Unemployment Benefit

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Jobless Claims in US – Jump to 313,000, the highest level since the first week of September

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits jumped last week, pushing total applications above 300,000 for the first time in nearly three months. Weekly applications rose 21,000 to a seasonally adjusted 313,000, the Labor Department said Wednesday. That’s the highest level since the first week of September. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, … Continue reading

35 Years Of Unemployment Benefits In US – Extended benefits unemployment rate by about one-third percentage point in the most recent recession

During the 2008-2009 recession, U.S. unemployment insurance (UI) benefits were extended to unprecedented levels, with UI duration increasing from 26 weeks—the regular duration—to as much as 99 weeks in some states, prompting a lively debate in policy and academic circles about the adverse effects of such extensions on the search behavior of job seekers and … Continue reading

Jobless Claims in US – 312,000, a decrease of 6,000

SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA In the week ending June 14, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 312,000, a decrease of 6,000 from the previous week’s revised level. The previous week’s level was revised up by 1,000 from 317,000 to 318,000. The 4-week moving average was 311,750, a decrease of 3,750 from the previous … Continue reading

Unemployment Extension in US – It passes Senate

The Senate approved a bipartisan unemployment benefits extension Monday, with six Republicans joining Senate Democrats to clear the measure.  The measure passed 59 to 38 with all Democrats in attendance voting for the bill. The five Republicans who helped negotiate the measure — Susan Collins of Maine, Dean Heller of Nevada, Mark S. Kirk of … Continue reading

Jobless Claims in US – Increased 16,000 to a seasonally adjusted 326,000

While a third report showed an increase in the number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits last week, the underlying trend in the data continued to point to some strength in the labor market.  Initial claims for state unemployment benefits increased 16,000 to a seasonally adjusted 326,000, the Labor Department said. The four-week … Continue reading

Unemployment Extension in US – A bipartisan compromise agreement on the table

Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) and Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) have  announced a bipartisan compromise agreement (Reed-Heller Agreement to Restore Emergency Unemployment Insurance) to restore federal jobless benefits which expired on December 28, 2013. The legislation would provide for a 5 month extension of federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) which expired on December 28th. The more … Continue reading

Florida / Are the reading and math test helping the unemployed ?

When Florida revamped its unemployment system two years ago, it demanded that people seeking benefits take an online test to identify their career strengths and weaknesses. Instead, the agency in charge of unemployment implemented a reading and math quiz. The 45-minute assessment includes questions many middle-schoolers could answer. And while it might measure your grasp … Continue reading

Florida / The ‘Initial Skills Review’ (SLIDESHOW)

In 2011, Gov. Rick Scott (R) signed a law slashing the duration of jobless aid and making Florida the first state to require unemployment claimants to answer a series of basic math and reading questions. Answering a certain number of questions correctly isn’t necessary to be eligible for benefits, but claimants have to get through … Continue reading

Extended unemployment benefits to expire in Florida

A Floridian who loses his job this year will be eligible for 74 weeks of unemployment benefits, instead of the 99 weeks available during the recession. This is the last week that Florida residents will be able to apply for up to 20 weeks of extended benefits, paid by the federal government, the Florida Department … Continue reading

Ohio | Unemployment benefits | More than 280,000 Ohioans will exhaust their unemployment benefits by December

More than 280,000 Ohioans will exhaust their unemployment benefits by December, according to a report out Wednesday from the Ohio Department on Job and Family Services. The number of people running out of unemployment will reach more than 7,100 by December – with peaks in the months of April (986 people) and December (4,233 people), … Continue reading

Extended UI Benefits Ending In Washington and Oregon

Thousands of long-term unemployed workers in the northwest will soon lose unemployment checks. It’ll happen this weekend in Oregon; two weeks later in Washington State but likely not for several more months in Idaho. The federal government won’t pay for extended benefits anymore because the jobless rates have improved. Washington and Oregon’s employment departments announced that … Continue reading

DC Employees Unemployment Scam Leads to Layoffs

Washington, D.C., Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s administration has fired 61 public employees for collecting unemployment benefits while working for the city, the Washington Post reports. “The city’s Department of Employment Services [DOES], which oversees the jobless-compensation program, said in February that dozens of current and former city workers had received the fraudulent payments,” the Post … Continue reading

New Hampshire | Job Program | Giving a chance to try out jobs that were not considered

More than 12 million Americans are out of work, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Looking for a job similar to the one that was lost can be a frustrating and futile exercise, but an employment program in the northeastern state of New Hampshire gives the unemployed a chance to try out jobs they … Continue reading

Unemployment Insurrance | At least 12 states will lose eligibility for extension

Until recently, if you lost your job you could claim unemployment insurance for up to 99 weeks according to the state government. Lately, however, unemployment insurance has undergone some drastic changes for the worse as more Americans struggle to find jobs. Many states will lose 20 weeks’ worth of benefits and claimants will be faced … Continue reading

Tennessee | Drug Testing For Unemployment Dies

While a number of Tennessee lawmakers want to see drug testing for unemployment benefits the bill stalled in the House, even after a Congressional path was cleared for it. The controversial question of drug testing residents before handing out unemployment benefits has been a hot button topic in the legislative session. State Lawmakers got their … Continue reading

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