was campaigning Tuesday in Kentucky. The amendment would have offered emergency federal unemployment...
  • Unemployment fund facing years of borrowing unless fixes made

    01/28/2004 8:12:58 PM PST · by Amerigomag · 4 replies · 125+ views
    Fresno Bee ^ | Updated January 28, 2004 (4:31 pm) | STEVE LAWRENCE, Associated Press
    <p>SACRAMENTO (AP) - Unless some corrections are made, California's unemployment insurance fund faces years of deficits and borrowing, a state Assembly committee was told Wednesday.</p> <p>"It's an ugly scenario," said Deborah Bronow, an Employment Development Department deputy director.</p> <p>Bronow said the fund will be forced to go to the federal government for a first-time loan of more than $1 billion this year and will have to borrow increasing amounts in future years to remain solvent, with the total topping $4 billion in 2008.</p>
  • House GOP OKs Unemployment Extension

    05/22/2003 8:52:00 AM PDT · by Brian S · 35 replies · 348+ views
    By LEIGH STROPE AP Labor Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican leaders say they will extend federal unemployment benefits Thursday, blunting Democratic accusations that the GOP-controlled Congress favors tax cuts for the rich over aid for jobless Americans. The federal program, providing 13 weeks of emergency benefits to people who exhaust their state aid, is scheduled to expire May 31. Congress adjourns Friday for a holiday recess. In announcing Wednesday's agreement by Republican House leaders, Rep. Jack Quinn, R-N.Y., said: ``I am certain that unemployed Americans will be able to get through the Memorial Day holiday without having to worry about...