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Unemployment Extension Possible in 2014?

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The million or more people who will no longer be seeing unemployment checks – money that has kept food on the table – are unsure of how they will survive.

However, the possible good news is that next week, as early as Monday, Senate Democrats will move to vote on a three month extension for unemployment benefits for the 1.3 million people who lost them just after Christmas.

But presently, people are scrambling, trying to figure out how they are going to pay bills and feed their families. Many are talking about selling cars, moving, taking minimum wage work and pawning personal items in an effort to try to stay afloat.

Greg and Barbara Chastain of Huntington Beach, Calif., put their two teenagers on the school lunch program and cut back on dining out after losing their T-shirt company in June following a dispute with an investor.

They’ve exhausted their state unemployment benefits and now that the federal extensions are gone, unless they find jobs the couple plan to take their children out of their high school in January and relocate 50 miles east where a relative owns property so they can save on rent.

“We could let one of our cars go, but then you can’t get to work — it’s a never-ending cycle,” 43-year-old Greg Chastain said while accompanying his wife to an Orange County employment center. He said they eventually might try their luck in a less expensive state like Arizona or Texas if he can land a manufacturing job there.

The five-year program extension that provided for the longer-term unemployed (6 months or more) ended and is going to hurt hundreds of thousands who still have not found jobs. The federal government program provided an average monthly stipend of $1,166.

Obama and the Democrats in Congress are not in favor of ending the program, but the extensions were dropped due to a budget deal struck with Republican lawmakers earlier this month who want the $26 million annual cost eliminated.

Obama reprimanded congressional Republicans for abandoning Americans and allowing their lifeline – unemployment – to expire on December 28th, stating the restoration of those benefits should be lawmakers’ “first order of business” when they return from their holiday break.

“Just a few days after Christmas, more than one million of our fellow Americans lost a vital economic lifeline – the temporary insurance that helps folks make ends meet while they look for a job,” he said in his weekly address. “And for many of their constituents who are unemployed through no fault of their own, that decision will leave them with no income at all.

“And denying families that security is just plain cruel,” he added. “We’re a better country than that. We don’t abandon our fellow Americans when times get tough – we keep the faith with them until they start that new job.”

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  • sarah

    no it is stupid to extend benefits people take advantage of it and the government makes it worse you make people lazy !!!! you are suppose to make people want to help them selves not rely on government and my tax dollars, this is the worse adminstration ever with a stupid president not worthy od being in the white house he is a disgrace to America!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • diane

      Sarah you need to educate yourself When people work they pay into unemployment insurance those funds are used when that person gets laid off tax dollars do not fund unemployment benefits. you are ignorant where did you think unemployment benefits came from? someone who has paid into unemployment is entitled to collect the funds they have paid forward. please do not reproduce.

      • Cooper

        I feel the need to correct you. I have worked for the unemployment office for 27 years. The employee does NOT pay into the unemployment fund. It is paid by the employer. The employer is taxed and their taxes go into the unemployment fund and that fund is also supplemented by the federal government. The tax rate the employer pays is based on the amount of unemployment claims filed and paid on their account during the course of the year.

        • EileenGrass

          Thank you for correcting that person. So many people do not understand how unemployment works. People actually think they are entitled to it because they think they pay for it. They have no idea that it is another expense an Employer has.

          • DONAHUE G

            Oh Bull Crap , he has to pay it as Fruits of Labor , you still Got it twisted , i guess he have to give the employee two weeks Vacation , We are not earning it , You and him is full of crap………

          • sue

            I don’t know what state you’re from but now I feel the need to correct you. As an employee I most certainly did for many years pay into my unemployment! In fact the only way we do not pay is if we are self employed in which case we are not entitled. You cannot collect unless you have contributed. I checked into this as I am a nanny and was told f I work as an employee I will pay into unemployment therefore will be entitled, if I am self employed and pay my own taxes I do not pay therefore I do not collect. Yes you are correct in saying that the employer also pays a portion while you are employed. I carefully checked into all this before making my decision

        • Dawn

          I only had one year on my unemployment benefit…The company asked the state of Illinois to send me to school and I picked Medical Billing and I finished the course for the whole year and never got hired…
          They didn’t want to pay me $15.00 an hour…

          • Marlene

            Since you cannot take a job at 15 an hour can I have It? Please. You give decent people a very bad name. In my last job I made 23.00 an hour. I would happily take 15.00/hour. You only got a year of benefits? Try 13 weeks you freaking idiot.

        • Koacoe

          I feel the need to correct you.Taxes that are taken from employees paycheck along with my taxes( I own my company of 700+) is used to pay for unemployment benefits.

          • sunny miller

            Employee Deductions for Unemployment Taxes
            A few states (currently Alaska, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania) require employers within the state to take unemployment tax deductions from employees.

        • Ron

          In Pennsylvania there is money taken from every paycheck I get for Unemployment tax. Not everywhere is the same it seems!

        • Abe

          Well you are correct employer does pay for unemployment but in a sense the employee contributes to his unemployment the longer you work the more you accumulate. I have a friend that works TWC (Texas workforce commission)you see employee contributes by making money for his boss.

      • Cooper

        I feel the need to respond to this. I have worked for the unemployment department for 27 years. The employee does not pay into the unemployment fund. This is a common misconception. The employer pays into the fund. The employer establishes an account with the unemployment department and they are taxed based on how many unemployment claims are charged to their account in a given year. If it is decided that the employer’s account will not be charged for a claimant’s unemployment then it comes out of the general fund. The general fund is state and federally funded.

        • Ruth

          Reread…that is EXACTLY what he said.

      • sunny miller

        no they do not pay into unemployment .. the employer pays it and depending on state its based on hours worked or dollars earned.. this extension is FEDERAL which was birthed thru the $900 stimulus in 2009… no employer no employee paid for this FEDERAL TAX $ PAID FOR IT .. get a JOB!

        • Steven

          If there were enough jobs in this depressed economy for people to get, I am sure they would. Yes, a portion of people use and abuse systems. Watching first hand my finance apply for countless jobs with an educated background, go through numerous interviews only to come in second or third often. It’s hard to understand how people can be so shallow to think that another 1.3 million people broke will not have and adverse effect on the economy.. Most people would rather work adding to the strength of family as well as character. Doesn’t really matter where the money comes from, it’s there to help people get through tough times..

          • Dana

            I feel your pain. I made between 150K and 200K per year. Now If I could get a full time job at $15.00 an hour I’d take it. My ex get’s $300.00 per week. That’s more than I make. My unemployment is garnish at $300. per week leaving me with $200.00 per week to live on. How can I live on $200.00 per. Over the years I’ve exhausted my savings paying Child support and alimony at $3500 per month. As my income declined I sold off all my assets. Was put in jail because I couldn’t pay 300 per week. If I work full time for $10.00 I come home with after taxes and garnishment of $300.pw that leaves me with $60 bucks a week? Please tell me how to survive. Family court sucks and they’ll put me back in jail in another week or two. I’m 60 years old. So I know what coming second or third means. I could run circles around the kids their hiring now in my industry. Everyone thinks I’m too old.

        • Todd

          recent stats show that there are 2.9 unemployed persons per open position. i was laid off, have 2 degrees and ten years of experience in my field, and have not landed a job yet. i have been busting my ass too, so for anyone to make such ignorant sweeping generalizations about the unemployed (they are all lazy!!!) really gets my goat. there is absolutely no evidence to support your accusations. sadly, many of these same people call themselves Christian. tell me – what translation do you read?

          • Scholarlylion

            I HAVE BEEN BUSTING MY BUTT TO GET A JOB TOO.

          • http://yahoonews tonya

            Yea I live a town so small that everyone fights over jobs. You have to know someone to get hired. I have graduate degree with a substantial amount of student loans. The only way I can get a job is to move, now I cant even come up with gas money to move. I have applied with everything online in other towns. However, I have child in college and my utilities getting cut off one by one. I would wait tables whatever for income but with population of less than 2000 not even mc donalds is hiring. Not to mention I have aging parents that need me here to help them. I may not have paid directly to unemployment but my former employer did. It was paid for me, so that I could have income until something else became available. Wish I could sit back and call everyone lazy, but unfortunately I am a little more educated than to make assumptions about something I know nothing about. It makes you wonder if someone calling everyone lazy isn’t a little envious that they have to go to work. Don’t forget to punch that time card.

      • sunny miller

        take your own advise… you are wrong… unemployment payments are determined on layoff or fired with cause… you dont have a piggy bank with your name on it and when you become unemployed you get to collect….

        • Liz Martin

          FYI–ALL employers pay into SUI (State) AND FUTA (Federal) based on the first $7,000 each employee earns ANNUALLY each year–gets your facts straight Sunny and Sarah!

          • EileenGrass

            That $7000 amount has been raised. If you are an employer you may want to check your facts.

          • sunny miller

            i said EMPLOYERS PAY NOT EMPLOYEES

      • Geneva Wester

        Thank You Diane. I appreciate your comment. See my reply to Sarah. Happy New Year.

      • RHJ

        Diane you need to educate yourself, not Sarah. I own a business, I pay the unemployment benefits for my employees, not the employees. If they were laid off, then what I pay in would increase, the longer they go without a job, the more I pay in future payments. The system used to work, when you lost your job you had to show proof you were looking for a job, now, you don’t have to do anything! That’s exactly why our society is struggling, please do not reproduce! You’re the problem!

        • Koacoe

          I also own my business and yes I have to pay taxes for unemployment benefits but you have to know as an employer that taxes that are taken from my employees paychecks does also support the unemployment fund.

        • Jon

          Sarah, these types of ignorant comments posted by people who have no idea what your talking about, are part of the reason that this country is in the shape that it is in. To even be considered for this extended benifet, one must prove to the governed that they have looked for a job at least six times before eligible for an unemployment check. That’s six NEW resumes or applications to a company that you have not tried before. Do the math Sarah!!! That’s 180 times that one must be rejected for employment before he is even enrolled in the program. The wage gap is unreal and people like yourself should educate yourself before passing such judgement.

          • http://Google Ronald

            You make me sick the peaple that need this the most have a hard enough time making when the econome is good you want to turn your backs on them your the reason the econome is the way it is you seam to forget those lower class workers are a big part of what got your business where it is you dont deserve your business you are a foolish American I hope you loose every thing you own

        • Jon

          You and Sarah may need to take a look at your facts. My benefits were cut on the 28th. I lost my job
          Of 8 years by no fault of my own and have been looking diligently for work since. FYI…. I am REQUIRED to prove that I have applied to at least 6 NEW companies before I could even be considered for payment. Job fairs and workforce development classes are also mandatory. It truly is the most humbling and embarrassing times of my life and I am glad that your financial status is better than mine, because opportunity for employment doesn’t come along as often as someone, like yourself, that posts comments based on absolutely no facts…just social prejudice.

