Tag: unemploymentbenefits

  • How I Survived Nearly 2 Years Of Unemployment

    How I Survived Nearly 2 Years Of Unemployment

    Alan Fromm had a good life: a six-figure salary; a nice house in Plainview, Long Island; a kid in college, and another in high school; a wife who could afford to work only part-time. Then in January 2009, there was a company-wide phone call. Fromm's consulting firm needed to do some cost-cutting, and a sweep... Continue Reading

  • Jobless Claims Drop, Suggesting Improved Hiring Outlook

    Jobless Claims Drop, Suggesting Improved Hiring Outlook

    By Christopher S. Rugaber WASHINGTON -- The number of people seeking unemployment aid last week fell to its lowest level since mid-May, suggesting layoffs are easing and hiring could pick up. The Labor Department says weekly unemployment benefit applications dropped by 14,000 to a seasonally adjusted... Continue Reading

  • Connecticut Unemployment Guide

    Connecticut Unemployment Guide

    If you've recently lost your job in Connecticut, you may be eligible for Connecticut Unemployment Insurance benefits. This is a guide to filing your claim for Connecticut unemployment benefits. Since each situation may have its own unique circumstances, make sure you check with the contact numbers and websites... Continue Reading

  • States Get Tough On The Unemployed, Push For Drug Testing

    States Get Tough On The Unemployed, Push For Drug Testing

    If you're out of work, you might soon have to give a urine sample to the government to collect unemployment benefits. Back in February, in order to pass the payroll tax cut extension, Democrats in Congress made a compromise: States could drug test the recipients of those benefits, in certain... Continue Reading

  • Weekly Claims For Unemployment Rise But Trend Is Positive

    Weekly Claims For Unemployment Rise But Trend Is Positive

    By Christopher S. Rugaber WASHINGTON -- The number of people seeking unemployment benefits rose last week to a seasonally adjusted 377,000, after a nearly four-year low the previous week. The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications increased 21,000. Applications had plummeted two weeks ago... Continue Reading

  • Pain Of Job Crisis Goes Well Beyond The Unemployed

    Pain Of Job Crisis Goes Well Beyond The Unemployed

    By PAUL WISEMAN WASHINGTON (AP) -- Unemployment has been stuck near 9 percent since the recession ended more than two years ago. The jobs report for September on Friday sent the clearest signal to date that the crisis will last through next year's elections. The pain isn't confined to the 14 million... Continue Reading

  • Five Things You Should Know About Vacation Pay and Unemployment Benefits

    Five Things You Should Know About Vacation Pay and Unemployment Benefits

    Employment benefits can be confusing to job seekers since they can vary from state to state, and even company to company. Vacation pay and unemployment aid are often the benefits that are put into question, whether it be at the start of employment or during a termination. Employees should review their... Continue Reading

  • Laid Off Versus Getting Fired When Collecting Unemployment Benefits

    Laid Off Versus Getting Fired When Collecting Unemployment Benefits

    Whether you're laid off or fired, the pain of getting let go from a job carries the same weight. But the unemployment relief you can receive afterward differs. The money used to fund unemployment benefits comes from a federal unemployment insurance tax that employers pay into. There are legal differences... Continue Reading

  • Unemployment Claims Jump

    Unemployment Claims Jump

    Last week, the number of people filing for unemployment benefits for the first time rose to 460,000--that's 18,000 more than the week before. But balance that against new jobs being created and accepted, and you get an unchanged unemployment rate that still clocks in at 9.7. That's according to the latest... Continue Reading

  • Your Boss is Paying You an Extra $8 per Hour

    Your Boss is Paying You an Extra $8 per Hour

    Maybe it's time to stop complaining and give your boss a break. Did you know that if you have a job that includes benefits, on average your employer is paying you an extra $8 per hour -- that's in addition to your salary. According to the latest numbers released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, that's... Continue Reading

  • Tom Delay Thinks Unemployed People Are Lazy

    Tom Delay Thinks Unemployed People Are Lazy

    On Sunday, March 6, former House Majority Leader Tom Delay, who was forced to step down amid legal scandal in 2006, appeared on CNN's State of The Union, lauding Jim Bunning's (R-KY) one man fillibuster against the extension of COBRA and unemployment benefits. "You know," Delay said, "there is an argument... Continue Reading

  • Good Job News: Unemployment Claims Down, Sales and Productivity Up

    Good Job News: Unemployment Claims Down, Sales and Productivity Up

    Last week the number of people filing for unemployment benefits was actually lower than it was the week before, which is a sign that layoffs could be slowing. In the week ending Feb. 27, initial claims numbered 469,000, a decrease of 29,000 from the previous week's 498,000, according to numbers released by the... Continue Reading

  • Unemployment Numbers Still Rising--How's Your State Doing?

    Unemployment Numbers Still Rising--How's Your State Doing?

    The only good news in the most recent unemployment numbers comes if you believe the saying, "What goes up must come down." Filings for unemployment benefits continue to rise. Last week there were 496,000 seasonally adjusted initial unemployment claims -- that's an increase of 22,000 above the previous week's... Continue Reading

  • Jobless Claims Increase -- Again

    Jobless Claims Increase -- Again

    Newly released Labor Department numbers show that while economists had expected a drop in new jobless claims, the number of people filing for first-time unemployment benefits has actually increased yet again-the fourth increase in the past five weeks. Continue Reading

  • New York to Unemployment Fraudsters: We're Looking for You

    New York to Unemployment Fraudsters: We're Looking for You

    First we lost our jobs, often most undeservedly so. Then we had to worry about identity theft during our job search (a job search, by the way, more difficult than usual due to a continuing lack of jobs.) And now, people are actually stealing our unemployment!? Wow, talk about unfair. Not to mention bad karma.... Continue Reading