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Unemployment Extension 2010

By January 30, 2011

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In December 2010, federal unemployment insurance was extended for 13 months. This means that federal extended unemployment benefits (up to 99 weeks in states with high unemployment) will continue through 2011.

However, the agreement does not include a tier 5 of unemployment for workers (99ers) who have exhausted all state and federal unemployment benefits.

If you're not sure about the status of your benefits, check with your State Unemployment Office web site for details on who qualifies and when and how benefits will be paid.

If you have run out of unemployment or are about to lose your unemployment benefits, here's what to do when unemployment runs out.

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February 25, 2010 at 3:34 pm
(1) Gumshoe says:

hi, thanks for the update on this subject, i really, really hope something gets done … for admittedly selfish reasons, but then again those higher-ups never seem to have a problem with being selfish …

November 19, 2011 at 3:43 am
(2) payday loans in florida says:

hey buddy, this is a very interesting article

February 26, 2010 at 12:10 am
(3) american educator says:

I called yesterday to extend my benefits. State of Florida said I had 93 dollars left in my account and that needed to be exhausted by Feb. 22nd. I will receive my last check tomorrow. Keep in mind, I received no warning letter of this deadline date. If I would’ve known this….maybe I wouldn’t have worked so hard to take long term sub jobs and volunteer at 3 schools, while on unemployment. Once again, a nation that penalizes a laid off teacher due to budget cuts. A teacher trying to get in the door again. Ridiculous!

February 26, 2010 at 7:28 am
(4) Job Search Guide says:

As of last night, Senator Bunning, Kentucky, was the holdout against approving an unemployment extension. The National Employment Law Project is suggesting calling your Senator, as well as contacting the Senate Republican Leadership, Senators McConnell (R-KY), (202) 224-2541, and Kyl, (202) 224-4521. Senator Bunning’s number is (202) 224-4343

February 26, 2010 at 10:49 pm
(5) diablonut says:

Great, what does Bunning care. His state doesn’t have any where near the unemployment rate Michigan does. I’m sure he never voted against any funding for his state because it would add to the defecit!!

February 28, 2010 at 8:50 am
(6) Shakaama Live says:

I hate to bring a very harsh and real reality to this, but… No one reports this, but unemployment amongst Black men is nearly double. In some parts of the country it is up to nose bleed rates, 50%. It cannot be a coincidence that even Black factory workers have not been asked back to work. Regardless of my own education and extensive experience, they find every excuse not to hire me.

And, now we find that AIG, that just paid huge bonuses to their executives, will be asking congress for yet another bailout. So, yes extend unemployment to real Americans who are going to spend their money to keep other real Americans employed.

February 28, 2010 at 7:40 pm
(7) Over-educated, unemployed and old says:

Having worked from the age of 16 and now age 58 makes me wonder if any of these brilliant wonders in Congress really understand or even care about the lives of so many people who are hurting. If me and my fancy degrees cannot obtain employment, what about the others with less education and skills and God forbid a criminal record for using, not selling drugs. God help us all.

April 27, 2011 at 11:12 am
(8) SmartrThanSam says:

Its easy to talk and complain.. Its all anyone does.. Does anyone here see the obvious truth and solution? The truth is that every decision in this country, in our states, is made by 500-600 people.. Called Congress… Can the president do anything without their approval? No! Are lobbyists and corporporations responsible? No! Because congressmen/women have to accept their deals!!! So lets put it into perspective…. The state of the economy is the way it is because they WANT the economy down… Think of how wealthy you would become if you could directly influence/crash walstreet?? Give me a break. Everyone just get real and do something instead of crying “something has do be done”…screw the system, stay “unemployed” and dont dare to seek education like Obama encouraged..or u will loose your benefits… States and federal goverments have different ideas regarding that issue.. Can you imagine what would happen to the banking industry if everyone collectively stopped a month payment on their credit cards?! It would be devastating to the corruption… Do you know the bailout, if given to the american people, would have amounted to over 30,000 for every man, woman, and child?? They couldnt succeed outside their schemes… So its no wonder why they want People unemployed and struggling. Easier to control depressed and needy populations… Everyone needs to realize their true power. If you think these issues are severe enough, and your tired of a long train of abuses and crimes done onto the american people then its time to DO something. Stop paying your credit “obligations” and stop letting these criminals make our financial decisions… WAKE UP! Rebellion is leading to revolution.. The fundemental blame is Ours.. People in this country are unwilling to embrace change because personal lifestyles and comfort are all to important for us to sacrifice… Stop talking, stop complaining, and actually start to do something.

February 28, 2010 at 10:55 pm
(9) theresa says:

I DONT KNOW HOW SEN.BUNNING SLEEPS AT NIGHT.WAIT I KNOW HE DONT HAVE TO WONDER WHERE HIS NEXT PAYCHECK IS COMMING FROM.IT COMES FROM THE TAXPAYERS.I WOKED ALL MY ADULT LIFE AND I HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO FIND A JOB SINCE JUNE 08.WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND.SEN.BUNNING SOME DAY MAY FIND HIMSELF ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE FENCE.

March 1, 2010 at 11:58 am
(10) TRICIA says:

I am LIVID. I have sent probably 50 letters to Adam Schiff the local congressman here in Southern California. Like so many I have been unemployed since January 9, 2009. I have searched day in and day out for a job….with no success. Like so many I will miss the deadline for an extension by FIVE days. Luckily my husband works but with 2 children his income is not enough to support us and the unemployment checks were keeping us afloat….but in 2 weeks WE WILL DROWN…I hate to say it but this whole Toyota thing and health care can WAIT! Everyone is worried about the money well one way or another its going to be paid out whether in an unemployment check or a welfare check! I too have been working since 16 NONSTOP and will be 32 in just 8 days Something needs to be DONE ASAP. And KY’s Senator…HOW DARE YOU!

March 1, 2010 at 12:15 pm
(11) Mary says:

I really do not understand how one Senator can block the whole thing. I only have one question to ask why can we send help to Hati and to Chile and have a war going on in Afganistan but have no money to help the people who are struggling in the United States of America. I did not ask to be on unemployment I have worked since I was 16 and have never collected any unemployment at all I am now in my 50′s can not find a job and if this bill does not pass my unemployment will be cut off I just do not understand how this can happen. I know there are alot of other people that are in the same boat. Lets fight for what is right. Thank god my husband is working but like many other people one income is not enough. I really think that the unemployment issue should be put on the top of the issues that need to be resolved before anything else.

March 1, 2010 at 2:38 pm
(12) linda says:

I DON,T SEE WHAT THE PROMBLEM IS,WHY IS HE BLOCKING THIS .I HAVEN,T HAD A JOB SINCE NOV OF 2008.I LIVE IN A SMALL TOWN (CHESTER GA).THERE ARE NO JOBS HERE. THE FACTORIES ARE CLOSING DOWN OR THEY ARE SIMPLY NOT HIRING ANYONETO WORK.I HAVE 2 WKS LEFT BEFORE I AM CUT OFF.I DON,T KNOW WHAT TO DO AT THIS POINT. I AM PRAYING THAT THIS EXTENSION WILL PASS SO THAT I CAN EAT.

March 1, 2010 at 3:42 pm
(13) karen says:

My husband is on unemployment and can’t find work and I am a nurse and can’t find work wither…I am an LPN and they all want to hire RN’s. LPN’s are just as much of a nurse than an RN and we are not respected the same way. If hospitals used LPN’s they would pay less out and not have budget problems…LPNs make approx 18-24 per hours vs RN making 30-36/hr for the same work..go figure. If we don;t find work soon and the unemployment runs out for my husband we will not have food for our 3 year old or be able to pay our bills at all.

March 1, 2010 at 4:00 pm
(14) kate says:

LOse of career is the way I look at it. My hubbie
also turned 58 a month later his career of 35 years
ended when he was laid off after 19 years proving himself to his company. He also has 2 undergraduate degrees and 2 masters, one from a school that has been listed as in the top three schools in Business in the nation. Licenses up the kazoo. Underpaid for most of his career but still one of the first to go
because they don’t plan on getting more work….I am a housewife and always held the fort down when he needed to work 60hour weeks … Now our 1 income family is using all our retirement funds to survive.
No pension to lose savings only making under 1% not
enough to pay for using Cobra benefits if one of us
has to see a doctor and use savings that we our know
living on….Always lived underour means saving for
retirement we our forced now to retire but no funds.
Really makes you want to work harder to end up with nothing….or less than our parents….

March 2, 2010 at 8:25 am
(15) lisa says:

I have been on unemployment since Feb. 2009. My benefits under the existing extension ran out last week and I do not qualify for a “new” claim since I’ve had no work in the past year. I’m in AR and our rate is currently at 7% so that means we don’t get the next tier of extension, makes no sense to me. Many people are still jobless and have no income. I’m not sure what all of us who are still unemployed are supposed to do now? My husband is working two jobs from 5 am until 9 pm, we have two small children and we are struggling to pay our rent and utilities and buy food. Now that I’m losing the small amount ($164.00) I used to get each week from unemployment, I have no clue how we are going to manage. I’m feeling very lost in the system. Where is the bailout for the average working class American? Sure all of these disasters are terrible, but what about the tragedies that could happen here once people get desperate to feed and shelter their families? All of these white collar corporate bailouts and handouts make me furious. They don’t deserve it.

March 2, 2010 at 12:01 pm
(16) Deloris says:

I think the way our Congress is treating the American working citizens is cold and none caring. America is nothing like it use to be years ago. They have taking our jobs overseas, they are ripping us of with oil and gas prices. They tell us all kind of stories to get our votes, and while they are living high without want. They put they American people off and say let’s see how long they can hold out! Let some of them start being impeached out of office and let thier funds run out! Then they will do how we feel!

March 2, 2010 at 3:58 pm
(17) paul says:

After watching these people talk on CSPAN I doubt that their two hands can decide which one is going to wipe their but. They should be watching the reruns of their comments to see how bad they sound
I GUESS WE SHOULD SEND NEW BLOOD THERE GET RID OF THE B.S.

March 2, 2010 at 7:13 pm
(18) steve kretovic says:

question, if we have already gotten the extension. and are currently collecting on it. Do we still get it even when they decide not to continue it. It was never made clear if it affected people that already have the extension

March 5, 2010 at 10:45 pm
(19) Dee says:

I agree with alot of the people..My fiance who is 60 was laid off after his new boss came on all of the people over 55 were suddenly let go.. Anyone ever hear of age discrimination.. But all of these companies are getting away with it these days.. I went to the mall the other day and do you know I saw a popular skin care company had quit hiring people and put up a mechanical booth to dispense their product.. and yet they cannot hire someone to sell it..What is wrong with these companies today. If we Americans do not start boycotting companies that refuse to hire us and give us jobs why should we purchase their products..and the next time you are tempted to use a self check out line ..remember you might have just cost someone their job. We need to start doing everything we can to make it harder for companies to take our jobs away… NO MORE SELF CHECK OUTS OR MACHINES!!!! Everytime you pay a bill online you take a job away from someone. From the people who work in banks to clearing houses to the plants who make the checks to the postal worker who delivers the mail.. It is the domino effect and we need to stop it now…

March 6, 2010 at 4:14 pm
(20) Cande says:

Public law HR4691 (as found on the Usa.gov Senate page with House support) shows the extension was passed into law on 3/2/10

March 6, 2010 at 4:49 pm
(21) Desmo says:

One March 1st I overheard some girls in the math class I teach excitedly plan to meet and go shopping that night. I thought, ‘how can they afford to do that?’ Listening further, I found out it was grocery shopping and realized it was the only shopping these teens ever get to do any more. The first of the month is highly anticipated – their parent’s foodstamp card is refilled.

I will soon be joining them, in June I become unemployed – one of several laid-off/non-renewed teachers due to school budget cuts. No jobs around here. If a secondary math teacher can’t find a job, there’s probably very little hope for any teacher.

March 10, 2010 at 5:26 pm
(22) yoli says:

I have being laid off since 2008 it being more than a year know i think the congress should put more attention to all of us here in United States of this unemployment issue and Put all us back to work or give us more extensions to survive this economy problem.

March 11, 2010 at 11:06 am
(23) Debbie says:

I have been laid off now for 2 years!! I am an educated woman with a MA degree. Nobody is hiring..and if they are, there’s 500 applicans for one job. They need to create more jobs! I was so excited to hear the benefits may be extended until the end of the year…THEN I foud out that this doesnt include me. Once your 99 weeks are up you are done! Why are the headlines so misleading??? Don’t they know how devasted we already are, and that when we find out the truth it hurts even more?

March 11, 2010 at 11:32 am
(24) Cindy says:

Does this extension only cover the higher unemployed states?? 6% and up? What about the rest of the unemployed?? Does this make them less unemployed?? Oh ok… thats ok because your neighbor got a job, and that pays all the bills for the neighborhood. This is rediculous. Treat us equal! This is not fair on any level, where are our congress people to fight for us in South Dakota?

March 11, 2010 at 12:53 pm
(25) HappyTed says:

You want a job more than the extension, but – here’s what I learned about EXTENDING benefits even when the government does not pass another bill.

I got some short term jobs – painting houses and apartments, cleaning up landscaping, etc. The typical job lasted 2-4 days.

I CLAIMED these earnings to unemployment WHILE noting, NO, I did not get another job. I got a short term gig doing this.

I am SIMPLY being HONEST with you about the money I am making while I continue my job search.

What happened to that week’s money? Did it disappear? NO

It moved to the right and added another EXTRA week on the end of my 6 months of unemployment bacause that MONEY is earmarked for me.

Work another 3 day job – add another week to the end of the one week “extension” I gave myself.

By doing this, I extended my 6 months of unemployment to 1.5 YEARS, while continuing to seek a position I wanted.

Best Wishes,
Ted

March 11, 2010 at 8:33 pm
(26) jeff j says:

It’s great that they passed the extension, only problem, is that they forgot about a couple million or so people.NICE.The job I had, was an awesome job,loved it, till the owner decided he was going to close the doors, without warning. I worked for this company for the last 10 years. he put 40 people out of work.I have been unemployed for the past 23 months, looking for work every day, have sent out hundreds and hundreds of resumes and still no job, there isn’t anything out here anymore. unless you are a registered nurse, a brain surgeon, computer genius, or have 3-5 years exp. doing whatever job that they do, you’re not getting the job. The problem with today’s jobs is that, the ones that used to pay 10-11 dollars an hour, are now going for 7-7.50, because they know that we need to work, problem is that this little bit of money doesn’t pay the bills. I know there alot of people out there saying,WELL TAKE THE JOB, IT’S A PLACE TO START. not if your going to want to keep your house, or food to eat or if you want to pay any kind of bills. just doesn’t cut it. PEOPLE IN WASHINGTON HAVE TO WAKE UP AND GET THESE JOBS THAT THEY PROMISED US GOING HERE, YOU PUT US IN THIS SITUATION AND YOU BETTER GET US OUT OF IT. I suppose I could live on that little bit of money, IF I had parents to move back in with, god rest their soles. But at 53 years old, even if they were alive, they wouldn’t want me living with them again.All I can say is that, keep your head up, keep applying for jobs and hope that tomorrow will be the day that something good happens. GOD BLESS US AND GOD BLESS AMERICA, because we need all the help we can get.

