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6th March
2014
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Unemployment Benefit Extension and Jobs Market Update USA Today March 6, 2014:

It appears that some Senators are content to let the slowly recovering U.S. economy present additional job opportunities for America’s unemployed, instead of agreeing to provide support for another unemployment benefit extension. Over a million Americans lost their long term unemployment benefits in late December and have been living without the federal lifeline since. The Senate has voted on a measure to extend unemployment benefits multiple times since, and failed every time. Although some policy makers believe that a recovering U.S. economy can provide enough opportunity for those that have exhausted their long term emergency compensation benefits, the recent jobs data has been weaker than expected.

This week, the payroll processing firm ADP reported that private sector employers added only 139,000 jobs in the most recent month. Although this total was greater than the private sector additions of 127,000 which posted in January, it still missed economists’ forecasts and was far below the average of 186,000 from the previous 12 months. It appears that the data is getting worse, not better. The U.S. economic recovery may be off track and there might be more blame to go around than just the harsh winter weather. The unemployed without benefits will look for the Senate to consider the facts and collaborate to pass an extended unemployment benefit plan.

This week, Senate Majority leader Harry Reid has said that he will continue to work to gain the additional votes necessary for a 6-month unemployment benefit extension. The vote in the Senate is expected to happen next week. Although the vote was initially expected to take place this week, the bad weather is being blamed for a schedule that is too tight for a vote this week.

Genny Germano

81 Comments

  1. disgusted
    06/03/2014

    Our politicians have ruined America. the Free Trade Agreement. took all the jobs for Americans and that’s the reason that were in the condition we are today. the bankers opened up the market for housing raising the prices of properties making refinancing accessible to everyone and that ruined our housing market. what the New World Order. I don’t believe any of them are on our side Republicans or Democrats. I just change my voters registration card from Republican to Democrat. I will make sure to let everyone know never to vote Republican again vote (r) for recession.

  2. Mark
    06/03/2014

    Those that are voting no to extended unemployment benefits, we will remember not to vote for you come November.

  3. Mark
    06/03/2014

    Those that are voting no to extended unemployment benefits, we will remember not to vote for you come November. Its easy to vote no when you cannot identify with the financial struggles of the everyday person. Maybe its time to start electing people that are not coming from wealth……….

  4. disgusted
    06/03/2014

    Our politicians have ruined America. the Free Trade Agreement. took all the jobs for Americans and that’s the reason that were in the condition we are today. the bankers opened up the market for housing raising the prices of properties making refinancing accessible to everyone and that ruined our housing market. what the New World Order. I don’t believe any of them are on our side Republicans or Democrats. I just change my voters registration card from Republican to Democrat. I will make sure to let everyone know never to vote RepublicanRepublican again vote (r) for recession.

  5. 06/03/2014

    This is REDICULOUS How many more times can they push back voting on this and fail us the american people.I have worked since i was 15 and am now an unemployable 54,what has happened to us as proud americans,These Politicians are a joke,they should work over every day to resolve this issue,Honest hard working AMERICANS are going hungry losing their homes cars personal posessions and self worth while these polititions take weeks off without any remorse.Just remember come election time everyone,I PRAY FOR US ALL!

  6. disgusted
    06/03/2014

    I have work for 38 years. the first time I ever apply for unemployment in my life. can’t seem to find a job no matter where I go. I’ve applied online applied In Person everywhere I can possibly think of. Now that I am 55 years old no one wants to hire anyone but the younger generation. Employers can pay them less money and most of them still live at home. no one wants to give any hours all the employers are to worry about this Obama care. our president is worried about health not our pockets but we can’t even afford anything because we have no jobs

  7. 06/03/2014

    I have e mailed all the senators possible.Anyone know what to do or who to contact to make this completely clear that we here in America are going through a horrible great depression and how to pass this through for us as fast as they did for Ukraine? I’ve lost just about everything and have a one year old daughter….. this is the great country we live in. Pray or do whatever helps you have some faith in the world cause that is literally all we have left. Sick of next week…next week too. Good luck to us all

  8. Michele
    06/03/2014

    Just remember the republicans who did not help us when its time to vote!!

