Unemployment Benefits


Program Offers Funds for Lost Wages During Sandy

Friday, November 16, 2012


A federal program is making funds available to those who have lost wages or jobs as a direct result of Hurricane Sandy.

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It's A Free Blog

Opinion: Tax Standoff Caps John Boehner's Terrible Year

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Boehner must be realizing now that what keeps his caucus happy is very different than what keeps voters back home happy.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Rep. Garrett: Keystone Pipeline, not Payroll Tax Cut, is Real Job-Creator

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Recap from It's a Free Country.

Welcome to Politics Bites, where every afternoon at It's A Free Country, we bring you the unmissable quotes from the morning's political conversations on WNYC. Today on the Brian Lehrer Show, US Congressman (R-NJ 5th) Scott Garrett discussed unfinished business including the payroll tax holiday and unemployment benefits.

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The Takeaway

Listening to the Stories of the Long-Term Unemployed

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

We have been hearing stories of struggles in the job market and small triumphs this week on The Takeaway. We’re asking listeners to tell us their stories of how unemployment has affected their lives. 


The Takeaway

Tax Cut and Unemployment Deal Won't Help '99ers'

Monday, December 20, 2010

The extension for unemployment benefits that came along with the compromise tax deal is good news for many of the unemployed, but it won’t help the 1.4 million Americans who have been out of a job for over 99 weeks. Alexandra Jarrin is one of the “99ers,” who have exhausted their unemployment insurance benefits. She says the Government is "thumbing their noses" at the long-term unemployed and favors other priorities. 

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The Takeaway

Two Million Americans to Lose Unemployment Benefits

Thursday, December 02, 2010

The deadline for Congress to extend benefits to those who have been unemployed for up to 99 weeks is quickly passing. This means that up to two million Americans could lose their unemployment benefits over the next few weeks. Richard Iritano stopped receiving unemployment benefits on March 28, 2010, after 99 weeks without a job. He discusses his experiences as an unemployed American.


The Brian Lehrer Show

Unemployment Benefits Expire

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Read a recap of this conversation at It's A Free Country»»

George Wentworth, senior staff attorney with the National Employment Law Project, and John Maggs, National Politics Reporter for POLITICO, reflect on the end of many federal unemployment benefits.

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The Takeaway

A Small Time Business Owner Competes with Unemployment Benefits

Friday, September 24, 2010

Anthony Fraccia hoped that offering a job in Michigan at his small business — a part-time position that would become full-time depending on performance — he'd get plenty of applicants. But one potential employee who called told him they wouldn't take the job because "I make more on unemployment." It took a minute for it all to sink in, but it left Fraccia wondering if extending unemployment benefits was actually bad for business.


The Takeaway

Congress Approves Legislation to Extend Unemployment Benefits

Friday, July 23, 2010

This week, Democrats in Congress broke a Republican filibuster and passed legislation to extend unemployment benefits. 2.5 million unemployed people will get payments retroactive to the time they stopped receiving benefits. One of those is Michelle Ives, who got her last check in June, and has resorted to desperate measures while she waited for her check (including taking out a 35 percent loan on her car).

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The Takeaway

How Much Does Job Training Actually Help With Unemployment?

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The Senate is set to vote later today on extending unemployment benefits, just 15 minutes after the new Democratic senator from West Virginia is sworn in to replace Robert Byrd. The new senator’s arrival will give Democrats the last vote they need to overcome a Republican-led filibuster.


The Takeaway

Unemployed Anxiously Await Senate Vote on Benefits Extension

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

While lawmakers are adjourned this week for the July 4th recess, many of the country's millions of unemployed workers await their return for an expected vote on an extension of unemployment insurance benefits. 

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Senate Passes Financial Regulatory Bill

Friday, May 21, 2010

Four Republicans helped passed the bill. The vote was 59 to 39.