March 12, 2010 at 3:17 pm
(27) Todd in NJ says:

If there is no tier 5 or 6 the unemployment rate will go down, because people are not counted when out in the cold. But the crime rate will go up-desperate times desperate measures. I have till july them I’m done. Anyone else?

March 12, 2010 at 6:06 pm
(28) jack says:

GET TWO JOBS AT MCDONALDS IF YOU HAVE TO

LIFE ISN’T FAIR

THE GOVERNMENT ISN’T RESPONSIBLE FOR YOU

TAKE SOME RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOURSELVES

PICK YOURSELVES UP BY THE BOOTSTRAPS AND REALIZE THE AMERICAN DREAM…..IT ONLY HAPPENS WITH HARD WORK AND NOT BECAUSE SOMEONE HANDS IT TO YOU

GOSH, WHAT A BUNCH OF BABIES

April 27, 2011 at 12:00 pm
(29) SmartrThanSam says:

Jack… I pay 35,000 a year in income taxes for 1099 sub contract work, to Uncle Sam and his elite family in order for the government to do nothing for us? I question your intelligence. In fact, your warped by arbitrary belief. The “american dream” is subjective, and for you to define it is telling of your ignorance… Everyone who is collecting unemployment PAID into it through their employer having to carry it. It’s UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE. So that means everyone here struggling on unemployment are simply getting some of what they PAID INTO. I don’t see anyone asking for a bailout here. People want justice, and are trying to survive out there, and for you Jack, to make a comment like yours, is pathetic, hurtful, unintelligent and just plain wrong. As for me, I lost a high paying job in April 2009 the same day I found out I was going to be a daddy. I couldn’t get another salary position to replace that income. So I went into sales as an independent insurance broker. Now we are living better. Better than before the layoff in 2009.
So I am coming from a position of losing the work, struggling, starting over, falling behind, and then recovering. I had to do it on my own. Did I mention I still manage to donate clothing to Salvation Army, Food to Haiti, and dropped change in the homeless cans spread across Philadelphia, all while Jack was busy here putting down the unemployed calling everyone here babies? The point here JACK (general name I will give to any irratant) is that the government, in which we are funding, is failing it’s job. Stop making excuses for the government. And stop making excuses for yourself by bashing these struggling people…

JACK-

“better to be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and eliminate the doubt”

so your rebuttle is probably best unspoken….

July 8, 2011 at 11:29 pm
(30) DS says:

We’ve all worked hard to have a life we can be proud of. Now we can’t afford the basics, due to our GOVT selling us out. Jobs sent to China and Korea so they can pay slave laborers to do what we did. We’re in our 60′s, too young for social security, and too old to be considered an asset when submitting an application. We aren’t lazy!!! We want to be active and work. Keeps us young.

September 15, 2011 at 12:34 am
(31) David says:

Jack, You are one of many Americans who have your head up where it shouldn’t be. The Government has made certain assurancves in return for the money we pay out in Unemployment Insurance and Taxes we pay. Until you have worn the shoes of the greater unemployed, including even the Industrial Technology Professionals who worked hard in school and prepared for the future by investing our futures in it, are also efected by the devistation of the ceonomy. I bet you have a secure job and/or some type of fixed income and have never been screwed by your local Government,, Lost a Job unexpectedly, or had to depend on the weak return on your life’s investment in terms of Income Tax and Unemployment Insurance. Until you have walked a mile in our shoes, do us alll a favor and, if you don;t have an informed contribution to make, STFU!

DR Dave

March 12, 2010 at 9:18 pm
(32) Jennifer says:

Excuse so called Jack! The nerve you have to put down the unemployed, people like you are ignorant. Shame on you i hope one day you will see what its like to b unemployed! Maybe before opening your ignorant negative mouth you should think! Myself and millions of other Americans have worked hard maybe even harder than you so take your trash talking mouth and display to someone who cares like people like you misery loves company

March 13, 2010 at 12:02 am
(33) jeff j says:

JACK ,JACK, JACK, you sound like a bitter little man, too bad, I’m sure you were born a sweet, innocent child!! Why don’t you give up your job to me and we’ll see how you like living on the little bit of money that unemployment used to pay me, bet you couldn’t do it. some how I think karma is going to get you and when it does, you’ll know exactly what the rest of us feel like, easy to say go get a job when a person has a job, not so easy to get a job, when you don’t. everybody talks about, go get a job at mcdonalds, wendy’s, burger king, and places like that, what these people don’t know is that these places aren’t hiring either. you just don’t have a clue how hard it really is. maybe, just maybe, some day you’ll pull your head out of your @@@ and see just how bad things are in this country. Enjoy your job while you still have it, because there are 2 to 3 hundred people in your town on unemployment waiting for you to mess it up and take it away from you. To all of the people on unemployment, and to those who have already exhausted their unemployment like mine has, you have to forgive people like jack, because they don’t know what it’s like to walk an inch in our shoes, because if they were in our shoes, they wouldn’t be talking like that. SORRY JACK, you and people like you really need to grow up and take a look around you and see what’s happening to our country, things look really nice through rose colored glasses, until you take them off and see it from the real perspective. It really is ugly out here.

March 14, 2010 at 2:09 pm
(34) Marni says:

Jack- I did go to McDonald’s. I went to Wal mart and every retail store around and havge been repeatedly told that “due to my glamorous lifestyle and posh salary as a high level Executive Assistant, I am an over qualified flight risk.” Welcome to reality…..

March 15, 2010 at 11:55 am
(35) DeeLynn says:

I just came to the end, I guess. My husband is an RN…We have ALWAYS worked and PAID our taxes and now…my fridge is EMPTY. My kids are going hungry except when they are in school. I live in a small town where all our factories have been closed. I have applied to everyplace…qualified or not since May 2009 for 60 miles from here!!!! I had a great job and my boss thought that her unemployed FRIEND would be better suited for it…then she FIRED me!!! BY THE GRACE OF GOD, I have been able to draw unemployment for 9 months….and I do thank God for that everyday BUT NOW WHAT??? THERE ARE NO JOBS. PLAIN AND SIMPLE!!!!
And Jack….I will pray for you and your family…that this never happens to you…I wouldnt wish unemployment on my worst enemy!!!
Thank you for giving my power to speak!!

March 15, 2010 at 3:38 pm
(36) EDWARD B says:

I THINK THAT THE UNEMPLOYMENT SHOULD BE EXTENDED TO 2 YEARS(FROM THIS DATE FORWARD) FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE CURRENTLY ON IT FOR THOSE WHO HAVE RAN OUT THEY SHOULD BE RE-INSTATED WITH A 15 PERCENT DECREASE IN BENEFITS THAT WAY EVERYBODY IS COVERED IT WILL TAKE ABOUT 2 YEARS FOR PEOPLE TO GET BACK ON THEIR FEET UNEMPLOYMENT IS JUST A BANDAGE OVER A GUNSHOT WOUND THAT BUSH LEFT US….OBAMA IS TRYING IS BEST TO GET THINGS DONE TO COVER EVERYBODY FROM STARVING AND KEEPING A ROOF OVER OUR HEADS….REMEMBER WHO VOTES ON THE EXTENTIONS SO WHEN IT’S TIME TO VOTE YOU CAN REMEMBER AGAIN EDWARD B CHICAGO IL

March 15, 2010 at 3:58 pm
(37) Jean Valjean says:

The US Senate ignored a bill passed by The House of Representatives that extended unemployment Insurance for everyone, a new tier, plus removed the expiration of benefits that the US Senate put on Umemployment Insurance a few months ago as a condition of passing the last 20 week extension.

The US Senate has broken protocol and obfuscated the efforts of the US House of Representatives to extend Unemployment Benefits. They think as long as they can confuse the majority of Americans, which is one of their favorite tactics, they can save some money on The People.

Let’s take back some of their major pay raises. Do you know how much money they make and how MANY fringe benefits they enjoy? Get furious people! Call your Senators TODAY! Go, go, go! The call takes a minute.

March 15, 2010 at 8:58 pm
(38) liz myrick says:

when will we find out about the extenion on umemployment. time is running out for me . i have 2 more weeks[lease everyone needs this extension for 2010.

March 15, 2010 at 11:24 pm
(39) j maxwell says:

I live in lakeville, in I have been looking for a job since oct of 2008 .I have found two jobs since the first one i worked a month and got laid back off. then the second one i worked four months and got laid off again. i have 2 weeks left off unemployment and then what. this country should have just givin all that money too the people not to a bunch of money hungry banks that dont help anyone but themselves. if this country would have givin 5000 dollars to all the tax payers then no jobs would have been lost . we all would have been buying stuff to keep our country going.

March 16, 2010 at 12:10 am
(40) mj says:

I live in a small town in PA, I’ve been unemployed for over a year and have found jobs impossible to find here. I’ve signed to join the military but have been wading through paperwork and a waiting list since so many young Americans are doing the same, finding the same struggle apparent in their lives. My benefits are about to run dry, not sure what else to do beyond maintaining the job search and hoping my spot on the list comes up soon. Hope and prayers are with the other unemployed and otherwise struggling out there across the country. May luck change for the better

March 16, 2010 at 8:11 am
(41) Joe The Plumber says:

It’s RIDICULOUS that some are saying that collecting a fraction of the money we used to receive through these Unemployment Tiers is promoting people to NOT look for work! SHAME ON YOU!!! You obviously have not had Bill collectors calling you at all hours of the night looking for money you don’t have OR NOTICES being placed on your doors indicating the gas, electric and water will be shut off in 10days! OR looking at your children’s faces as they LOSE any sense of “SECURITY” they once had that everything is going to be alright!!! SHAME ON YOU!!! Those complaining should take a GOOD HARD LOOK at what the repercussions are going to be if this “HELP” we desperately need (WHILE WHOLE HEARTEDLY LOOKING FOR WORK) suddenly stops. If the past has taut us anything is that people will do ANYTHING to take care of there families, sometimes to very extreme measures. WE DID NOT ASK to be laid off AND we cannot help posting and sending dozens of resumes out a day only to receive the occasional “Sorry the position has been filled” or “Sorry we are not accepting anymore applications at this time” The FACT IS the country is in a very serious recession at the moment and although some figures may show a slight “BREAK” in this problem (And I DO MEAN SLIGHT) CUTTING off this “help” now will NOT only make matters worse but cause many to lose EVERYTHING we desperately worked so hard to achieve through years of hard work.

I worked hard for over 20 years in the banking industry and was suddenly laid off in NOV of 2008, I am college educated and submit applications for work EVERY DAY! E V E R Y D A Y ! Making Calls …..Reading the Want ads and submitting online applications but have had no luck in even getting an interview. I even went as far as to apply for a position at a 7/11 but was turned down for a 18/19 year old! WHAT ELSE DO THESE “SCEPTICTS” WANT ME TO DO????????

What needs to be done is a continual 12month LONG TEIR V extension through 2010 WHILE ALSO giving employers serious incentives for hiring the long term unemployed! The help we have received over the past IV Tiers has made all the difference in the world for us and WE THANK YOU but believe us when we say we are doing EVERYTHING POSSIBLE to get back into the work force. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do not stop it now when this country is on the verge of recovery. RECOVERY …UNFORTUNATELY …..Takes TIME and we NEED HELP!!! ALSO it should be noted that this money we are receiving from unemployment is THE MOST “DIRECT” WAY OF MONEY BEING PUT BACK INTO THE ECONOMY…..GIVING it to the people that desperately need it! Consumer and Commercial Trade will take a SERIOUS NOSE DIVE if these tiers aren’t continued as more and more people can’t make there payments on utilities….food…..and bills….Families will start to break up …..More and more people will become homeless. Who ever decided not to at extend benefits for the long term unemployed for at least another year are being very short sighted and may just run this country right into poverty.

Please I urge everyone in the same situation (looking for work and desperately needing the extended tiers) to contact there local SENATORS and GOVENORS (Contact numbers/websites can be looked up very easily on the internet) and PLEAD with them how desperately its needed for them to extend unemployment benefits for the long term unemployed. Your one letter/phone call/email could very well make the difference. With unemployment running out within the next week or so it can’t be stressed enough that this MUST BE DONE NOW! N O W ! I also urge u to please post this letter for me on any website were comments can be left…..thank you.

March 16, 2010 at 2:16 pm
(42) breadwinner's wife says:

People, please stop saying the unemployed aren’t looking for work. It’s simply untrue. 8 California counties have unemployment in excess of 20%–some are almost 28%. California as a whole, has over 12% unemployment. Yesterday, there were in excess of 23,000 additional teachers given pink slips. 4,100 in the San Francisco Bay Area alone, where we live. We were both in education. My husband was a school psychologist. He’s not even allowed to substitute teach, because so many teachers are out of work. One more week of unemployment, then we’re done. No new tiers for us. And the government didn’t pay a cent of our COBRA. We’re packing, getting ready to move, but not sure where. We have lots of pets. Hoping to rent out a 2nd room, and be able to stay in our home.
We still have hope, but lots of people don’t.
To the lady whose frig. is empty, please email me. I will try to help in some way. sparrowpublishing@hotmail.com
I’m not a big believer in leaning on the government, but this is not a recession. This is a depression–which was largely caused by the government’s lack of oversight of the banking industry–so yes, the government does have some responsibility. Pray for those who are going hungry, and donate to a food bank. That’s all I can say.

March 16, 2010 at 6:06 pm
(43) Jonathan says:

What is the status of Unemployment extension that was passed in the Senate last week?

I know it is sent back to the House for voting.
How far along has it progressed in the House? When will it get finished in the House so President Obama can sign it??

March 17, 2010 at 5:44 pm
(44) E.D. says:

Listen here JACK…..the city I am in is at 20.8 percent unemployed and the town next to us is at 25 percent unemployed. Factories are closing down, there are no jobs in my city right now. Plus if there is a job it is like 300 people appling for the same job. I was laid off almost a year ago from a job I had for 10 years. We bailed out the car industry and they put me out of a job. With all the applications I have filled out and resume’s I have sent I got two interviews and I was over qualified. Yep over qualified. SO JUST PRAY JACK YOU DON’T GET UNEMPLOYED because it can happen to you. I thought my job was safe I really did. So, don’t ever assume you will not need unemployment either that you are probably one of those politicians that don’t need to worry about there job or you a laying in a load of money. I HATE when someone says go get a job at MCDONALDS… well guess what dude they are NOT HIRING EITHER. They need to pass the extension because we don’t want to be on the street. Our crime rate has sky rocketed in our city. It is getting really bad. I live in Illinois and right now Illinois has the highest unemployed people. I bet Jack has an inheritence and lives on the ocean with his big ole yacht…….Jack wake up and smell the coffee this could be you standing in the unemployment line…..Then who will be saying go find a job…………..

March 17, 2010 at 10:40 pm
(45) Cate says:

The bill which was passed by the Senate last week is still before the House of Representatives.

The bill which was passed by the Senate today is NOT the same bill.

March 18, 2010 at 11:53 am
(46) PISSED@ Greeners!! says:

Ok…..what I read here is a complete LACK of knowledge as to WHY we are in this situation!!! The BANKS ??? LOL NO..It is the TOTAL LACK of MFG jobs in the US!!! The past 4 administrations have basically outsourced our entire economy !!!! Between the EPA and these other BS “green” rights groups we are SCREWED for THE FUTURE with NO END IN SITE!!! You want the GOVT to make jobs ???? HOW ABOUT we ELIMINATE ALL FREE BENEFITS FOR ILLEGALS!!! (MEDICAL, SOCIAL, EDUCATION etc) Then we wont have to kick there azz’s out THEY WILL LEAVE!!! WILL THIS HAPPEN??? LOL NEVER…WHY??? Cause the “BIG BUSINESS” feels it has the RIGHT to SLAVE LABOR!!!!!! If the Govt wanted to bring back this economy…it could be pretty simple.

