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1st March
2014
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Unemployment benefit news update today March 1, 2014:
This week ended with better than expected economic data and this news could be counterproductive for almost two million Americans waiting on a long term unemployment extension. Many lost their benefits in December and have been diligently waiting on policy leaders in the Senate to agree on an extension plan since. Just last month, the Senate decided against multiple plans to extend benefits. Now that recent economic data has improved, some may argue that an extension is not necessary. Policy leaders may argue that, given the improving economic recovery process, job additions will rise and provide gainful employment for those in need.
As the last week concluded, the Commerce Department reported that new home sales moved to a level higher than any seen in over 5 years. Fed Chair Janet Yellen said that the economic recovery was moving forward and blamed any hiccups on the bad winter weather. U.S. gross domestic product rose higher and manufacturing activity, as well as consumer sentiment, rose more than expected. This type of data could give policy makers an excuse to avoid passing another long term unemployment benefit extension in 2014. A new unemployment benefit extension could cost approximately $6 billion, but Senate majority leader Harry Reid promises to keep negotiating with lawmakers from both parties to get a bill to the Senate floor to extend federal jobless benefits. It should be noted that since benefits were lost for many as December ended, Senators have been in session for only about 5 weeks. It appears that there was time for recess, twice.

Genny Germano

135 Comments

  1. Alex
    03/03/2014

    The government have billions dollars to help Siria, Afganistan, Iran, Iraq, Libia, and now Ukraine is in the waiting line, and they dont have money for health insurance and unemployment benefits. What type of government is that if they don’t care about their fellow citizens? It is stupid and unfair.

  2. 03/03/2014

    I am a 68 year old female who lost her job on 01-04-2013. Have too, worked all of my life and never been unemployed until now. My skills, yes are getting rusty and may need some additional training, however I can fight and can still work hard and very able bodied. I am in very much need of a few more months of benefits. I am praying for Obama to do this for all of us still on unemployment. Please help.

    Pam

  3. Jason Robinson
    03/03/2014

    I am unemployed to. I want to work.. I can make 1500 a week and the government shut all of us down. Gave us unemployment that was 390 a week. Put us back to work! I would much rather live on 1500 a week than 300 a week. I do better and feel better working. We Build America, and a lot of us are not working. Some say we don’t want to work. I am clarifying this.(WE WANT TO WORK) There isn’t enough work for everyone. Always cutting this and cutting that to save money. Americans want to work! There jobs are being cut to save money. I used to work year around. Now I am lucky to work 4 months! Bring back Bill Clinton at least the economy was booming back then. Union Local 103 Operating Engineers Kokomo IN.

  4. Jamie
    03/03/2014

    I had to move in with my parents because I couldn’t afford my rent anymore. And I am in school full time. I already have one Master’s degree and I am working on another and cannot find a job. Imagine that? Then Employers tell me I am over qualified or need more experience.
    The more time that goes between my last job and trying to get the next the worse it looks on my resume with a time gap. So it’s a never ending cycle. These employers want to know why you have been unemployed for so long, then no on will hire you because you have been unemployed for over 6 months. What the heck right?
    The house needs to understand that 2 MILLION AMERCIANS are suffering! These are Republicans and democrats. I am so sick of the this finger pointing, it’s like this is all they do all day long. What are they getting paid for? Just to talk crap about each other? Makes me SICK! I would be MORE than happy to take one of their places any day and make something happen because they certainly can’t.

  5. BOB MANTZ
    03/03/2014

    Well Washington has another Snow day , so all the fat bastards can stay home again in there mansions and eat until they have a heart attack that we the taxpayers have to pay for, WHERE IS ARE EXSTENSION OBAMA , WHERE IS YOUR PEN, YOUR PEOPLE, AMERICAINS ARE LOOSING EVERYTHING OUT HERE.

  6. HELP US PLEASE
    03/03/2014

    HELP US!! We are educated parents of three small children, out of income since December! Spouse hasn’t found work since layoff! I am working – but it isn’t enough. No cable, no TV, no frills!! Expenses are mortgage and groceries! NEED the extension to find employment and keep our house. We pay taxes – we NEED HELP this time. It’s not forever – just for today!

