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Alert to churches: unemployment benefits to expire

Alert to churches: unemployment benefits to expire

A not very happy New Year for many in the U.S. Congress left town to celebrate the holidays and left millions of Americans holding the bag:

Mother Jones

Officially, the Great Recession of 2007 ended in June 2009. Yet the economic downturn remains in full effect for millions of Americans, particularly the nearly 40 percent of the unemployed who have been looking for work for six months or more.

10 Reasons Long-Term Unemployment Is a National Catastrophe

In less than a week, emergency federal unemployment benefits for 1.3 million of these jobless Americans are set to run out. Proponents of ending the benefits argue that the economy is expanding and that the benefits prevent people from finding work. “You get out of a recession by encouraging employment not encouraging unemployment,” according to Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who opposes extending benefits. However, the data shows that while corporate America has bounced back, it is not restoring all the jobs it shed when the economy tanked five years ago.

Currently, nearly 11 million Americans are unemployed. The unemployment rate stands at 7 percent. Both of those stats are improvements from a little more than four years ago, when the post-recession jobless rate peaked at 10 percent and more than 15 million people were out of work.

See charts here.

Pew Research shows state by state effect:

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tgflux

One of the reasons that the economy isn't doing better, ChristopherJ, is that Federal employment is down so far, after GOP-demanded cutbacks/shutdowns/sequesters (remembering that Federal employees pump money into the entire economy, public&private).

So even if there were "economic illiterates in the Obama Administration" (humans being human, I'm sure there's gotta be one or two), I can assure you that they aren't "countless".

JC Fisher

Prayers for all the unemployed, especially those losing unemployment "benefits".

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Fmendespinto

About the map: does no one live in North Carolina? Or do they eat the unemployed there, or what?

Bill Dilworth

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Christopher Johnson

Rich? As someone who has been unemployed exactly one year ago yesterday and who realizes that God doesn't owe him another breath, what say you place the blame where it actualy belongs? With the countless economic illiterates in the Obama Administration.

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Richard III

Austerity by government is a wonderful thing and besides most of those long term unemployed are probably just too lazy to work after living off the largess of the rest of the population for so long that they probably couldn't imagine having to go back to a regular job. Or so goes the popular opinion held by too many ill-informed Americans, promoted as the truth by too many of our politicians and media pundits, many of who have never been unemployed and don't have a clue what the experience is like.

Richard Warren

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