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NJ Sent $24M in Benefits— to Prisoners

Agencies didn't check databases to see if recipients were in prison

(Newser) - New Jersey sent nearly $24 million in taxpayer money to prisoners in the form of unemployment, welfare, pension, and other benefits, reports the New York Times . An audit released yesterday uncovered 20,000 prisoners who received benefit money between July 2009 and April 2011, including tales such as one man...

Millions About to Lose Unemployment Benefits

Emergency payouts set to expire at year's end

(Newser) - Millions of Americans may be dreading New Year's Day—because that's when their unemployment benefits are scheduled to expire, reports the Wall Street Journal . Some economists dread it too, saying the federally backed emergency payments help the economy and put food on the table for 2.1 million...

On Eve of Jobs Report, a Shiny Number

ADP says private sector added 201K jobs in August, but it's been wrong before...

(Newser) - Teams Obama and Romney will likely be biting their nails come 8:29am tomorrow, as the first of the three remaining pre-election jobs reports are issued. With less than 24 hours to go, some hints of what may come:
  • In what the AP calls an "encouraging sign," a

500K Jobless Lose Benefits Earlier Than Expected

...in just the first 6 months of 2012

(Newser) - Come June, about 70,000 people will lose long-term unemployment benefits sooner than they expected, bumping the number of people who've had the rug pulled out from under them in the first six months of the year to nearly 500,000, the New York Times reports. Congress renewed its...

236K Lose Jobless Benefits
 236K Lose Jobless Benefits 

236K Lose Jobless Benefits

Some of country's hardest hit states see benefits expire

(Newser) - Unemployment benefits abruptly dried up for 236,300 people this weekend, as federal support for the long-term unemployed expired in some of the country's hardest-hit states. Thanks to a law Congress passed in February, long-term benefits are being scaled back from 99 weeks to 79 weeks, the Hill explains....

Jobless Claims Drop, Reach 4-Year Low
Jobless Claims Drop,
Reach 4-Year Low

Jobless Claims Drop, Reach 4-Year Low

Meanwhile, consumer confidence is rising

(Newser) - A bit more good news on the unemployment front: The number of people filing new claims for jobless benefits dropped by 14,000 last week, about triple the figure analysts expected, reports the Wall Street Journal . The total of 351,000 matches a four-year low, notes Bloomberg . The trend seems...

House Speaker John Boehner Set on Keystone XL Pipeline Measure
Pipeline May End Up in
Final Tax Deal

Pipeline May End Up in Final Tax Deal

Republicans adamant about keeping Keystone in play

(Newser) - Republican lawmakers are determined to push through a measure speeding a White House decision on the Keystone XL pipeline—and they're ready to link it to the payroll tax cut extension. If the Senate sends the House legislation that extends the tax break, as well as jobless benefits and...

New GOP Push: No Jobless Benefits for Rich

They also want to keep millionaires off food stamps

(Newser) - The GOP has found some millionaires it won't stand up for: Millionaires on food stamps. House Republicans have added a measure to their payroll tax holiday bill that would cut off food stamps and unemployment benefits for people with a gross adjusted income of $1 million or more, the...

Next Dogfight for Congress: Payroll Taxes

And this time, the outcome could cost you about $1K

(Newser) - Now that the super committee lies in ruins, Congress has another scramble on its hands—what to do about the current payroll tax holiday, which is up Dec. 31, and unemployment benefits, which expire for 2 million people soon after. Failing to extend either could put a serious dent in...

Unemployed Stung by BofA Fees on Benefits

Big banks benefit from debit card programs

(Newser) - Bank of America has retreated from plans to charge a monthly debit card fee , but some of the people who can least afford it are still being stung. In South Carolina, one of several states that have contracted with BofA to deliver unemployment benefits through debit cards instead of checks,...

Jobless Benefits Expire for 6M Next Year

...unless Congress passes another extension

(Newser) - More than 6 million Americans will run out of unemployment benefits starting in January if Congress doesn't move, with 1.8 million of those in January alone, CNNMoney reports. President Obama's American Jobs Act would extend the deadline to file for another year of benefits, but the Jobs...

Let&#39;s Give Jobless a &#39;Signing Bonus&#39;
 Let's Give Jobless 
 a 'Signing Bonus' 

Let's Give Jobless a 'Signing Bonus'

But cut off benefits after 39 weeks: Todd Buchholz

(Newser) - Todd Buchholz, an economic adviser to the elder President Bush, thinks the idea of 99 weeks of unemployment benefits is foolish. It gives people little incentive to find work, he writes in the Washington Post . His solution: Cut off benefits at 39 weeks but add a "signing bonus" for...

Florida Gets Stingy With Jobless Benefits

State will limit benefits, tie eligibility to unemployment rate

(Newser) - Florida is poised to become what the Huffington Post calls the "stingiest state" in America on unemployment benefits. A bill waiting for the governor's signature would cut the maximum number of weeks people could get benefits from the state from 26 to 23. It would also put into...

Michigan: Now Home to Stingiest Jobless Benefits

Governor Rick Snyder lops six weeks off of benefits

(Newser) - Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed a law yesterday that will chop six weeks off the amount of time state workers can collect unemployment next year—making Michigan the only state in the country to give its workers less than 26 weeks of benefits, the New York Times reports. Republicans quietly...

Obama Proposes Boosting Unemployment Tax

Companies would pay more to insure workers

(Newser) - President Obama’s proposed budget is expected to call for the first increase in unemployment taxes since 1983. Employers would, as of 2014, have to pay taxes on $15,000-worth of wages, up from the current $7,000, the Wall Street Journal reports. The move would give states a way...

Feds Hit States With Interest on Unemployment Loans

Tax-free provision ended with first stimulus

(Newser) - With most states already swinging in the recessionary winds, more bad news—many will have to start paying interest on the money they borrow to pay unemployment benefits. When jobless levels hit the unthinkable, with some states seeing 14%-15%, many had to go cap in hand to the feds to...

Why We Love to Think the Jobless Are Lazy
Why We Love to Think
the Jobless Are Lazy

Why We Love to Think the Jobless Are Lazy

Mythology, narcissism, and 'raw fear' drive conceit

(Newser) - In America, we like to think that the unemployed are to blame for their joblessness—that, in the words of Ben Stein, they’re “people with poor work habits and poor personalities." But any economist will tell you that’s not true, writes David Sirota in Salon . The...

Retiree Repays California for Jobless Benefits in '64

Dennis Ferguson says $1,110 helped him train for computer career

(Newser) - A 74-year-old South Carolina man has repaid California for the $1,100 he received in unemployment benefits 46 years ago. In fact, Dennis Ferguson added interest and wrote a check for $10,000 to the state Treasury, reports the Los Angeles Times . Ferguson got laid off from Douglas Aircraft way...

69% of Americans Support Obama's Tax Deal

Even when confronted with deficit issues, support only drops to 62%

(Newser) - Bernie Sanders may not like President Obama's tax deal, but most of America supports it. A new ABC News /Washington Post poll shows 69% support the tax-and-benefits package and only 29% oppose it. Even when confronted with the fact that it could add $900 billion to the deficit, the level...

Pearl Harbor, Edwards, Jobless Deal All Tragedies: O'Donnell

Pearl Harbor, Elizabeth Edwards, and whoops, time to backtrack

(Newser) - Christine O'Donnell is still here, and still making headlines thanks to comments like the one she made Tuesday, calling the extension of unemployment benefits a "tragedy." Not just a tragedy, but a tragedy that merited mentioning in the same breath as Pearl Harbor and Elizabeth Edwards. O'Donnell was...

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