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Unemployment Insurance Is Not Reaching Those Who Need It

The percentage of unemployed workers receiving unemployment insurance (UI) has reached its lowest point since 1987, according to the Economic Policy Institute. During the Great Recession, which technically ended in 2009, unemployment spiked. As the EPI reports, “the UI recipiency rate reached about two-thirds of all unemployed workers” during this time. The number of people receiving […]

September 29, 2014

U.S. Jobless Claims Rise To 6-Week High

Washington (AFP) — Initial claims for U.S. unemployment insurance benefits rose to a six-week high last week but the overall trend continued to show a tightening labor market, government data showed Thursday. New jobless claims, a sign of the pace of layoffs, rose to 311,000 in the week ending August 9, up 21,000 from the […]

August 14, 2014

State Lawmakers Respond To Income Inequality

By Jake Grovum, Stateline.org WASHINGTON — The two U.S. counties with the worst income inequality couldn’t be more different. No. 1 is Manhattan. The second is a rural Native American reservation in North Dakota. The two illustrate how widely inequality is spread around the country, and how the issue presents itself in different ways. The far-reaching […]

June 15, 2014

A Lonely Fight To Revive Jobless Benefits

By Lisa Mascaro, Tribune Washington Bureau PLEASANTVILLE, N.J. — Not far from once-booming Atlantic City, here’s what the end of federal unemployment insurance looks like in a tattered community where the jobless rate is still almost twice the national average. A solitary Republican congressman stands in the afternoon sun, struggling against the odds and the […]

May 4, 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

WATCH: Elizabeth Warren Calls Out Rand Paul And Paul Ryan’s Insults To The Unemployed

After Republicans killed another attempt to extend emergency unemployment benefits for the long-term unemployed, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) rose to the floor of the Senate to call out her colleagues for breaking the commitment America has made to those who are struggling. The senator pointed out that Republicans helped George W. Bush extend unemployment benefits […]

February 10, 2014

Obama Tells Congress: Help The Poor, Or I Will

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama looked to revive his second term in a sweeping speech to the nation Tuesday, outlining an agenda that calls for creating jobs and addressing the widening gap between rich and poor. In his annual State of the Union address, Obama called for a “Year of Action,” saying that he wants […]

January 28, 2014

5 GOP House Seats That Democrats Can Steal In 2014

AFP Photo/Jewel Samad Although most analysts predict that the Republican Party will keep its House majority in the 2014 elections, Democrats still have a real chance of making gains. As MSNBC’s First Read points out, Republican representatives are leaving office in five districts where President Obama won at least 48 percent — suggesting that Democrats have […]

January 7, 2014