          • Ayeesha

            Jon I too know what it is like to have to humble yourself in these times of hardship. My contract was terminated from the USPS in April of 2013 after they told me I was renewed until Oct needless to say I am still looking for someone to pay as much or even close to them but since then I have been forced to take lower paying jobs, rack up more debt by going back to school and notice I said “jobs”. Please remember that God is the final say in what happens not these people who think that they know of such conditions. My prayers are with you and your family as well as others that are hurting. I have faith in our President and his Administration that a decision will be made to uphold the word “And Justice For All.” God bless you

          • Steven

            Well said. I have watched first hand someone close to me go through all this.

          • chuck swanson

            does it really matter if the employer or employee pays for this, bottom line is we need help,and should not be caught in the middle of government trade offs,we are people, not bargaining chips…

        • margaret

          in Pennsylvania you have to apply for atleast 3 jobs per week through career link, plus go on several interviews, all of this is reported to the unemployment office of pa. I have a part time job, full time jobs are hard to find unless I want to travel 30 or more miles per day.

          • Steven

            The same is true in Oregon. Without current job search listings. you don’t get paid.

        • Steven

          You actually have to list all job searches here in the State of Or. If you are not actively looking for work you don’t get paid. We also have many programs to help people build skills to look for work in this new age world.

        • Jan

          RHJ: Your comment to Diane about not having to show proof you are looking for a job is not true. I, too, am unemployed and every week I either have to show that I’ve made at least 5 job contacts or one in person visit to a One Stop Career Center.

        • Abe

          Yes that’s the law whether you like it or not.

        • randy

          You are so wrong. I worked for a temp agency and they contested every two weeks. I had to go in and prove I was looking for a job.

      • Dave

        Diane, you need to educate yourself before mis-correcting others. In California (for example) employers pay into unemployment insurance. The unemployed receive those benefits for six months. After the six months, tax dollars do fund unemployment benefits. That’s the issue, will the Federal Government continue to extend those benefits?

      • Stray

        Diane, please take your own advice. Unemployment insurance is a tax paid by the employer, not the employee. That is why they have the right to contest your ability to draw benefits when your are fired for cause. That’s why you don’t see a deduction for it on your paycheck. I don’t care if you reproduce just please don’t vote.

      • Mike

        Diane your the one that needs educated. The employer is the one one pays into the governemnt for unemployment not the employee. Most states are 26 weeks or less of unemployment, people take advantage of the system and some but not all look for work, Time to stop extending, after time is up, depend on yourself not the government.

        • Abe

          Let me correct you on this you have to prove that you are looking for work you are given a log where you record your job searches then employment office verifies by calling to those jobs that you claim you went to if they find that you lied your benefits are denied so you have to look for work besides who is going to make a living on unemployment benefits you don’t get as near as what you get when you work.

      • Ruth

        I lost my benefits just before Thanksgiving….does anyone know if the extension would be retroactive to a certain date??

        • Anthony

          No once you have exhausted the time allotted by the extension tiers, your benefits have ended. If approved the extension will only continue for those still qualified and are still within the tiers allowed time. If extended for another 3 months you will only receive benefits for the time you qualify for during those 3 months.

        • Jan

          Ruth: When you say you lost your benefits just before Thanksgiving, were you referring to regular benefits (26 weeks) or extended benefits supplemented by the federal gov’t?

      • Technoman

        Boy I love these uneducated responses one we need to force people of the government hand outs its proven that only 25% belong on it and the rest take advantage. The unemployment should only pay with the following rules, drug test, show that an effort was made to find employment, and finally if you are union and you work 3 months then laid of and you won’t return unless its union work you should be denied unemployment. 27 years of working and drew 2 weeks of pay NON UNION. Its time to get off the government tit and get to work I’m tired of paying for you to sit at home. hopefully we get a republican house, senate and president one day and get rid of government aide.

        • Abe

          you must have a good job.

      • http://webpronews Annie

        No, YOU need to educate yourself. People/workers do NOT pay inato unemployment. Unemployment is 100% paid by the EMPLOYER. And Sarah IS correct, being on unemployment too long DOES make people LAZY. Maybe not all, but most. Plus, now that the “safety net” is no longer there, perhaps now they will take ALL those other jobs which in the past they were too good for. Funny how when you’re hungry, your view on things changes…

    • Dee

      You are an uneducated twit!I hope you never find yourself unemployed. As far as unemployment goes those are my tax dollars too you twit , and I am currently unemployed due to the economy so therefore I have earned these little checks that i am receiving. Unemployment is not Welfare you MORAN!!!!!

      • andrea

        Dee, you’re calling someone a moran when you’re the one spelling moron incorrectly. So, what does that make you?

        • Dee

          Typing fast its called typos , oh you would not understand that because you are to busy spewing your hate and disdain for the people that make this country what it is just like you do! And for the record I am far from uneducated, Working on my Masters as we speak how about you!

          • Jack Doan

            STFU Dee you lazy ignorant whore. The story even said how some ondividuals would have to take minimum wage jobs to get by. The problem is that many of these fols are lazy and think they are too good for minimum wage jobs. I personally hope you get hit by a bus and you get splattered al over the pavement. Till then STFU and get back out on the street corner giving knobbers to bims for a nickel.

          • margaret

            I am unemployed and have a slightly above minimum wage job. I took this job the minute I became unemployed.

    • Illusion

      I agree with Tina. I get tired of that same old bullshit that people like you spread. It is ignorant, hateful, and just plain not true. It is spouted by holier-than-thou people who are clueless. You could get hurt tomorrow Sarah and have your livelihood taken away in a second and then need help. Maybe that is what needs to happen to you for you to understand the meaning of the word compassion.

      I know many unemployed people and believe me, they want to work. They want to work, be left alone, tend to their family and be at peace.

      Sarah, if you are concerned about your “tax” dollars, go walk down to your local Congressman and ask where the Pentagon’s missing 2.3 TRILLION dollars and the FED’s missing 9.0 TRILLION dollars went. If they found that money, every man, woman, and child could literally be cut a check for $50,000 right now. Literally.

      • http://yahoo.com richard

        Conservatives are some of the strangest followers of “Jesus” they show no “Compassion” for His Brother’s and Sisters in Christ” Conservatives” don’t want you to have “Healthy Families or A Doctor’s care” CONSERVATIVES say “No” Tax Increases, while “Bailing Out Wall-Street- Bush Economic Crash of the Banking Systems” Conservatives say NO” to Un Employment Extensions FOR Thousands of Helpless Americans” they were the ones that got us in this “with BUSH”CONSERVATIVES DON’T LIKE US TO BLAME” BUSH” ANY MORE WE SHOULD ASK WHEATHER REPUBLICANS Represent Everyone within the District where they come from or Just the republican interest I guess WE already know the Answer” EVERYONE OF THEM VOTED TO BAIL OUT WALL-STREET AN THE BANKS”CONSERVATIVES ARE WAGING “HAVE” AGANIST”HAVE NOT’S ECONOMIC TERRORISM”THEY ARE AGANIST THE ECONOMY GETTING BETTER THEY ARE DOING EVERYTHING THEY CAN TO “OBSTRUCT SLOWDOWN SABOTOGE ANY “MENTION OF A JOB’S BILL”GOVERMENTAL TERROISM” .AND YOU STILL VOTE FOR THEM….I HOPE YOU DIDN’T REPRODUCE

      • Abe

        Your are absolutely right I fell from a ladder and became useless or for a better word disabled. I applied for disability and was denied several times I just gave up did I did not want to hire a lawyer I just lost faith. Where are all the guns our government sent to Mexico and got lost a waist of money.

    • @Sarah

      You are clueless. Utterly clueless as to what is going on in this nation. People like you only learn by having to struggle in life. I hope you end up unemployed. It will do you some good.

      I don’t wish for you to be unemployed for a long time, but long enough so that you actually learn a lesson as to just how wrong you are.

      • Nina

        That is cruel.
        And karma is a B*****.
        Remember that.

    • stephem

      sarah is disgrace along that stupid ass bush getting so many thousands needlessly killed

    • Geneva Wester

      NO, what is stupid is people like you with a peanut sized brain. I worked for a company for 20 effin years and go laid off. I have worked my ass off looking for a job and have not found anything that will pay the bills and my rent. I will do a lot of odd jobs here and there just to make gas money. Now the damn republicans have put me and millions of others in the welfare line. I pay taxes just like you do and by God I deserve to be taken care of while I am looking for another job. As unfair as it is I know my age has a lot to do with finding another job that will pay my bills and my rent. People are heartless out there. I am not a democrat and I didn’t not vote that sorry ass man into office and would like to see him gone too. It is not just your taxes that are being used to the one’s that are unemployed, I paid a hell of lot of taxes the 20 years I worked for this company and they also paid in unemployment taxes to help the people that loose there jobs for whatever reason. So now tell me would you rather see us in the welfare line getting food stamps, housing, TANF, Medicaid or unemployment benefits?

      • KurtF

        There is a reason there is a time limit to unemployment. 1st is budgetary reasons. 2nd is so people don’t take advantage of being laid off aka make it a lifestyle. I’m sorry you got laid off, but it’s not mine or any other Americans responsibility to house or feed you. You were given unemployment for how ever long you’ve had it. Be glad you got that help. Time to start standing on your own feet and quit blaming everyone else.

        • Jon

          Hey Kurt, most of the unemployed are veterans that are unable to gain full time employment. Just thought you might find that to be o interest being as they fought fought for you to have the right to be an uneducated asshole. Have a good day

      • Lee

        acutally that not true the govt does not serve the people, but protects your freedom and rights. Its the people choice of how to save money, or how many kids you can afford, not your next door neighbor to pay for it with high taxes. If people stay married and not have a %50 to %60 divorce rate. tax rate will be low and there will more jobs in the economy. Families are suppose to help each other not drag money from the Govt. How you think this country survive for the past 200 yrs, however since the 80′s people are not take responsibility for themselves

      • EileenGrass

        Unemployment is a form of welfare, you can also be on unemployment and get food stamps, housing, Medicaid and whatever else is out there if you meet the criteria. But believing that you DESERVE something because of the position you find yourself in is the problem with this country. We all need help when we are down and many people are more willing to help then it sounds like you think. Just keep your head up and keep looking.

