From the Coalition on Human Needs
- Some are saying that since the unemployment rate went down in November, we don't need any more federal unemployment insurance for those out of work more than six months.
- Congress has never let long-term UI benefits expire unless the long-term jobless were no more than 1.3 percent of the labor force. Now, they are double that - 2.6 percent.
- Denying this basic survival assistance to millions will hurt them badly and is simply wrong. But it also hurts everyone because it takes a massive whack at the economy. Estimates of the number of jobs lost in 2014 if federal unemployment benefits expire range from 240,000 (U.S. Council of Economic Advisors) to 314,000 (Economic Policy Institute).
- Benefits have already been substantially cut. People are eligible for fewer weeks of aid, and sequestration reduced average benefits from $290 per week to $260 per week.
- If you were out of work for more than six months, exhausting your savings, struggling to juggle bills and not lose your housing, wouldn't you hope others would stand with you to prevent Congress from leaving without renewing Unemployment Insurance, your only lifeline until you can find a job?
Come on - stand with the unemployed and please make that call: 1-888-245-0215 (ask for your Rep, then for your Senators).