  9. Terkin
    06/03/2014

    March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom!

  10. Bob Fink
    06/03/2014

    Every day without the little bit of money from unemployment benefits is another day of no gas for the car to go LOOK for work,no money for basic expenses. I’ve already had to file for bankruptcy.. May lose my house..At 59 years of age,I feel like I’m drowning.. Have worked and paid into the gov’t since I was 16.Can’t believe the clueless senators can’t see a fire when the building is burning!
    But let’s send a billion to help out the Ukraine!!! Our focus and concern for our own society and it’s problems makes us a laughing stock as we babysit every other nation who wines for help. I just don’t get it….

  11. char
    06/03/2014

    We all are begging for help help us please help us

  12. Cassandra
    06/03/2014

    We need for the U.S. American
    People’s “elected” representatives to represent US now!!! I understand the crisis in Ukraine is serious but the lives of the American people should be the priority!!! Let’s take of our own here at home!!!

  13. William Rasco
    06/03/2014

    Guess being wealthy keeps Gov, from really understanding how this impacts 99 % of Great Americans!!

  14. 12th GENERATION AMERICAN - HELP!
    06/03/2014

    WOW!
    More BVS out of Washington – How about a firehose to wash these ELECTED ( for what?) officials into the Potomac River?

    I am 70 years old, had an EXCELLENT job, take care of of 95 year old mother ( who ran out of assets long ago)..My former employer laid everyone off ( no notice or severance) last summer. No benefits to HELP ( and you take TAXES OUT OF THE BENEFITS)..M y life saVINGS IS NEARLY gone – mY FORMERLY excellent CREDIT RATING IS BEING FLUSHED DUE TO ARREARAGES.

    When I was employed I often had business trips to Washington, DC..and it always AMAZED me that there were so many STREET PEOPLE in doorways within SUIGHT OF OUR WHITE HOUSE….and all the EMPTY SUITS bustling by NEVER ACKNOWLEDGED or seemed to NOTICE them…ARE they invisible? I will soon loose my home, my car, everything I have worked for for OVER 50 years….HELLO! ELECTED OFFICIALS…is anyone ALIVE, CARING or CONCERNED…or are you all so filled with GREED and AVARICE that yuou ONLY NOTICE the plight of people who DID NOT VOTE FOR YOU AND NEVER WILL…bad as their lives may be….TAKE CARE OF the MILLIONS of decent, hardworking people who BUILT THIS COUNTRY…we’d like a piece of the OUR AMERICAN DREAM too.

    My ancestors MAY come up of out of their graves, pitchforks in hand and MARCH ON WASHINGTON – to TAKE BACK OUR COUNTRY…as they did in Boston, when the British went ONE STEP TOO FAR…The motto of NH is “LIVE FREE OR DIE”….we are suffering and some will die at the uncaring hands of our own government. SHAME ON YOU!!! BOTH SIDES are PATHETIC!!!

  15. 12th GENERATION AMERICAN - HELP!
    06/03/2014

    WOW!
    More BS out of Washington – How about a firehose to wash these ELECTED ( for what?) officials into the Potomac River?

    I am 70 years old, had an EXCELLENT job, take care of my 95 year old mother ( who ran out of assets long ago)..My former employer laid everyone off ( no notice or severance) last summer. No benefits to HELP ( and you take TAXES OUT OF THE BENEFITS)..My life SAVINGS IS NEARLY gone – MY FORMERLY excellent CREDIT RATING IS BEING FLUSHED – DUE TO ARREARAGES.