        • margaret

          yes I became unemployed and have a medical problem. I am on Medicaid because the insurance company’s wanted to charge me 900 or more per month because of a preexisting condition with a 10,000 dollar co-pay. so yes I am on Medicaid. anyone have a problem with that.

        • Abe

          it is the governments fault Nafta created all this problems remember Ross Perot he warn us about this. All the jobs have gone to Mexico and China cheap labor Mexico pays 7 to 8 dollars a day not an hour a day. The thing is that they are not coming to the states the are not stupid are they going to pay 10-15 dollars a hour

    • W Walton

      sarah,you idiot.what if idiot bitte was on unemployment instead of the welfare and stamps that you are on.when u point 1 finger you got 3 pointed back at you….stipid

    • debbie

      no it isnt some of us have been out of work for almost 2 years and still havent been able to get work i need to pay rent and buy food for my family like everyone else

    • Mandy

      I worked for 11 years for a company that overnight shut their doors and sent thousands of employees to the unemployment line…During the time that I was on unemployment I went to college, and finished my degree…now that I am done, I began searching for a job, submitting up to ten applications daily for positions that not only are in my field but also ANY job that I can take. I have lost my unemployment benefits, meaning, I have no income to support my family, two children, husband with medical issues who cannot work…you say I am lazy?? I would like for you to come walk a week in my shoes and then say I am lazy. I depended on that money to pay my bills, and now I have to choose between food or heat, and did I mention I live in MICHIGAN? Where the unemployment percentage is high and finding a job is one of the hardest things to do right now? Think before you put a label on everybody…not everyone is lazy, there are some of us out here trying to better ourselves and do what is right.

      • sunny miller

        I am sorry about your situation…happy to know you did something instead of doing nothing…

        Don’t be angry with me… be angry at YOUR Congressman & Senators…this is NOT and should NOT be a Democratic or Republican issue….its a GOVERNMENT ISSUE…where are all the jobs that $900 BILLION in tax payer money went into a stimulus plan.. remember ‘shovel ready’ and 3 years later obama LAUGHED said oops guess they dont really exist … or the BILLIONS that went to green energy which within a YEAR filed BANKRUPTCY .. they could of given EVERY PERSON IN AMERICA 1 BILLION DOLLARS AND BEEN FURTHER THAN WE ARE NOW headed for 18 TRILLION IN DEBT AND NO END IN SITE…the PRESIDENT AND HARRY REID ARE RUNNING THIS SHOW!!!

    • http://yahoo Joyce Elkins

      Sarah,

      You really are an idiot. In spite of what you think, there are lots of us who are looking for work and barely make ends meet with our unemployment checks. We EARNED it by working, you idiot!!! You are a heartless worm that needs to crawl back in your hole. Not extending unemployment benefits will cost the government a lot more money in the long run, taking care of all of us 1.3 million people who can no longer take care of ourselves.

      • Scholarlylion

        YOU ARE RIGHT. NOT EXTENDING BENEFITS WILL HURT THIS COUNTRY FAR MORE THAN IT WOULD TO EXTEND THEM. FIRST OF ALL, IF THE BENEFITS ARE NOT EXTENDED AND EXTENDED SOON, ITS GOING TO COST EVEN MORE PEOPLE THEIR JOBS BECAUSE THOSE WHOSE BENEFITS WERE CUT OFF WON’T BE AN ACTIVE PART OF THE ECONOMY WHICH DECREASES THE NET PROFIT OF MANY BUSINESSES CAUSING NUMEROUS LAYOFFS. SECOND, IF BUSINESSES START LAYING OFF; THE GOVERNMENT WILL BE IN A FAR WORSE MESS BECAUSE THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATES EVERYWHERE WILL GO UP EVEN HIGHER THAN THEY ARE NOW. IF THIS HAPPENS, HOW WILL THEY HANDLE UNEMPLOYMENT THEN? WE WOULD SEE THE ECONOMY CRASH SO BAD THAT EVEN THE LAST DEPRESSION WILL BE DEPRESSED. IN ORDER TO KEEP THIS FROM HAPPENING, THEY WILL HAVE TO EXTEND BENEFITS OR THEY WILL HAVE BIGGER FISH TO FRY.

    • Laurie

      You are confused. People are on unemployment because they were WORKING and lost their jobs! You can’t receive unemployment unless you WORK for it and earn it! Lazy people do not WORK! I would LOVE a new job but there aren’t any. I have ZERO income as of January 1 and no way to pay my bills at all. I will NOT go on welfare, which is where people really take advantage of the government!

    • http://gofiggr.com Dan

      Lost my job in March…I haven’t been able to find anything since. I have over 20 years of management experience. People with my experience, education and qualifications don’t get called back when we apply for minimum wage jobs for a couple of reasons. A potential employer looks at our application and sees our qualifications and wonders why in the hell we would take such a drastic cut in pay, if there is “any” potential for us sticking around for the “long haul” and our age.

      With regards to getting something in my “field”…well my “field” has changed with the times. I just paid off my student loans and am considering going back to college (for the third time) But I will be needing another Federal Student Loan…Anyone see where this is going?…

      To the IGNORANT a******’s who think ALL of the unemployed are “Working the System”, Lazy or otherwise…I HOPE you lose your effing job and run out of benefits…I wouldn’t normally wih “this” on anyone, but you NEED a reality check…

      I am ready, willing and able to work…But it’s a LOT harder to find a job (I live in California and have a wife and four kids) than you think it is…

      I “need” those benefits…My kids needs those benefits…I did “nothing” wrong to deserve being laid off. In fact, I had to “prove” I was discharged without cause to receive benefits in the first place…I have a “WORK HISTORY”…Which is ALSO a prerequisite for drawing unemployment…Lastly, If you think it’s EASY to live off of a fraction of what I made when I was working, you’re an effing moron…

      My FULL TIME job is looking for work and applying for jobs, right now…You folks flapping your gums about something you have NO CLUE about is mind-numbingly STUPID.

    • http://yahoonews jane

      Sarah: these people have worked, that money they get from unemployment is what they have paid into while working. I rather see them get the unemployment then some lazy person who has NEVER worked and getting welfare because they know if they have kid after kid after kid, the more they get. I hope you never lose your job, if you have one, and have to get unemployment, then we can call you lazy.

      • Nancy

        I hear you about unemployment yes company pays it but if they did not have anyone work for them they would not have to I know that people use the system and lazy but there some people not I know at least one person uses welfare and they getting it but people like me and million of other don’t we work for it they take it out of our check so why don’t we think we pay into it they take out our check for welfare so it ours so why don’t they pass I trying to go back to school to get a job but look where are the jobs there no jobs

    • Lia

      Tell me you work at a fast food place and you’re 18. I can’t believe you don’t know that taxes don’t fund unemployment. If you work, you pay into it and are entitled to it when you become unemployed. I am very fortunate to have always have a job but, If I need to collect it one day, I will and gladly.

    • eric

      Sara so if a person gets laid off say due to a company like circuit city or blockbuster going out of business does this make that employee lazy…The time you put into resume’s, looking for work and interview process you will need money to cover expenses so what would you expect people to do? Maybe one day you will find yourself out of work and the moment you file for unemployment you my dear will become a hipocrite…..

    • Cindy Cox

      Sarah,i worked 12 hours a day 6 to 7 days a week for years.I paid into employment.YOU are the lazy one, too lazy to educate yourself about what unemployment actually is. Now go sit down somewhere.Thanks and have a great day.

    • Cindy Cox

      Sarah,i worked 12 hours a day 6 to 7 days a week for years.I paid into employment.YOU are the lazy one, too lazy to educate yourself about what unemployment actually is. Now go sit down somewhere.Thanks and have a great day.

    • Cindy Cox

      Sarah,i worked 12 hours a day 6 to 7 days a week for years.I paid into employment.YOU are the lazy one, too lazy to educate yourself about what unemployment actually is. Now go sit down somewhere.Thanks and have a great day.

    • eddy

      My wife and I are teachers that were laid off due to budget cuts. We have a family and the economy is such that we have been unable to find work to get by.
      I feel saddened by your comments but wish you well in your life.

    • T davis

      This is not welfare. We pay into it. If people drawing it did not work they would not be able to get it. I guess if you became unemployed you would not need to draw the benefits. That would make you lazy.

    • Robert

      I have been searching for work for over a year now and being and older American no companies want to hire for a fair wage to for a job. So to say that we are lazy and your tax dollars should not be spent to help out people who are out of work is a stupid statement. I would sure you would not feel that way if it was you that was being cut off unemployment benefits when you needed them to survive. The Republicans have done nothing to help out any Americans this year in Congress and they will find that out when Americans go to the polls this year. They have nothing to worry about they get paid whether to do anything or not so maybe we should cut off their pay so they can feel the way we do without any income coming in.

      • HOWARD L CHAMPION

        IF CONGRESS WERE VOTING FOR A PAY INCREASE FOR THEMSELVES IT WOULD HAVE BEEN A DONE DEAL BEFORE CHRISTMAS MAN THEY ARE LIKE HOGS TO THE FEED BEN WHEN IT COMES TO THEIR MONEY I AM ASHAMED OF MY GOVERMENT.

    • willy

      maybe take all your brainpower and create some jobs for these people you whiney arrogant snob,righteous are you? or just gainfully employed and could care less about those who are not as lucky,your a bum!

    • lashondra

      You really need to do your research sweetie, you r to put up money for these times. People have families and children to feed how old are you?

    • wsucram15

      Sarah;
      UI benefits are paid by your employer. They are not taxes you pay, nor are you charged for them in any manner. It is an insurance your employer pays based on amount of employees and hours worked per quarter. Which is why when you apply they look at your past quarterly earnings.
      I am unemployed, my plant closed and at 52 am finding a difficult time locating another position in which I will meet my bills. I dont mean luxury items, I just mean my mortgage which is on a special payment arrangement with my mortgage company, my car payment and state required insurance, oh yeah and some minimal food and medicine.
      I have looked for work, most people at this stage to the game refuse to call me and the ones that do, give me a phone interview and I never hear back. I am not sure what employers are looking for but after 30 years in the workforce, I have an enormous amount of experience in my area. However, its just enough to have worked my former positions, not enough for the current job market, which is brutal. I hope when you look at people who are not working it is with more empathy than what you have written here. There are 46.9 million people in poverty in the United States right now–> the highest number in the 52 years that poverty rates have been published by the US Census. These were hard working people, I know others like myself, who through no fault of their own lost their jobs, sought other employment and for multiple reasons, age, experience, qualifications,lack of time finding another job (which is usually who you know), etc..cannot reposition themselves so easily. They are eventually stripped of everything they have until there is nothing left. Then you can complain about them panhandling, collecting snap benefits or filing for disability which only some will get due to insanity. Im not making a snide joke, Im dead serious here…I have seen this first hand. I have only seen the economy like this one other time and it was when the steel plants closed in the early 80s. People were losing everything and some killed themselves. I lived in a Steel valley and relocated, got an education and moved on with my life. However, the area I am from is still largely depressed, there are no jobs, crime is ridiculously high. But when the economy everywhere is like this..where do you move to? Like I said, the economy has not recovered, employers are hiring part time in most cases and on full time positions it is all out war.
      Please be more kind to people..its all I am asking. I would do it for you.