1. any company that RETURNS to the US, hires all AMERICAN (in US) employees, pays ZERO taxes for 5 years.

2. SEAL THE BORDERS!!! Build a 50ft concrete wall ALL THE WAY FROM CALI TO TX!!!!

3. ANY employer that hires an “illegal” pays a 25k fine for EACH employee he hires!!!

4. ELIMINATE THE FED RESERVE!!!!!!

ELIMINATE PAY for Senate/House….they should ONLY be there to speak for us !!! NOT for pay!! Lets get in some people who GIVE A DAM!!! Make it a “NON-paying” part time position!!!

March 18, 2010 at 2:36 pm
(47) Doug says:

I just wanted to urge all of you to call and write your congressional representatives and tell them to approve a 5th tier of UI benefits. I have called mine, as well as Senator Reid, and found it disconcerting to find that very few people have been voicing their concern about the lack of another tier extension. Washington needs to hear from us and that we’re tired of being strung along and they need to be more proactive and sensitive to the realities we are facing on a daily basis. Call and write today!

March 20, 2010 at 12:15 am
(48) Elaine says:

All those in of Tier 5 being passed please go to the below link to sign the petition APAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

http://www.care2.com/next/569989689/985563083

Please…..PLEASE….PLEASE….GO TO THIS LINK AND SIGN THE PETITION SO THAT WE CAN GET THIS BILL PASSED ASAP FOR TIER 5 WITH ADDITIONAL WEEKS…….

WE STILL NEED 1000′S OF SIGNATURES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

March 20, 2010 at 2:25 pm
(49) fred diaz says:

listen to all of you cry, i’m in the same vote like everone else, do you really think that the federal gov is really going to help us? THEY GOT THIERS, if they could they would eliminate us like the nazi did when they could not afford all those unemploye people, i hate to say this, but it is true, think real hard in your heart, who reaaly cares out there for us, expect maybe your own, and than again they have thier own problems to help you, all i can say is ,if we had the guts like our forefathers, we take control of our country and kick out all those bastard out of office and put in a goverment that is for the people and by the people, until than we will just be at the mercy of powerful people who only care about themself

March 20, 2010 at 8:00 pm
(50) Tina Antinoro says:

Hi My name is Tina Antinoro i worked all my life after 7 years i lost my job, i been unemployed since april 2008 and now i am being told they passed a extention but left us out,so now i am facing an eviction and i have a daughter,so to all the SENATORS, CONGRESSMEN, PLEASE you need to pass an extention for us we are not at fault for being unemployd, we really need this extention so PLEASE PASS THIS QUICK A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE SUFFERING, MY BENEFITS FINISH MARCH 28,2010 and i know we are all suffring.i may have to take my daughter to a shelter its just me and her we have no family.so to every one out there i know your in the same boat stay strong and try your best.
lots of love to you and your familys

March 20, 2010 at 8:06 pm
(51) Pointless says:

What is the point of signing a petition trying to get a 5th Tier when there has been zero discussion and no legislation in the works? Congress is not even considering adding more weeks for the long-term unemployed. All you are doing is driving yourself crazy hoping something will happen that is not going to. That stinks but that is the brutal truth.

March 21, 2010 at 12:04 am
(52) Stacie says:

I hope something happens soon. I have been looking for work for 2 years and I have two kids. It’s very hard right now and I wish they would have passed something longer awhile ago instead of putting people in this position again.

March 21, 2010 at 5:42 pm
(53) Tee says:

Well heeled politicians haven’t a clue! No one wants to “live” off unemployment. It barely keeps you afloat. I count the days until I get my check so I can pay most essential bills & then there’s nothing left over. I apply for jobs everyday. If I get one response a month that is a very good month. Unless you’re out here looking, you have no idea how tough this market is with so many highly qualified people looking & add in being over 50 & it’s practically hopeless. Knowing that I have benefits thru the end of 2010 would help ease my daily stress & concentrate on trying to just secure an interview much less a paid position.

March 21, 2010 at 11:21 pm
(54) shellee says:

Its crazy how they report unemployment rate going down when in reality people are running out of benefits to claim. Of course the report will be less because they are paying to less claimants! Has anyone stopped to think about that? Just because the claim rate is getting lower doesn’t mean people are going back to work, it means they are not able to feed their children or pay the utility bills.

March 22, 2010 at 10:24 am
(55) Kimberly says:

I live in Florida and the unemployment is extremely high here. I have been unemployed since May 2008. I have looked everyday for a job, yet still there is nothing. I have only had 3 interviews but I get the same thing all of the time. They have had 300-400 applicants to go through therefore, they will hire the best qualified. The majority of the jobs out there is medical. I have medical terminology and transcription yet I have never worked in the medical field therefore, I do not qualify. I have years of accounting, bookkeeping, secretarial experience yet no degrees. It is so frustrating when you are trying so hard to get a job but yet no one will hire you. I will claim my last check tomorrow, if there is even a check there. A few times now, it has showed me online that I have money there but when I claim it, the computer was not right and then I would have to spend hours trying to call them to get it taken care of. My husband works but he is in the A/C and Heating business but there are times during the year that he may get 20+ hours which does not pay the bills. I am really getting worried because I along with so many others out there could really use an extension that will go through the end of the year. Even though the money you receive is not much it is still better than nothing. For the ones that like Jack who wants to put everyone down, I just hope and pray that you do not end up in the same situation. I do not wish this on anyone. The government really needs to pass this because if they don’t the economy will get worse because more people will lose their homes, cars, electric, etc. and we will not be able to feed our families. Some of us middle class families, do not qualify for assistance from the government like foodstamps, etc. because we may have missed it by $100.00-300.00. You do not qualify for nothing. Yet you people coming to America who do not belong here and they get a job and assistance and they do not even belong here. They are taking it away from us. The government says that they are going to create jobs and in some areas they have but your income has to be in a certain range to even qualify to apply for the position. It is so frustrating and ALL OF UNEMPLOYED AMERICANS MUST STICK TOGETHER AND FIGHT FOR WHAT THE AMERICANS NEED!!!! GOOD LUCK TO ALL OF YOU WHO ARE IN THIS SITUATION! HOPEFULLY TODAY WILL BE YOUR BREAK AND YOU WILL GET THAT CALL THAT YOU GOT THE JOB! KEEP FIGHTING!!!!

March 22, 2010 at 3:05 pm
(56) Dianne says:

I am a single mother. All my children are growned, but because of the job situation, all my children have moved back in with me plus 1 grandchild. Here I am struggling on my unemployment to pay the bills and rent and food for all of us. Their unemployment ran out long ago. Something needs to be done for all of us that has had their benefits depleted. I have a few tiers left and hoping that my company calls me back soon. Cos once my unemployment is gone, there will be nothing coming into the house. I have a friend like “Jack”, she just thinks someone can get a job anywhere, that anything would be helpful. I tried to explain to her that it wasnt as easy as she thought. Of course, she has nothing to worry about cos her husband took early retirement from GM and he gets an $8,000.00 a month pension. Must be nice! The extension from what I read is only the deadline for your tiers, anyone that has exhausted is SOL. They really need to do something to add weeks of unemployment, cos the unemployment rate will go down, but the homeless rates will go up. Take care ev1 and all I guess we can do is hope for the best.

March 23, 2010 at 11:11 am
(57) Shel says:

THANK YOU MARNI
These people who pull the get a job at McDonald’s Walmart, need a kick in the head with reality. Why do you assume that those are so easy or automatic to get anymore? If you don’t have similar experience, they don’t just hire you like that. If they are going to hire those lacking experience they will hire teenagers and college students first as they can pay them less.

March 23, 2010 at 12:44 pm
(58) Mark says:

I was told by my congressman’s office, Sen. Sherrod Brown (OHIO) that there IS a bill that was just passed in the Senate and is on it’s way to the House that DOES extend the WEEKS of UB. I also recieved an email from unemployedworkers.org@gmail.com, that confirms what Sen. Sherrod Brown’s office told me. If the House passes it as is, it would add 20 additional weeks to those whose unemployment benefits are about to be exhausted. To confirm this call Sen. Sherrod Brown’s office at: 614-469-2083 and or email unemployedworkers.org@gmail.com Calling Sen. Brown’s office will get a faster reply!

March 24, 2010 at 3:22 am
(59) Homeless Joe says:

Well if they pass a bill extending them what about those that have run out and have nothing? Mine ran out this past week. That’s it. I have no income. I have worked about 20 PT jobs that went no where I have traveled 100 miles to apply for jobs hoping for a call back. I was ready to live in my car and work if I was called. I have 3 daughters, two I pay chils support for and one that lives with me an my wife. I haven’t the rent, money for the utilitys, my child support. My wife works but they cut her hrs to 30 a week. She only makes enought to pay the rent a a car payment and thats it. At the end of this month WE will HAVE to move out and live in our van. I will take any job. I’ve done some that would make the average person puke. Ever try cleaning a Turkey barn? Chicken barn? The goverment needs to pass it for this country to survive. I know more like me that have or about to run out of UE. They are in just as bad shape as I am.

March 24, 2010 at 9:20 am
(60) mefrompa says:

For those that have been able to receive 99 wks of benefits, I am happy for you and hope you will have extensions or better yet find a job. I lost my job in later 2009 and am nearing my first 26 wks of UE. I am being told that at this time I will not get any more extensions, just because of the date I lost my job. I have spoken with state and federal legislation offices, but I still don’t hear anything. I was asked about a notification from UE, they have not sent me anything about my benefits ending. I found out the information because I called to get instruction on getting an extension. The system is broken and maybe the focus needs to be on fixing us – Not sending billions to other countries. Do not allow more people to come to the US, they are getting more benefits that we are and most of them can’t even speak English (which should be our first language). Do not allow companies to manufacture aboard, it should not be cheaper to transport goods across the ocean rather than doing it right here. Most jobs tell us that we need to be able to prioritize, evidently that does not apply to the government.

March 24, 2010 at 4:36 pm
(61) Jim says:

Watching this whole thing take place has been very interesting… There is alot of stuff to learn from this whole situation, if you sit back and really look at everything.

I remember 10 years ago, EVERYONE was getting Mortgages, All my friends, Everyone i worked with, they were all getting Mortgages for houses that cost anywhere from $150,000 – $300,000. Everyone was trying to convince me to get one because Rent is a waist of Money. Now i pay $250 bucks per month in rent (split with my wife), and my Friends and everyone i knew that got a Mortgage was paying $1000.00-$2500.00 a Month into their Mortgage. They kept trying to convince me that Paying Rent is a Waist of Money because Rent Goes into Nothing.. and that Paying Money into a Mortgage is a great idea because it Builds Home Equity, and creates an Investment that has Value….

But i pay $3000.00 a Year in Rent, and some of those people pay that in Just Intrest and Taxes. And their Loan is actually $300,000 – $500,000 if you add in the Intrest over the next 30 years… It just doesnt seem like a good idea. I told everyone it felt like a “trap”. Being locked into that kind of Monthly Payment really does trap someone into working for the rest of their life… and if anything happens in the Economy, or anything happens with their job, or Any Expenses happen, such as a child, or an Injury… their fucked… It just seemed like too much of a Risk to own a house… And thats not counting House Insurance. Car insureance. Food, Phone, Electric, Cell Phones, and then all the Credit Card and Loan Debt to buy all the appliances for the House… and all the stuff that goes into an empty house…

Right now i still live at the Same place. I still pay $250 bucks a month in Rent.. and 50-75% of the People i know that bought a Mortgage have now lost their Home.. have their Cars and Trucks Repoed. Are going thru Forclosures, and going Bankrupt.

My suggestion to people is to keep your monthly Expenses at around 20% of your Income. Instead of Matching your Expenses to your Income.. and playing the “Risk” that everyone plays.

If you can Find yourself a Cheap Moble home, and Buy a used Car.. Get a Garden and Grow Food, Stop getting 5 Cell Phones, stop getting the 10-15 Meg DSL… Stop Buying stuff on Credit and Loans… and Instead buy stuff with what you have, or save up to buy it … Stop Eating out… Eating out is a big Money Nuke… You can go to Subway and spend 15 bucks on Two people for 1 Meal.. or u can go to the Store and spend 15 bucks on enough food for 2 people to last a week… Stop getting Java and Coffee in the Morning… Stop going to the Vending Machine… stop Nuking all of your Money…..

If you can get all your Expenses down to 20% of your Income.. and tuck the rest away.. or create Investments with the Rest… you can really get out of your trap.

March 24, 2010 at 6:06 pm
(62) MARION P. JOHNSON says:

I AHVE RAN OUT OF MY EXTENSION AND IT’S HARD TRYING TO MAKE END’S MEAT AND PAY BILL’S HERE IN LAS VEGAS. MY COMPANY I USE TO WORK FOR PACKED UP AND LEFT VEGAS, AND LEFT ME HIGH AND DRY. I’VE BEEN LOOKING FOR WORK SINCE 2008, BUT EVERY COMPANY SAY’S THE SAME THING.. WE WILL TAKE YOUR APPLICATION BUT ARE NOT HIRING YET. SAME OLE,SAME OLE. WE NEED THIS EXTENSION OF UNEMPLOYMENT TO HELP KEEP MY FAMILY GOING. I FEEL THE SAME WAY MY BROTHER’S AND SISTER’S ARE ABOUT THE HELP WE NEED OUT HERE IN VEGAS FOR UNEMPLOYMENT. PLEASE, PLEASE TELL CONGRESS TO HELP ALL NEVADAIANS ON THIS ROAD TO RECOVERY . EITHER A JOB SAY’S YOUR TO OLD OR NOT ENOUGH EXPERIENCE’S. I URGE ALL TO WRITE TO CONGRESS ABOUT THIS PROBLEM HERE IN VEGAS.

I TAKE CARE OF MY SON WHO IS DISABLE AND I HAVE TO BE ABLE TO DO THIS, AND NOT BE A SHORT FALL TO HIM. WE ALL DIDN’T ASK TO BE OUT OF WORK. BUSINESS AROUND TOWN FOLDING UP AND MOVING OUT. I LOVE VEGAS BUT NOT ENOUGH TO SEE IT GO DOWN THE TUBE LIKE IT’S BEEN DOING BECAUSE OF THE ECONOMY..

PEOPLE ARE ROBBING EACH OTHER TO MAKE END’S MEAT AND KILLING TOO. I FEEL THAT THE EXTENSION OF BENEFIT’S WILL HELP ALL OF US THAT ARE OUT OF WORK. THANK YOU AND I WILL PRAY FOR US ALL…

MARION P. JOHNSON.

March 25, 2010 at 11:03 am
(63) living in fl says:

Jack you have too much time on your hands, I hope you are not doing this type of posting on company time….
Why are you even seeking out these websites?
Sounds like you have it pretty good right now, a job which affords you the ability to pay your bills possibly support your family, take that yearly vacation-you know who you are, right? I’ll bet he posted and never checked back to see the comments…he is a bully that needs to put his money where his mouth is. Jack, why don’t you help someone with the money you would spend this week buying you 6 pack or going out to eat….
Unfortunately people who speak as you have speak out of ignorance, that is why it is so easy to forgive you for what you have said.
Everyone else keep on trying and praying, good things happen to good people!

