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No More Checks in the Mail for the Long-Term Unemployed

Friday, December 13, 2013

More than one million unemployed Americans will likely lose their jobless benefits, as Congress prepares to adjourn without passing an extension to the program.

In New York City, 48,370 people will stop getting unemployment checks at the end of the year. In New Jersey, an estimated 78,000 people are affected.

“I can't believe that I'm in this situation, this is like beyond my worst nightmares,” said Manhattanite Paul Hallasy, who has been out of work since July. He says he has applied for more than 500 jobs, gone to networking events, and cold-called potential employers, without getting any job offers. Hallasy worked for 17 years in educational publishing.

During the recession, Congress extended jobless benefits to 99 weeks. Now, as the economy recovers, though not for everyone, federal benefits are returning to 26 weeks.

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TBoneNoMore from New York City, NY

No more unemployment checks! I guess I'll just learn to live on nothing. I hope my creditors understand. It's an economics squeezing of the middle and lower classes, the investor class is down getting drunk on Wall St. again.

Corporations keep whining and crying about the taxes they don't pay. (see Verizon $4 Billion tax refund last year)

Well, only thing I can think of is there will be a major shift from our consumer based economy for a little while. I've got nothing, no more savings, no job, a few interviews. I hope this is enough pain for there to be a structural change in the way citizens of the US handle politicians. Make the change away from this Elite centric ideal that sending money to the top will trickle down, it hasn't worked for me and many others I know.

Dec. 15 2013 10:37 AM

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