Unemployment benefits for 1.3 million expire Saturday
December 27th, 2013
01:09 PM ET
9 months ago

Unemployment benefits for 1.3 million expire Saturday

(CNNMoney) – Michelle Marshall is one of the 1.3 million long-term unemployed Americans who will lose unemployment benefits Saturday.

Marshall, 56, has been out of work for a year, since she lost an administrative assistant job that paid her $44,000 per year.

She started collecting $624 each week in New Jersey unemployment benefits, but the state benefits ran out after 26 weeks. When federal benefits kicked in, she collected $521.

But Marshall will stop getting these checks next week.

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  1. Rudy NYC

    I wish her luck. Searching for a job has just become an entire magnitude more difficult. You can't go to interviews if you can't pay for your transportation to get there. Why is it that job hunting expenses are tax deductible only if you successfully land a job?

    December 27, 2013 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    "The White House Council of Economic Advisers and Department of Labor issued a joint report earlier this month touting how jobless benefits buoy the economy, while keeping 2.5 million workers out of poverty each year.

    The White House pointed out in a separate report that the expiration of benefits could reduce U.S. GDP by 0.2 to 0.4 percentage point in 2014, according to the Congressional Budget Office and a J.P. Morgan Chase economist. "

    Those facts should have been the highlighted opening of the story, not the touchy-feely crap. The biggest thing people need to understand is that this program has a legitimate, objectively quantifiable and necessary stimulus effect on the economy by helping to buoy demand and prevent people from falling through the cracks and landing in a place that is exponentially harder to dig out of.

    "The Congressional Budget Office said the cost to extend the federal benefits by another year is about $26 billion."

    OH LOOK....FOR THE COST OF A 2-WEEK GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN THAT DAMAGED THE ECONOMY, WE CAN INSTEAD TRY TO HELP IT.

    GOP/Teatrolls' response: "No way...not while we're not in control of the WH and we're betting on a bad economy being a good campaign talking point for the 2014 mid-terms. Another 1.3M people suffering is another 1.3M we can hopefully convince to blame Obama for it."

    December 27, 2013 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  3. Donna

    Sorry but these benefits have to end sooner or later. We've had 12 extensions of these benefits and the recession ended 4.5 years ago.

    It is sad that all these people are still unemployed thanks to Obama and and the Democrats endless attack on business. They have done everything in their power to poison the business environment with their never ending rules and regulations. 15,000-20,000 for Obamacare alone. 21 new taxes on top of that. Dodd-Frank,? Probably more.

    I would advise this woman that her only hope of finding another job is to vote every Democrat OUT of office. They simply hate our economic system and will do anything they can to wreck it, just like they did with our healthcare system.

    December 27, 2013 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  4. smith

    If you haven`t found a job in six months you might have to go with something that pays less and make cuts to your cost of living. Some people I`ve talked are unwilling to take less money than they were making before so they just sit on employment.

    December 27, 2013 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  5. Gurgyl

    Pass JOBS BILL. Nation needs no perpetual unemployment benefits, it needs MANUFACTURING. FACTORIES, INFRASTRUCTURE ETC. Tighten immigration.

    December 27, 2013 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  6. carlos

    Merry Christmas from the GOP.

    December 27, 2013 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  7. OK

    smith

    If you haven`t found a job in six months you might have to go with something that pays less and make cuts to your cost of living. Some people I`ve talked are unwilling to take less money than they were making before so they just sit on employment.

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    This woman has two strikes against her simply because of her age. Some people that I have talked to are perfectly willing to take any job, even for substantially less money and don't get a second look because they are in their 50's or 60's.

    December 27, 2013 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  8. Silence DoGood

    (sarcasm alert)
    If all these free-loaders just believed in my God, worked hard, and smiled, they would all get a job, and not be discriminated against, and their office would be wall papered with hearts and flowers. Oh wait – that was a Disney movie.
    Conservatives rely heavily on fantasy to block out reality.

    December 27, 2013 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Donna

    Sorry but these benefits have to end sooner or later. We've had 12 extensions of these benefits and the recession ended 4.5 years ago.

    It is sad that all these people are still unemployed thanks to Obama and and the Democrats endless attack on business.
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    Republicans ran on "jobs, jobs, jobs" 3-4 years ago, back in 2010, and have yet to deliver anything. In fact, when they assumed the mantle of power of 2011, they immediately launched an aggressive policy of right wing social engineering. What about the Republicans endless attacks on jobs, the middle class, women, students, immigrants, and everyone who is "not one of us"?

    December 27, 2013 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    smith

    If you haven`t found a job in six months you might have to go with something that pays less and make cuts to your cost of living. Some people I`ve talked are unwilling to take less money than they were making before so they just sit on employment.
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    That is frequently the case. What is your advice for this 56 year old, former administrative assistant? Where should she go looking for work? Standing on her feet eight hours per day, flipping burgers? Her poor footsies probably couldn't stand for it.

    December 27, 2013 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  11. rs

    Merry Christmas! Love, the GOP.

    The GOP would rather flush $24 billion away shutting down the government, than do something that benefitted people out of work, and that would stimulate the economy. Ahhh, the hypocrisy!

    December 27, 2013 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  12. Tony D

    I know!! We need another TRILLION DOLLAR stimulus boondoggle so we can put her to work on all those shovel ready jobs! She looks like she would make a mighty fine road paver or bridge builder. That is the Democrats answer.