    • rose

      Obvious some people are really stupid like Sarah guess what one day you could be unemployed and 60 trying to find a job. people like you are the disgrace with your ignorance and hatred toward our country

    • Maria

      Actually Sara you are the stupid person.

    • Tammy

      Tammy, please stop writing dumb stuff!!!!!!!!!!!!
      Learn how to spell.

    • Monika

      I’ve always worked since I was 17, never unemployed. I pay taxes.. I am 32 yr old now, last year I was let go because I was expecting a baby :) so now I have a small child, can’t find a job with BS in Biology and no unemployment…And yes I am looking for a job every day. Some people here say I am lazy…no I am not. What about planning a family in US, I guess you shouldn’t but who is going to work for our Medicare??????

    • Nina

      A MAJORITY of people are not lazy-they do not want to lose their homes, their cars, not be able to feed their families and fall into debt.
      There are also some who do take advantage- no one disputes that.
      There aren’t many jobs out there – and even tough to get a minimum wage job- especially when you are older (50+). Many people are over-qualified.
      Our government allowed many companies to offshore jobs in manufacturing and customer service, and IT. I doubt those jobs will ever come back in volumes enough to be viable for the unemployment situation.
      You have no idea what you are talking about, and most likely single, live at home and have never experienced financial devastation.
      Best to not say anything, if you do not have something of quality to say.

    • Jamie

      Sarah- You have no idea what you are talking about. I worked full time for the past 10 years at a company and was laid off July 25, 2013. I paid “my” tax dollars for the last 10 years. I worked hard, and you have the nerve to call me lazy? You are an ignorant disgrace to America.

    • JOE

      THIS SARAH HEIFER A CRUEL HEARTLESS PERSON I BET IF SHE HAD NO JOB SHE WOULD NOT BE TALKING SO MUCH SHIT KISS MY ASS SARAH I AM FROM GA

    • Shan

      Sara, I am one of those people who have been out of work for over a year, the notion that you can “live” off of UI is ridiculous! It pays you enough to eat and maybe pay a bill or 2. Im pretty much bankrupt after being out of work for 13 months. Hell ive even applied to be a freaking dishwasher and was turned down for “lack of experience” in that field. Try sending out over a hundred applications and maybe getting 2 interviews. The real problem here is why is so few jobs are available compared to the amount of people searching? For every job opening there are 5 people applying on average. In a healthy economy this would be 2 for every opening. Also as for your tax dollars, this isnt welfare. I paid years into the UI program. If I had all the money my employer and I paid in over the years in one lump sum, I wouldnt be looking at bankruptcy right now…

    • steve

      lady wake up & smell the roses.there are very few jobs vout there
      for the baby boomers. no one wants to hire them,there is so much age discramation,hopefully you will lose your job

    • Beth

      You have no clue what you are talking about. I have worked for 27 years and have purchased a house and am financing a car. I have WORKED for 27 years mind you. I am not a welfare collector, or a food stamp junkie with 6 kids to feed because the system cant differentiate from ones that work the system or ones that work to earn the right to use the system to get back on their feet.. I am an American citizen that has paid my dues and earned the right to have a cushion until I can find another job. You are the disgrace to America because you are clearly not smart enough to see what is really going on. I would have never guessed I would be with out a job. I assume you cant imagine it either due to your response. Do you feel you are above it happening to you? Your not! So if I were you I would keep working toward the American dream and count your blessings while you still can. I worked and paid taxes so others could get on their feet and you will do the same for myself and anyone else who have worked their ass into the ground only to be let down by this wonderful “system”!

    • Patty

      I agree there are people that take advantage of these programs and somehow that needs to be fixes (not sure how). But…my husband and I have worked all our lives, I am 55 and he is 60. I work but my husband who lost his job due to downsizing is having a trouble finding someone to hire a 60 year old. He is constantly looking, networking and hitting up people he knows for work. This program is helping us keep our heads above water until he can get work. Please remember that not all people collecting benefits are taking advantage.

    • joe

      Sarah this is what you’d have to do if your baby daddy’s weren’t paying your way through life.

    • sarah is an idiot

      Maybe because you have never been I this type of situation you don’t understand it. Or maybe you are an idiot. Either way karma will get you at some point. I have worked since I was 13 years old. I make a good living for where I live in nj. My wife has worked as many as two jobs at a time so we can pay our bills and provide for our family. Since 2008 she has been laid off from different companies due to a sell out of just closing the doors. She never once took the unemployment option. She just pulled through and found a job it didn’t matter about the pay. But 8 months ago her company closed it’s offices in nj. And decided to get out of corporate management and get into school for nursing. She used her six months of unemployment and got the extension. I took on another part time job to get us by on the little bit she got. Well now it’s gone. And now she has had to apply for 20 jobs and forget about school cause of ignorant ass hats like you. Who have no clue what it’s like to just get by. Our congress is a joke. These are all self entitled babies who could give two shits about you or me or any other American out there. Most took the job knowing that they will never be without after the term. So shame on you or any other idiot who doesn’t get it. Don’t judge until you have been there.

    • Dick Fitzwell

      I love collecting my unemployment, been on it dam near 2 years and can’t wait to collect another 3 months for sitting on my ass…and yes I was offered many jobs for what I do but I am collecting for the sole reason of getting all the taxes back I was robbed of when I was working…bout time I got a nice long paid vacation P.S. AND I DON’T PAY TAXES ON THE UNEMPLOYMENT EITHER :)

    • http://unemployment cc

      Excuse you I pay into my benefits so I’m entitled to my benefits when I get laid off mind your business you should lose your damn job and hopefully cant find work for 2 years don’t get it twisted ffer

    • Annie

      Sarah your a disgrace for what you wrote ..keep your nasty comments to yourself. And Diane your so right in what you said …..and it was well said

    • Marquise

      Diane u big idiot don’t comment when you know nothing about what your talking about we pay into our ui it dosent come from your tax money you probably work at Kmart anyway with that ignorant statement

    • Abe

      I hope you never loose your job and go to the streets begging for money to put food on your table to feed your kids. Thank God you are working. Though there may be a few lazy ones most are hard working people they have lost their jobs by fault how can anyone be so cold I am glad I am a Christian my God teaches me Love. And remember it was the President Bush administration that pass the unemployment benefit extension a republican not a democrat.

    • djp

      Sarah;
      I bet you are black and sitting home on your ass collecting welfare and pushing out kids for more money. Only a stupid black person as a mind like yours!

    • Randy B

      It does not matter who pays for unployment benfits all the companys I work for over the years have made millions of my labor, skills, experience through suggestions.I am far from lazy thank you I had job since I 16 yrs old and paper route and shovel snow before that served 4 years in the Army and I for frist time I needed collect over the 26 weeks do to Career Deveoplement training in CNC machints which earn 26 collge credits for I work and paid taxes for 30 plus years thank you so yes I do feel they back on me and desevre any benfits I work hard for thank you while sit drinking coffee at desk job remember I served country provides that job

    • jat

      Sarah, are u for real. All I can say is moron.

    • Kathy

      I think Sarah needs to be on unemployment then she can see what it feels like, There are no jobs out their for a 65 year old women. so prays for today is that Sarah goes on unemployment so she can see what its like. Its the republicans that won't pass President Obama is the best ever..

  • Trac

    Hmmm. I am always amazed at people calling other people lazy because people, who have worked and put money into unemployment and the federal government that gets our tax money, need some assistance from the government they support. I believe in a free enterprise system. I also understand that the system does not allow for everyone to be employed. It is not set up that way. We live in a system in which some people will have and others will not. People, especially people who have children want to work. People want to provide for themselves and their family. It is very unfortunate that some people believe that if people lose their jobs due to a bad economy it is there fault. It is taking people one to two years to get employment and employers are getting hundreds and in some cases thousands of resumes for one job. Yes! There are people getting jobs in less than one year, but that is not the exception. People have the right to get relief from their government – they pay taxes and they paid into the unemployment system when they were working. Before anyone starts putting people down for seeking assistance, take the time to learn about basic economics, the labor market trends, history and what it means to live in a free market system.

  • http://www.tinavolpe-writer.com/ Tina Volpe

    Tell that to the homeless people on the streets and in shelters trying to feed their children. That is probably the most selfish comment I’ve ever received. Not only is it totally self absorbed, it is ignorant. Perhaps you haven’t heard, this country is in a recession. People cannot find work… there isn’t enough to go around.

    • sunny miller

      oh BS!!!! what you are saying is not true.. stop it you sound ignorant

    • sunny miller

      Just ask OBAMA… this is what the President said
      “And so, yes, we’ve gone through three and a half years of very difficult times,” President Obama said in Los Angeles last Thursday. “I had to make a bunch of decisions that weren’t always popular. But we made the right decisions. Because it turns out that the American people are tougher than tough times.

      – See more at: http://cnsnews.com/news/article/recession-ended-3-years-ago-month-says-national-bureau-economic-research#sthash.dHgf7ETa.dpuf

      you all are so sure of what you are saying i really would think you would actually know what you are talking about

      • sunny miller

        this was said

        June 11, 2012

        Recession Ended 3 Years Ago This Month, Says National Bureau of Economic Research
        June 11, 2012 – 3:39 PM

        • http://yahoo wayne

          REALLY WHO GIVES A HOOT WHO PAYS FOR THE UNEMPLOYMENT. THE NEED IS THERE. IF YOU WERE UNEMPLOYED YOU WOULD BE SINGING A DIFFERENT TUNE. CONSIDERING THE GOVERNMENT HAS NOT HELP PROVIDE OR CREATE JOBS FOR THOSE UNEMPLOYED, YOU
          HAVE THIS SITUATION. ALSO ANYONE WHO REALLY BELIEVES THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IS AT 7% IS A FOOL. THE RATE IS MORE LIKE 10-15%. YOU ARE NOT COUNTING THE MILLIONS WHO HAVE ALREADY GIVEN UP. IF A FAMILY CANNOT PROVIDE SOMEHOW FOR THEM, EXACTLY WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE NEXT RESULT. THERE WILL BE AN INCREASE IN CRIME THAT WILL SPREAD. THE PRESENT GOVERNMENT IS FAILING THE PEOPLE, AND THE REPUBLICANS ARE DEFINITELY NOT HELPING. IT IS TIME THE PARTIES FORGET WHO THEY ARE AND START TO WORK TOGETHER FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, NOT THEMSELVES. WHY DON’T THE UNEMPLOYED MOVE IN THEIR WARM MILLION DOLLAR HOUSES. I THINK THE GOVERNMENT HAS FORGOT THAT EVERYTHING FROM THE BUILDINGS, TO THE PENCILS THEY USE BELONG TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. LETS JUST MORTGAGE IT ALL, OH WAIT WE CAN’T THEY ALREADY DID AND STOLE ALL THE MONEY FOR THEIR SALARIES AND BIG TRIPS WHILE PEOPLE STARE IN OUR OWN COUNTRY. JUST GREAT!!!

