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Over 500,000 Workers Are Out of Jobs – and Prematurely Out of Benefits

July 9, 2012

Tens of thousands of unemployed workers in New Jersey, Nevada, and Rhode Island were cut off of their final unemployment insurance (UI) benefits this week, as federal UI benefits continue to wind down. Over most of the past three years, additional weeks of UI benefits were available for those searching for work but unable to find a job in states facing high unemployment.  However, as I’ve...

Fewer Weeks of Benefits Available to Unemployed Workers in 24 States, Cont.

June 26, 2012

As my previous post explained, cuts took effect in 24 states this week in the number of available weeks of federal emergency unemployment insurance (UI) benefits.  That’s due to changes...

Fewer Weeks of Benefits Available to Unemployed Workers in 24 States

June 25, 2012

Starting this week, workers in 24 states who exhaust their regular unemployment insurance (UI) benefits before they find a job will have fewer weeks of additional federal assistance available through the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program. This cut in EUC benefits resulted from the file type icon legislation enacted in February that continued EUC payments through the end of the year but...

Pricing Carbon Pollution Pays Off in Northeast

June 13, 2012

Global warming may be off Congress’ radar screen for now, but a group of northeastern states have operated coordinated cap and trade programs to “put a price” on carbon pollution since 2008 through the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).  RGGI raised over $40 million last...

More Long-Term Unemployed to Lose Benefits in June

May 30, 2012

As the New York Times pointed out yesterday, federal unemployment insurance (UI) benefits for the long-term unemployed continue to wind down. Payments through the Extended Benefit (...

230,000 Long-Term Unemployed Lost Jobless Benefits This Week

May 14, 2012

Payments under the Extended Benefits (EB) program ended in eight states on Sunday, cutting more than 200,000 people – all of whom have been looking for work for over a year – from unemployment insurance (UI).  This is just the latest round of cuts, and, with this round, more than 400,000 people have now lost benefits as EB payments have ended...

Income Growth at the Top Mostly Occurring at the Tippy-Top

March 8, 2012

As our new report on the latest analysis of IRS data by economists Thomas Piketty and Emmanuel Saez shows, the share of before-tax income going to the top 1 percent of households rose in 2010 (the first full year of the recovery), after falling during the...

A Look at the New Unemployment Insurance Deal

February 17, 2012

Congress voted today to continue federal emergency unemployment insurance (UI).  The legislation gives unemployed workers a far better deal than UI legislation that the House passed last December.  It also rejects extreme proposals in the House bill (see...

House-Senate Conference the Wrong Venue for Major Unemployment Insurance Reform

February 14, 2012

Both parties have agreed for years that the unemployment insurance (UI) system needs reform.  The bipartisan, blue-ribbon Norwood Commission in the mid-1990s called for changes to strengthen the permanent Extended Benefits program, improve the UI system’s solvency, and increase access for low-wage...

Want to Promote Job Training and Adult Education? Then Fund Them Adequately

February 10, 2012

House Republicans say that the proposals they are pushing in negotiations over continuing emergency federal unemployment insurance (UI) will “promot[e] more job search and education and training needed to help the unemployed get back to work sooner.”  In reality, those changes would be fundamentally unfair to...