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prolesunited Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 10:51 PM
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House Votes To Extend Jobless Benefits
Source: Associated Press

Jobless workers in imminent danger of losing their unemployment benefits would get a 13-week reprieve under legislation approved by the House on Tuesday.

The House bill, which applies to 27 states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico with unemployment rates of 8.5 percent or higher, would add to the already-record levels of benefits that have been available to the jobless as the country struggles to recover from its prolonged economic malaise.

Read more: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=11...
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tavalon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 11:27 PM
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1. Which states does this apply to?
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Igel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-23-09 04:25 PM
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2. Dunno.
Data should be here:

http://data.bls.gov/map/servlet/map.servlet.MapToolServ...

Don't know if the numbers add up right or not.
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Love Bug Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-23-09 05:28 PM
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3. 8.5% is too high a threshold
According to the article, 5 million have been without work for six months yet this bill will only help 1.5 million of them. How is this fair?

Yes, I'm unemployed but Minnesota's unemployment is only 8%. Yes, I'm just inundated with job offers :sarcasm:

I hope the Senate bill is more generous.
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