  7. MP
    03/03/2014

    The Republicans are more concerned about the talking point of the 6 million Americans that have lost their medical insurance. How many people have worked for a corportation that had changed insurance carriers and were not able to keep their doctors. I’ve been there so you move on. I know people feel comfortable with their doctors but sometimes things happen. I have been there. Maybe they need a number like 6 million to reinstate the emergency unemployement. I get $223 a week, not much but it helps. I would much rather be working. No interviews nothing has come my way and again it it probable because I am older. We have gone through everything. Why can’t the president do something. Why do we have to wait for the do nothing congress to do something. And why does it have to be a give me in order to do something. We were all working Americans that have paid taxes over the years. I get emails from both parties asking for donations. Where am I to get the money??? Even five bucks is alot these days. Prices are going up our pockets are collecting dust. These freakin politicans need to have a heart and get the act together. Stop fighting internally and help the people that put them where they are today….And yes today is yet another snow day. What about teleconfrencing??? Doesn’t that work? We the American work harder then them and have nothing to show and when we need a little help there is none to be had!!

  8. Virginia
    03/03/2014

    It is extremely stressful to be left hanging for so long for a decision to be made about unemployment extension. I have worked my entire life and would welcome the chance at being a part of the workforce again, however I have not been able to find employment. I am turned down for many jobs because employers feel I am over qualified. I took a seasonal job that paid less than unemployment just to get out of the house and learn a new skill. I am sure there are many more like me who are pounding the pavement but have not been able to find employment. If the people who make the decisions were in this position they would have a better understanding of what it is like to not be able to pay your mortgage or your bills. I can see why some people resort to desperate measures in order to survive. My mortgage company has been patient but cannot work with me unless I have some type of income. I am between a rock and hard place. After working and saving for so many years I never thought I would be in this position and I especially never thought my government would have such low regard for the average working class Americans. This is a very disheartening experience.

  9. 03/03/2014

    I feel that I worked all my life I’m a United state american born and raise here and for me to get any kind of help is hopeless if I came for another country I can apply for loan and all that apply to me if unfair and unjustified

  10. Grace Sotelo
    03/03/2014

    I am so disappointed in the system. I am my parents eldest daughter, my parents have worked their whole life in their country never once asked for welfare or any sort of assistance until now. My father is a construction worker who is older in age and can not retire until he accumulates his hours and has trouble finding work he is not even able to be given a chance to work many jobsites just look at his age and call the next young guy… so he is basically in limbo. Meanwhile he is not able to survive!!!!

  11. Sue
    03/03/2014

    Let the republicans add amendments if that is what it is going to take. I am feeling like Dems (Reid) is talking out his #@@@. If you know they won’t pass it without amendments and they don’t let them make amendments who is really holding up this bill? 2 months of empty promises. It is really stressful. And them Dems said send a message and then had the nerve to ask for donations! Get it- NO $$ I am ready to vote against ALL incumbents regardless of party!

  12. jay
    03/03/2014

    I have numerous interviews-just can’t afford the gas to get there…been begging -borrowing yet to steal to get money to survive and get to the job interviews…
    we need the EUC extension

  13. jay
    03/03/2014

    these morons on the hill just don’t realize that without that few hundred bucks a week-job seekers can’t afford to pay car payments/insurance or gas to get to interviews-let alone keep food on the table and the lights and heat on- But then why would they understand- they have a job that is recession proof they could never be fired-and they can vote for their own pay raises- as well as get paid whether they show up and do their job or not- And we tax payers pay for all that…

  14. Brent Casey
    03/03/2014

    If our congress men and women lived in the real world and had to answer for their job performance they would all be looking for a jobs too. Shame on you all for shutting down for weeks because you all are in a pissing match.Try that in any sucessful buisness and you would be without a job too. Not everyone that has been unemployed for over 6 months ts taking advantage of the 3 or 400 dollars a week so we do not have to work. Grow a set and do your jobs.

