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New York Times Is Right: “No Spring Break for the Unemployed”

“As members of Congress enjoy their extended spring break, 2.3 million unemployed Americans have been left to worry about whether lawmakers will ever get around to renewing federal unemployment benefits, which expired at the end of 2013,” today’s New York Times editorial points out.  And the total number of jobless workers affected grows each week. As we’ve explained, the Labor Department estimates that 4.9 million people will miss out on emergency benefits by the end of the year if policymakers don’t restart the federal program, known as Emergency Unemployment Compensation (see graph). For state-by-state figures on those 4.9 million workers, click here.  For state unemployment rates and the number of weeks of state unemployment benefits available, click here.
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