          • Jon

            Wayne… Someone should give you a medal. Well worded my friend. Well worded. Crime will spike if this is not passed. People will do whatever it takes to feed their children. It I surprising to see how hateful an dismissive people in this country have become. I would say the wage gap is the real problem. We are headed to a civil war state if that issue is not soon addressed as well

          • Abe

            Congress is now going on vacations on Thursday paid by the American people yes by you and me is anyone complaining?

  • Illusion

    Our economy is a lot worse than the pundits in Washington are telling people. Their is too big of a gap between the haves and have nots. But really, that is what the wealthy want. Since the recession started in 2008, the wealthy have increased their wealth at a tremendous rate. In fact, all the billionaires made record increases in their wealth.

    Face it America, you are being screwed by your own government. You literally fought 13 years of useless wars, which lined the pockets of politicians and the wealthy who own massive amounts of stock in defense industry companies. Our soldiers died only to come home to reduced benefits. When was the last time you ever heard of a politician’s son or daughter dying? You think Obama is going to send his little girls to fight? Think they are even considering the military? Meanwhile, at home, all your rights have been taken away and all the emphasis has been put on domestic spying, which only effects the American people. Then you have to ask the fundamental question of why Iraq and Afghanistan? None of the “terrorists” on 9/11 came from those countries. They were pretty much all Saudi Arabian.

    America, you better find out the truth about 9/11. 9/11 is the root of all of this – all the suffering in this nation. Don’t tell me that we know the truth because we barely investigated it. We spent twice as much money investigating Monica sucking a dick than we did on the worst terrorist attack in this nation. You only do that when you DO NOT want to find the truth.

    If it was me. I would re-open the investigation and start at three points: 1) building seven, 2) the Pentagon and 3) all the cases of people who were murdered after they came forth with evidence showing 9/11 was an inside job —- the list is very long and includes fire fighters who went on record saying bombs brought down the buildings.

    Then once we find the Americans involved in the events of that day — and we will find out there were Americans involved — hell, just investigate the stock market activity on that day and you will find out people who knew in advance.

    We try them, convict them, and then hang them for treason. We then vote out the Congress and we start over in this nation.

  • http://WETPRONEWS/LIFE Yesenia

    OK, I DO NOT I GREED THEY SHOULD EXTEND THE BENEFITS WHY WHEN WE WORK THEY ALWAYS REMOVE TAXES FROM OUR PAYCHECK SO IF THEY DONT WANT TO HELP PEOPLE WHO NEED THE MONEY SO PLEASE DONT REMOVE MONEY AWAY FROM OUT PAYCHECK WHEN WORK I DONT UNDERSTAND HOW COME PEOPLE WERE GETTING Unemployment FOR 2 YEARS BEFORE AND ME I AM JUST FOR 1 YEAR.

  • john wifler

    How many more days until Senator John Boehner is unemployed?

    • JoeR

      3 points you need to consider:

      Benefits do run out they cannot be extended just because you want them to be

      If you can’t find work then you may have to go where there is work.

      A degree is no guarantee of a job. Especially one in a field that is not in demand. (I can speak from experience)

      The name calling, bickering and going for the weakest argument of all “The haves and the have not’s” does nothing to fix the situation just once I would like to see a comment section that regardless of political view would have a discussion instead.

      People it is time to grow up and find solutions not wait on the government to do for us. They can’t seem to get anything right except to exempt themselves from the laws they dump on us.

      • http://yahoo wayne

        THERE IS SOMETHING WE CAN ALL DO. THE POWER OF OUR VOTE!
        AND IT NOT ABOUT GROWING UP, IT IS ABOUT SURVIVAL!!!!!!!!!!!!! STOP VOTING FOR THE PERSON WHO GIVES YOU THE BIGGEST PROMISE BECAUSE THEY CAN NOT DELIVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • http://gofiggr.com Dan

        Takes “money” to move where the jobs are…Been spending that trying to find a job and keep my family “alive” sporto. I agree, I shouldn’t be waiting for a “hand-out”, but I “have” been paying “something” in support of this government for 29 years (my working life)…and since you are being so “candid” and fatherly about imparting your “wisdom”, perhaps you’d like to tell us where “you” work…Sounds like just about “anyone” could get a jobe “there”…sign me up!

        • Ayeesha

          Right on Dan, I’m with you on this one!

  • Cooper

    Just to make myself clear, I am not taking Sarah’s side on this. I witness first hand the desperation of the claimant’s that I help on a daily basis. They are not unemployment because they are lazy and wanting a handout. If they had their choice they would be getting up every morning and going to work. They want to work. They are a victim of a bad economy and I have to agree with most of you, it is not getting any better.

    I am on the receiving end of the phone calls from claimant’s who are scared to death. They are scared because they do not know how they are going to keep a roof over their heads and food on the table. They have already shut their cable off. They are using what few dollars they have to put gas in the car to go to the work force centers to use their internet to look for work. They have already cut all the “extras” out of their lives, live movies, dinner out, cable, internet. They are now in straight up survival mode.

    I hear it in your voices on the phones, day after day. I wish I could wave a magic wand and make the benefits extended but it is out of my hands.

    I wish those of you that are unemployed the best of luck. Those of you that are not unemployed, be very thankful and maybe have some compassion for those that are.

    • Geneva Wester

      Cooper, Thank you for your comment. I appreciate your support. I have been unemployed for 7 months and have been looking for a job and haven’t had any luck. I am 59 yrs. old and I know that has something to do with my not finding work. I am going to have to sign up for food stamps as of Monday just to be able to eat. I am losing my apt. and have no where to go. What more can we do?

      • Cooper

        Geneva, I do not know where you are from, I just know how things are in the state office I work. Please, check with your local work force center. They can help. They have programs that can help with resume’s, practice interviews, leads on jobs, depending on their funding they might even have funding for school.

        The program is called Work force Investment Act (WIA) and they pay for the entire school program, including books and tuition. In some states you do not have to look for work for the unemployment side if you are attending school through a WIA program.

        WIA does not discriminate by age or gender it just depends on if the funding is available.

        There are also programs available for dislocated workers. There is the Trade R______ Act (TRA)and the Trade A_____ Act (TAA) and for the life of me I cannot remember what the R or the A stand for. These programs are for say….factory workers and all the employee knows is how to work in the factory. The factory shuts down and the employee has no other skills. The TRA/TAA programs are there to help retrain for new skills.

        Hope this helps!!

        • Nina

          Cooper, not sure what state you live in, but in my state, the training comes ONLY IF there is a seat open in a class 3 days before it starts. If it is full, most likely it will be due to mass volumes of unemployed seeking same- you miss out.
          From my experience, the whole system needs to be torn apart and put back together.
          There are many professionals out there who could be paid by the State to retrain, and have more classes.
          How many unemployed Admins are out there who could train people in solid Office skills that could help them poss land a temp job leading to FT employment?
          How about electricians and plumbers and mason? Many retired- and knowing these skills and being a reliable person- one could open a small service.
          After training- we need jobs to put people to work at. In my opinion, we need manufacturing back here on our soil.

      • Darrell H

        This is what the government wants from you, take SS early so they screw you until you die at a lower monthly payment

    • MadCharles

      Just learn how to vote.
      You still have the opportunity for any schooling you want in America. If you were a screw up in K-12 early on you have no one but Obama to blame today.

    • Jon

      Cooper…ever thought about running for office??? Seriously, people with a mindset like yours are exactly who we need running this once great and prosperous country. Thank you got your compassion, and I am sure you will be blessed for it.

    • Scholarlylion

      THIS IS THE FIRST TIME I HAVE HEARD ONE BE SO COMPASSIONATE TOWARDS PEOPLE LIKE US. THANK YOU

  • John C.

    I worked from 1955 until recent times and filed for unemployment. My ‘work’ record included a four year Marine Corps enlistment during the Viet Nam era. So this government collected lots of cash from me. The likes of these republican bastards can go kiss my ass claiming I am happy to sit home and collect. I’ve worked longer than many of those parasites have been around. Most of them never served in the military either. They are nothing but lilly livered greedy shitbums. There you have it my right wing tea party asshole clowns.

    • MadCharles

      If you were in Nam or off shore contact a local vet center. You can get at least an additional $1542.00 a month for agent orange.

      rvn70/71

  • Ed Rodriguez

    Solution: Just get rid of Obama and his Socialist Democrats and America will be America again. We don’t need “Hope and Change” there was nothing wrong with the system that a few changes couldn’t fix. Now we have a train wreck on our hands.

    • http://yahoo wayne

      WRONG THE GOVERNMENT NEEDS A TOTAL OVERHAUL. THEY FORGOT THE BASIC RULE WHICH INCLUDED THE WORDS “FOR THE PEOPLE”. THEY KEEP CHANGING THE CONSTITUTION TO THEIR OWN BENEFIT.

    • Abe

      Wait a minute it is the republicans that are against unemployment extension before we had a republican president congress would pass unemployment benefits in a snap but we have a democrat as a president and we know that republicans love to go against anything democrats do.

