Most Unemployed No Longer Receive Benefits

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The jobs crisis has left so many people out of work for so long that most of America’s unemployed are no longer receiving unemployment benefits.

Early last year, 75 percent were receiving checks. The figure is now 48 percent — a shift that points to a growing crisis of long-term unemployment. Nearly one-third of America’s 14 million unemployed have had no job for a year or more.

Congress is expected to decide by year’s end whether to continue providing emergency unemployment benefits for up to 99 weeks in the hardest-hit states. If the emergency benefits expire, the proportion of the unemployed receiving aid would fall further.

The ranks of the poor would also rise. The Census Bureau says unemployment benefits kept 3.2 million people from slipping into poverty last year. It defines poverty as annual income below $22,314 for a family of four.

Yet for a growing share of the unemployed, a vote in Congress to extend the benefits to 99 weeks is irrelevant. They’ve had no job for more than 99 weeks. They’re no longer eligible for benefits.

2 thoughts on “Most Unemployed No Longer Receive Benefits

  1. NOW IS THE TIME FOR THE DEMS TO PUT UP OR SHUT UP. THEY ARE THE ONES RAKING IN MILLIONS WHILE HARDWORKING AMERICANS ARE GOING WITHOUT. IF THEY REALLY BELIEVED IN THE DOGMA THAT COMES FROM THIER LIPS THEY WOULD LIGHTEN THIER OWN BANK ACCOUNTS IN ORDER TO HELP OUT THE ONES THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO STAND FOR. BUT THE LIKELYHOOD OF THAT HAPPENINNG IS EQUIVELANT TO THE SUN GETTING A SMILEY FACE ON IT!!!!!!!!!

  2. They don’t care until it’s time for them to get re-elected.

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