March 25, 2010 at 4:04 pm
(64) JImbo says:

I happen to agree with Jim. My wife and I made over 120K a year and have made that amount for over 20 years. After taxes, we took home appx 88K. I was terminated from my employer almost 2 years ago and now my income has decreased by 75K a year, so as you can see I have taken a huge hit in income. I read the posts here and I have to wonder what you people spend your money on. My wife and I raised 3 children and were able to do this on 20K a year hard money spent (IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA!). I have invested in the market, CD’s and money market accounts and I have a very sizable “nest egg”. Being that my wife and I have got our children out of the house, we are now able to live on 12K a year. And YES, this is all of our bills (food, elect, insurance, gas, trash, taxes). Why can we live on 12K a year and it seems nobody else can. Quit going out to dinner, buying clothing at retail stores, shop in major grocery stores, drive your car without a weekly plan to cut down on millage, ECT. When my wife and I go walking (every day), we take a trash bag and pick up cans for even more money. Just imagine, working out and making money at the same time. Shopping at stores that have dented cans, thrift stores for clothing and just going to the park for entertainment is not really that hard to do. I do have one wasteful spending habit, I decided because we have crappy TV reception, I did purchase a basic non fiber optic cable subscription for 14.00 a month. I had to splurge somewhere.

I do feel bad about the situation so many Americans are in , however, if our looked for ways to cut your living expenses, your money problems would be much less severe.

March 26, 2010 at 2:14 am
(65) Steven S. says:

I have been unemployed since November of 2008 … I have worked in Information Technology for 21 years and have not been called back on jobs that were paying 15 dollars an hour. I have applied for Part Time positions, jobs that pay 1/4 of what I have made for the same position/job description – whatever I can … I really need a job. I send resumes everyday to at least 3 companies, have updated and stayed on my networking as well as relationships with people in my field and former fellow employees and managers. I have several different resumes for different vocation focus – I have worked full time since I was 17 years old (34 years) … I have not received a call back on a resume or inquiry for almost four months. I am in school to reinvent myself and am grateful that school has given me some purpose – if anyone attempts to call me lazy or that I’m enjoying the time off … well, don’t – because I’m not. I just want to get back to work and try to climb out of this financial disaster that I’m in … I need the opportunity for extended benefits. It seems that an experienced 51 year old dependable employee seems like a risk. I’m in great health and try to keep a good attitude. I am eligible for Extended Benefits in California ( I will be done with the 4th tier on Saturday – 3/27) – this is a rough position to be in – and I am no way a unique story …

March 26, 2010 at 3:21 am
(66) Shawn M says:

I have been feeling extremely belittled, upset, and just plain hopeless since I lost my job in 12/28… Jack. First off. You pissed me off buddy. I have a highschool diploma. I’m confident. I’m a good lookin single fella. Have a Union journeyman card, business mgmt degree and I just completed my MBA. I have 8 yrs of construction experience along with 3 yrs inspections and engineering. Etc… I’ve applied to over 5000 jobs… Factory to trashman ,to low to dream jobs…. Notta 1 interview. It’s so so hard for me. The good lord knows if I had kids or had to support a family I would of been coo coo by now. Creditors are hounding and literally pounding me for extra mula. I’ve messed up my credit badly. I feel awful for US. Were being put through a tough test… It’s something out of our hands therefore… We should be awarded the benefits, Our credit score slates should be wiped clean and The big guys need to quit spittin there fungus n our faces…i put myself through college. Worked fulltime. Had a part time job at the sametime and WENT UNDERGRAD FULLTIME… Now. I realiaze having your beautiful babies and raising kids is considered a fulltime task… But my niece and nephew are amazing as well and I just feel awful for those of you that had jobs and are older and spending ur retirement. That’s sad. I pray for the ones that are single raising kids unemployed… The idea of unemployment is for the birds. Bring our JOBS back home. P.S. How can certain people get into the military if they have been unemployed struggling and in collections? I don’t have health insurance but was going to pay 50 a month for some cheaper stuff…… My point… Where is the luv? I believe in prioritizing and time mgmt and multitasking… But can the united states please deal with one major item at a time? I wish people that rule the land for us or me the ant… Would have to pass a financial. Mathematical. Economics test in order to pass laws period. I’m not talkin bout undergrad because some lawmakers don’t take business classes but do political science majors and then move towards your j.d. Well 3 of my best friends are lawyers. They didn’t take econ. Advanced math…etc. My point. We test all them. Them as the congress. Senate etc. Ohh and our test will be combined again with economics. Mathematical accounting test for the president… If they can’t pass a citizen test we make up . Then a bill don’t pass… Most of the people running this country come from the green,power fam, or a good bull shnitzer… Ha. Writing this in bed on my phone.. Sorry for the misspelled words. I’m So stressed… So worried. So scared. Can’t sleep. Lord Please Help Us All.

March 26, 2010 at 2:52 pm
(67) Sara Jones says:

To the man with a large retirement nestegg who picks up cans. You should be ashamed of yourself! Leave those cans for somebody with no money. What a hog.
Also to the post about unemployed black men. That is a fact and a sad one about the high unemployment rate for black males. All I can say is people should not spend their money at places that don’t hire people like them. If you go in a restaurant or store and don’t see people like yourself, put your money back in your pocket and go somewhere else.(assuming you have any to spend which I don’t at the moment.) In this economy, it will put some of those racist businesses out of business. I have just gotten a job, thank goodness. Don’t give up. After two years of unemployment and hundreds of no responses, one hired and let go after three days and lots of pointless interviews, I finally got hired. Keep persisting or up and move, whatever you can do. Sometimes you have to wait and just pray. Be patient.

March 27, 2010 at 5:08 pm
(68) Ann in Cali says:

I am still on unemployment but I have no idea if I’m going to make the next cut. My last check is from week ending March 28th. I can’t find out anything.
I have worked every day of my life since I was 16. Raised a child on my own while working two jobs. Put myself through college. Now, I can’t even get an interview for a minimum wage job! Agencies tell me not to come in, they are swamped. I’ve contributed to charities and political campaigns. This is terrible. I don’t know where to turn!

March 28, 2010 at 9:26 pm
(69) Single Parent says:

I am a single parent of one. I lost my job back in April of 2009 after working as a paralegal for a huge law office in my city. I was lucky enough to find a part time job, allowing me to stretch out my unemployment benefits a little longer. I have applied to hundreds of business with little luck….I have went to other cities, in other states, dropping off my resumes. I am willing to pack up and leave everything and everyone I know, if that means being able to provide for my child. I made 20 an hour at my last job and I have now been forced to take the only job I can find, making 7.35 an hour. All of the factories are laying off and closing up shop to move out of the country. Living in a college town/city, summer is soon approaching….not only will I be competing with people my age, I will also be competing with kids almost half my age and college graduates for a job. Who do you think McDonald’s is going to hire “Jack”….an over-qualified paralegal, or joe blow from the local high school? Who will they have to pay less to satisfy? I have worked hard since I was 15. I worked my way through college working 60 hours a week, while having a full time college schedule. I worked 3 jobs up until I was 8 months pregnant with my son. Never in my life have I had to collect unemployment benefits!!! (Jack) Your ignorance towards what is really happening in this country makes me feel sorry for you. God forbid you ever end up in any of our shoes. The person who said that there are 100 people in your city just waiting for you to screw up so they can take your job, isn’t lying!!!! Not only are they ready to take your job….they are willing to do it for a lot less money I’m sure.

March 29, 2010 at 10:58 am
(70) Pearlie says:

This unemployment issue has gotten so out of hand, how can they stop paying people unemployment with the economy in the can, I am told that if I did not exhaust my unemployment by April 3, I can not get an extension. But I can’t just up and exhaust it, It’s not like they are going to let us draw what we have left to get to the next tier. Unless the government is planning on paying my rent and utilities or I would settle for them giving me a real job, what are myself and others suppose to do. These companies run ads and offer employment, when they are not really hiring, they are just filling their data base so it will look like they are hiring on paper and in the event that the economy pick back they will blow people phones and emails off the hook trying to get a hold of them. But we need jobs now and no one is willing to hire you or even train you for any position. Now I know we all need healthcare, but right now if we don’t have jobs how can we pay for healthcare. This seems to defeat the purpose. ” Jobs First, Then Healthcare.

March 29, 2010 at 5:11 pm
(71) Judi Governale says:

someone please help me am confused.I have been sent
a letter saying my 99 week extension is up April 4,
2010.My last check is this week.If they approve a
tier 5 does it mean that those who are completely
exhausted of benefits will be able to get on tier
5, and are we kicked out of system and how to we
get back on? Does anyone know how it will work?

March 29, 2010 at 5:19 pm
(72) judi says:

Our goverment always sending millions to other
countries but our ppl not that important to them.
How can those scub bags walk off on Fri to enjoy
their nice Easter dinners knowing thousands of
american families will not be able to buy hot dogs
for their kids for easter dinner.Shame on them.
They got want they wanted.Now screw the people.

March 29, 2010 at 5:35 pm
(73) Judi says:

I may add to last comment.Since Oct 08 when laid
off, have not been able to get even an interview.
Worked all my life.The American people do not
want handouts.We need jobs but if no jobs then we
need help.All the money that goes to other countries
and they don’t want to help their own.Is very
pathetic situation.How can they say we are lazy?

March 29, 2010 at 11:09 pm
(74) Frank Waldes says:

Most of the previous comments have merit and present stories that are far too sad. I am in similar shoes and deeply empathize. The question I present is do those of us who are unemployed feel that the government is the answer? How has their performance stacked up? Rather than blaming one candidate, or past candidates, lets just say they have all created more problems than they’ve solved. The reasons are incredibly complex. I doubt that there is anyone that has a clear understanding of how to fix the declining economy. If you want evidense of this, just surf and listen to both educated and ignorant people express their opinions and they all conflict on what is the right thing to do and who is at fault. I feel educated and couldn’t give you definitive truth on what the “problem” is. Despite that, I do have an opinion about what to do, and here it is.
First of all, the countries priority is it’s people, not foreign affairs, world economic development, protecting other struggling economies, and other nations woes. If this seems irresponsible look at it in a smaller scale. Would you put your family at risk for the benefit of another family? This does not indicate that you are selfish, it just means you are aware of your priorities.
My second point is, money has not evaporated. Resources have not evaporated, people willing to work have not evaporated. Money has merely shifted hands. Whether it is shifted overseas, or into unethical corporate hands, or wasteful government practices, downright greed and corruption, it has merely shifted hands. Resources have been curtailed by fears, whether real or imagined, limiting production. Willing workers have payed the bill for the other two.
Point three, What needs to be done? Private enterprise needs to take over bloated government programs, they always do it better and cheaper than the government can. Who better to do this than the current unemployed? Is it possible for the unemployed to group together and form businesses that are paid by those who the money has shifted hands into? Those who are making money on the backs of others should provide income to those of us who they put out of business. We have deteriorating infrastructure that private enterprise could handle and elimiinate the need for federal and state subsidized programs. The more projects the government handles, the greater our taxes become. So put the government out of the business of doing what private enterprise can do better.
Many posts here have suggested voting people out of office, let encumbents live on their savings for a while so that new ideas, and fewer “career politicians” can show that they can do better.
Other countries, those in particular that we have assisted in some fashion in the past, and currently, are complaining about America and it’s lifestyle, well, have them pay us back. Let’s look at who owes whom around the world and then see how the books balance.
How about refusing to let laws be put into effect until the public has a chance to review them. That was a politcal promise that has just disappeared. Remember “transparency”?
Whatever happened to line item veto and term limits? They sound good about now don’t they?
The real key here is that the government isn’t going to be the solution, despite all of our good work and faith in the system, and governmental promises made and broken, the bottom line is that the people will make the difference. Group together. Those who have years of experience under their belts should get organized and form better corporate organizations, and outperform what is out there. There is enough talent amongst the unemployed to organize something better than what exists out there.
Those who are struggling right now are perhaps forgetting that time will not heal this wound. extended benefits would be wonderful, but you will spend the money on necessities, industries that are not in as much danger of collapse as all the others. It is a viscious downward spiral, fewer jobs, less spending, less demand, less investing by companies, fewer jobs etc. The unemployed need to form companies, new ones that outshine what is not working. This is not a job for the faint of heart, or those that are fearful of the risk involved in growth in the midst of crisis, but again, are you going to wait for the government to figure it out? I’m afraid. I am unemployed, my wife is unemployed, I don’t get any unemployment because I worked for a non-profit organization, my wife’s unemployment runs out at the end of March too. We are living in an apartment after carefully building equity and savings for all our working lives, and will soon be living off of what we’ve have worked so hard to save, and we are recently married after being divorced after twenty year marriages. We are at the bottom too. I do not have faith that this is a place someone else is going to get me out of. I am so sorry for those of you who are single and supporting children. For those dissappointed masses that have been lead to believe that you would be able to retire and instead will have to eek out a living for the foreseeable future. There is so much ability and willingness to work out there, surely these can be coelsced into a dynamic workforce that thrives in adversity. I suppose that I must now put myself in the position of following through on this idea, since it is mine. It is difficult, and I am fearful, but I haven’t heard other options that will come to my rescue anytime soon. Good luck to all of you out there.

March 30, 2010 at 1:33 pm
(75) judi says:

Phoned Sherrod Brown’s office this am.As I understood it,although the long termed unemployed
are not included in new extension there is a
Senator in Ohio along with some others who are
working on a Tier 5.There may be a chance this
will be included.We have to wait it out folks.
Call your representatives.They are aware of the
lack of jobs.They need to hear our voices.

March 30, 2010 at 3:17 pm
(76) Tracey M Smith says:

Receiveing my last umemployment check this week…My benefit amount was $180.00 per week prior to taxes taken out…Can anyone really survive on $600.00 per month…I pray for a shift in the economoy that will send me back to work with benefits..

March 31, 2010 at 12:07 pm
(77) cshood says:

Hello I can completely sympothize with everyone whom has posted on this link. However, At least you all still have a roof over yu head. MY benefits ran on second tier of federal unemployment, Ive now bee n on streets for past 6 weeks, which hopefully the rest of you will never land. I am awaiting for my state to release the moneys promised but keep getting told that due to state budget woes, they have to get more funds dispursed due to large number of people unemployed. The Government doesn’t care since they still have automatic paycheck. They are more worried about havingot finally take money outofthier own pockets to take care of the people that put them in power ot screw us all over anyway.