  • sunny miller

    why is this a republican problem… in case some don’t know the DEMOCRATS also agreed with NO EXTENSION and DEMOCRAT BARACK OBAMA SIGNED IN TO LAW….now as we all know if the democrats don’t want to it would of NEVER EVER passed the Senate.. There are 3 EQUAL branches of government Legislative *House and Senate (together hold 1/3rd) Executive *President(1/3rd) and the Judicial *Courts…The House is Republican controlled is 1/2 of 1/3rd Democrats hold the other 1/2 of the SAME 3rd in the Senate and the President holds 1/3rd… the House can not alone not pass any bill into LAW they have to have the SENATE also pass ……before you start blowing your nose IT’S THE MEAN OL’ REPUBLICAN take a time OUT and be mad at BOTH GOP & DEMS they BOTH DID IT

    • Howard

      Wrong! Both the senate and the house voted 4 a budget that wouldn’t shut the government down again! So b4 u dismiss the republigoons from fault, they were the ones who caused the shut down 2 begin with! And why? Because they wanted 2 defund a law already on the books and had nothing 2 even do with the budget! That debacle cost us 25 billion in tax dollars! Now with respect 2 the unemployment extension, the democrats tried 2 introduce it into the budget legislation but the republigoons said that if it wasn’t offset from programs elsewhere in the government, they wouldn’t even consider it! Now I grant u the democrats should not have voted 4 the budget @ all without the unemployment extension! They should have drew a line in the sand and said no extension, no budget, but they did it 2 protect their jobs 4 the next 2 yrs so republigoons can’t shut the government down again! That’s why they voted 4 the budget! So the fact that the republigoons r blameless in this is a joke if nothing else! U gotta be kidding me!!!

  • jack

    I am an employer-employees pay nothing toward unemployment. They pay half of their ss and medicare. We match the rest and pay the tax. John I commend your service but you are wrong and uninformed. Both parties are not concerned about ordinary americans just their warchest
    after retirement. Just look at their net worth before and after office. The Mexicans are swarming in and taking the jobs because of corporate welfare. Just look at the trash in walmart no one cares anymore. We are becoming a third world country. There are plenty of jobs in Texas if someone really wants to work. I need truck drivers.

    • Alli Love

      Jack, my husband and I are in Texas. I’ve done recruiting almost my whole life and recruited drivers for close to four years. If you need help, let me know.

      • jack

        send me your recruiting info

  • W Walton

    WHY DO ALL YOU DUMB ASSES THINK OBAMA CAUSED THIS….YOUR KKK ASS GRANDPARENTS HAD THIS PLANNED 50 YEARS AGO…..TOO BAD YOUR ASS GOT CAUGHT UP AND NOW YOU WANNA CRY.eat sh&^%!

    • sunny miller

      tell me about THE STRONG RECOVERY OF OBAMA…WHO DO YOU THINK HAS BEEN IN WHITEHOUSE FOR 6 YEARS… THIS IS HIS ECONOMY

    • sunny miller

      i personally love your racist taint

      • Cenie

        Wow I saw nothing racist in Walton’s reply… Could it be that that’s where your mind is? Yes Obama has been in office 6 years but you must’ve forgotten that the 1st 4 years were spent trying to correct crap from the previous administration! How about helping people stay in their homes? I, for one benefitted from that … And no we were not one of those who grabbed equity and lived large. We bought before the market went crazy. I’ve collected unemployment once (for 5 wks) before now. I was layed off at 64 and I’ve worked in IT over 30 yrs. Without unemployment transitioning to retirement before planned is a bear! There are abusers of any government program but don’t assume everyone does! Until you’ve walked in that path you best keep your thoughts on things you KNOW!

  • steve

    Perhaps I am an exception, but maybe it will open some eyes and minds to know that there are those out there who are not abusers of the system and are unemployed through circumstances beyond our control. My company laid me off after 18 years of employment. Each those 100+ who received notice were average age 52 and older. The company went away from the founders and became a firm run by 30-sometings. There was nothing we could do to protest our lay off due to age discrimination, because if we didn’t sign an agreement that we would not protest the layoff, we wouldn’t receive severance, reference, response to the Workforce Commission for unemployment, or 3 months of insurance coverage. I am 63 years old. I have 35 years of purchasing experience. I began my work search the next day and never thought it would be virtually impossible to obtain employment. But when I do get in for an interview, one look at the grey hair and the interviewer starts shifting uncomfortably in his chair and the interview is very short. Just getting in for an interview is an experience. By law you cannot be asked your age, but they CAN (an do) ask for your high school and college graduation date and anyone who can subtract automatically can guess your age-resume goes right into the trash. After all, who wants to hire and train someone who possibly could retire 2 years later.

    I do not enjoy being unemployed. It is humiliating and embarrassing. The toll of months of application rejections is wearing. I especially do not enjoy receiving and relying on a check from the government every two weeks. By the way, we are not talking about anything that resembles a huge amount of money….in Texas the most you can get is $816 every two weeks. It in no way is close to much more than minimum wage. They you add the additional cost of health insurance, you really don’t have much.

    I am fully aware that there are young, able bodies persons who abuse the system and do not look for work sitting around waiting for free money. I am required to make a minimum number of job searches each week. I have never made less that 3 OVER that number. What I ask is that our representatives open their minds and quit applying a “one size fits all” decision that ALL the long-term unemployed are malingering, lazy, users. Please people, I ask that you don’t sit in self-righteous judgement. Thank your lucky stars, that life hasn’t jumped up yet and taken a big bite our of your rear. It very possible COULD happen to you.

    • http://gofiggr.com Dan

      good luck and best wishes to you, my friend…I am where you are…and when did your 40′s become “old”?…but that discrimination is out there in prospective employers too…maddening

    • Cenie

      Steve I can appreciate where you are. Receiving a check that, for a month, is less than I made in a week is tough! These days most employers look on the web for info regarding an applicant. I had my resume out there in the ether and did not get one calls. Finally I googled my name and the 1st thing that pops up is my graduation year. So I changed my name using just my initials and received several responses! Course at the interview they were aware I was older than expected (and I look good for my age). So that was then end of the opportunity. I once had a coworker say to me “you’re kind of old to be learning this” (he was training me to be his backup). Finding a job I n this climate and in my field is very difficult and I’ve not been successful yet.

      • Scholarlylion

        THIS IS SAD. WHAT DOES AGE HAVE TO DO WITH ANYTHING?

  • http://yahoo Dan C

    Just one question for those in favor of the unemployment benefits being cut: What if it was you who depended on unemployment while diligently searching for work and suddenly you found yourself unable to feed your family?

    • http://yahoo wayne

      GOOD POINT! WHAT WOULD YOU DO??

  • gee.rav.

    It is wrong to judge all unemployed workers. Yes, i do agree that some have taken advantage but for most people (such as myself), it is a desperate situation to have UI discontinued. I have been unemployed for six months and have steadily and persistently applied to any jobs and have had zero luck. I don’t enjoy being unemployed and “sitting on my behind” as a lot of folks implied and definitely feel unfortunate to earn $200/wk when I used to make triple that amount. Don’t get me wrong, I do appreciate the little help but I’d much rather work and make money.
    So to those of you that feel the need to continue to berate us, I wish you steady employment because anyone that could be so condescending to a person that’s already down and desperate is inhuman, insensitive and has not walked in our despondent shoes.

    • MadCharles

      If you voted for Obama you got what you deserve.If you didn’t vote for Obama you should have walked districts, manned phones and sent more money to Romney.
      rvn70/71

      • Darrell H

        F*** Romney, and F*** Odumbo…..it has nothing to do with retardlican or dumbocrat, they are ALL blood sucking leaches to the middle/lower classes, and the retired

    • Vera

      Very well said, I agree with your comment. I am pretty much in the same situation. People that has never been in our shoes don’t understand, I am not lazy been out of work 26 weeks end of December. Suppose to start extension this week, now have no incomeI have 30 + years working experience. Apply for jobs every day.I guess when you are 50 + in age no one wants to hire you.Its ashame some people have no compassion.

    • Cenie

      Amen!

    • Jan

      Very Well spoken, gee.rav. It’s actually amazing how heartless people can be, especially if they have not walked in the shoes of those they are criticizing.

  • jim

    unemployment should be given to Americans who worked for it all their lives. Eliminate the wasted government employees and congress that does nothing. Also eliminate all foreign aid and keep our tax money in this country. no one cares about the other countries, including Isreal.

  • Shirley

    Thank you all for your informed and uninformed comments. Regardless of the President; you may not care for him but RESPECT the office (tells a lot of your character). Until you walk in others shoes have some compassion (what goes around comes around). I’ve work since I was 16, now I’m 57, never thought I would be in this place, nor ever collected unemployment; thank God for this time and the checks. The unemployment reps I speak with have been very helpful and respectful. Thank you all for your kind words during this time. My new job was to start in Sept now it will not start until Feb/March. I look forward to working and helping those in need.

  • Pat

    This is really cruel, what are people suppose to do, some are past 55 years of age and can’t find a job too young for socvial security and their benefits has stopped completely, I know because I’m one of them , no companies are hiring 50+ age people,My benefits stopped in August, 2013, Since then I only get Food stamps, What about rent,America is forcing families to the street to be homeless.

  • Sherrie Fair

    I was 11 years with an employer and got laid off in early October. I am having trouble finding permanent work that does not pay $12.00 an hour. I have a college degree with over $100,000.00 in student loans I cant pay. I need unemployment to pay my bills and put food on the table until I can find something that pays a live able wage. Unemployment is not welfare. It is there to help people like me.

  • America Wake Up!

    Your government “lost” 2.3 TRILLION dollars at the Pentagon and the FED lost 9 TRILLION dollars.

    That is half the national debt. That is enough to give each person in America $50,000.

    Don’t you get it yet? The rich and those in power are robbing you. Don’t get mad at the poor in this country. Your leaders are literally robbing you.

  • America Wake Up!

    Do people out there realize that we still pay Japan money for World War II?

    Cut out all foreign aid —- except for humanitarian efforts. That is all. Hell, most of the money is going to corrupt politicians in foreign countries anyway.

    Don’t people get it? ALL POLITICIANS ARE CORRUPT TO THE CORE. THEY LIE FOR A LIVING.

    You know, we look down on people in prison, when half the people in prison are either innocent and couldn’t afford a defense or they are there for petty crimes most of which are victimless. Don’t let the TV full you. They only show the worst of the worst cases. Most people in prison are not like the people you see on the TV. Many cases are suspect.

    But, our politicians hurt more people than you can imagine. They break the law all the time and nothing happens to them.

    It is time for a change in this nation.

  • Marje

    You cannot go around calling everyone lazy. Most people want to work. I say extend for another 3 months. People will be going on Welfare without
    unemployment checks. How does that help anything? Mean spirited people need to take a deep breath and really think about what they are saying.

  • http://seekingalpha.com/article/1543642 Lance Brofman

    Unlike food stamp and welfare recipients, many unemployed people (all of which previously held jobs) are Republicans. If the news media shows one person saying: that he had always voted Republican but if the House leadership does not allow a vote on extension of unemployment benefits he will never vote for a Republican again, the Republicans will cave as 1.3 million voters could be a critical in the next election.