    When I was employed I often had business trips to Washington, DC..and it always AMAZED me that there were so many STREET PEOPLE in doorways within SIGHT OF OUR WHITE HOUSE…. the EMPTY SUITS bustling by NEVER ACKNOWLEDGED or seemed to NOTICE them…ARE they invisible? I will soon loose my home, my car, everything I have worked for for OVER 50 years….HELLO! ELECTED OFFICIALS…is anyone ALIVE, CARING or CONCERNED…or are you all so filled with GREED and AVARICE that you ONLY NOTICE the plight of people who DID NOT VOTE FOR YOU AND NEVER WILL…bad as their lives may be half way across the planet….TAKE CARE OF the MILLIONS of decent, hardworking people who BUILT THIS COUNTRY…we’d like a piece of OUR AMERICAN DREAM too.

    My ancestors MAY come up of out of their graves, pitchforks in hand and MARCH ON WASHINGTON – to TAKE BACK OUR COUNTRY…as they did in Boston, when the British went ONE STEP TOO FAR…The motto of NH is “LIVE FREE OR DIE”….we are suffering and some will die at the uncaring hands of our own government. SHAME ON YOU!!! BOTH SIDES are PATHETIC!!!

  16. Gerard Briggs
    06/03/2014

    I’ve been out of work since 12/31/12. My unemployment ran out 12/28/13. I’m down to my last 500.00. I have no transportation because I sold my Truck to put food on the table.

    But, do you think Congress or anyone in the government are reading these post. You have to ask yourself, HAVE YOU LOST ENOUGH, AND ARE YOU OUTRAGED ENOUGH TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.

    Don’t wait for Congress. go to this website for information what will take place on 05/16/14. Operation American Spring.

    If we get the extension before then, great. But I’m going to OAS anyway.
    Here’s the link. If it’s not highlighted copy and paste into your browser.

    http://patriotsforamerica.ning.com/?xg_source=msg_mes_network

    Take Back Our Country.

  17. Tom
    06/03/2014

    For many months now, I have been thinking that being in America and being an American means nothing. I remember a time when i was proud to say that i am an American. It’s a damn shame that our government, these people who took an oath to put the American people first, can squander billions of dollars to other country for BS. If These ASSCLOWNS really gave a shit about the unemployed, they would stay at the office until they come up with an agreement to pass the UI bill. It’s sad to hear all of the stories about people loosing everything and getting evicted. ItsTerrible! This UI extension should be top priority for the politicians, but instead they want to give Ukraine a billion dollars..

  18. Jon Hall
    06/03/2014

    Why are we giving billions in Foreign Aid to despots and tyrants when Americans are losing their homes and u.i.?? Why in the world are we giving China of all places $26 million in foreign aid?? If we take a billion from the top 3 and the rest from china, russia and countries that hate us, we have the 6 billion nut. These are $$ from Deficit Spending that the tea party is nuts about. Huge hypocrisy!! Look at this link to see the foreign aid spending:

    http://www.tableausoftware.com/public/gallery/where-does-us-foreign-aid-go

    Here’s the 6 billion.

    country total aid reallocate to UI
    Israel 6,043,234,000 1,000,000,000
    egypt 3,251,255,000 1,000,000,000
    Iraq 2,635,157,000 500,000,000
    china 21,224,000 21,224,000
    russia 51,961,000 51,961,000
    pakistan 3,304,091,000 1,000,000,000
    afghanistan 4,751,024,000 2,000,000,000
    Nigeria 1,299,228,000 1,299,228,000
    South Africa 1,002,428,000 426,815,000

    20,057,946,000 6,872,413,000

    Raise hell with every politician you can reach. Americans First, Not international welfare!