March 31, 2010 at 12:09 pm
(78) Mark Shareiko says:

Here we go again…We have to contact our so called represenatives to realize that America cannot and will not strenghthen unless Congress and the Senate can work together and realize the common people that are unemployed need more help..I have over 300 resumes out on the market with the same result..I m over qualified…How many times do i have to here that …I m a veteran and worked all my life and need help…

March 31, 2010 at 12:22 pm
(79) JImbo says:

AGAIN, I can not understand what you people do with your money. Like I posted eairler, my wife and I up until less than 2 years ago brought home appx 88K per year after taxes. Now, I bring home appx 55K per year with my unemploymnet. That drop in income hurts very much because I now only invest 45K instead of 75K per year. This will cost me well over 400K in possible investment income over the next 20 years. This really bothers me and my family. With 3 children, my monthly expences were 1700 per month for EVERYTHING. People in this country waste so much money on things they feel they are intitled to, but can not afford! Because of this, you are in the situation you are in now. I hate to say this, but my wife and I have SAVED over 1.4 million and with interest and investment returns, we are worth over 4 million. YET we still live on 1000 dollars a month and pick up cans for even extra money on our daily walks! It really bothers me when families all across this great country are having so many financial problems due to the horrible economy. With that being said, I truly believe if you look at the way your family has wasted money over the years, you may finally have learned a valuable lesson. Our finacial institutions would have so much more cash and this crash may never had happened if instead of buying a new boat, you saved that money, or the monthly payment for that boat, in a savings account. Then, looked for an investment to make your money grow instead of wasting it. If everyone did this, the banks would have had more money and therefore could have been in a better position to weather the home loan mess. Start shopping at thrift stores, damaged food outlets, clip coupons, continue to drive your 25 year old car, plan your trips and get all your items needed for your family in one trip per week. It is not hard to do and once you get used to it, it is really fun to watch your bank account grow. I am getting close to not worring about my cash position soon. YES, I have lost a fair amount of money in the stock market, however, the gains far outweigh the losses. Well, it is time to go on my walk with my wife. I just hope there are many cans to be picked up. That way, I can continue to save for my grandchildrens future.

Best wishes to everyone. I sincerely hope this mess is over soon. I also hope Obama doesnt raise taxes as we can’t afford to pay more than we are paying now.

April 1, 2010 at 7:40 am
(80) Rome says:

I’ve been unemployed since april 08 I go for interviews to be told I am to over quilified that can’t pay me what I was making they don’t wanna take a risk to hire me this sucks I might as well just end my life I’m gonna starve to death anyways America sucks and i’ll he glad when the creator ends the world all the greed in America everyone in goverment stealing money and sending to other countries for what tax payers paid enough already for war I know having a heart is a blessing but that congressman for ky trust me will suffer god don’t like evil and he fell to relize his grandkids and kids will have to suffer years to come cause just cause he is rich don’t mean a surprise in life can take all his wealth away in anyway possible I am bout ready to just give up on life over a 1000 applications filled out I feel that we are getting punished cause a black president was elected and his ky native ass is taking on tax paying Americans and something should be done about that common. Nancy pelosi help us u a strong woman and congress can’t someone over ride this guy they say America is broke but some peoples families are suffering really bad …. If nothing happens we don’t have power to make em suffer but god does and all we can do is pray god has many mircles in store for all …. I hope everyone gets results but if I’m not here anymore to see results cause I did something stupid from stress I wish all of the unemployed. Nothing but the best of luck ….

April 1, 2010 at 7:21 pm
(81) Lisa says:

Jimbo not many of us have been fortunate enough to make 120K for 20 years and bring home 88K and invest a good portion of that. The 20K you are living on is all a lot of people are making before taxes are deducted. The 55K you are now making…most would be just fine with. And it is very arrogant of you to assume that people are wasting their money. Most people are just trying to survive and only make enough to survive. I don’t know what city you live in, but I am single and live in a Chicago suburb and my unemployment only covers the essential bills, and that does not include food, gas for my car, toilet paper, soap etc. Thank God I did have some savings and I can supplement with that, but that is dwindling away. I have no health insurance because I can’t afford the premiums. Thanks to the greed of people during the housing boom, I was wiped out financially because an “investor” decided to flip a house and replace mold infested walls with new walls without cleaning up the mold problem, so I had to cash in my investments and retirement to pay attorneys to fight to get out of the deal, thank God I won. But I have not recovered it and on top of that I loose, not one but two jobs in the four years that followed due to the demise of both companies. So before you make the assumption that we have put ourselves in this situation check yourself. And since you sitting on 1.4 Mil, why don’t you give up your unemployment benefits to someone who really needs them. Until I’m in dire need of something I’m going to leave it for those that really need it. And what’s the point of having all that money if you not going to live a good quality of life, not saying extravagant, but I would hard every day and I’m going to enjoy the fruits of my labor. And one more thing, the economy is not bad because the people didn’t live thrifty, it’s bad because wall street and bankers got GREEDY!

April 1, 2010 at 9:32 pm
(82) beachktty says:

I aggree that we a long term extension passed as there are still alot of people who are unempolyed. It would help those who are still looking for jobs, continue to get paid as the job market is a employer base field insted of an employee base field. Employer’s can be more picky on who they as for every (1) job currently open there are over a (100)people competing for the same job. Till the Job market improves, the job seeker will need the extra extensions to bet by.

April 2, 2010 at 12:24 am
(83) Cathy says:

I have been unemployed since September of 2008. This past year and a half has been pure hell. It infuriates me that there might be another extension, but it doesn’t cover people who have been unemployed long term. That’s only going to create more problems because there are a lot of people whose unemployment will run out and they won’t have hardly if any income. It’s pretty much going to be the same situation it is now. If they are going to extend benefits through the end of the year, it should be for everyone. Living life on unemployment benefits is not living, it’s existing. I can’t even make ends meet on this little bitty bit I’m getting. I’ve sent out countless resumes and have only been on a handful of interviews. I’m either over qualified or get lost in the sea of all the other applicants. The point is, there are too little jobs for too many people. We (the unemployed) don’t want to not work and collect unemployment, we want to work and have jobs to go to. Being in a situation like this robs you of your confidence and self esteem. The senators don’t know what it’s like because they have jobs and make a decent income. Let them be in our situation and have to worry about how they are going to keep a roof of their heads and then see what they say. We have millions to send to Haiti, but we can’t help out our own people? This is ridiculous!

April 2, 2010 at 12:31 pm
(84) Joy says:
April 4, 2010 at 8:41 pm
(85) Mr Mike TN says:

I’ve been laid off since DEC.22 2008. I am a certified Millwright and Pipefitter. I’m 39 yrs old. I basically work on/build/repair power plants and their precision machinery.
I usually make anywhere from $22 to $35 an hour and I get per diem of generally $80 a day to pay for my gas and hotel or rent due to the fact that I work all over the united states and almost never within 10 hours of my home.
as far as people on unemployment NOT LOOKING FOR JOBS?? I got called in by the Unemployment office to show my work searchs and contacts or they werent going to pay my Benefits anymore.
I took them Detailed records of faxes, phone records, emails.(all with excat times and dates plus phone numbers and contact person info) and then I showed the auditor my gas records and in person interviews.
I spent over 60% of my benefits from january 09 to october 09 just in driving to job sites all over the US for interviews and just waiting at the gate to talk to a HR person to let them know im here and willing to work TODAY, and trying to get rehired. PLUS TOOK a welder and a crane operator with me on some searches trying to help my friends get re employed
They said they had never seen such detailed job search records in their 15 yr careear and released my benefits back to me.
The Jobs AINT out there!! I even tried to take positions as a helper for half the pay and half the perdiem and couldnt get hired.
All the companies that I have worked for in the past are laying off from 700 to 3000 people each. I call them all at least 3 times a month and do at least 4 or more job searches a week.
The jobs AINT out there!!
The companies all tell me “as soon as something breaks loose we will call you, your on the top of our list and extremely experienced but were laying off, not hiring at this time).
And some of the companies are taking advantage of this situation and dropping pay rates by 40% and all but killing per diem.
Because I did make excellent money in the past I had my bills paid ahead and a little saved.
I have worked smart and hard most of my life, but I’m now having to start looking at food stamps.
My Benefits are now exhausted (as of 2 weeks ago).

They cant take my vehicles cause their paid for.
But MY HOUSE has a bank note every Month.
Propery taxes, home owners insurance.
Still gotta pay my child support.
Might want lights and water too.
Im growing a garden but that cant feed me till fall harvest.
My state does not recognize sustenance hunting.
Might need insurance to drive my vehicle to get and look for a job, that takes gas.

SO as far as the ignorant comment that people on unemployment are NOT LOOKING for jobs.. Well your full of yourself and the drippings from the south end of a bull.
Why would someone want to be on unemployment!??
I know personally alot of good folks that are honest and very hard working that are unemployed due to lay offs and companies just up n leaving.
AND THEN someone has to go and indirectly call us lazy (or we waste our money!) {like a 8yr old in a candy store} because were on unemployment and needing a helping hand from the Government thats supposed to do just that when we really are in a time of need.

Its a long long fall from that high horse your on, hope you find a steamy pile below to break your fall.. face first!.

April 5, 2010 at 7:47 pm
(86) shakeima says:

I REALLY HPOE THEY PASS THIS BILL BECOUSE IM A SINGLE PARENT OF 2 AND THIS IS MY LAST UNEMPLOYMENT PAYMENT AMD NOW IM STRESSING HOW IM GOING TO FEED MY KID PLEASE PASS THE BILL

April 5, 2010 at 8:23 pm
(87) MiMi says:

I was employed with one company for 31 years. In March of 2009 Iasked my employer if my job was sucure?..That I was purchasing a home in a senior community. ABSOLUTELY, was his answer, you can work here as long as you wanr. In On November 1 he let me go. Now, I’m on unemploment, hoping it does not run out, due to the purchase of the new home. At 67 years old what are my chances of finding another position?? It’s so depressing to see what is going on all over. And let we send money to Haiti, Chile and the war in Afganistan. What about the Americans?? Does anyone in Congress care any more??

April 5, 2010 at 8:53 pm
(88) Steel City Drifter says:

As I sat here trying to compose a sharp, cutting comment to lay on the politicians and thieves that got us is this mess, Shakeima posted her message, now in a sense I feel guilty complaining about mine. I’ve worked my whole life to provide for myself and mine, been known to help others whenever I can. I lost my job in 2008, moved my wife and I to Colorado to live and help my 80s + parents. Had a job lined up, no job when I got here due to crash. Our savings carried us a little over a year, got unemployment and slowly fell behind until we finally have lost everything, we are now selling off everything that doesn’t fit in the motorhome, I will park in front of mom & dads. Thank God for mom & dad and their motorhome. Shakeima, God Bless You and your children, and gentlemen, Please pass this bill!

April 6, 2010 at 1:34 pm
(89) norm says:

I reviewed the prior 83 e-mails regarding unemployment and the agony we all face. I really can’t say much more than what has already been covered in these 83 e-mails except for one question…….what are we going to do about officials WE (the voters) placed in office? While most elected officials are concerned about unemployent it appears that too many of them are only concerned about their own careers…which means getting re-elected! Looks like WE put the wrong people in office. It is now time for the American voter to get involved, understand the issues we face before voting the wrong candidate in office, know where candidates stand on the issues, research each candidates background and voting record….just get involved! Go beyond listening to mindless ad campaigns on TV and biased media reports. Too many voters don’t make the effort and then complain about the senate and congress being impotent. Just remember WE put these bums in office! Now it’s time to let Washington know WE are not going to tolerate the childish games played in DC while WE the voters suffer the pain of unemployment and lack of affordable health care. This nation can accomplish great things when WE the voters stand up to be heard. It is time for us to march, in great numbers, on our state and federal capitals as a warning to our elected officials that WE the voters will remove them from office and replace them with competent officials who are acting in good faith for the voters they represent.

April 7, 2010 at 10:59 am
(90) Jose says:

I have been recieving unemployment sense 2008 and just exhausted my 99 weeks. Now I am left without any hope to continue my quest to search for a job. I have no way to support my two kids and welfare does not give enough for anyone with a family to survive. You get $215.00 monthly for your rent and $200.00 in foodstamp to take care of your family. This is not going to help me. I am comfuse and have no way to fix my problem which was created by this government unjust war. I haved been working all my life, paying taxes and now that I fallen in bad time, the same government that barrow money from me all my life to use for there own personal agenda has left me out in the cold, the same way it has left out in the cold those soldiers that returns from fighting a war. My friend is also unemployed and has also work all his life and now that he recieved his 99 weeks is also left out in the cold. He is now dealing drugs in the streets to make ends meet. thats not my kind of coffee, but I do understand!

April 8, 2010 at 12:05 pm
(91) Sergio says:

I haved been working all my life , now I’m unemployment since 20 months ago .Is hard find a job, I need to know what’s going on !

April 8, 2010 at 1:01 pm
(92) judi says:

Jose, I have reached my 99 weeks also.There is no
job in sight.I keep trying.I hope they pass a Tier
5 for all of out.You are right.People will do what
they have to to feed their families.Good people will
be forced to do bad things.Our goverment should be
able to realize that.Good luck to you and your
friend.Iam sorry that he is selling drugs.Very sad.

April 9, 2010 at 6:31 pm
(93) JW & BJH says:

My Girlfriend & I are unfortunately both unemployed. Not that it matters but for the record we both worked our entire adult lives and then some. I am 43 and have worked since I was 12 years old, most recently I was fired in which the Mich Unemployment agency determined was wrongful. The employer whom I worked fulltime for nearly 10years claimed theft or more specifically embezzlement; however when the 2 individual whom were present, the HR director who did the talking along with another high ranking mgmt official last May 18th,2009 these gutless worms didn’t have the balls (excuse my language)to look me in the eye and confront me on what turned out to be base allegations made up some lame reason that I was being terminated for exchanging what they deemed “innapropriate emails” with my now girlfriend whom at the time was performing legitmate contract work for the company; furthermore dispite that not being the reason out emails were not sexual in anyway, we had met outside the workplace long before any of this occured through an online-dating site. She was one of many individuals whom performed various forms of contracted work, in most cases it was part-time work to supplement exsisting income. I knew that was NOT the reason. The following day I was contacted by a rather arrogant police detective from the local township PD. He instructed me I needed to come down to the station immediately. Little did I know at the time I was NOT obligated to submit to his request, nor answer any of his questions; however praying on the fact of my recent termination knowing I may be volunerable I agreed. In most situation it would of been an ill-advised thing to do, especially without an attorney. As it turned out that particular action may of well been what derailed any potential criminal charges from being filed. During this interrogation he made outragoius accusations that I embezzled this insane amount he arbritrarily came to of $35,832(I’ll never forget this amount and wondered how he came up with it) I kind of know how he did, but it was clear he had NO idea what he was getting into. In an attempt to finish this very lengthy story what this centered around was payments made to a group of individuals within my budget whom performed as forementioned legitimate contract work to support the very short-staffed department I oversaw. I will admit to using poor-judgement. Within this group of independent contractors (meaning the are NOT employees of the company) was my gf, a past gf, a couple friends; however one thing that was rampent throughout the company was instances of husbands, wives, children, & friends being used in this very same manner by other department heads, managers, etc.. in fact what i did was NOT against company policy, company stated that no immediate family members were to be given work within a department where the spouse, parent, whomever worked. The forementioned folks in my case were NOT immediate family. The one individual whom seemed to get the most focus (my girlfriend) whom at the time as far as a relationship was in the process of developing. Now we are close to engaged as I am soon to pop the question set a tenative date in July 2011- her 30th bday as her main fear for years was she would not be married when she turned 30. Moving along- in the meeting with this detective he revealed theories that he believed a conspiracy existed between this group of 1/2 dozen individuals performing the contract work and being paid I will admit on generous side, but not anything very far outside the “box”; furthermore since much of this work consisted of use of ones own vehicle and gas, with gas peaking well over $4 a gallon during much of the period being investigated, it turns out the payments weren’t very generous at all. Bottom line was there was NO conspiracy whatsoever, most of the individuals did not know each other. His other hypothesis which was even farther off the mark was I paying money to women in exchange for sex. Well if that was the case officer-I was cheated. The meeting ended with him threatening to “take me down”. I concluded with saying I would make no future statements without an attorney. The other very poor judgement I used, that I’ll admit likely prompted much of the suspicion. I had cashed some of the checks written to the girls and to a couple of the friends with their permission and that I’ll admit was unwise and to someone from the outside “shady” at the least. For the record again. I didnt profit a dime, and all work was performed legimately with better effort then what one would likely get with someone off the street. Its a main reason the nepatism was permitted throughout the company. Following my ordeal I contacted my attorney who told me I should never of gone there, but what it did was allow me to speak with the other individuals and let them know this detective would be contacting them, he was going to put words in your mouth, most importantantly no one was in anyway obligated to talk to this man unless were are subpeaned by the court. A couple days after he questioned me he began contacting my girlfriend and haraasing her, scaring her, she had NO knowledge of the non-sense he was pushing, did everything and more asked of her. After she told him to leave her alone, he continued until my attorney contacted him and told him he needed to stop NOW or harassment charges could be filed. He stopped but went on to the others who basically told him to “take a hike”. What likely happened as my attorney explained having been a former prosecuter, he went with what he had to the prosecuter and was told he had “nothing”. In order for this to go forward he would have to prove conspiracy and he was light years off on that one and farther on the other one or would have to get one of the individuals say I cashed their check and took their money. Since that didnt happen either he had nothing. Of course while this was unfolding it was a rather difficult period in my life as we all know and I surely know police can twist facts-his hope was to scare someone like my Gf get her to testify. I knew they didnt have enough to prove much of anything, since nothing much ever happened; however i was worried because even with their permission its still not legal I shouldnt of cashed the checks and it possible they could of got something on that. Not enough to go to jail, but have a record, mayb probation, ect.. Despite all this I didnt bother filing for unemployment for a while as I thought I didn’t have a snowballs chance in hell of collecting. Being denied unemployment and being convicted of a crime are 2 different things. Ive seen many people deneid unemployment for much less. In conclusion as I was getting my mind clear and after I heard reports this detective left in major frustration when he showed up at one of the forementioned contractors dayjob and was told to leave immediately and dont come back without a subpeana despite pleaded with this individual that he was his last hope to “get this guy” or he might be passed over for promotion (If that cop really said that i wasnt there-thats what I was told)thats awful. I made some mistakes as we all do, but im a generally a good honest person. When you think of childmolesters out there or real criminals and this jerk is hell bent on getting me. Anyway..I apologize for going on it still upsets me. It was now August, and with savings running low even though I still didnt think I had a chance to collect unemployment I filed figuring i had nothing to lose. Without having to fight with 3 weeks of filing my case was decided in my favor; furthermore as mentioned the company foolishly flat out told unemployment I was terminated for theft- it said so right on the determination sheet. As I mentioned they (the company reps)never accused me at anytime and told me I was being terminated for exchanging “inapproapriate emails” they even had the email they were considering where they took a personal exchange from my inbox where the dirtiest thing I said was how much I loved her or some other personal exchanges between a man and a woman in a blossoming relationship..not very damning. Now I am being urged to start a suit for wrongful discharge. I am not a “sue happy” person but Im thinking about it. I do have unemployment backing me up saying in their determination having found no evidence of wrongdoing on my part. I intially came on here to ask about what is going on with these extensions. Have to come to that. Thank you for taking the time to read this lengthy correspondence. Unemployed male 42 and female companion 28 in suburban Detroit Mi

April 9, 2010 at 8:14 pm
(94) Tim says:

I was layed off back in may of 2009. I quickly signed up for unemployment and dislocated workers program. I was offered by the state up to two years of schooling or 10,000 in founds for school to help me get back to work. Part of the agreement was to quit looking for work and go to school full time. My course was only seven months long. Our goverment put a end to all extentions. I am a single father with two kids. If i don’t go back to work I loose my home and vehicle. If I do go back to work I will owe for the course I wasn’t able to complete. How do they offer this training then just f you like that.

April 10, 2010 at 3:24 am
(95) sfang125 says:

Hello. I am 32 years old, and have worked my rear end off since I was 18. Our so-called government put me out of the Army because I have ADHD! I had wanted to follow in my grandfather’s footsteps and serve my country. Now I’m glad that I didn
t get the opportunity to do so. They care nothing for me, or anyone else! I Live in Kentucky, and I didn’t vote for this clown we have as our senator right now. He’s garbage. I agree with those of you in other states that are against him! He cares nothing about our Commonwealth. All he cares about is a fat paycheck. Senator Bunning needs to be removed form office and someone else who ACTUALLY CARES for people and not himself should be designated. I Have been unemployed for over a year now, and cannot find ANYTHING! I have looked. I have been working the online field for the last few months because I have exhausted my options for employment anywhere around me. Please, someone in Congress help us all! I have child support to pay, and I dont’ want to be another statistic in jail because I cannot afford to pay it! I have too much to lose in my life! I have two kids that I regularly get to talk to and visit, and I would hate to miss that. I just got it set up to where I can see them again!

April 11, 2010 at 4:19 pm
(96) Rosemarie says:

Are they kidding? no more extensions, 25% of the country is UNEMPLOYED, you think the economy is bad now, wait if they dont extend these additional benefits this country will really go down and it wont come up again

April 11, 2010 at 5:28 pm
(97) Kevin says:

I would just like to reflect on Mr. Bunning’s decision on unemployment. What are you thinking? I don’t have any kids but what are they gonna do? Been a long time fan of yours since watching you in the World Series; Felt proud to have you as our Ky. Senator; but now? This is the only way I’m surviving, along with some friends that have children. We can’t help the way the world is. Cut something else, we have to survive. What are you thinking?

April 12, 2010 at 10:56 am
(98) Skyesparrow says:

Take ALL the money we have spent on that DUMB A** WAR all sent To HAti, Chille,and where ever else the worlds need a hand out!!!OMG WE HAVE ENOUGH MONEY FOR UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS, THE HOMELESS AND ANT ONE IN ***IN AMERICA******

April 15, 2010 at 10:35 am
(99) Kathy says:

I have emailed just about everyone in Washington and called my reps but I can’t do this alone! You all have to help on this, call, write, email. Let all of Washington know you are fed up! We need help and we need it now. They are supposed to be working for us. We need to make sure they don’t forget that!

April 15, 2010 at 8:06 pm
(100) veros says:

Mary,
you are so right! How do we have money to aid other counties and fight never ending wars when the help is needed here in our own country.We have homeless people and more to become homeless because of jobless people that worked all their life and we arent getting the help we need!Its not like we are asking for money out of theri own pockets its money that we have all put in to as taxpayers! Sometimes I dont understand what goes on in their minds…I would like to see all senates and congress men go without a check or 2 and see how they support themselves!

April 16, 2010 at 9:37 pm
(101) Lisa Johnson says:

My life is a nightmare. I was making 80K until I was laid off. I have two masters degrees and am over qualified for everything. Now there is no tier 5 or 6. I can’t live with rats and roaches. Right now that is the only option for me. I never thought I would be wallowing in a filthy neighborhood with drugs, violence, murders everyday.

I am in Chicago Il and this place is a hell hole. The people on the South side live to murder each other. I feel like I am in a 3rd world country. There needs to be a 5th and 6th tier until the economy is better.

I have never encountered so much hate in all mu life. I am currently poor and it is not pleasant. I don’t have any kids which mean I do not qualify for anything. My student loans are in default. I have been criminalize because of poverty. Is life worth living?

There are NO jobs–McDonald’s won’t hire me.

April 18, 2010 at 6:14 pm
(102) msT says:

@ Lisa in Chicago Ill. I am sorry to hear that your life is very difficult right now. I believe that we all are struggling right now. I am having a hard time surviving right now as well.
I really hope that whoever has authority to change the current bill for unemployment read the struggles of our lives and fix it. The politicians need to understand that they were voted in by the people and will be VOTED out by the people. If this is what Politics is all about maybe we need to really find an alternative!
A struggling Georgian…….

April 21, 2010 at 8:14 pm
(103) jeff says:

long term unemployed are getting screwed bigtime, I worked at my last job for 10 years, until It went out of business 2 years ago. I have 30 years of delivery driving exp. Have taken care of disabled wife and others that have had disabilities for 15 years. I have sent out more than 550 resumes in the last year, and NOTHING. this is the typical response i’ve been getting lately, Your resume is impressive, but, were going in a different direction, thanks for applying. I have applied for numerous part time positions, and they won’t even get back to me. I’m 53 years old and that is most of the problem, I believe. got turned down for a part time delivery driving job, delivering newspapers 3 to 4 hours a day. WHAT, have my own van , 30 years of exp., and no response from them. Probably my age again. And 2 weeks ago, I applied to a disability rehabilitation center, today they e-mailed me to let me know that again, your resume is impressive BUT, they are going with someone who has worked in the past year, has taken care of disabled people, and can care for their needs. WTF, did these people even look at my resume, 15 years isn’t enough exp. for them. NOPE, again, probably my age and I haven’t worked in the past year. MY GOD PEOPLE WAKE THE HELL UP. washington needs to extend ALL unemployment till this country wakes the hell up and decides to hire us long term unemployed. Thanks for letting me vent, TIER V, TIER VI, TIER VII, whatever it takes till that the people of the united states are back working again. I used to be proud to have the flag outside of my house, now, I think it’s time to put up my mickey mouse flag, because that’s what washington is anymore, mickey mouse a-holes.

April 27, 2010 at 2:10 am
(104) P.R says:

I am confused. I called the Unemployment Office(I live in MA) 2 weeks ago and was told I had 2 more checks on EUC08 and then I would go on EB for 20 wks (I have collected for 79 weeks so far). So, I called them friday because I wanted to check on how to submit the EB jobsearch worksheat online, which their
website says must be done every week on EB. The person I spoke with told me I had no benefits left. I explained what I had been told 2 weeks ago and that I had used 79 weeks and should be able to go to 99 weeks. She took all my info like I was opening a new claim and said she’d call me next week. I asked if I should do anything-like submit the jobsearch worksheet and she said no not unless they tell me to in a letter-even though online it says this MUST be done weekly to get EB. Then she said that I keep telecerting every week like normal. Is there anyone else who has gone on this extension after exhausting
EUC 08? If so, did you have problems? I am wondering if this lady knew what she was doing?, since she at first told no I had no weeks left. I understand that for some people on EUC08 that is the case, but that is because they’ve already used up EB benefits and collected total of 99 weeks. As previously said, I have collected 79(and my state goes to 99). I am thinking I shouldn’t wait for her to call me back and just call again this week?

July 8, 2011 at 11:01 pm
(105) DS says:

Worries like you never thought you’d have. And don’t expect anyone to help you, when you go to social services. You’ll spend hours on the phone following prompts that lead you nowhere. We’re hanging on by a thread, when last week we’re informed due to budget cuts we get 8% less. Who can live on $500 a month, and they take 8% away. We’re at the end of our rope. You literally have to be homeless, on a curb with a sign ’round your neck. What has happened when people can’t make an honest fair wage. Family will help if they can but they want you to tell them how much . And they take it back next month. We need an economy thats realistic. Jobs that enables us to pay bills and have a quality of life. I can’t imagine how I will buy shoes when these are worn out. What has to happen?

April 27, 2010 at 6:16 pm
(106) LA REID says:

Applied for a truck driving,was not hired because I was unemployed more than 12 months. (This is crazy)

April 27, 2010 at 6:22 pm
(107) LA REID says:

Truck Driving Job (sorry about that)

April 27, 2010 at 6:38 pm
(108) P.R says:

I was told today that there is a problem with checks for anyone who is moving from to one extension to another(I am going from EUC08 to EB). The newly extended date to do this isn’t updated in the system yet, so checks will be mailed retroactively after the system is updated-like they did back in Dec. At least I know the money will come eventually, but it’s not going to be fun explaining that to the electric company, and the phone company. I live in MA by the way.

April 30, 2010 at 12:20 am
(109) Jason from KS says:
April 30, 2010 at 6:22 pm
(110) linda says:

Over a year ago my ex husband had to move in with me and the kids to make ends meet. He has not been able to find a job and has been getting extensions. This past week his benifits stopped with no letter fore warning him. He will be unable to pay child support which i desperatly need to make ends meet. Dont these politicians realize how many people are actually starving in the US… while they keep sending financial aid to all these other countries but yet dont give a damn what is going on in their own back yards.

April 30, 2010 at 7:28 pm
(111) Jason from KS says:

Linda,

If you check out the link above that I posted earlier, it looks to me like Obama signed into law an extension of benefits for the long term unemployed at least until June 2nd which would be retroactive back to when the benefits stopped. It also looks to me like they are also trying to put together a package that would help us til the end of the year because politicians are worried about such high unemployment during an election year. Unless I’m reading it wrong, we should see some relief soon. If anyone else out there interprets this article differently than I do, then please let me and everyone else know what your thoughts are on the article.

May 7, 2010 at 3:26 pm
(112) jc says:

I live in the State of Ohio and have worked since I was 16 years old. Last year I was laid off due to lack of work at my employer after 33 years of service, now which is absolutely devasting I am going to lose my unemployment benefits along with cobra. I think Congress could pass benefits till the end of the year (2010) just so we could survive, why they don’t let us know anything till the very end, I DO NOT KNOW, please help the American people we have worked long and hard for these benefits and need them now just to survive.

May 10, 2010 at 2:23 pm
(113) Sarah says:

Well in the past two years I have been on and off on unemployment. I got hurt at work and got laid off. I hope they do something or my family is screwed. So now I pray everyday that our goverment who loves bailing banks out help bail us the one who are trying to find jobs that aren’t there.

May 17, 2010 at 11:57 am
(114) Ricard G. says:

The economic situation did not come about in one year. The people that lost their jobs are not to blame for the economy, but are paying the highest price. We who go to the stores and feed the economy by making daily purchases will no longer be able to do so. Without this foundation our economy can’t recover. Making sure that the average person can buy clothes, food, gas, and pay their bills would only help the recovery process. Giving big bailouts to banks, and big business is not the way to build a stron foundation. Without this foundation our economy will become weaker. We must build from the bottom up. There are over 30 million unemployed americans spending their money every day and without a tier 5 extension will no longer be able to put their part into the economy. Can we really afford to go backwards, and think that by not adding a tier 5 it will make thing better?

May 18, 2010 at 11:01 am
(115) Mile Tallman says:

Been unemployed two years, no more extensions please, i would rather be homeless than pretend all is ok with a weekly stripend, only solution is STOP outsourcing, create manufacturing jobs here like in the good old days.

May 23, 2010 at 9:18 pm
(116) Jaclyn says:

I live in Michigan. So if unemployment is extended until the end of the year and I ve already exhausted my 99 weeks or whatever I wont be able to get any more benefits? Im confused…

May 23, 2010 at 11:41 pm
(117) Joyce says:

I live in NYC. I have been out of work for 2 1/2 years, so I am a 99er. I’ve made job hunting, my job. I’ve pounded the pavement, search the computer, network and everything; to no avail. There are no jobs out there. With people loosing their jobs everyday – how can there be jobs. I think it’s sick, how they play with the unemployment numbers to benefit their agendas and make themselves look as if they are doing something. We are expected to go away. However, this is not Obamas doing at all, but Bush. But Congress must remember, we will wake up come election time. You reap what you sow. In the meantime, let’s all pray for one another and keep the pressure on for Tier 5 and 6. In the meantime, GOD BLESS us all. Remind Congress – we will have the last laugh.