    The joke used to be that a conservative is a liberal who has been mugged. The new version will be a Democrat is a Republican who had his unemployment benefits ended.

    “..It is not just a coincidence that tax cuts for the rich have preceded both the 1929 and 2007 depressions. The Revenue acts of 1926 and 1928 worked exactly as the Republican Congresses that pushed them through promised. The dramatic reductions in taxes on the upper income brackets and estates of the wealthy did indeed result in increased savings and investment. However, overinvestment (by 1929 there were over 600 automobile manufacturing companies in the USA) caused the depression that made the rich, and most everyone else, ultimately much poorer.

    Since 1969 there has been a tremendous shift in the tax burdens away from the rich and onto the middle class. Corporate income tax receipts, whose incidence falls entirely on the owners of corporations, were 4% of GDP then and are now less than 1%. During that same period, payroll tax rates as percent of GDP have increased dramatically. The overinvestment problem caused by the reduction in taxes on the wealthy is exacerbated by the increased tax burden on the middle class. While overinvestment creates more factories, housing and shopping centers; higher payroll taxes reduces the purchasing power of middle-class consumers..”
    http://seekingalpha.com/article/1543642

    • Scholarlylion

      ALL PEOPLE ON UNEMPLOYMENT OR LOST THEIR UNEMPLOYMENT ON DEC 28TH HAD JOBS, AND NONE OF THEM WILLFULLY LOST THEIR JOBS. THATS A FACT.

  • roseanne

    My husband’s job ended in March of 2013. He worked for a trucking company for almost 20 years as a dispatcher, 3rd shift. The company lost a huge contract because of greed and arrogance costing hundreds their jobs. He stayed until the end training those that would be taking over his job. He is 62 years old and has only the most basic of skills in computer. he took some computer classes but when you work a third shift and you are only using the required software program that the company has, you lose out big time with progressing technology. He is the most dedicated, honest and hardworking person I know, never missing a day of work and traveled through snow storms to get to his job 25 minutes away. And this is the thanks he gets. He never participated in 401k because the company screwed around with his pay on more that one occasion so he never trusted them. Since March of 2013, he has been receiving unemployment and over 100 jobs have been applied for with only a few interviews. He has applied for anything for the sake of getting a job., even 5 job applications for custodian at various places with rejection because he didn’t have experience. eXCUse me? He has never been on unemployment in his life. I work as a hair stylist and my pay is not great. This was not our choice. I am just saying unemployment was at least something for the time being. So, those of you out there who think we are being lazy, hope these are shoes you never have to wear in your lifetime.

  • dionne

    Let’s deal with facts. My mother also worked for the unemployment office. From that, I know the employer pays for unemployment insurance. However, employees also pay taxes, which is where all federally funded things get FUNDS. True deadbeats do all possible to avoid work, meaning they are inherently INELIGIBLE for unemployment benefits. Furthermore, the benefits amount to less than what a worker made when they were working. Nobody is, ” living like a rock star” through unemployment benefits. One might focus their job search where they expect to have the best luck at getting hired over taking a job for which they are over-qualified that won’t pay a, “living wage”, while taking time that one needs for actually finding the job they should have. I also know that certain industries(example:automotive) were granted unemployment extensions during years past. The idea that a definite end date will increase the desire to work sounds good but when work isn’t found, the unemployed are likely to turn to public assistance. As a past/future taxpayer, I find, “welfare” more demoralizing than unemployment, with both programs requring that you build/revamp your resume, then look for work, officially, with proof! Is there anyone who would rather see the unemployed go to welfare than have a few extra weeks of unemployment? I would think not, except for those who can only feel good about themselves while demonizing others. As far as fiscal responsibility goes, hypocrites pitch fits over unemployment, while watching news reports about rich individuals/companies who pay as little taxes as possible, which sometimes means $0. The government wastes too much money too many ways. As for the name-calling, truly intelligent people who are capable of objective reasoning can make valid points without getting ugly. We all live in this country-we should be working on solutions instead of mindlessly attacking each other, especially from the cowardly, safely anonymous distance of a keyboard.

    • http://gofiggr.com Dan

      well said

    • Scholarlylion

      THERE ARE NO DEADBEATS WHEN IT COMES TO UNEMPLOYMENT BECAUSE EVERYONE RECEIVING UNEMPLOYMENT HAD TO BE LAID OFF FROM A JOB THEY ONCE HAD TO GET IT. AND THEN WHEN PEOPLE GET LAID OFF AND END UP ON UNEMPLOYMENT; PEOPLE STRUGGLE TO FIND JOBS, BUT AS YOU AN SEE BY MANY TESTIMONIES, IT IS EXTREMELY HARD AND SOMETIMES IMPOSSIBLE. I KNOW, I HAVE BEEN TRYING TO GET A DECENT JOB FOR 7 YEARS NOW. ITS BY THE GRACE OF GOD THAT I HAVE MADE IT THIS FAR AND WHY I CAN TELL EVERYBODY ON THIS BOARD TO PUT YOUR TRUST IN GOD. HE WILL SEE YOU THROUGH. IN THESE LAST DAYS, I BELIEVE THAT GOD IS TRYING TO GET PEOPLE TO STOP RELYING ON THE WORLD SYSTEM AND TO RELY ON HIM. AFTER ALL, A LOT OF YOU WILL HAVE NO CHOICE IN THE DAYS TO COME. WHEN YOU GET TO THIS POINT OF HAVING NOTHING LEFT BUT YOUR HOPE IN GOD, THEN YOU ARE IN THE BEST PLACE TO BE. TRUST ME, I KNOW, I HAVE BEEN THERE, AND AM STILL THERE. TAKE YOUR EYES OFF OF THE PROVISION OF THE WORLD AND SET YOUR EYES ON JESUS.

  • Kevin

    I’m willing to send you my resume so you can help me find a job. Heck I’ll settle for an interview! I’ve been getting one interview for each 100 jobs I’ve applied for. Too many people trying to get the same job. I can’t afford to move. I have $10.00 left to my name and 1/4 tank of gas. I’m in Richland Washington. So what do you say? Want to help me become employed?

    • Kevin

      I’m serious about sending you my resume. HELP ME FIND A JOB! Part time work is ok too. If you cant help me find a job the you don’t get to complain that I don’t have one. My email address is g5fh84@hotmail.com
      I’m a project manager/coordinator

      • Scholarlylion

        MY BACKGROUND IS IN TECHNICAL PROJECT MANAGEMENT TOO AND I HAVEN’T BEEN ABLE TO GET A JOB FOR YEARS.

  • http://bluefrog.com Elad

    And after the three month extension, they will extend it another three months and just continue on and on.

  • Kris

    Please don’t forget that when you receive unemployment you have to pay taxes on that money. This is not a “free” handout. I’ve been working since I was 16 years old paying my taxes and than after almost 9 years at a company I get laid off. Some states like Michigan and Ohio are still struggling which means less jobs. Unemployment is not a “life style”. Even the person at the unemployment office told me that the economy isn’t good (in Ohio) and that jobs are still hard to come by. Some people can’t just take an $8 hour job and expect to make ends meet and feed and house their families.

  • MadCharles

    You wanted Hope and Change Yes We Can you got it. Find a job freeloaders..

    rvn70/71

    • roseanne

      Didn’t VOTE for that hope and change person

    • judy

      Okay, what is the name of the company you work for?
      I would love to apply for your job,I can take your job away from you and you will be on UI. Lets see how much you love being on UI. I hope you have fun trying to find work. The County I live in has an unemployment rate of about 9%. I would love to move to where ever it is that you live, the economy must be much better there than here.

    • Jon

      I bet you are for re establishing slavery too huh?? Madcharles?!? Your a joke. Your family will be ashamed of the ignorance you promote

    • Scholarlylion

      THERE IS NOTHING IN THIS WORLD THAT IS FREE, SO THE WORD FREELOADERS IS NULL AND VOID.

  • EileenGrass

    Unemployment has turned into a welfare program. Just give them welfare.(food stamps)
    I had someone call my office looking for the company that had the phone number I have now. I told them they went out of business 6 months ago. She asked me if I minded if she listed the company so she would have her unemployment requirement for the week. When I told her yes I did mind she hung up on me.
    So for anyone who thinks this program should be extended you are probably taking or trying to take advantage of the program or know someone who is.

    • Abe

      There a few rats out there but no all are the same most are hard working not lazy.

  • willy

    don’t think sarah will reproduce,obviously doesn’t have the cognitive brain power,probably thinks brain power comes from tax dollars

  • http://yahoo.com Greg Spina

    Let me tell my story. I did not ask to be unemployed. I work hard since I was 15 years old,I’m 55 now.I’m an union electrician,been sign on the books since Aug 2012.I make a lot more then $450 a week when working.The construction industry been slow not many jobs out there. I’m to old to change jobs.I don’t ask for much, but the unemployment extension a must!The Fed gov should not have been able to go on vacation. Well your president going to Hawaii spending your money to play golf and take his family to. And not worry about the millions of people that are out of work. That just loss there benefits.This will effect the economy.Why aren’t taking care of American people sending foreign counties all our tax money for what so they can bomb us in return.

    • Scholarlylion

      GREG, I DON’T KNOW OF ANYONE WHO WILLFULLY BECAME UNEMPLOYED. THERE IS MORE OF A CHANCE OF PEOPLE TAKING ADVANTAGE OF WELFARE THAN IT IS UNEMPLOYMENT, AND EVEN WITH WELFARE, THOSE WHO WANT TO GET OFF OF WELFARE CAN’T FIND JOBS EITHER.

  • lashondra

    sweetie listen this is why you work for times like this. how old are you please read before you speak

  • Ron

    What has happened is this country is “greed based” and not “quality of life based”. The way the working and middle class has been hurt while the mega rick line thier pockets is a disgrace and any just “god” would consider this punishable. To line your pockets whicle those around you suffer is a sin..no better then stealing.

    Now of course it makes sense to cut the extensions incrementally during 2014 rather then all at once to not shock the economy during a slow recovery from a great recession but that solution is only short term. We need to focus on long term solutions. Now the gubment can;t really “create” jobs without it costing the taxpayers and of course the gubment does not profit no matter what they do..so what is logical for us to do?

