Unemployment benefits for 1.3 million expire Saturday
December 27th, 2013
01:09 PM ET
9 years 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. ED1

    In most cases fish stop biting when they are over fished you think that might be a reason too.

    I have nothing against her but you have to get training in another field and move like it or not.

    December 27, 2013 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  2. Kim S

    I guess we now get to see the REAL Obama economy. This had to happen eventually. I am one of those it is happening to. There go more added to the list of those who have pemanently dropped off the employment rolls. Fortunately for me, I am not depending on my income alone. It is time the "Messiah" of the Left starts creating jobs instead of spending taxpayer dollars to BUY their silence and ignoring the immigration laws already in place! Those mocking the woman in the article are more than likely the Liberals on the left who are all for AMNESTY for illegal immigrants taking the jobs that a woman of her age used to find employment in, along with high school kids looking for a first time job. A whole segment of society have had jobs stolen from them by people here illegally...The truth is about to be exposed.....Let the games begin.......

    December 28, 2013 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  3. ThinkAgain

    @Smitty: "Blame everyone but Oblunder, with his vacation cost the employed could go on for years, Hawaii, Africa etc, etc."

    Like no other president has taken a vacation ... GW took the most days off of any presidents in our nation's history ... guess he needed down time to get over ignoring warnings leading up to 9/11 ... crashing the economy ... getting into two wars without exit plans ... lying to the American people about the cost of those wars by keeping the expense off the books ... leaving our economy hemorrahaging jobs and the stock market in the toilet by the time he left ...

    December 28, 2013 01:54 am at 1:54 am |
  4. ThinkAgain

    The GOP/tea bags in 2010 ran on "Jobs, jobs, jobs!" and have failed, failed, failed.

    Vote them all out come November 4, 2014.

    December 28, 2013 01:54 am at 1:54 am |
  5. ThinkAgain

    @Rick McDaniel: "Good........maybe they will be forced to go get a JOB!"

    Speaking of jobs, where are all the jobs the rich said they'd create if we cut their taxes? Where are all the jobs, jobs, jobs the repub/tea bags ran on in 2010?

    * crickets *

    December 28, 2013 02:05 am at 2:05 am |
  6. Malory Archer

    Blame everyone but Oblunder, with his vacation cost the employed could go on for years, Hawaii, Africa etc, etc


    Sorry babe, but this is entirely on the right. They've been chipping away at the social safety net for 32 years at the behest of their deep-pocketed owners while those deep-pocketed owners have reduced this nation into some sort of Lord of the Flies dystopia by killing unions, shipping jobs overseas en masse, gutting wages and pension/benefits for the remaining jobs and using fear of job loss and poverty to keep workers in line while at the same time gourging themselves on those workers' piddley 401k plans.

    Short of nationalizing every corporation in America in order to ensure American workers are hired and paid livable wages, and holding those corporations' feet to the fire to ensure they do the right thing by their workers there's really not much more the President can do.

    December 28, 2013 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  7. Sheila

    They don't think about the VETERANS who just become discharged from the military do they? Some of us do not have time to look for a job right before we get out! Therefore, the unemployment helps people bounce back. Maybe if congress took into consideration those who are really taking advantage of it, then MAYBE they wouldn't have to cut back so much! Maybe congress should just get paid minimum wage for a month or two or even longer so they could get an emotional feeling of how some of those more unfortunate live. Cutting back on their credit card expenses, and personal owned vehicles. GREEDY GREEDY GREEDY! That's all it is, they are not concerned of the well being of those who are unfortunate around them!

    December 28, 2013 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  8. just saying

    $44,000/yr = $846/week = working 40 hours

    $32,448/yr = $624/week = looking for job, state paid (actually employer paid)

    $27,092/yr = $521/week = extended paid vacation, federal government paid

    so she was getting almost what she was making working 40 hours a week for her first 26 weeks. sure doesn't sound like a lot of incentive to get back to work.

    fact is they make getting tens of thousands of dollars in unemployment payment far too easy. no proof of looking for a job is required. this woman may be looking but many do not. have you seen the millions in unemployment benefits the government has paid to inmates?!

    December 28, 2013 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  9. Richard M Cannon

    From the question What do we about the people that have been on unemployment for 99 weeks . These are people , are citizens, we take care of them . If they are of need of more skills we train them , if there are new field in the market we train them in those fields. This is are county and are people , we love are way of life with freedom and liberty , but that is nothing with are citizens working for are future.

    December 28, 2013 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  10. TAMMY


    December 28, 2013 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  11. Anonymous

    Great job Mr. President! Now these people will no longer count against the reported employment numbers. Worst president in the history of the USA.

    December 28, 2013 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  12. David Jonas

    Its really a double edged sword here folks. But i think after a year on my dime if you haven't found some kind of safety net on your own by then then something is either very wrong on your end or in the corporate world.

    There is no doubt that people abuse the system but i also blame ceo's who have outsourced more than half the jobs in this country overseas.

    On the upside its nice to see big companies finally realizing there is no better employee than the US worker. Getting rid of robotic technology in exchange for hand crafted goods and in-sourcing jobs is now becoming more of a light at the end of the tunnel. I hope we stay this course!

