UnemploymentIn about two weeks nearly 1.3 million Americans who have been unemployed long-term will no longer receive unemployment benefits. 4.1 million people are considered to be long-term unemployed (out of work for six months or more), according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

A current budget deal proposal in Congress does not include a stipulation that will extend the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program that was set up by the government in June 2008. The program gives federal funds to people who have run out of their state unemployment benefits. Without a separate move from Congress to extend the program, benefits will run out on December 28.

Besides the people being cut of in December, 850,000 people will no longer have access to state unemployment benefits during the first quarter of 2014. People who are still out of work will have no access to federal benefits. About 1 million more people who have been unemployed are expected to lose their state benefits by June.

The EUC program has been reauthorized and expanded 11 times since it was first created. The most recent adjustment occurred on January 2 as part of the overall budget plan that the White House and Congress created to prevent the fiscal cliff.

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  • remove every republican and conservative from public office……

    • Simone

      Here, here!

    • omfg

      but democrats haven’t exactly forced the issue.

    • “democrats haven’t exactly forced the issue”

      not true. republicans are blocking everything……

  • ruggie

    6 months sounds about right. People can’t collect forever. I know from experience that it’s a great safety net when you lose your job but when it’s over, move on.

    • you got a job?

    • Pseudonym

      It’s not like unemployment comes from nowhere- it’s your own money you’ve contributed via payroll taxes. You pay into the system for YEARS (20+ in my mom’s case) for this very purpose, so the safety net should last more than 6 months.

      Also, many of the newly unemployed are unemployed to no fault of their own, so it’s quite unfair for them to be forced into poverty while the govt gives welfare to professional baby makers who have never worked a day in their lives. I feel so much outrage; so many of the newly unemployed did the “right thing” and went to college (or trained in a field with good growth and job security if they didn’t go to college) invested in useful degrees (eg. Not art history), worked their way up in their field, and now are in the midst of career and financial standstill or even collapse bc the govt and corporations maxed us out.

    • Whitney’s Receipts

      I don’t get people like you. You say “move on” like jobs grow on trees and they’re easy to get. It’s hard getting a job, it’s even harder getting a job that pays decently.