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Senate to Vote to Extend Unemployment Benefits

Monday, January 06, 2014

The Senate is back in session today and the House returns tomorrow. Though it’s a new year, much of what’s on the agenda is last year’s business. At the top of the list is a vote to extend unemployment insurance for the 1.3 million jobless workers who lost those benefits just after Christmas. Todd Zwillich, Takeaway Washington Correspondent, provides a look ahead. 

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The Takeaway

A Closer Look at the GOP's Payroll Tax Cut Deal

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

After months of squabbling, congress has reached a tentative deal on an extension of the payroll tax cut and jobless benefits that would last until the end of the year. Initially the GOP said they would not approve an extension unless it was financed by other spending cuts, but have since rescinded that position. So what's changed?

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Opinion: 'Baby-Step' Recovery Shows Government Can, Should do More

Monday, February 06, 2012

Economic recovery is coming about without sweeping action from Washington. But little decisions along the way are helping, and bigger ones could do even more.

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The Takeaway

As Unemployment Claims Decline, Disability Claims Rise

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Since 2007, the number of people collecting social security disability benefits, or SSDI, has grown by 3.4 million. Two new studies, one co-produced by the Obama administration, document a direct relationship between those seeking SSDI after their unemployment benefits run out. With 10.6 million Americans receiving payments of roughly $1,000 a month plus access to Medicare and Medicaid, there are concerns that the Social Security Trust Fund will be completely depleted by 2017.

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What To Expect From Obama's Jobs Agenda

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

A short term band-aid is not the worst thing in the world.

Peter Coy, economics editor for Bloomberg Businessweek, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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The Takeaway

Economy: 230,000 Jobs Added in March

Friday, April 01, 2011

Private employers, the backbone of the economy, drove nearly all of the gains last month, adding 230,000 new jobs. This comes on top of the 240,000 added in February and was the first time private hiring topped 200,000 in back-to-back months since 2006. There was good news about unemployment numbers too, as the unemployment rate dipped from 8.9 percent in February to 8.8 percent in March. The rate has fallen a full percentage point over the last four months, the sharpest drop since 1983. Charlie Herman, economics editor for The Takeaway and WNYC Radio, analyzes the news.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The 99ers

Monday, December 20, 2010

Dan Ariely, behavioral economist at Duke University and author of The Upside of Irrationality, takes a look at the so-called 99ers -- the segment of the population that has been unemployed for over ninety-nine weeks, at which point their unemployment benefits end. What's next for them?

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The Takeaway

Senate Passes Tax Cut Deal

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The White House/GOP deal to extend both the across-the-board Bush-era tax cuts and unemployment benefits passed the Senate yesterday. Next stop: the House of Representatives. But unlike the Senate, the House's members on both sides are further out on the fringes, making a "yea" vote for the deal more difficult to garner. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich joins us to look ahead at the wrangling to come.

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For Liberals, Little Comfort in Tax Cut Compromise

Friday, December 10, 2010

I think the Democrats need to draw a line in the sand now. They were real wimps during the election and Republicans were all about the deficit, the deficit, the deficit. And now they want to give all this money to the top one percent. It's crap! I heard so many people complain about bailouts. They should be crying about giving all this money to rich people.

- Linda, a caller disappointed by President Obama's tax cut compromise, on The Brian Lehrer Show

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Unemployed New Yorkers Facing Sudden End to Benefits

Friday, December 03, 2010

Unemployment figures released today paint a somber picture for job seekers. The nation's unemployment rate climbed to 9.8 percent in November, a seven-month high.

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Comments Roundup: Should Unemployment Benefits be Extended?

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

With federal unemployment benefits set to expire at the end of the year, today marks a crucial deadline for Congress to decide whether or not to extend them into 2011. Here's what It's a Free Country readers and Brian Lehrer Show listeners—both employed and jobless—have to say.

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The Takeaway

Lame-Duck Congress Talks Tax Cuts, Unemployment

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

This week, Congress has two extensions on the table. While it looks likely that lawmakers will extend the Bush-era tax cuts for both the wealthy and the middle class, it seems unlikely that they will renew the extension on unemployment payments. What will the fallout be? 

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Unemployment Benefits: Expire or Extend?

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

A program that was conceived in 1935 to be a temporary respite for production workers in factories who might be laid off for six months at the most has become a lifeline for the long-term unemployed in America. I think even some liberal economists are starting to wonder whether the program works as it does. If you keep paying unemployment benefits to someone for several years they start losing their skills and dropping out of the workforce.

John Maggs, National Politics Reporter for Politico, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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The Takeaway

Congress Weighs Unemployment Benefits

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Earlier this month, a bill to extend benefits for three months for the long-term unemployed was defeated in Congress. The cost of extending benefits would have equaled roughly $12 billion.

But while Capitol Hill has thus far been unwilling to spend $12 billion for the unemployed, Republicans on the Hill have also announced their intention to extend the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest two percent of Americans. The price tag to do so for 2011? Roughly $36 billion.

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WNYC News

Extended Unemployment Benefits Running Out

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

A vital lifeline for the jobless is starting to slip away.
Extended unemployment benefits -- beyond the traditional 26 weeks --  will end for millions of Americans, if Congress does not approve additional funding today.
In New York State that means 200 thousand people in will stop collecting benefits by December 31st.
Already, paying out all those checks has depleted state coffers. Colleen Gardner is the Commissioner of Labor.
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[our unemployment insurance trust fund has been insolvent almost two years. We're gonna owe 3.2 billion dollars starting next year.]
Gardner estimates it could take as long as 9 years to repay funds the state borrowed from the federal government.
To try to make a dent in that debt, employers will pay a surcharge of point-two-seven-five percent on every worker's salary, starting next year.
The state's unemployment rate was 8-point-3 percent in October.

A vital lifeline for the jobless is starting to slip away. Extended unemployment benefits, running beyond the traditional 26 weeks, will end for millions of Americans if Congress does not approve additional funding.

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WNYC News

New York State Labor Commissioner Urges Congress to Extend Unemployment Benefits

Friday, November 12, 2010

According to the state Labor Department, unemployment benefits could run out for about 190,000 New Yorkers by the end of the year, and for thousands more by May of 2011.

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