    December 28, 2013 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  13. davidfarrar

    Okay, let's talk turkey. But first we need to find $13 billion in the resent budget negotiated between Rep. Paul and Sen. Murray to seal the deal.

    Once this is done, Rep Boehner can offer a deal to extend unemployment benefits for one year, in exchange for delaying the penalty phase of Obamacare until businesses have to join the exchanges. In this way, Congressional Democrats will get off the proverbial Obamacare hook right before elections and receive all the credit for extending UI benefits again.

    So all they have to do is find $13 billion in government cuts Congressional Republicans will accept. For starters, I would suggest cutting the SS benefits to illegal aliens, that $4.6 billion every year.

    ex animo

    December 28, 2013 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  14. Gunderson

    You say Republicans ran on jobs it 2010. Well OK, if you say so. BUT, you voted for Welfare! You voted for Obama Care! So what do you want? Jobs or Obama Care? You can't have both. Since the ACA has made too many people take part time work, or no work at all what have you gained? Less jobs, less taxes, less money to pay for a Health Plan. You figure it out. And it may come to you. You may be next. I marvel at the people that go in the voting booth and vote against themselves. What a huge mess.

    December 28, 2013 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  15. wpete

    1.3 million to lose Unemployment benefits.
    Unemployment rate drops significantly in January (ironically by 1.3 million people).
    Obama goes on TV and says economy continues to rebound.
    Liberals cheer, all forgetting that it was because the 1.3 million had bennies dropped.

    December 28, 2013 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  16. wpete

    *Think again.

    Obama raised taxes on EVERYONE making more than 400k.

    December 28, 2013 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  17. Obama - Liar of the Year

    Welcome to economic stagnation and the constant high unemployment that leftist/socialist Democrat policies give you. If you continue to elect Democrats, it will only get worse, not better. If the American people don't start voting in Republicans in 2014 and 2016, the country will be in too deep a hole and may never recover from this 8 year experiment with a clueless lying socialist in the White House and his whack job rubber stampers in Congress.

    December 28, 2013 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  18. Evergreen

    I don't think many people know that federal unemployment benefits are actually loans the Federal provides to States who meet certain criteria. The current interest rate charged to States is 4%. The money will eventually be paid back with interest. The unemployed are not taking food from you, your kids or grandkids. The unemployed are still taxpayers. They are just paying less in taxes than they use to.

    December 28, 2013 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  19. Steve

    I thought every thing was cool again. Hmmm... I guess it depends on whether Jay Carney is talking or the numbers are talking.

    December 28, 2013 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  20. RonL

    To blame the President for this is delusional..what we are all experiencing is a carefully planned attempt to make the Democrats to look bad so the Republicans can win the White House. In the last 20 years we have seen the rich get richer and the middle class stay stagnated or slip into poverty. We have seen a Congress willing to shut off unemployment benefits while at the same time they want to continue to subsidizes farmers with tax payers money to the point that they NEVER have a lost? Some members of that Congress has gotten over 2 million dollars from this program. We have a Congress that complains too many people are on the SNAP program when 100's of thousands of them are working part time and fulltime jobs. This same Congress is against raising the minimum wage $2.00 – $3.00 so these same working Americans would be above the poverty line and not NEED SNAP assistance. Or country needs MAJOR rebuilding of it's infrastructure which could be partially paid for by elimination of tax breaks only afforded the very,very rich. They benefit the most from this countries wealth and yet our government shows them extraordinary favour. Our politics is the reason our economy is so stagnated. Even the Pope has stated the middle class and poor are growing in size while the rich are becoming ULTRA rich. Our society can not continue to be healthy if this imbalance is not corrected.

    December 28, 2013 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  21. J.V.Hodgson

    These 1.3 mn are people actively looking for work otherwise they do not get the benefit. I.e working to try and get a job.
    You take these people off this plan and what happens they apply for other social security benefits and food stamps QED money gets spent in a far less productive way.
    withdrawing this benefit takes per various sources O.2 to 0.4% Off next years GDP growth that means the damage ( non payment) is greater than its $26bn cost.
    Awe shucks, I forgot that"s why we GOPers hit food stamps funding. Gottcha!!
    Ya think the poor of this nation are gonna vote for you in 2014?? MMM good thinking.

    December 28, 2013 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  22. Gil

    The blame game does exactly nothing for our problems. Anyone who thinks that either party is without blame for our situation is not well informed, or just not smart enough to realize all a politician wants is a vote to keep themselves on
    the gravy train, with very few exceptions.
    The simple truth is all the money spent to help big businesses that are TO BIG TO FAIL and Q.E. would have been more than enough to create jobs here in the U.S. so we could all pay taxes and not have to worry about social nets, and people not having insurance. But no, the government wants chaos so they look good for TRYING to fix things the wrong way!!!
    Just think, as long as they keep us fighting each other, we will not band together to oppose them, remember (divide and conquer) or (together we stand, divided we fall) just think about it!

    December 29, 2013 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
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