  19. 06/03/2014

    This is what the American people get for being uninformed voters for the past couple of decades and voting for the lesser of two evils. We voted for the false promises of safty, prosperity through wealth sharing, and the nanny state taking care of us. Congrats, we have a Government full of lifetime politicians that are only concerned with keeping their constiuants happy and making sure the big gov machine keeps chugging along. There is no line differentiating Democrats and Republicans anymore. This country was designed as a bottom up system of government with the people holding the power and our elected officals bending to our will. Corruption and power struggles have turned the great american experiment on its head to the point the founders would be disgraced by what has become of us. The EUC debate is a perfect example of how less of a shit our representives give about us and the constitution and how much they are consumed by the political chess game they are currently playing. They are being cavalier with peoples lives just as they do when the send our young people over to die for their wars of aggresion and empire building. But, know one seems to see the real issue, we made this mess. We need to start laying down the ground work for our kids an their kids to have a better life. OPEN YOUR EYES, VOTE OUT THE CAREER POITICIANS AND START LOCALLY VOTING FOR TRUE CONSTITUTIOAL CONSERVATIVES/LIBERTARIAN CANIDATES!!!! START TALKING TO PEOPLE, HELP EACH OTHER, DONT BE SO DEPENDANT ON THE GRID OR THE GOVERNMENT!!!!! DONT KNOW HOW TO START?? ASK A TRUE LIBERTARIAN WHERE TO BEGIN!!! We cannot change DC, too big. Start in your own back yard. Look at your local situation/canidates and start asking questions. Please, get off your knees and start fighting to save this country!!!! I am a proud Libertarian. I will vote Libertarian and push for Libertarian canidates. I will educate anyone who wants to know about what it is to be Libertarian and how we start to fix this mess.

  20. antoinette petko
    06/03/2014

    wwwwwwwhen aaaaarrre wwwwwweee ggggggonnnnnaa ttttttalk aaaaaabbbbbout EEEEEEUUUUUUCCCCC!!!!!??????

  21. 06/03/2014

    Sign this FREE patition and light a fire under the legislators butts!

    https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/america-needs-emergency-unemployment-extentions-2014/LB6WYclq

  22. Tom Beglin
    06/03/2014

    I’m 63 yrs. old. I’ve worked my entire life.I work construction which at times is seasonal.I want to at least work till I’m 65. By the end of this month I’m sure the banks will be sending their letters. The one thing some politians have forgotten is that 20% my of unemployment goes back to the govt. in taxes. Maybe welfare is the ticket now. Food stamps,health and dental, plus HUD.

  23. 07/03/2014

    Enough is enough!!! I worked all my life, and had only three jobs my whole life as a retail manager. This is probably the last week my cell phone will be on, as I try to get calls for jobs. Now without my phone, car, house, etc., there is no way I can get a job, because I cannot be contacted. I have been on many interviews at the age of 57 they tell me we went with a different candidate. Things happen why you lose your jobs, but when the Republicans call us lazy, that was the last draw. I worked 65 to 70 hours a week in snow and rain, but when the senate says we have to reschedule the vote because of bad weather, shame on you. Now who is lazy. Pass the damn vote, and clean up your own backyard, before you clean others.

  24. Mark
    07/03/2014

    I seen the bad weather on TV: 3 inches of snow. It was a storm that was all trumped up but hit like a kitten. Meow. Anyways, The wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Everywhere lol etc, total up to about 10 trillion dollars. Looks like we’re gearing up to a war with Russia ? 100 Trillion ?? How are we gonna fight the Russians if we are weak, skinny, cold, tired and ill ? Heck, all we really need to do to come up with the 10 billion is forclose on all the senators homes and return 50% of the proceeds to the peoples fund. Most of these politicians have a lot more than just one meesly mansion.

  25. c
    07/03/2014

    My letter to senator risch of idaho

    Idaho has a LOT of homeless families, and families living below poverty status… especially in the magic valley area. As a mother of 3, my children, spouse and myself are in this category!!…a lot in part to you not voting yeah to the unemployment extension. Yet…our country that you serve with authority(!!)…can fork money over to a different country while my family and MILLIONS of others live day to day not knowing what will happen tomorrow. Do you know what it is like sleeping in a car with 3 children under 6? Or struggling to explain why we move from families homes to motels and so forth? We the people are not asking for a handout, rather we are asking for the funds we rightly earned! I know im not famous, as to say I have no “pull” with you… and this plea will fall on deaf ears regardless…but all i hope is that you open your heart to serving “we the people” of not only the state of Idaho, but also on behalf of this great nation.

