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Families & The Federal Budget

Lame Duck Congress: Help American Families Today, Don’t Let Unemployment Benefits Expire

November 17, 2010
There was good news for our flailing economy from the Bureau of Labor Statistics this month. More than 150,000 jobs were added in the United States in October and private sector payrolls grew by 159,000. But there was some news that didn’t change: unemployment held steady at 9.6 percent. Almost 15...
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What if You Had One Unemployment Check Left?

November 16, 2010
Most of us will never know what it feels like to see our unemployment insurance benefits run out. But that doesn’t mean we can’t feel for the people who are at the economic edge, just eking by because of that check for a few hundred dollars. Aimee Brittain, 32, is coming up on a year without a job...

Standing Up for Families With Nowhere to Turn: A Blog-A-Thon on Unemployment Insurance

November 16, 2010
It's November and the holidays are fast approaching. But will out of work families be left out in the cold? On November 30, federal unemployment insurance is set to expire. Yet millions of families are relying on extended federal unemployment insurance to stay afloat financially. MomsRising members...
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Unemployment Insurance in the 1930s and today

November 16, 2010
Americans for Democratic Action (ADA) was founded in 1947 by Eleanor Roosevelt and other liberal luminaries in order to protect the legacy of her husband, the recently-deceased President Franklin Roosevelt, a legacy that included unemployment insurance (UI). That legacy was under attack by a...

There is Nothing Like This, But I Have Faith

November 16, 2010
I was laid off from my job about three months ago. Unemployment today is unlike anything I have experienced in my lifetime. First of all, it was completely unexpected. Another major adjustment was to get used to a check of $494 biweekly and $25 worth of food stamps per month. Unfortunately, since I...
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While Congress Debates Tax Cuts for Millionaires Emergency Unemployment Benefits Could Expire for Millions of Jobless Workers

November 16, 2010
by Jasmine Tucker The unemployment situation is dire, especially among those who have been jobless for an extended period of time. Unfortunately, the situation is not likely to get better any time soon—national unemployment in October was above nine percent for the 18th consecutive month and is...
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Families Like Ours Need Help

November 16, 2010
The loss of my husband's job could not have come at a worst time for us. I work part-time at a supermarket, and the way the economy is my hours were further cut. The unemployment checks we received helped a great deal, and we were able to survive. But our nightmare began after the year was up, and...
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Will Congress Be the Grinch that Stole Christmas?

November 16, 2010
This time of year, many are planning their Thanksgiving menu and visits with family over the holidays and New Year. But a huge number of Americans are facing a much colder holiday season. Unless Congress acts now, two million workers will find it difficult to even put food on the table once their...
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Families of the Recession: What the Unemployment Rate Means for Kids

November 16, 2010
As if it hasn’t already done enough, the Great Recession has effectively ruined the first Friday of every month. Why? This is the day each month that the U.S. Department of Labor releases the nation’s unemployment rate. And it probably doesn’t require much explanation that for the past two years,...

Stephen King, can you write about losing unemployment insurance?

November 16, 2010
This Halloween, we asked MomsRising members to share their stories of the scary job market and the response was, indeed, frightening. We received over a hundred stories from all across the country sharing the trauma of not being able to find work during a time in which there's only one job opening...
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