May 26, 2010 at 11:08 am
(118) vladimir says:

I have been unemployed for since 2009! I have never been w/out a job , always worked since I was 13 yrs payed tax’s just like every one! I have been talking w/ my mortgage company that has a program that the president has put in place to assist with this program. All I have been getting is the run around. American Mortgage company has all the job out source ! they are now requesting a letter of me to proof the next 9 months of income! I am not sure if they will do another extension. what am i going to do ! at my age find a job, now to pay my mortgage ! I appreciate all I have got but, I have paid my tax’s! we need help! every 2 weeks i fax in my job sheet, I have not got one call . its so depressing I feel so shameful, worthless!

May 31, 2010 at 4:56 am
(119) Roy says:

I think it is wrong for what the government is doing to people that still don’t have jobs and can’t pay their bill and may be put on the streets because they want do the tier five what is people suppose to do if there isn’t any jobs out there I bet they aren’t worried because they have money coming in what about the kids that can’t eat or have a roof over thier head have they though about that they really need to do something and soon

June 5, 2010 at 9:46 pm
(120) Rod says:

My wife has not been able to find a job since late 2008 Her benies ran out in April 2010. Even thought they added a tier the unemployment rate in Arkansas has been below 8.5% so she did not qualify for the added tier. We live in Texas where the rate is above 8.5% but they use the rate from the state the claim is from. Her is my question and suggestion. I am not sure exactly how the unemployment rate is calculated for each state, when they mention it on the news they say jobless claims which leads me to belive that it is based on the number of people collecting unemployment benefits. If that is the case, when you run out of benies, how many people stop calling in and reporting? If they continue to call and report but dont receive benies, are they still counted? If they sare still counted, I am asking everyone everywhere to cintinue to call in an report even if you are not getting benefits. If everyone is not calling, or being counted that means the rates are not accurate and as we say late this week, the unemployment numbers can have a big impact on our economy and should. Everyone please continue to call and/or find a way to be counted and some of those states whose rates are inaccurate may be able to get a tier added.

June 5, 2010 at 9:58 pm
(121) Rod says:

P.S.
Jack, shouldnt you be working or at work instead of wasting your time demeaning people on the internet. Or did you take time out of your busy work schedule to provide us with that little gem. If you are doing this in your spare time at home, shouldn’t you be spending time with your wife and kids. I am betting with a judgemental, degrading mentality like that they probably all left you long ago. So unfortunately for us, that leaves you plenty of spare time to use all of those “positive, supportive traits” that you used to use on your former family on this message board. If you are doing this from work, wasting company time, it will only be a matter of time before someone who will actually spend their time doing their job, will take your job.

June 5, 2010 at 10:17 pm
(122) Rod says:

To JImbo:
Well good for you. Arent you quite the saver/investor. I didnt know we were supposed to get on here and brag about how much money we make and how much we have saved, I know everyone on this message borad was asking how much money JImbo made and how much had he saved and invested, finally we have our answer, THANK YOU!!! Mabey you and Jack can get togther and start a side business to help peole find jobs and then teach them how to invest, and when they get a bunch of money saved up, give them a list of message boards on the internet that they can go to and brag about how much money they have and judge other people and how they spend their money. You can call your business, Jack and JImbo’s unsolicited advice, I really think you are on to something here. That is exactly what people looking for answers and assistance with their problems need, unsolicited judgemental advice that is in no way constructive or beneficial to anyone. You should be able to make several more million dollars with this new business venture, wow, imagine how happy your great grandchildren are going to be spending your millions. And the best part is, you wont have to bend over and pick up anymore cans, you can leave them on the side of the road for all of us poor people.

June 21, 2010 at 2:09 pm
(123) Sickened says:

Write them and tell them You have to!! Let them know you want it passed! Key in your zip code and let them have it! http://unemployedworkers.org/page/speakout/UIandCobraNOW

June 21, 2010 at 10:00 pm
(124) John says:

Basically I feel there is only three positive options people on unemployment can do everyday right now.

1. Goes without saying but apply to as many job positions online and off as possible. Use Linkedin.com to network, go to networking meetings in your local city, hire a professional resume/cover letter writer to help your resume/cover letter stick out from the masses.

2. Be creative…try starting your own internet or home based business yourself or with a group of people. Guess who the best boss is…YOU!

3. Use this poweful list below and email, call, fax, mail, Twitter, Facebook all these people daily. Then do the same thing for your state senators, governor, mayor, congressman and city council members.

In the ancient Roman days, do you know what was the most powerful force? Not the Emperor or the Senate, it was the MOB!

We are the mob, we need to passionately group together and rage like a mob ethically and politically to the powers that be.

Post my comment on every blog, forum or social media you have or see.

“Motion creates emotion.”

Things we can and MUST do RIGHT now!
1. Post the petition on your FaceBook
2. Post the petition on your Twitter
3. Post the petition on your WordPress
4. Post the petition on your Yahoo
5. Post the petition on your Live
6. Post the petition on your Blog
7. Post the petition on your Myspace
8.Post the petition on your Website
9 .Post comments or Make A video on YouTube
10. ATTACK WITH FAXES!
The President/Whitehouse FAX: (202) 456-2461
The Vice President FAX: (202) 456-2461
Press Secretary Gibbs FAX: (202) 628-8503
Nancy Pelosi Fax: (202) 225-8259
Senator Harry Reid Fax: (202) 224-7327
Senator Richard Durbin Fax: (202) 228-0400
Senator Max Baucus Fax: (202)224-9412
Senator Charles Grassley Fax: (202)224-6020
Rep. Eric Cantor Fax: (202) 225-0011
John Boehner Fax: (202) 225-5117
James E. Clyburn (H. Majority Whip) Fax: (202) 225-9253
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YES THIS ONE THE MOST
Mitch McConnell (Sen. Minority Leader) Fax: (202) 224-2499
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Jon Kyl (Republican Whip) Fax: (202) 224-2207

June 22, 2010 at 7:51 pm
(125) Ken says:

I’m hiring a lawyer because my unemployment insurance co which is the US Government does not want to pay out after i made 35 years worth of payments to them , there was no clause saying when i entered my SS # that i would be cut off after 99 weeks , Believe my lawyer says i do have a case !

June 22, 2010 at 9:43 pm
(126) Lovelylc says:

People are scrambling to find work everwhere. I am currently volunteering in hopes that they will like my skills and hire me at my job site but if I don’t get any money soon, like in 1 week, i will no longer have money for gas and soon after that I will no longer have a vehicle. My children and i have been sponging off of my parents for food and a/c cuz I can’t afford to buy food and pay for the high electric bill that follows when we use the central air. I have been working since I was 16 years old I have paid my share in taxes. I am tired of the bill collectors calling but soon I will no longer have a phone either. lol How will potential employers contact me then???

June 23, 2010 at 4:39 am
(127) Nina says:

To all who claim that they hire college students, not true I am a recent college graduate with a Masters in civil engineering and a BS in construction, but no one wants to hire me even for an internship. It’s been 18 months since I’ve graduated and not able to find a job. I do have school loans. Every single job I see wants 7 – 15 years of experience so how so I get that experience if no one wants to hire me.
I have tried minimum wage jobs; could not get hired because I am too educated then the lousy hiring manager.
this country is really a DISGRACE; remember when you go to the poll in November make sure you know who voted against this bill.
God bless us all!

June 23, 2010 at 4:12 pm
(128) Brandy says:

Thank you very much for your update, my husband and I both have been searching and applying for jobs with no success yet. We have three children to care for that we never before have had a problem providing for and now I just don’t know whats to come of us. My husbands unemployment has dried up and our local Oklahoma unemployment agency is not very helpful, no one will talk to you over the phone to answer your questions you have to go in person. We are basically broke and somehow we are supposed to drive 20 miles out of the way just to ask a question that should be handled over the phone. Our gov. systems are getting absolutely crazy!

June 24, 2010 at 9:59 am
(129) cobradane says:

Congress needs to stop playing with the lives of the unemployed and get this extension passed so others can live their daily lives while looking for work. People need these benefits to survive and keep paying their bills until the can find work. Congress makes 5 to 6 figure incomes and the unemployed are bearly able to survive. STOP PLAYING POLITICAL GAMES.

June 24, 2010 at 10:36 am
(130) tanisha says:

We need to march on Washington to get our voices heard everyone who is unempolyed needs to join together and tell congress we not going to take this ,also I can tell you this having faith in God will help too.God Bless everyone.

June 24, 2010 at 12:29 pm
(131) protohuman says:

….mindcrime……

June 25, 2010 at 7:31 am
(132) Peter says:

I’m unemployed and I vote!

June 25, 2010 at 10:17 am
(133) TERESA says:

NO EXTENSION, THATS JUST WHAT I NEEDED TO HEAR. THE WAY I FIGURE IT IS I HAVE ABOUT 6 DAYS LEFT FOR FOOD, LIGHTS, SHELTER AND MOST OF IMPORTANT MEDICATION, NOT ONLY FOR ME BUT FOR MY SON AS WELL. MY OPTION. APPLY FOR ANY AND ALL OTHER ASSISTANCE I CAN GET MY HANDS ON. WHICH IS IM SURE WHAT JUST ABOUT EVERYONE ELSE IS FACED WITH. OF COURSE THAT DOESNT HAPPEN RIGHT AWAY EITHER, AFTER YOU FINALLY TALK TO SOMEONE THEY SEND YOU A LIST OF DOCUMENTS THEY NEED COPIES OF WHICH ARE ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO RECIEVE. ONCE YOU GET THEM ALL TOGETHER YOUR STILL LOOKING AT AT LEAST A MONTH LONG PROCESS, JUST HOW ABOUT THE MONTH AND 1/2 IN BETWEEN. I CANT BELIEVE THAT IT HAS COME TO THE POINT THAT “I” AM GOING TO HAVE TO ASK FOR HELP. I HAVE NEVER NEEDED THIS BEFORE, I HAVE ALWAYS TAKEN CARE OF MINE AND NOW I CANT BECAUSE OF REASONS OUT OF MY CONTROLL. AND YES I TOO HAVE WORKED SINCE THE AGE OF 18 AND HAVE BEEN VERY PROUDFULL OF THE LIFE I HAVE MADE FOR MY CHILDREN, NOW ITS DIFFICULT TO EVEN KEEP THEM FED. SO MR REPUBLICANS WHAT DID YOU AND YOUR FAMILIES HAVE FOR DINNER LAST NIGHT?

June 25, 2010 at 10:51 am
(134) Out of work says:

Your government that you voted in gets to go home to a mansion with a maid and eats steak , mean while their children go to ivy league colleges that we all payed for with are taxes , the government is a scam DO NOT VOTE IN NOVEMBER let them starve , pretty soon we will all be barefoot and the looting will start , what are they going to do when 5 million people apply for food stamps? big deal it don’t pay the bills anyway , YES WE CAN , Obama was having a cheeseburger with the Pres of Russia last night he doe’s not care he is a lair they are all liars , when are you people going to wake up DON’T VOTE ANY MORE , WE ARE ALL DOOMED , they say do not give money because it make them lazy to get a job WHAT JOB ? there is 1 job for every 6 people and they know it , they are a joke , i hope they all die in a plane crash !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

June 25, 2010 at 10:55 am
(135) Crystal says:

I’ve been unemployed since May 2009. I have no idea exactly who this bill effects, but it has really ticked me off. I have a six year old I have to provide for. I had a wonderful job that packed up and went to Virginia, and I couldn’t follow it. The other two girls in my office couldn’t either. Everywhere I apply they tell me I’m overqualified because I made a whopping 12.00 an hour at my last job. Now this Ted Kennedy yee-haw has made the vote-deciding life alteration that he doesn’t think we need an extension? His net worth in 2009 was 7.1 million dollars. It shouldn’t surprise any of us that he doesn’t give a S***.

I hope God comes back and takes us all Home so that we can get out of this misery. I really believe the end of times is among us.

June 25, 2010 at 6:16 pm
(136) THE TRUTH says:

Out of work: Please stop saying that it is OBAMA an his administration. The Republicans voted against it. It its political revenge and premptive NOV. politics. The recession was lifting, consumer confidence and companies started hiring again. Rep. Senate didn’t pass it because we were about to be over the Hump.

New Graduate and those with experience and high degrees, I’m having the same issue because I’m more experienced and educated then the Hiring Managers or whomever I’ll be working for… It is not your imagination. I’m going to dumb down my resume to appeal to mediocrity.

June 25, 2010 at 6:55 pm
(137) THE TRUTH says:

Crystal: Pray Don’t Give UP!!!! We should go camp out on Front of the Lawns and Offices of the Rich. I understand your frustration, dispair and bewilderment.

Everyone of you in these type of situations, do not let these vessels of evil break your spirit or fight. Its what they want.
All of you need to understand that the major issue in our society is not Race & Religion. The issue is Rich and Poor (Class). Never forget the situation we are in right now. I used to be Bipartisan, but My eyes have been opened. If anyone in America makes less $400,000 a year (actually higher), they should be voting Democratic. The Rich Republicans only see us as Peasants and Pawns.

Like we were told not to forget 911, never forget this day. They have kept kept the poor fighting each other over class and color, it is time to come together.

Remember, many of the same governmental representives and their constituents (lobbyists and cronies) either voted for, lobbied or pushed for the IRAQ war and the 770 Billion Dollar Bailout of THE RICH (Corp. Fat Cats) after they screwed up our money, investments and economy. In the same breathe, We need to learn to budget, do without or go to credit counseling.

Everyone on this site Wake Up!!!…. When you obtain a job or a fortune, do not forget this day or this 6 year period! America, the new third world country ( in respects to Medieval Times – poor in the streets)

THE TRUTH IF YOU SEEK IT

June 25, 2010 at 7:28 pm
(138) carole says:

people please go to http://www.unemployed-friends.com there are petitions there along with state by state moderators for unemplyment questions. and good support teams for all states. join up and sign all the petitions. they got email phone and fax numbers for these politions to call and tell them to pass the stand a lone bill.. many other information tools there… join us and fight. thank you

June 25, 2010 at 7:35 pm
(139) THE TRUTH says:

Our Benefits have been yanked by the Republicans because they didn’t get what they wanted for their Multinationals and Hedge Fund Managers (To not be Taxed) .

Article Below:

And although many, like Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman, have warned that now, when several economic indicators are looking promising, is not the time to stop assisting the unemployed many of whom are simply trying to maintain the households and their lives until they can find gainful employment, it may have reached that point. With a solid-bloc “no” vote from the Republicans on each vote, and the Democrats unwilling to pass a Republican-sponsored measure that would not tax multinationals and hedge fund managers, the American Jobs and Tax Loopholes Closing Act of 2010, with its provision of unemployment benefits extension, may never be passed.

And if pulled, it may never be resuscitated.