  15. 03/03/2014

    I have two honorable discharges from the U.S. Navy and Naval Reserves during first Desert Storm…i received my minimum unem. benefits which ended at the end of December….jobs are sporadic in northern Iowa in winter and now our elected representatives have chosen to collect their “working welfare checks”,take recesses,and ignore a large number of their constituencies …and i have to add i see very little of our president on this issue and he who promised to be our hero 6yrs. ago…but as the song says “it doesn’t matter as long as it not happenin’ to you” …i hope these so called leaders have someone checking these type of websites to hear the people..remember us ? and i would love to hear from one of these people so we could each explain our position..i am here i don’t believe there is enough work ethic in 80% of them to even worry …time to move to Colorado

  16. Ms. Disgusted
    04/03/2014

    I have worked for 30 years and therefore every employer paid into unemployment for 30 years. I was employed at my last position for almost 7 years. I took off from work to care for my fiance who had a total knee replacement. I went right back to work after caring for my fiance basically 24/7. I made a one word typo and was terminated because of it. I was also doing the work of atleast 3 people as many of us do. I have been unemployed for over a year now. No one will pay a wage that I worked hard to get to. Because of the unemployment extension loss at the beginning of this year, I have had no income for over 2 months. The maximum unemployment allowable amount is $275.00 a week. I brought home over $1200.00 a week. Do that math government officials. I worked hard and paid for my unemployment benefits and should be allowed to receive them until I obtain another job and so should everyone else. PERIOD! Stop putting our lives in jeopardy because you want to play politics while our lives fall completely apart. God bless all of you and lets pray they pass the unemployment extension this week.

  17. Dale
    04/03/2014

    What now ! We live week by week on how the economy is doing ? Week by Week does not mean a crock ! Three weeks from now or even next week or next month could show up with some bad numbers ! Why does it always have to be about numbers ? What about the 2 million Number ! What about the 2 Million Number ! I know it has to be 10 million !!!!!

  18. Ralph
    04/03/2014

    They can’t find the money for the extension but the president has asked congress to come up with an economic stimulus package for the Ukraine!!! Don’t help your own people but fork over billions to foreign countries! Yea that makes sense! This country is an absolute joke! Makes me sick!

  19. Linda
    04/03/2014

    All I can say is please God help us all because no one else is going to!

  20. Mena
    04/03/2014

    This who we voted for .I blame me for helping to put these people over are life .If this was election time then they brain comes together because they want your vote .STOP VOTING !!! That is the only way you will get heard and things will change .The more of them get out of the chair the more we gang .When they don’t live then they will see how it fells to work almost all your life and when things go down hill for you and you need to get up on your feet you cant get what you work for in pay into .They are not giving you nothing .That is money we and are job or jobs pay into .And they cant take are money to take care of criminals with are money for years .WE ARE THE DUM ONES .AS LONG AS I LIVE ON THE FACE OF THIS EATH I WILL NEVER EVER VOTE FOR THESE PEOLE AGAIN !!!!!! Let criminals vote for who THEY CANT !!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. Mena
    04/03/2014

    I WASNOT PLANNING TO VOTE FOR OBAMA ! I WANT HILLARY TO WIN BUT SHE DROP OUT .I NO HE WAS GOING TO GET IN THERE AND LOOK OUT FOR THEM OTHER PEOPLE IN DIFFRENT COUNTRY .HE IS NOT WHAT WE THROUGHT HE WOULD BE .REMEMBER HE FATHER IS AFRICAN AND HIS MOTHER IS WHITE AND THEY ARE FROM MIAMA !!!!!!!!!! HE PLAYED ALL OF US THEY ALL IN THAT WHITE HOUSE PLAY ALL OF US .BUT 2015 IS AROUND THE CORNER LET THE JOKE BE ON THEM DONT COME TOGEHTER TO VOTE JUST DONT VOTE AT ALL !!!!!!! WHAT THEY ARE DOING REMEMBER THIS NOW AND FOR EVER AND ON 2016 ELECTION AND SO OF YOU DUMMIES WILL BE RIGHT AT THE POLLS VOTING ! NOT, NOT, NOT,NOT,NOT,NOT,NOT ,NOT ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  22. PS
    04/03/2014

    I won’t forget this come the next election!! They stonewall Obama on every topic and can care less about the implications to the people.

  23. 04/03/2014

    The other side to this is those who’s original unemployment claim ran out at the time the extension for others ran out, did not have the opportunity to get any kind of extension. It would be helpful to at least consider those that have not had an extension of their unemployment benefits to make them eligible to get some help.

