The states losing 5 months of extended unemployment benefits are:
Kentucky, Massachusetts, Missouri, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee and Wisconsin.
"More than 8,000 Oregonians will see their unemployment benefits suddenly disappear. Officials say the unemployed rate has dropped low enough, to make Oregon ineligible for federal unemployment benefits.
Lowered unemployment is almost always a good thing, but for Oregon's there's a looming downside: more jobs in Oregon now means fewer federal dollars coming in for those who need them most.
20 weeks of unemployment benefits are vanishing with almost no warning.
"You depend on that in your time of need," says Mary Barickman, who is unemployed.
In Oregon, one can collect 99 weeks of unemployment benefits. The last 20 weeks are federally funded in what's called an extension benefit, but that money is going away, because Oregon's unemployment has continuously lowered and is now at 8.8%."
There are some major problems with this plan:
Unemployment numbers are manipulated:
• Those who have stopped looking or no longer get benefits are not counted.
• Those who are underemployed, working in sub par jobs with low pay or no benefits are considered "employed", but not gainfully employed- perhaps living at poverty level.
• When they take state averages, some counties or rural areas may in fact have double digit unemployment, but the metro areas skew the average.
"Forcing unemployed workers back into the job market will fill the needs of employers who are hiring and help other jobless workers keep their skills sharp. “Now, people may settle for the second-best or third-best job, just to get a job,” Hefner said. “That’s what we want to see happen in the economy.”
Still, Wells Fargo economist Vitner said he is not sure taking away extended jobless benefits while the economy’s recovery still is on shaky ground is the right decision.
“There aren’t a whole lot of jobs out there in a lot of these counties,” he said. “There may not be any jobs there for them to take.”
Hello! People who have been unemployed for almost 2 years are not unemployed because they are enjoying it. How many college degree holding, years of experience, hundreds of job applications turned in & no job offer scenarios, are you familiar with?
A new trend has developed where classified ads openly state they will only hire those who are currently employed. New ways to discriminate have emerged.
While Congress played roulette with this reduced benefit concept, the real life application may result in more foreclosures and homelessness, and an even greater reliance on food stamps and welfare.
To me, this seems like kicking them when they are down. Don't get me started on why banks with shoddy practices get bailed out, and the people who have contributed to unemployment coffers, are, once again getting sold out.
Locally, the county is about to do mass layoffs due to budget cuts, and even closer to home, my husband's workplace is shutting down the bulk of it's operations & 450 people will lose their jobs. Figures, just before he becomes unemployed, the government changes the rules & takes away 5 months of unemployment benefits.