February 13, 2013

N.C. Enacts Harshest Cuts to Unemployment Insurance, Shutting Off Federal Extension Benefits

In a display of shocking disregard for the hardships facing the four hundred thousand unemployed job-seekers in North Carolina, where the state’s 9.2 percent jobless rate is the nation’s fifth highest, state lawmakers have passed sweeping changes to unemployment insurance (UI) that deeply slash benefits, cut back available weeks, and severely restrict claimants’ eligibility. UPDATE - Feb. 19: Governor Pat McCrory signed the bill more »

December 28, 2012

New Year’s Deadline Looms for Federal Unemployment Insurance; President Presses for Renewal

UPDATED: 11:00 pm Jan. 1: BREAKING NEWS: The Senate-passed year-end tax compromise including renewal of federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) for 2013, passed the House of Representatives late on New Year's and is to be signed shortly by the President. More details to follow --- 3am, Jan. 1: The U.S. Senate has passed a tax compromise bill that renews federal unemployment insurance through 2013, without benefit cuts. The House, which has a rare New Year's Day session starting at Noon, would need to pass the bill to send it to the President for his signature. More details to follow. --- read more »

December 18, 2012

Report: Long-Term Unemployment Crisis Compels Renewal of Federal Jobless Aid

Record levels of long-term unemployment continue to distinguish the Great Recession and its aftermath, as documented in a new report today from the National Employment Law Project (NELP). The report features the story of Scharrie Chambers, a mother of three from Allentown, Pennsylvania, who describes the difficulty of finding new work despite her extraordinary and far-reaching more »

December 11, 2012

Report: Share of Unemployed Receiving Jobless Aid Will Hit Record Low if Congress Fails to Act

Without Congressional reauthorization of federal unemployment insurance for 2013, only one-in-four jobless workers will receive any unemployment benefits next year, according to a new report today from the National Employment Law Project (NELP). The report features the story of Karen Heller, a mother of two from New Jersey who was laid off from her job of thirty years in July 2012 and is now one of 3 million jobless workers facing the loss of unemployment benefits by early next year if Congress fails to renew federal unemployment more »

December 4, 2012

Report: Renewing Federal Unemployment Insurance Boosts the Economy

A reauthorization of the federal unemployment insurance program for 2013 would help support consumer demand, boost employment and spur economic activity according to a new report today from the National Employment Law Project (NELP). It features a story from unemployed Ohioan Chris Adams, a 52-year-old father of two who was laid off in a management restructuring in May of this year and who would have his federal unemployment benefits abruptly end in four weeks if Congress fails to renew the more »

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