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Worst Christmas Ever: 'I May Lose My Unemployment Benefits'

Worst Christmas Ever: 'I May Lose My Unemployment Benefits'

By Jennifer Liberto This could be Karen Duckett's worst New Year, ever. Duckett, 51, of Laurel, Md., is among 2.1 million jobless Americans whose unemployment benefits will end on Dec. 29, if Congress doesn't act. Read More »

Alabama Unemployment Guide

Alabama Unemployment Guide

Filing for Unemployment : Unemployed Alabama workers can file an unemployment claim online or toll free 1-866-234-5382 (7am - 5pm, Mon. - Fri.) to the Alabama Initial Claims Line. An automated attendant will ask a number of questions before referring you to a live Customer Service Representative to finish... Read More »

Alaska Unemployment Guide

Alaska Unemployment Guide

Filing for Unemployment: Unemployed Alaska workers can file an unemployment claim online (click Unemployment Insurance Benefits), or call one of the state's UI Claim Centers (Anchorage 907-269-4700, Juneau 907-465-5552, Fairbanks 907-451-2871, or toll free 888-252-2557). Additional contact information can be... Read More »

Arkansas Unemployment Guide

Arkansas Unemployment Guide

If you've recently lost your job in Arkansas, you may be eligible for Arkansas Unemployment Insurance benefits. Use this handy guide as a jumping off point to collecting all the benefits that are rightfully yours. Filing for Unemployment: Arkansas claims can be filed online or be mailed or brought to an... Read More »

At Least One 99er Gets It, Finally

Michael White, 58, is one of the five million '99ers,' that is those whose unemployment benefits ran out at 99 weeks. Like too many of them, White didn't seem to get it about his marketability until the safety net was being pulled out from under him. White's jobless story is familiar. As a television video... Read More »

The Number of Underemployed is Growing

The Number of Underemployed is Growing

Being underemployed may be the new way of doing business in America. It allows companies to hire workers for only the hours they're needed, and to pay them an hourly rate without providing benefits, while keeping people in the work force -- at least partially. It's better than being unemployed. Before I was laid... Read More »

Top 10 Frustrations of the Unemployed -- And What To Do About Them

Top 10 Frustrations of the Unemployed -- And What To Do About Them

Being without a job is stressful by itself, and there are plenty of things that make it more stressful than it should be -- such as someone trying to jump the line at the unemployment office, as one clueless person recently found out in Oregon. "You have to be careful. There are a lot of unhappy, stressed... Read More »

Unemployment Benefits Extension: Encouraging Unemployed to Be Slackers?

Unemployment Benefits Extension: Encouraging Unemployed to Be Slackers?

The debate over whether an unemployment benefits extension discourages people from looking for work is causing a Senate bill to languish that would extend benefits to people who have been out of work the longest. Many people think 99 weeks -- the current maximum to collect benefits -- is enough time to find a... Read More »

Is the Economic Recovery a Sham? What the Unemployment Rate Means to You

Is the Economic Recovery a Sham? What the Unemployment Rate Means to You

Not only did the unemployment rate hold at 9.5 percent, but last week the number of initial unemployment claims climbed to 479,000 -- that's 19,000 more than the week before. 131,000 jobs were lost in July, and private employers added only 71,000 jobs in July--that's 12,000 less than they added in June, and... Read More »

High U.S. Unemployment Rates Could Continue for Years to Come

High U.S. Unemployment Rates Could Continue for Years to Come

In a sobering moment at Wednesday's Congressional testimony, Ben Bernanke stated that the U.S.'s economic outlook was "unusually uncertain." Following the passing of an unemployment benefits extension for workers who have expired their initial 26 weeks of benefits, but haven't used up the 99-week total... Read More »

Unemployment Benefits Over? What Is Your Next Move?

Unemployment Benefits Over? What Is Your Next Move?

Congress will be voting on legislation that would extend unemployment benefits for out of work Americans who have been unemployed for over six months. Senators are currently discussing the issue on the floor, and voting is scheduled to take place at 2:30 PM today. There's an estimated 2 million jobless Americans... Read More »

Unemployment Benefits Extension Bill Expected to Pass in Congress Today

Unemployment Benefits Extension Bill Expected to Pass in Congress Today

**UPDATE** The Senate moved forward with the unemployment benefits extension bill, which will provide retroactive benefits until the end of the year, effectively beating the Republican filibuster with a vote of 60-40. The next step is a majority rules vote, which was delayed again by Republicans for another 30... Read More »

Will Congress Extend Unemployment?

Will Congress Extend Unemployment?

There was an outcry over the fact that Congress once again held up passing a vote to extend unemployment benefits for an estimated 2 million jobless Americans. According to new unemployment statistics that came out last Friday, there is an increase in the unemployment rate (to 9.5%) with 125,000 jobs lost. A... Read More »

COBRA Subsidy Extended for One Month

COBRA Subsidy Extended for One Month

The Great Recession has hit Americans long and hard. While the loss of income that comes with a layoff is always a major blow, loss of health benefits can be cataclysmic, and that's where COBRA can be a real lifesaver. President Obama signed a COBRA subsidy extension into law on March 2, which is good news for... Read More »

Unemployment Extension - A Filing

Unemployment Extension - A Filing "How To" Guide

Now that Kentucky Senator Jim Bunning has finally relented and allowed the Senate to pass unemployment extension benefits, many out-of-work Americans can breathe a sigh of relief. When there's a high volume of unemployment -- like we have with our current economic recession -- the federal government typically... Read More »

211 is the Loneliest Number When Waiting for a Job

211 is the Loneliest Number When Waiting for a Job

The official average wait, from layoff to first day of a new job, has been increasing steadily for the last 10 months, and now clocks in at 211 days -- a whopping 30.2 weeks, or 7.5 months. That's the highest it's ever been since the Labor Department began keeping track, back in 1948. To the average American... Read More »

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