  24. Pap
    04/03/2014

    I am part of the long term unemployed have already lost everything I worked for over the years lost my job of 21 years due to re-construction. Don’t be fooled by these the politicians of today. The REP want to play hardball but at the same time the DEMs don’t want this to pass either they think they can use this to get re-elected. Its all about them not the common working people of this country. They all disgust me!!!

  25. Marcie Faulkner
    04/03/2014

    Please help!!!
    We have contributed to this our whole lives!!
    I had heart surgery yesterday from working 2 full time jobs because my husband has had nothing coming in!! We have barely bought food for a month, used our income tax to get our home out of foreclosure and there are quite a few bills gone unpaid that will need to be caught up, putting us right back in the hole again! We are in a lose/lose situation right now!

  26. Kay Anderson
    04/03/2014

    Of course they don’t care — as long as they have something to do they collect a paycheck!! I think we should make those type jobs minimum wage and see how many of them learn how to vote to support the American public and not their own pockets.

  27. Allie
    04/03/2014

    Depressed on meds. Hospitalized for a brain tumor. Kids moved with ex husband. Doctors won’t allow me to drive and having to depend on verbally abusive boyfriend to pay rent. Thank you republicans!

  28. Roddy Finley
    04/03/2014

    All this talk of not voting for republicans or not voting at all is not going to resolve anything. If you don’t vote others will… If you do vote it will be another corrupt, greedy, inhumane politician taking their place. We the people need to make a march to Washington, make our voices heard, and eject these incompetent lazy farts or possibly run for office ourselves. Far too many policies and procedures need to change for the sake of our country, our children, and our future. Americans need to wake up and take action soon. I fear the direction this country is heading.

  29. Seriously??
    05/03/2014

    I see the government is working hard again. One billion to Ukraine but nothing for the people here. Seriously? I gave up on the EUC being passed. You people should also do the same cause its not going to happen. Unless you’re another Country, or a big corporate business like AIG and the likes.. Remember when they needed bailed out? Sure you do, cause the dumb asses running this Country didn’t vote on it or worried about where it would come from.

  30. D Doles
    05/03/2014

    I think it is pathetic that OUR Government could give Ukraine $1B of our hard earned $$$ but OUR Government cant take care of the 2 million people that are having a hard time finding a job in their CAREERS that we worked so hard for. We are forced to take a minimum wage job w/o our benefits what does not help with much more than gas getting back and forth, considering there is NO FULL times jobs with the NOBAMA CARE!!! this is DEPLORABLE….

  31. Karen
    05/03/2014

    Here is the latest update for March 4, 2014: Legislation which would extend federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) benefits, for six months was filed last night march 4 by Senator Harry Reid.

    The legislation (S.2077, the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2014) is for a 6 month retroactive extension

    SENATE WILL DEBATE THIS WEEK OF MARCH 4TH AND GIVE A DEFINITE CLOTURE VOTE NEXT WEEK. THE WEEK OF MARCH 9TH

  32. Karen
    05/03/2014

    Hopefully they will vote next week and hopefully it passes through senate. Then the challenging next step is for it to pass through the house. If the bill gets shot down by the house at least the president can then use his phone and pen to veto the bill. Lets pray it gets through senate first.

  33. Denise
    06/03/2014

    So you can raise the minimum wage but people are still out of work and have no job in sight and unemployment has ended what are these people to do? There were ladies at my job that had 25 years and were let go just like that. Help us we can not find work if we can not afford the cost of transportation to look for it. So republicans get off your butts or give us your pay checks till we find something

  34. Steve
    06/03/2014

    I’m really not understanding why unemployment can’t be extended. I was paying for classes and helping my parents and now that it has ended it has become a very big struggle. I’ve been working sense I was 16yrs old. I got my first apt. at the age of 20yrs and has been living on my own ever sense then. I’m 44 now and I lost my job and moved in with my parents. NO cool! NOT COOL AT ALL.

  35. DarCig
    07/03/2014

    I too had my benefits stopped and actually got food stamps for a month. Then decided to look for minimum wage jobs while looking to still get a job in my industry. Maybe not extending makes everyone try to accept any job for the time being.

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