Unemployment Benefits Whittled Down

Many long-term unemployed will begin seeing their federal jobless benefits disappear starting this week.

Although Congress reauthorized federal emergency unemployment benefits earlier this year, lawmakers reduced the weeks the jobless can collect payments. The cutbacks come in two phases -- one now and another in September. This round affects the jobless in at least 24 states, while all Americans will be affected in the fall.

Now, those who live in states with unemployment rates below 6% are eligible to receive a maximum of 46 weeks of benefits, down from 60. (This includes up to 26 weeks of state benefits.)

Those in states with unemployment rates between 6% and 7% will receive up to 60 weeks, down from 73.

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And the jobless who live in states with unemployment rates between 8.5% and 9% will be eligible for as many as 73 weeks, instead of 79.

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities laid out the number of weeks residents of each state are eligible for in this map:



Click on map to see how long you can qualify for unemployment benefits.

These changes are on top of the disappearance of the federal extended benefits, which lasted up to 20 weeks. Nearly half a million people have already lost these benefits this year, and payments will likely end in the remaining four states over the summer.


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uh1copterdoctor

This would be an easier Grain of Salt to swallow, if the same cuts were applied to Welfare Lazies that have been living off of the Taxpayers for several Generations? They need to seek Employment. You can see these Lazies at any Wal-Mart, between the Hours of 11 PM and 2AM?

June 29 2012 at 1:14 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Donna Kling

Part of the economic problems we have now actually began in 1992 with NAFTA and the mass exodus of manufacturing job to Mexico and later throughout the world.

At the time, Bill and Hillary were advocates for a "service based economy". They and subsequent admonistrations have succeeded in their goal. The only problem is, there is no money for other people to pay for the services.

Service industry jobs can only employ so many people and with the low wages, these people cannot afford to go out to eat, stay at hotels, motels, take the family to the amusement parks or enjoy the services they touted as such a great industry for our country.

Jobs that had sustained our country and helped to pull us out of the Great Depression are gone forever. Companies that remained eventually went bankrupt, adding to the number of job losses. In one year, nearly 20,000 jobs disappeared from this area. leaving unemployment at as much as 25% in some cities.

The area was further decimated by the war on tobacco companies.

The true number of un/underemployed is several times the official numbers. Not counted are the baby boomers who might have continued working for another ten years but have given up trying to find a job and have gone on early retirement. They are now living on a fraction of their previous income. They are not eligible for Medicare or Medicaid and have lost all medical coverage. How are they suppose to purchase the required health insurance or pay the penalty?

Many huge companies have been given exemption from providing employee health care benefits, yet their employees face the expense of buying coverage or paying the penalty, leaving them to decide if their kids get to eat or have insurance they would likely not need in the short term future (10 to 15 years).

June 29 2012 at 1:10 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Wwhatever747

OBAMASHITCARE BANKRUPTS AMERICA. DONALD TRUMP BANKRUPTS TOO. CRYSTAL BALL STATES SO.

June 29 2012 at 1:05 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Ron

ObamaScare will wreck any job creation!

June 29 2012 at 12:28 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Capt:Kurt Elwood

What if you cant get unemployment becouse for the last 15 years your business wasent incorporated?
And your living off of 300.00 a month or less?
NO WONDER THERES A LOT OF PEOPLE SELLING DRUGS...
How the hell can one afford to buy insurance?
I got news for all the people here in America ..THEY DONT HAVE ENUFF JAILS TO PUT ALL OF US BEHIND BARS FOR NOT PAYING THE FINE.
3 MEALS A DAY WITH MEDICAL SOUNDS GOOD TO ME RIGHT ABOUT NOW!!!!

June 28 2012 at 11:05 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
John Greene

Thank you Mr. President, or is it still all GWB"s fault ?

June 28 2012 at 10:53 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
jt2

But the good news is they now can get insurance. They can't pay for it and will be fined if they don't buy it , but they are insurable!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

June 28 2012 at 10:19 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
David

Correction, To my last statement >It should be I have not recieve a dime from unemployment.

June 28 2012 at 9:06 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
David

I would have to disagree with some of you people. I think if you have been working most of your life. You should not have to prove that you have been looking for a new job. .For for the last four months , I have been going to a technical college . So I really do not have time to go out And look for A new job. I have been looking on lne , But I have not had any luck. I just turn 53 years old So who in world is going to hire a 53 year man with no teeth. If it was not for the fact I put some money away when i was working. My wife and my child and myself would be homeless. It is really really sad that our goverment does not care. They only care about them selfs.It took me three months to get food stamps finnlly. That is all I got to say. PS. One more thing I have recieve a dime from unemployment. They say they will not except the fact I am going to school.

June 28 2012 at 9:03 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
tjstieg

But "the private sector is fine". Let's all work for the government or better yet you work for Burger King and I'll work for Wendy's and we will sell each other hamburgers--great economy huh?

June 28 2012 at 8:56 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

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