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U.S. Jobless Claims Drop To 41.5-Year Low

The number of Americans filing new applications for unemployment benefits last week fell to its lowest level in more than 41.5 years.

July 23, 2015

Study: Cutting Unemployment Benefits Didn’t Help Anyone

Remember when conservatives thought that slashing unemployment benefits would help people find jobs and reduce their dependence on the government? Not surprisingly, they were dead wrong. A recent EPI report shows that cutting benefits not only didn’t save states money, but it also didn’t do anything to help reduce unemployment. In 2013, eight states reduced the […]

July 30, 2014

Boehner’s Anti-Unemployment Insurance Excuse Is Falling Apart

Nearly three months after federal unemployment benefits expired for over a million Americans nationwide, House Speaker John Boehner’s excuse for refusing to take up a bill to renew the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program is falling apart. When Senate Democrats and five Republicans struck a deal that would reauthorize the EUC program for five months […]

March 26, 2014

Boehner Rejects Bipartisan Plan On Unemployment Benefits As ‘Unworkable’

By Lisa Mascaro, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — A bipartisan bill to extend unemployment insurance for more than 2 million jobless Americans is poised to clear the Senate next week, but House Speaker John A. Boehner is raising new concerns that it could be costly for states to administer and could lead to fraud. Boehner’s […]

March 19, 2014

Aid Cuts Have Hit Nearly Two Million Long-Term Unemployed

By Jake Grovum, Stateline.org WASHINGTON — Almost 2 million Americans who have been out of work for longer than six months have missed out on extended unemployment benefits since Congress allowed the program to expire in December, according to a new analysis of U.S. Department of Labor data. In seven states, at least 100,000 unemployed workers […]

March 5, 2014

WATCH: Brutal Attack Ad Hits GOP Senator On Unemployment Benefits

Americans United for Change is hitting the airwaves in hopes of pressuring Republicans to extend emergency federal long-term unemployment benefits. On Wednesday, the liberal 501(c)(4) “dark money” group released a brutal television ad urging Illinoisans to hold Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) “personally responsible” for the program’s expiration. “If you are one of the tens of […]

February 27, 2014

5 CBO Findings About Improving The Economy That Republicans Will Always Ignore

Republicans celebrated a new report from the Congressional Budget Office this week that said raising the minimum wage to $10.10 could cost the economy 500,000 jobs. Our Joe Conason hollowed out the arguments the right uses against raising wages for America’s lowest-paid workers. Richard Trumka — head of America’s largest labor union, the AFL/CIO — encouraged […]

February 21, 2014

Senate GOP Denies Help To The Long-Term Unemployed — Again

The Republican minority in the Senate has narrowly defeated the Democratic majority’s third attempt to extend emergency benefits for the long-term unemployed. The three-month extension would have been paid for by a budgetary maneuver known as “pension smoothing.” It also included an amendment that would bar anyone who had earned more than a million dollars […]

February 6, 2014

Another Republican Accidentally Reveals The GOP’s Stance On The Safety Net

Republicans’ opposition to social safety net programs is unpopular with average Americans — and they know it. But, every so often, GOP politicians just can’t keep their views about cutting unemployment benefits or gutting government programs that combat inequality to themselves. From perceived moderates to the most radical right-wingers, it’s an issue that unites conservatives […]

February 6, 2014

Senate Democrats To Try Again To Extend Unemployment Benefits

By Lisa Mascaro, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The Senate is poised Thursday to try again to extend unemployment benefits for 1.7 million Americans with a new Democratic proposal that aims to attract Republican support by prohibiting millionaires from receiving aid. It remains to be seen whether Republican senators will sign on. Democrats, who have the […]

February 6, 2014

Elizabeth Warren Warns Republicans: ‘This Has To Stop’ [Video]

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) continued her campaign to pressure Republicans to extend unemployment benefits on Wednesday, blasting Republicans for “playing political games,” and warning that “this has to stop” during an appearance on MSNBC’s NOW with Alex Wagner. “This is the moment when we really have to start fighting back and showing the Republicans it’s not […]

January 16, 2014

Obama Presses Republicans On Jobless Benefits

Washington (United States) (AFP) – President Barack Obama made an emotional, moral and economic case for extending long term unemployment benefits on Tuesday, kicking off his first skirmish of the year with Republicans. The spat over prolonging the lifeline to 1.3 million Americans, among millions more also looking for work, represents the first political test […]

January 7, 2014

U.S. Jobless Claims Tumble

New York (AFP) – U.S. weekly jobless claims fell more than expected for the week ending December 21, the government said on Thursday. First-time claims for U.S. unemployment benefits fell 42,000 to 338,000 from an adjusted 380,000 the previous week, the Labor Department said. Analysts had projected that 350,000 claims would be filed. Analysts caution […]

December 26, 2013

Poll: House Republicans Face Political Risk For Not Extending Unemployment Benefits

With temporary federal benefits for long-term unemployed Americans set to expire on December 28, a new Public Policy Polling poll finds that bipartisan majorities in Republican-controlled swing districts overwhelmingly support an extension of the program – something the GOP opposes and refused to include in the newest budget deal. The PPP poll, released on Monday, shows […]

December 23, 2013

Unemployment Claims Dip And Stocks Rally

WASHINGTON (AP) — After calamitous losses on Wall Street and fears of another recession, the economy got a dose of good news Thursday: The number of people applying for unemployment benefits fell below 400,000 for the first time since April. Layoffs are easing in most states, and some economists are predicting mild improvement in job […]

August 11, 2011

GOP to Unemployed: Drop Dead

The federal government partners with the states in providing unemployment benefits, a system that has been strained since the recession began in 2007, especially since it was not adequately buttressed by the heady days of the 1990s or the mid 2000s. These benefits are highly stimulative, in that they tend to be spent immediately, injecting […]

June 15, 2011