    Well it seem the FAILED economic and foreign policies of the Bush era got us into this mess. As a matter of fact it was Bush that called for these Federal emergency unemployment insurance extensions..in 2001 AND in 2008 which is the one the republicans are now trying to cut while the rate is higher then when Bush got them. Als to note the 99 week thing is long past…20 weeks from Fed-ED was cut back in 2012 and tier 4 (up to 16 weeks) was cut this year months ago. The economy is recovering but we are not there yet and many need these extension to keep thier heads above water until jobs that they qualify for start to open back up during recovery. The REASON for these emergency extensions is so we don’t put millions of workers who were laid off due to no fault of thier own during a recession or depression into homeless shelters or tent cities. The emergency extensions have never been cut when the rate was this high since it’s inception in the 1940s.

  • Howard

    Sarah r u retarded? Ur tax dollars? Do u realize those who receive unemployment worked @ one time and have contributed 2 the unemployment pool with their very own tax dollars? In other words, in order 2 receive unemployment compensation u’ve had 2 have a job! Unemployment isn’t a handout u nit wit! Also, the amount of unemployment is about a third of the amount they received while working. So if getting a third of the money u received when u were working makes u lazy, then u must absolutely be retarded! How u people can think that way suggest u must be really bad @ both arithmetic and economics! Where was ur since of economic stewardship when the republigoons shut down the government and wasted 25 billion of guess what? Ur tax dollars! Astounding!

  • Howard

    What I also find pretty funny is those who hide behind their keyboards and computers who spew their hate about those that r unemployed really don’t make a whole lot of money themselves! These r the same inbreeds whose salaries correspond 2 the measly little unemployment checks, but the difference is they have 2 get up and go 2 work everyday while the unemployed don’t until they find a job, and this is what has them pissed!!! These r the ones who mention terms like “lazy” and “welfare” and all the other bullshit they say! Really pathetic people u r! Ur mothers should have swallowed!!!

  • Rosemarie

    I was very interested in reading the comments about extending the unemployement benefits. There are strong points on both sides of this situation that( by the way) is effecting 1.3 million people.
    This could be debated for a long time however, right now there are people all over this country needing these benefits to live and to survive. I know this first hand, because, I am one of these people you are talking about. All I can say is unless you are in this situation, you have no idea how this can impact your daily existence.
    Just so you know, I have been looking every day for the last 13 months to find a job.
    I was laid off right before Christmas in 2012, and I had never applied for unemployment before. It is a humbling experience, and I would not recommend this unless like myself, I had no choice.
    When bills have to be paid on time, and the mortgage is due, reality sets in, and you must survive.
    Please do not stereotype people on unemployment into one catagory. I have worked for the past 42 years, and do you not think I have paid enough into the tax structure to have this temporary help until I do get anothor job?
    I want a job to help support my family, and I do want to get back to work! I am not lazy, and I have not given up.
    If anyone out there has any job openings,and, need to hire ASAP, please let me know.
    Thanks in advance-Happy New Year!

  • Dwayne

    I have been out of work for 6 months, rolled over into the EUC program in mid-December. I send out applications/resume’s on a daily basis. I AM NOT LAZY. Granted there are some who are but these benefits need to be extended.

  • Wizard

    Everyone is missing the point. We give billions of dollars to countries that hate us, yet the republicans would let Americans and their families starve, is that the America way. I’m an unemployed republican and will do my best to keep them out of power for this reason, they have no clue.

    • Scholarlylion

      NOBODY THAT DOESN’T WANT TO END UP ON THE STREET TAKES ADVANTAGE OF UNEMPLOYMENT BECAUSE IT RUNS OUT. IT IS ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF IT. ANYONE ON UNEMPLOYMENT HAS TO FIND A JOB OR THEY HAVE TO FACE SOME TOUGH SITUATIONS. PEOPLE ON UNEMPLOYMENT WOULD RATHER HAVE A JOB SO THAT THEY CAN HAVE THE SECURITY THEY NEED. THERE IS NO SECURITY IN UNEMPLOYMENT WHEN IT RUNS OUT AND WHEN THINGS LIKE BEING DENIED AN EXTENSION TAKE PLACE. THAT ARGUMENT IS ERRONEOUS TO SAY THE LEAST.

  • Maria

    My husband’s been on unemployment for over a year. He had a job for over 20 years and when it was bought out by another BIG company, they didn’t need him anymore and let him go. He’s been looking for work since while collecting. But he is not the ONLY one. There are millions looking for work too. It sucks to be in your 40s and going for gigs against the 20-somethings and they get paid less. Anyway, we have a family to support and I had to take a job that pays less than half of what I use to make in the corporate world (after my job was off shored to India, mind you). We think that government doesn’t have the answers but I tell you what…INSTEAD of sending BILLIONS overseas to other nations and having a MILITARY EMPIRE THAT COST BILLIONS$$$$$$$$$ (occupying, bombing foreign land) why not STOP all that and take care of our OWN HERE…to start BRING JOBS back to USA and get rid of NAFTA!!! This country is going to hell in a hand basket if people don’t WAKE UP and see what the real problem is (INTERVENTIONIST FOREIGN POLICY & DOMESTIC MONETARY POLICY) WAKE UP AND stop falling for the LEFT VS. RIGHT B.S. All those guys in Congress are buddies helping themselves to OUR tax money.

  • Maria

    Oh and we’ve had to dip into our IRA a couple times. AND OF COURSE the freaking Gov’t gets some of that money because we are not of retirement age and have to pay a penalty. BUT I don’t want to lose my home and have two kids with special needs who need to eat. By the way, I love my job even if it pays less…at least I have health insurance and can pay most of my bills. It’s the food money more than anything and “growing” kids where we struggle most.

  • franci

    The Government has the solution to this problem just bringing back the jobs into the US Americans are not lazy

  • Jayne

    I WANT TO WORK!!! I was let go due to my job and many others which were sent overseas. I have been getting u/e benefits, but I have been working for 40 years. No fault of mine I lost my job and having a difficult time finding another. I am NOT lazy!!!!! Anyone out there want to hire me?????

    • Scholarlylion

      I WISH I COULD HIRE EVERYONE ON THIS BOARD. I WILL PRAY FOR EVERYBODY BECAUSE I KNOW THAT GOD WILL PROVIDE.

  • http://yahoo irene

    its time to FEEL THE PAIN no more of my tax $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ i live off $1400 a month if i can do it you can do it STOP all the crying and just do it yes its hard but you get use to it i have been doing it for past FIVE YEARS im just saying you all voted for these people so HAHA live with it

    • Howard

      C, that’s what I’m talking about! Irene here is who I referenced earlier. She’s one of those people who don’t make a lot of money (probably flipping burgers and deep frying french fries somewhere) and is bitter because of it! She flat out said that she makes 1400 dollars a month and how hard it is 2 live off it! Here’s the thing that the gem of a woman Irene hasn’t mentioned, if good ol Irene could get a better paying job then she would but she can’t! She stated she’s been making the 1400 a month for 5 yrs now! Well y is that Irene? Can’t u find a better job? A little difficult out there in the job market isn’t it Irene? Surely u have upward mobility don’t u Irene? Surely u have great skills 2 present 2 any potential employer out there right Irene? Surely u don’t, that’s why ur bitter and resent those who receive unemployment compensation right Irene? Because u make the same money they make and ur in a dead end job doing it right Irene?

  • Howard

    2 those of u who r unemployed, do u know what u can expect from the republigoons in the house of representatives? Nothing! These r the same people who didn’t wanna give funding relief 2 the victims of hurricane Sandy! A damn natural disaster that affected millions of people along the eastern seaboard, and people like eric cantor said what ever relief is provided has 2 be offset with government dollars from somewhere else! So 2 the 1.3 million of u who receive unemployment compensation nevermind that u all worked in the past and need help now until u get back on ur feet! What they’re saying 2 u is, F**K U! What ever difficulty u may be going through right now is all ur fault! The president as well as the senate put forth a jobs bill for people just like the 1.3 million unemployed, and the house of representatives blocked it just because they don’t like the president! They would rather the American people suffer just because they have this extreme hatred of the man! Good luck in ur endeavors 2 find adequate work that provides 4 u and ur families, and in November of this yr lets do all we can 2 get rid of these cartoon characters so the American people aren’t held hostage 2 these hate mongers any longer! God bless u all!

  • Clyde

    If we extend it we need to reduce other areas to pay for it.

    • Kelly

      lets start with welfare, and SS paid to people that never worked for it, and oh yeah stop fighting everyone else’s wars :)

  • Shelby

    I lost my job after 13 years from working as a county employee through no fault of my own in 2013. I started receiving benefits at the end of May. I have bachelors degree and have applied for nearly 400 jobs I AM COMPLETELY QUALIFIED OR OVER QUALIFIED FOR MORE THEN HALF OF THEM. I have applied for jobs that are half my old salary. I have taken classes to update my resume and how to market myself. I have only been on a total of 4 interviews since loosing my job and 3 3 of the 4 I had 2nd interviews but never was offered the position. I have been told from 1 company nearly 200 people applied and I made the cut of 50 people but did not get it. If it wasn’t for Obamacare, we would have lost medical benefits and relied on the rest of the country to pay for us which I am opposed to doing since a pre-existing condition said and I was uninsurable. The longer I am out of work, it seems like no one wants to talk to me. I am getting a license in another field now in hopes it will help but without my unemployment, I may now have to put this on hold. So until you can says this is all my fault and being given unemployent is a way to encourage laziness, THINK AGAIN. Welfare is not the same as unemployment and I wish people would stop saying that. My unemployment is not even close to my salary and I would LOVE to go back to work. We have some savings to get by and not loose our home but it’s not forever. Until you can walk a day in my shoes and know how it feels, you should keep quiet. I’m NOT the bad apple that spoiled the bunch. I am the reality!

  • Kelly

    So what about all the taxes we pay into SS, that we may never get to use? I say whatever you pay into SS should go into your own acct for later use, and if you don’t pay into it then you don’t get it..period!

  • Hank

    Hey there I have an idea, lets make the Obama care program give them jobs. They also need to ensure that these people are paid enough to offset the illogical insurance premiums that they must pay monthly. WE CAN THANK OBAMA FOR THIS CRISIS. Oh by the way, I have another question. How are these people supposed to pay their fines that they will be responsible for if they can not afford the insurance premiums and deductibles and the copays???. Is there a
    DEMOCRAT that can give us a cure for that????. I UNDERSTAND JUST MORE LIES LIES, LIES. THANK YOU OBAMA, WHY DONT YOU GO BACK HOME TO KENYA WHERE YOU WERE BORN.

  • Baphomet

    its time for me to stand on my own two feet & take it from the weekminded,I will follow the foot steps of my big britha you stupid mutha funkerzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    some will stand up & be wolfs ,the rest will lay down and bow like sheep.