    Signed;
    A minority in a vast majority of nay-sayers

  26. Phillip
    07/03/2014

    It is a travesty that our government will push through billions in funding for a foreign country (Ukraine)but do nothing to support the unemployed people of this country. We all should ensure that they are held accountable for the lack of compassion by putting them in retirement this November. I am 51 and have been working since I was 16. I served my country for 6 years in the US Navy where I was willing to put my life on the line for this country. Now that I need my government assistance, I am told that I am lazy and just want a handout. Well if any of the congressional members are truly there to support their constituents then the EUC would have been passed already. Come November we all need to give the Republicans pink slips since they are in their positions not to legislate but to obstruct. Lets send them a message in NOVEMBER.

  27. Ann-Marie
    07/03/2014

    I know President Obama is doing the best he can regarding this degrading outpour of pleas for help. There are so many of us in the same situation but yet our government ignores us and addresses international problems. We didn’t create these problems – but we are paying for them. I always thought we should help our own first and then the world1!!

  28. Chris C.
    07/03/2014

    I just do not understand how I can work all my life paying taxes and supporting government programs, while never asking for a dime from my government. Now when I am in need help, I get cut off! They can waste millions on stupid law suites, dumb oversight committees, and send billions to help other countries! What about us?

  29. tanya
    09/03/2014

    I’m 43 and have voted every voting season allowed, and I have always voted the person best for the position democrat or republican, what im telling you is what I wrote R.Portman from Ohio, I will never forget the looks on the republicans faces when the democrats were trying to get the unemployment to pass, the looks were looks of disguised when they spoke of American families in this unemployment crisis. I will never vote republican again, never! their looks of disguise will be on my mind when I go vote from now on.
    I hope and pray that all of you with children will be ok during this crisis, I have teenagers and they r starting to feel the suffering,they have given up their sports in high school and now pack lunch, I have just told them they cant go to prom,(i know this is minor to some, but to teenagers its important) they have not noticed that i’ve lost weight because our suppers are smaller and i want more food for them, they do not know that im sick because i cant afford my medication and we cant afford our cell phone bill so my husband and i gave up our cell phones. i have tried to keep them in the dark about our family crisis because I’m imbarressed to tell them i have failed as a parent to supply. you see im 43 and have worked since 14, i have always been blessed with really good jobs my whole life, this is my 1st time on unemployment and i cant find a job any where!, it hurts me emotionally and mentally, its dehumanizing.
    our congress needs to get it together,and start caring first about americans, and we americans need to remember when we vote, who will benefit us, yes us! the American people

  30. M
    01/04/2014

    I have applied for hundreds of jobs since I got laid off in Oct. 2013. There are many people out here that are doing all they can to get jobs. To think that our representatives think unemployment encourages us to sit on our butts and not want more for our families than the meager amount we have to live on. We are not getting rich by being on unemployment. I can barely pay my bills with it. I would rather be working and have done everything I know to do to find a job.

  31. 06/05/2014

    This is to our government officials who don’t give a rats ass about the American citizens of this country who are losing everything they worked for all of their lives, including myself that are at the end of their financial means of supporting their families and saving what they do have, and maybe some pride. You jerks and highly paid cronies like the Koch brothers and big corporate companies have no compassion for this country, but they don’t care about the billons of dollars being donated to all the foreign countries who cry boo boo each time some war thing or disaster happens. They always find money for those things. All the service people who represent our country are getting the shaft along with veterans and seniors with cuts to their benefits just like the unemployed have been cut off completely from their. What assholes we have running our country. Vote them all out on this year in November. Time to go Democrat again. At least they have some compassion for American citizens.

    I really don’t care about the bad weather you have to come out in to do your job, because the American Worker who had a job and lost it because of no fault of their own, had to go in daily. That is a boo hoo excuse if I ever heard one….damn babies. Weather was not excusable. Time to pass that bill today…not next week or the week after. I hope tons of bad karma comes to all that don’t vote yes and pass that bill for for the unemployment extension.

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