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Jobless Benefits

Arthur Delaney

A Lot Fewer Americans Get Unemployment Benefits Than You Think | Arthur Delaney | Posted 03.13.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The share of unemployed Americans who receive unemployment insurance benefits has dwindled to its lowest point in decades, thanks in par...

Arthur Delaney

Fewer And Fewer Unemployed Americans Get Benefits | Arthur Delaney | Posted 09.26.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Fewer jobless Americans now receive unemployment benefits than at any other point in the past few decades, according to a new analysis b...

Arthur Delaney

Why The Long-Term Jobless Probably Aren't Getting Their Benefits Back | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The 2 million Americans who've missed out on long-term unemployment insurance since December probably won't be getting their benefits ba...

Andrew Perez

In Illinois, Ending Jobless Benefits Hasn't Helped People Get Work | Andrew Perez | Posted 05.19.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- More than four out of five Illinois workers who lost long-term unemployment benefits at the end of last year were still without work two...

The April Jobs Report in Pictures

Chad Stone | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics
Chad Stone

Businesses reported strong payroll growth in April. The separate household survey, however, showed that all of the decline in the unemployment rate to 6.3 percent was due to a drop in labor force participation.

Mr. Speaker, Don't Turn Your Back on the Jobless

Rep. Sandy Levin | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics
Rep. Sandy Levin

Despite significant public support for continuing long-term unemployment benefits -- with polls showing Americans by a two-to-one margin favor extended benefits -- Speaker Boehner continues to give the same excuses for inaction.

Sam Stein

Losing Their Unemployment Benefits Didn't Help These People Find Work | Sam Stein | Posted 04.22.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Do unemployment benefits make people lazy? Since long-term federal benefits expired in December, some congressional Republicans have...

Senate Advances Bill To Renew Jobless Benefits

Reuters | Posted 05.31.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, March 31 (Reuters) - The Democratic-led U.S. Senate agreed by a voice vote on Monday to begin debate on a bipartisan bill to renew expir...

Emergency Jobless Benefits Cut-Off Has Hit Nearly 200,000 Veterans and Counting

Arloc Sherman | Posted 04.30.2014 | Politics
Arloc Sherman

Congress should act quickly to reauthorize EUC retroactively.  That would restore benefits to those 200,000 and keep the total number of vets -- and other long-term unemployed workers -- denied emergency jobless benefits from continuing to grow.

Republican Rhetoric Changes Depending on Whether They Are Dealing With Labor or Capital

David Morris | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics
David Morris

Are Republicans inconsistent when they sometimes support using offsets and indexing and sometimes don't? Not at all. They're actually very consistent. When capital comes asking for gifts, Republicans act like Santa Claus. When labor is the supplicant, they conduct themselves more like Scrooge.

2014 Warning to Dems

Brent Budowsky | Posted 03.21.2014 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

To mobilize the Democratic base, the president and Democrats in Congress are going to have to do things much differently -- fight much harder, battle much more visibly and act much more boldly than they have in recent years.

Michael McAuliff

Hospitals Balk At Being Used As A 'Piggybank' For Jobless Benefits | Michael McAuliff | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Hospitals are getting angry at being used as a funding source for other priorities, this time to pay for extending emergency unemploymen...

Senate Republicans Make New Offer On Jobless Benefits

Reuters | Posted 03.15.2014 | Politics

(Adds statement by Republican senators, paragraphs) WASHINGTON, Jan 13 (Reuters) - Prospects of 1.4 million unemployed Americans getti...

Michael McAuliff

Roadblocks Ahead For Extending Unemployment Benefits, Despite Flicker Of Senate Progress | Michael McAuliff | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Unemployed Americans who lost their benefits just after Christmas shouldn't count on those checks starting to flow again soon, even afte...

Congress Must Avoid Partisanship To Tackle Key Issues In 2014

Reuters | Posted 03.07.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Jan 5 (Reuters) - The U.S. Congress begins its legislative year on Monday with an emphasis on economic and fiscal affairs, including leg...

Congress To Begin 2014 With Unemployment Insurance Battle

Reuters | Posted 03.07.2014 | Politics

* First Senate vote Monday on renewing unemployment checks * Minimum wage vote expected within weeks * Obama aims to com...

Harry Reid: Republicans In Congress Should Stop 'Being Republicans In Congress'

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Sunday that Republicans in Congress need to stop being themselves. Reid and other De...

Arthur Delaney

Rand Paul Pooh-Poohs Unemployment Benefits | Arthur Delaney | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Rand Paul said Sunday that he's not opposed to unemployment insurance, but the longer benefits last, the lazier unemployed people g...

Obama Calls For Restoring Unemployment Benefits

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

HONOLULU (AP) — President Barack Obama is urging Congress to reinstate jobless benefits for more than a million Americans. In his weekly radio an...

Sam Stein

Not Just Poor People Get Hosed When Congress Lets Unemployment Insurance Expire | Sam Stein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

NEW YORK -- David Torian is an Ivy League-educated lawyer and a onetime chief of staff to then-Rep. Michael McNulty (D-N.Y.). He has 23 years of exper...

Unemployment Insurance Expires for 1.3 Million: Will Congress Act to Undo the Damage?

Deborah Weinstein | Posted 02.26.2014 | Politics
Deborah Weinstein

Mary Lowe of was laid off in February 2013 -- the first time in 31 years she hadn't been working. She described her unemployment insurance benefits as a lifeline for her family. But she is losing them after Dec. 28 because Congress failed to renew the unemployment insurance program before the holiday recess.

(Un)happy New Year for Jobless Americans

Martha Burk | Posted 02.24.2014 | Politics
Martha Burk

Pundits are saying this latest stinginess is probably going to hurt the Republican party next November if something isn't done in January. With the election 11 months away, that's cold comfort for people out of work.

Sam Stein

Who Killed Unemployment Insurance In 2013? | Sam Stein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The looming expiration of federal unemployment benefits raises the question of whether Democratic lawmakers bungled the debate. Thou...

Amanda Terkel

Rand Paul: Unemployment Benefits Extension Would Be A 'Disservice' To Workers | Amanda Terkel | Posted 12.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said Sunday he opposes extending unemployment benefits for workers, arguing that it would be a "disservice" to jo...

Pope Francis, Liberal Populist

Brent Budowsky | Posted 01.28.2014 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Politically the moral leadership of the pope is bad news for those Republicans, conservatives, Tea Party advocates and libertarians who politically worship at the altar of the unbridled and unregulated excesses of capitalism that Francis deplores.