Showing posts from December, 2013

Brookings: Extending jobless benefits is the right thing to do

Tell Congress to restore unemployment insurance

Please add your name to this Organizing for Action petition on behalf of the 99ers and all long-term unemployed:Because Congress failed to act, 1.3 million Americans will lose their unemployment insurance, and millions more will be at risk in the coming months.

Tell Congress the first thing on their plate when they return to Washington needs to be restoring these benefits to the people who need them most.

Guest Post: Where are the jobs?

Cross-posted with the author's kind permission from the Shortcomment blog:

To all of you holier-than-thou, not-yet-unemployed people who treat the unemployed like we’re on vacation:

Do you even think about what you’re saying? It’s really easy to talk big when you have a job, isn’t it?

Why does every not-unemployed person assume that all unemployed people should just suck it up and take jobs as manual laborers or fast-food counter jockeys? What about our wealth of experience, (expensive) education, and professional knowledge?

Should our collective brains become a puddle of goo so we can mow your lawn for you for five bucks or make you a Big Mac for $7.25 an hour? Should we be prostitutes and gigolos, too?

I’ll be damned if I go back to the job and wage I had as a 16-year-old in the 1970s. I didn’t get a college degree and amass 30-plus years of professional experience to go that far backwards. Those of you who suggest otherwise are out of your minds. Get real. They aren’t hiring pe…

Americans United for Change: "Restore Unemployment Insurance Now"

On The Clock: Unemployment insurance, a lifeline for million of families

All In: Congress abandons the long-term unemployed

A response to Randall G. Holcombe

In the Albany Tribune, an op-ed written by Dr. Randall Holcombe argues in favor of eliminating long-term unemployment compensation:
We are paying people to be unemployed longer, so it stands to reason that more people will take up the government’s offer and remain unemployed to keep receiving unemployment compensation.

Some people genuinely have trouble finding work. But unemployment compensation takes away some of the incentive to find a job, and the longer people are out of work, the harder it is to find one. We are doing a disservice to many people by paying them not to work, rather than pushing them to get a job — any job — from which they can move up as the economy recovers.
My reply:

Since July of this year, the unemployment rate in Georgia has been lowered by .7%, from 8.8% to 8.1%. Indiana's done even better: their rate has gone down .9%, from 8.4% to 7.5%. North Carolina? They've gone down .9% too, from 8.9% to 8%.

Each state has seen a significant drop in unemployment…

MSNBC: The startling truth of long-term unemployment

Long-term unemployment has skyrocketed since 2008, but benefits will be cut under the new budget deal. Krystal Ball looks at the individual people impacted.

Budget Leaves 1.3 Million Jobless Out in the Cold

CPBB: Mapping the Impact of Letting Emergency Jobless Benefits Expire

The CPBB has published the graphics below, detailing the maximum number of benefit weeks available to the unemployed now, and the number that will be available when the Federal EUC program expires on December 28th:
The map looks like this currently:

And will look like this on December 28th:

Nearly 5 million people are going to be impacted by the loss of an EUC stipend:

Bizarro Congress: Minimum wage hike

Motivation? The GOP's Carrot Is Also A Stick


Tell Congress: Don't Leave the Unemployed Out in the Cold

Join The Nation and Daily Kos in calling on Congress not to leave the long-term unemployed out in the cold. Contact your representative now and tell them to make sure an extension of the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program is included in any budget deal.

President Obama Speaks on Economic Mobility

Hearing On Long-Term Unemployment Benefits

The Democratic Steering Committee held a hearing on renewing the federal extension of unemployment insurance benefits. The extension, which was set to expire on December 28, 2013, was put in place in response to the 2008 economic crisis to help those who are unemployed longer than six months. It allows the unemployed to get as much as a year and a half of help while they search for work, even after state benefits have run out. Witnesses included including an electrician, a bio-tech professional and long-time company executive. They implored Congress to stop the benefits from expiring, detailing how the benefits helped them pay their mortgages and pay for gas to get to job interviews.

NELP: Millions to Face Hardship if Congress Allows EUC to Expire

CONTACT: Emma Stieglitz,, (646) 200-5307

Statement of Christine Owens, Executive Director of the National Employment Law Project, after today's Democratic Steering and Policy Committee hearing on renewing federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation:

"With the U.S. House of Representatives scheduled to adjourn for the holiday recess at the end of next week, I was pleased to testify today at a special hearing called by Leader Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee on the looming expiration of federal unemployment insurance. If Congress fails to renew the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program, federal jobless benefits for 1.3 million long-term unemployed jobseekers will abruptly end three days after Christmas. By July 1st of next year, two million more will have no federal aid when their regular state benefits end.

"Millions of jobless workers are…