Showing posts from September, 2011

Quote of the Day

“This unemployment situation we have, the jobs situation, is really a national crisis. We’ve had close to 10 percent unemployment now for a number of years and, of the people who are unemployed, about 45 percent have been unemployed for six months or more. This is unheard of.” - Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke (source)

President Obama: "It's Time to Build an Economy that Lasts"

More Jobs Means Less Debt


Guest Post:

The following is a guest post written by Elizabeth C., on behalf of is a job application site dedicated to job seekers that are looking for companies that are offering hourly positions. The sole purpose of this site is to help job seekers find hiring links, as well as downloadable job applications that can be downloaded directly to the computer in the form of a PDF file. Why go to the store when you can print the application in the comfort of your own home? We all know that gas prices are sky high and it’s highly unnecessary to drive store after store to find what you can online.

Focus On the Long-Term Unemployment Crisis

The unemployment crisis, and especially the long-term unemployed, is becoming more of a concern in Washington: H.R. 589 has been on the table for some time, but now it's been joined by President Obama's American Jobs Act, S. 1549, and by Rep. Schakowsky's emergency jobs program, H.R. 2914.One of the components of the American Jobs Act is the Reemployment NOW Program, whose goal is to facilitate the reemployment of EUC claimants and those who have exhausted benefit claims - the 99ers. One of the components of the Reemployment NOW program is the Bridge to Work program, which "would let businesses try out workers without having to pay them."It's in everyone's interest to resolve the unemployment crisis. Bills like the ones above represent one approach, but not the only one. The WorkPlace, one of Connecticut's regional workforce development boards, has put together a program called Platform to Employment, which they describe as "a public-private part…

Happy Constitution Day

"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."

We need a one-two punch to solve the 99ers crisis

As seen on the Storify transcript of today's White House Office Hours online chat: On one hand, Mr. Furman is right - "a job" is the best answer.But we know the numbers, all too well. 14 million unemployed; 3 million job openings. A job is not going to happen until those odds drastically improve.We need the American Jobs Act passed... and we need H.R. 589 passed with it.

Barbara Lee, Congressional Progressive Caucus Present Plan to Rebuild American Dream

September 14, 2011Contact Kristal DeKleer (202) 225-1882Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) issued the following statement at the Congressional Progressive Caucus press conference:“While I am pleased that the President made a strong case for his bill last week, I certainly think that we need to go bigger and bolder. After touring the country and listening to the American people on this summer’s Speak Out for Good Jobs! Tour, the Congressional Progressive Caucus is determined to rebuild the American dream. “Today, we present the Rebuild the American Dream Platform, a comprehensive effort to put Americans back to work. The six principles outlined in the platform address three key ideals: In America, every good worker deserves a good American job. America should work again for people who work for a living. Working Americans should use their strength in numbers to counter corporate dollars.“We need to invest in workers, provide targeted relief to the most vulnerable stru…

The American Jobs Act and the 99ers

Title III of President Obama's American Jobs Act (S. 1549) (Scribd link) focuses on providing assistance for the long-term unemployed – people who have been out of work for 27 weeks or longer.

One specific mention is made of the 99ers. Other highlighted provisions in the bill can also provide assistance to the 99ers community.

Title III is organized into four subtitles:
Subtitle A supports unemployed workers;Subtitle B addresses long-term unemployed hiring practices;Subtitle C establishes the Pathways Back to Work Fund;Subtitle D prohibits discrimination on the basis of being unemployed. Here's what you need to know:

Subtitle A, Part I, the "Supporting Unemployed Workers Act of 2011," does the following:
it extends the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) and Extended Benefits (EB) programs for one additional year;it requires the States to provide reemployment services and eligibility assessment activities to benefit recipients, and it requires those recipients to…

Guest Post: Introducing

The following is a guest post written by Bob Roth, Director of Community & Engagement for

Stop listening to talk about jobs… and start working.

Jobs. They’re the talk of the town, of the nation, and even in your local coffee shop and living room. President Obama recently toured the Mid-west to listen and talk about jobs. Political candidates are already stumping about jobs. Radio and TV shows are talking about how to create more jobs (or why we’re not creating jobs).

That’s a lot of talk, with no action.

There’s no doubt that this is a different world than the one our parents and grandparents worked in. When McDonald’s hired 60,000 persons in April earlier this year—backfilling a lot of full-time management positions with part-timers—it was the first time in most of our lives that 3 generations of Americans competed with each other to become cashiers and cooks. No longer is the gold watch given after years of loyal service; this is the part-time job economy of the golden …

99ers: The Real Lives of the Long-Term Unemployed

President Obama Introducing the American Jobs Act


Tampa Bay Online: "Deadline looms for millions of unemployed Floridians"

Kevin Wiatrowski reporting in the Tampa Tribune on the long-term unemployed and 99ers in Florida state:
Since August 2009, nearly 5 million Floridians have (lived on an unemployment check), seeking help from the three types of unemployment benefits now available: state unemployment benefits and federal emergency and extended benefits. As of July, 2.6 million of them had exhausted some or all those benefits, according to the Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation.Thousands more Floridians could find themselves in the same boat by early 2012. That's when the last few federal unemployment checks will end if federal officials can't agree on another extension. The bulk of federal and state unemployment benefits run out between Christmas and New Year's, according to Workforce officials.What remains – short-term state benefits – will be available for the newly laid-off. But the length of those benefits will drop to a maximum of 23 weeks in January and could go as low as 12 weeks …