    Fact is she is old and competing with much younger people for every position and that puts her at a disadvantage. Has she done anything over the last year to improve her skills to get an edge? Has she looked for work other than what she was doing? Is she refusing to apply for jobs that pay less than she was making before? Without all this information holding her out as an example of people getting hurt is just shoddy reporting.

    December 27, 2013 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  13. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    The Congressional Budget Office said the cost to extend the federal benefits by another year is about $26 billion.
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    And thanks to the republican government shutdown, they flushed $24 billion down the drain.

    December 27, 2013 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  14. Rudy NYC

    Tony D

    I know!! We need another TRILLION DOLLAR stimulus boondoggle so we can put her to work on all those shovel ready jobs! She looks like she would make a mighty fine road paver or bridge builder. That is the Democrats answer.
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    No, but she would probably make a good office worker in one of the general construction trailers. Someone has to track all of the paper work associated with construction projects.

    December 27, 2013 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  15. Tampa Timt

    Donna – where on a Earth do you get your misinformation? Businesses are excited about the economic climate, the market is responding to over 4% growth! Unemployment is at its lowest in over 5 years. Things are getting better without a single republican vote. Thankfully, your obstruction days are coming to an end. Your, gloom and doom is nothing more than a republican bumper sticker with no merit.

    December 27, 2013 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  16. IA

    On the surface, this woman needs the help. I say that because with the information provided, I wiould give her the benefit of the doubt that its true. But this administration needs to come down on the fraudulant activity in this program as well as other federally run programs. If you're going to run a store you need to arrest the shoplifters.

    December 27, 2013 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  17. TONE

    Republicans ran on jobs in 2010, and created none now those voters who put them in control of the house are getting set to put them back in for doing nothing. I am trying to figure this out are these voters stupid, or is this the black guy/ black gal thing in the white house that's buggin them,that they will go out and keep the same fox that raided their hen houses.

    December 27, 2013 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  18. Rudy NYC

    Tony D

    Fact is she is old and competing with much younger people for every position and that puts her at a disadvantage. Has she done anything over the last year to improve her skills to get an edge? Has she looked for work other than what she was doing? Is she refusing to apply for jobs that pay less than she was making before? Without all this information holding her out as an example of people getting hurt is just shoddy reporting.
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    Fact is that she is indeed older, and competing with younger candidates, which puts her at a disadvantage. What sort of disadvantage? Most older workers expect a higher salary, but the biggest issue is the cost of their health care insurance. Thanks to the PP&ACA, that strike against her has been marginalized.

    BTW, you know those younger candidates that she's competing against? They ain't finding jobs, either, and they're fresh out of college.

    December 27, 2013 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  19. Lolo

    Rudy thanks for telling Donna the truth. Her head is buried in the sand.

    December 27, 2013 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  20. Tampa Timt

    The $24 billion flushed down the toilet in the republican is lost money. The $26 billion would have gone back into the economy. Not much common sense comes from fiscal conservatives.

    December 27, 2013 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  21. reggie53

    Well it is about time that these people start looking for work than depend on unemployment benefits. A lot of them voted for Obama and he never had those shovel ready jobs for them and then they foolishly voted for him again. TIME TO WORK PEOPLE.......GO OUT THERE AND WORK FOR YOUR OWN MONEY!!!!!!! I am tired of supporting you now!!!!!! See what it feels like to have to actually WORK for your living!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 27, 2013 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  22. Boomer in Mo

    Some people really try to find work and if they are over 50 or highly trained the almost always will be rejected as too old or over qualified. There are some who work the system, but most of the unemployed I have known really do want to work. If upward mobility in this country is not restored, and if jobs are not created, I fear there will be food/work riots in major cities before it is all over, making the Watts riots look like a campfire. Maybe when some obscenely rich CEOs get run through with pitchforks, corporations will realize that when they send their customers' jobs overseas, they no longer have customers and those who have been pitched into the abyss of poverty get really, really angry at some point. American needs to work for most Americans. If it doesn't there will be trouble.

    December 27, 2013 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  23. Donna

    Poor, poor, poor Rudy.... Now please stop lying. The 2010 Democrat Debacle was a direct result of Obamacare and all the other far left lunacy Obama was trying to pass. All of the Republicans wer eput into office to STOP OBAMA AND THE DEMOCRATS. The American people knew back in 2010 how dangerous you all were with total control when you all jammed Obamacare down our throats even though a majority of American opposed it.. The Amrican people decided to take the Democrats out of that position.

    And time has proven them correct as Obamacare has been an even bigger disaster than anybody had predicted. 2014 will see the American declare the end of Obamacare with the removal of many lying Democrats.

    The truth is that the jobs situation will not return to normal until Obama leaves office and the Republicans can get this country back on a solid financial footing. The Demcrats and Obama are anti-business and that is killing job growth.

    December 27, 2013 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  24. Gunderson

    SO !,
    How you like Obama Care now? The unemployment rate will be down to 6.7 Percent at the end of my first term or I will not run for second term. But, some you say, economy getting better. But hey Big Spender's no worry, a Billion here, a Billion there, pretty soon we talk real money. Soon we raise National Debt. Pay back in 100 years, no?

    December 27, 2013 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  25. Sniffit

    " But this administration needs to come down on the fraudulant activity in this program as well as other federally run programs"

    It has. Better than the past several administrations. That gets lost in the general din created by the GOP/Teatroll pantwetters throwing hissy fits to distract everyone and the MSM lapping up the puddles left behind.

    December 27, 2013 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
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