June 26, 2010 at 1:26 am
(140) NewGuy123 says:

I’ve been out of work for awhile like many. Now without benifits there is absolutly no way to maintain my monthly mortgage. So what happens? I stop paying the house note. Move. and the bank is left with the bill. My credit is ruined for many years to come and my intrest goes sky high. What do I do? I to have a wife, and kid, im 27. I would have to move back to my parents garage apartment and let the banks get ANOTHER debt relief plan? I dont see how it’s ok to help them instead of helping us… THE SOURCE.
I dont know what to do anymore beyond this. Anyone know how long I would mess my credit up by defaulting like many people are starting to do? Im out of options. I barely made it with this income and now I have non. at all.

June 26, 2010 at 3:39 am
(141) allen says:

Civil unrest, such as rioting and looting cost a lot more than taking care of the unemployed.It would be a snowball they could not stop!!I know FEMA camps are set up for us but first check them out on youtube.I am not going.You can enter,but you will never leave!!

June 26, 2010 at 9:41 am
(142) FEDUP says:

Here is one petition that will aid our cause:

http://uspoverty.change.org/petitions/view/the_99ers_need_a_tier_v_added_to_unemployment_benefits

Use the search box on that site and enter ‘unemployment’ to find more unemployment petitions to sign while your at that site.

PLEASE, SPREAD THESE PETITIONS AROUND THE INTERNET!!!!!!!

June 26, 2010 at 1:01 pm
(143) lisa says:

it’s sad to say i am from KY. McConnell is an embarrassment to this state. I too wish he would fall off the face of the earth. He needs a reality check as well as all of these Senators who keep voting down the extension. Take away their nice salaries and let them make an hourly wage of no more than $20 an hour as well as pay for their own health insurance. Bet things would get fixed quick as well as help the deficit. McConnell is an idiot. A while back KY had the opportunity for another distillery to be built which would have created more jobs but the distillery did not come here because they felt like the taxes were too high. Was it going to hurt giving a tax break when more jobs would be provided? Also, Gov Beshear(dem) has been wanting to bring in casinos to KY instead of having people who like casinos go and give their money to IN. McConnell doesn’t want casinos because it’s gambling. Does he really think that people go to the racetrack just to see the pretty horses??? We all know that the horse racing industry is hurting due to the economy and McConnell doesn’t care about that neither but he sure doesn’t mind how much money comes into this state at Derby time. There are not alot of big companies in this state anymore except for UPS which has not been hiring because they too are cutting back. The no smoking laws have also hurt businesses as well. People are still going to smoke but are not going to go to bars and restaurants where they are not allowed to smoke. Just fyi, we lost Brown and Williamson a long time ago and also lost Phillip Morris. Look how many jobs were lost due to those companies leaving or shutting down completely. Ford motor co use to be a large employer here as well but also due to the economy, they too let go of their employees and are not hiring.
Last thought is charity needs to begin at home. Quit sending our money overseas to help these other “poor” countries. We too are now a “poor” country and no one overseas cares about us except for when they need help, they expect the U.S. to provide it. Catholic charities also needs to stop bringing in foreigners that we cannot provide for. It makes me sick that these people who come here for free, receive everything for free are living well while the rest of us are struggling just to live and the homeless numbers are growing. Have you ever seen a foreigner standing on the road holding a sign that says “will work for food”? I haven’t. That should tell you something there. Have you ever been at a pharmacy and seen a foreigner count out ever penny they have to pay for their prescriptions? All I ever see them do is hand the pharacist some type of prescription coverage card and not pay a cent. The elderly either do without neccessities just to pay for their prescriptions or quit taking their meds altogether because they cannot afford them. This is all sickening and our appointed leaders who don’t do jack need to start doing something.

June 26, 2010 at 1:02 pm
(144) Sandy says:

http://uspoverty.change.org/petitions/view/we_demand_an_immediate_passage_of_bill_hr_4213_extension_of_unemployment_benefits
Go to this website and stand up against these blood sucking leeches…. We must Yell Loud And Clear!! Take back your country!

June 26, 2010 at 1:17 pm
(145) gilbert says:

i been waiting for extended benefits for the last month and a half. i’ve been looking for work but have had unfortunate luck. i just got my truck repoed and dont have any way to go to college and my kids are to their last bag of pampers. I dont even have money for milk, or eggs. I am doing anything to survive i go around the neighborhood collecting cans so i can have money to go on the bus to school. i love my wife and how she improvizes on the food. every time we go to the restroom we have to take a shower because of no toilet paper because we used or last $3.79 cents on last nights milk for the three babies. My wife and i can be strong and not eat but the kids dont know any better. so i hope they do extend benefits.

June 26, 2010 at 3:51 pm
(146) Mary Miller says:

Read what PA UE Office Stated !!!

News for Immediate Release
June 21, 2010

Labor & Industry Secretary: Political Posturing in the U.S. Senate Should Not Determine Livelihood of More Than 429,000 Pennsylvanians Depending on UC Benefits to Survive While Economy Recovers
More than 200,000 Pennsylvanians Could Lose Benefits in June, July
Harrisburg – Labor & Industry Secretary Sandi Vito

“It is truly disappointing that partisan politics have superseded the need to do the right thing for our citizens,” Vito said. “In June and July, more than 200,000 Pennsylvanians who lost their jobs through no fault of their own will be left without the unemployment benefits many of them need to survive. Every day this continues to drag on is another day of uncertainty that they should not be forced to endure.”

However, Vito did praise U.S. Senator Bob Casey and U.S. Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania for their continued support of this bill and their understanding of its importance to unemployed workers in the commonwealth. HR 4213 passed the U.S. House in late May, and since that time, has languished in the U.S. Senate.

Without immediate action on this legislation, more than 111,000 Pennsylvanians are being left without benefits in June, with another 94,000 affected in July. By the end of the year, an estimated 429,000 people would lose benefits if no action is taken.

“Despite the fact our recovery efforts are showing progress, there are still five workers for every job opening,” Vito said. “It is too soon to eliminate unemployment program extensions.”

Emergency unemployment compensation and other Recovery Act provisions expired June 2. However, Pennsylvanians should continue to file their claims for Emergency Unemployment Compensation and state Extended Benefits (paper forms) as they have been. Some claimants may have weeks of eligibility remaining when the federal programs expired. While this does not guarantee payment for the weeks filed, it will allow for faster processing based on the guidance of the final legislation if it is enacted.

“Our unemployed residents should be able to use their time looking for employment without the added stress of wondering where their next meal will come from or how they will be able to keep their lights on.”

http://www.uc.pa.gov.

June 26, 2010 at 3:51 pm
(147) TIM BRAGG says:

I WAS LET GO, at cinram, huntsville,alabama, 6 month ago , thing about it, they are hiring thru temp service, mexacans only , americans need not apply,

June 26, 2010 at 3:54 pm
(148) MJ says:

Sign this petition NOW – stated last evening – if 10,000 signatures received – President will use Executive Power ! There are currently 5,000

http://www.change.org/petitions/view/we_demand_an_immediate_passage_of_bill_hr_4213_extension_of_unemployment_benefits

June 26, 2010 at 4:56 pm
(149) Seleis says:
June 26, 2010 at 5:48 pm
(150) RICK says:

The us government is a total SCAM , Vote fro me and i will tell you what you want to hear !!!

June 26, 2010 at 8:35 pm
(151) Linus says:

#26, named Jack, I think? No, I know your last name is Ass, right!!! Full name, Jack ASS!!! You are very stupid person. I hope you don’t loose your job but if you do you will know how to be unemployed. I have work hard since i was 18 years and I am now 50 years old. I have paid my taxes and never been laid off until June 11, 2009. Since that day I have look for work in a daily basis, I had interviews but for one job opening there are 100 and more candidates applying for the same position. And when I apply for a position that pays less (almost 70% pay cut), I was told I am overqualified. It’s very tough out there and I feel for all the unemployed. Jack, I hope one of this days. You will apolized on what you said and may God bless you!!!!

Too all unemployed please call your congressman, Senators and Obama. It’s urgent to tell our politician to past this UB bill and not to sit on there ass!!!! I will remember this day in November. Do not vote Republican or Democrat…

June 27, 2010 at 10:50 am
(152) Jack says:

I’m from Massachusettes, I think 2 weeks ago the claim center made a mistake in the benifits and jumped the gun and extended the benifits before the government voted, I have to call the claim center to verify my claim now, I’m sure I’ll be cut off

June 27, 2010 at 1:30 pm
(153) Sheila V. says:

#142, thank you for the link to the PERFECT message to send to our elected officials here in CO. I was able to send it successfully to everyone but President Obama. I could only get a reply message following my attempt, saying, “Our Apologies…. The site is currently undergoing maintenance. We appreciate your patience while we make some improvements. Please check back soon.”

June 27, 2010 at 2:04 pm
(154) John C says:

I was not fired I had No choice! I will loose my car ,my house, I never wanted to go on unemployeement what can I do .Every job I have applied for I am over qualified I can”t even get a job at McDonalds!!!! All my retirement is gone due to layoff this is the depression all over again.

June 27, 2010 at 4:32 pm
(155) Zionist Controll says:

This is the first sign that our Government is broke. My feeling is they cannot pay. Unfortunately the unemployed are the first to go. I guess it beats going to work and not getting paid. But we’ll save that for Government employees.

June 27, 2010 at 6:27 pm
(156) Rick says:

Broke ? This government has more money than God , don’t believe the hype !! I told you they are holding back till election time then they will kiss are ass to fill there EGO , what a joke …..

June 27, 2010 at 7:08 pm
(157) Steve says:

I was laid off a year ago and haven’t been able to find work.I’ve worked hard my whole life and I felt like I’d been hit in the stomach. I wish I could have sat down and cried but couldn’t. It all seemed so unreal. I had worked as hard as I could and had been loyal and conscientious. In the past seven years I missed three days of work: two days in the hospital with pnuemonia and one day to attend my grandfathers funeral. I loved my job even though it was physically and mentally stressful as well as dangerous. I’ve been working full time (and voting regularly) since 1980 and I’ve never seen anything like the situation I’m in now. I desperately need my benefits, I and my wife and children. This country is deep trouble, deeper than most people realize.There are so many different issues pulling the fabric of America apart. Hard times bring out the best and the worst in people. If we Americans would pull together, young and old, rich and poor, Republican and Democrat we could restore order quickly and get back in the race. America is a ‘can do’ culture, that’s how we became the leaders of the free world, an example for the rest of the world to see. Whether we realize it or not we are all in the same boat and our boat is taking water. Over the course of thirty years I’ve reinvented myself a time or two,pulled myself up by my bootstraps. I’ve learned that things are often not as bad as they seem but right now I’m not so sure anymore, in fact I’m down right scared.The most dangerous animal in the world is a well informed human being with nothing to lose. I pray we all come through this in one piece and that when the smoke clears we are still a Democracy. God bless America!

June 27, 2010 at 8:24 pm
(158) sharon says:

ken ur lawyers an idiot! noone was told there benefits would run out..u do not have a case he is jackin u!! stop payin him..i have worked for unemployment for 20 years..this is not the first time people were not told..federal and state government do this all the time…im lucky i have a job and grateful but it kills me to see from the inside just how really bad things have gotten..i see the statistics every day at work and talk to the “statistics” real live human beings losing homes..living in cars..not able to feed their children..some who tell me they want to go into a life of robbing people or banks cause they cant find work…and worse want to kill themselves..so please stop paying ur lawyer…cause in the end u will b homeless too while ur lawyer goes on to his next victim so he can stay in his nice cozy house… everyone is out for themselves now please wake up and see that..and god help us all

June 27, 2010 at 8:46 pm
(159) Chris says:

“Out of work” nailed it. Obama is in over his head along with his communist and socialist administration and agenda. (Yes, I voted for him!) There are not enough jobs for the numbers of unemployed. And it will take years before enough jobs are created. To those “FRUGAL” posters here, who in the hell can live on $10.00 with a family? And if you apply for these after school high school jobs and have a degree or a stable job history prior, they label you as overqualifed.

High unemployment states like, CA, NV, RI, MI – have been ignored by their own state reps who are against extending or adding weeks of UE benefits.

Folks, if this is not communism or socialism, I don’t know what is. Banks took taxpayer money and were bailed out, and it’s still business as usual with them. I’m too old, but I hope the younger UE become gutsy enough to create civil unrest for this cause! We have not seen anything yet!

June 28, 2010 at 4:40 am
(160) TT78 says:

I had lost my job in Feb 2010, and filed for unemolpyment. They hardly paid me anything to begin with, and only gave me 44 dollars in stimulus monies. Over a month later, I was offered a job 22 miles away from my home, when on the day before I was suppose to start my new job (March 20), my radiator in my car busted. The next morning I called the job to make them aware of what happened, and they told me I would have to wait another 6 weeks for the next training class, I was pissed.

To make a long story short, the job reported me to unemployment (even though I never started working), and unemployment stopped my benefits to do an investigation. They stopped my benefits on May 3, and said i was suppose to put that I refused an offer to work, when technically I did not refuse the offer, my car broke down, what could I have done?

Anyhow, they said it would take 4-6 weeks to give an answer on my claim. I looked for a job day in and day out, not to mention, after I fixed my car, it got reposessed, being that I could not pay the payments, from unemployment cutting me off, anyways, finally on June 22, I got hired on a job, which would not start til July 1. This goes without saying how I contacted unemployment every day to check on the status of my cliam, and the agents would just tell me they’re working on it.

Finally, on June 25, a lady from the jurisdiction dept called me and asked me a few questions, which I honestly answered, and she said that unemployment will send me out a check for 6 weeks plus the 6 weeks stimulus money. Oh I almost died because I was so happy, to me that was over a thousand bucks they would have to send me, but boy was I wrong…..

After I called the line to see if my check has been processed, the automated prompter said a check for 498.00 would be mailed to me. I said that must be a mistake because they owe me over 1100 dollars. I connected to an agent, and he told me the reason why is because my benefits had exhausted, and I only had over 350.00 left in my claim, and that Congress stopped further benefits to another tier, and that the deadline to get put over to another tier was May 29, 2010.

I was pissed, because they took all that time to fix a problem that was not even a problem to begin with, just so I could not get that money that was owed to me. I got outted for over 600.00 bucks, and in this day and age, what avg working American could afford to lose 600.0 bucks.

Moral of the story,….REPUBLICANS DO NOT CARE ABOUT POOR PEOPLE…..Nothing ever gets done until it starts affecting white people And that is the truth

June 28, 2010 at 10:10 am
(161) Free says:

How many Hoovervilles need to pop-up throughout the country before the Senate Republicans notice the harm done to our country? Or will they be called Obamavilles and then the Senate Republicans will be happy because they “won.” Why can’t the millions of hard working Americans who lost their jobs through no fault of their own be treated with some dignity and not turned into homeless political pawns?

June 28, 2010 at 11:18 am
(162) wildwatusiebob says:

dear jack #26

There wrong, your last name isent Ass, its PRICK.
Jack The Pick XXl, I know you are a Republican investment banker from Wall St. You come from a long and noble line of Pricks.
It’s all perfectly obvious by your attitude toward the suffering of others, if nothing ealse, vintage REPUBLICAN.

June 28, 2010 at 12:09 pm
(163) Karen Nemetz says:

Well I for one that is unemployed in this economic hard times think its time for the people to stand up and remember these kind of senators that did not vote for the people at the polls. Do not vote for them and take their job away and see how they like it. They should not get paid or be allowed to recess until their jobs are done.

June 28, 2010 at 12:35 pm
(164) Roy Rogers says:

The reason black unemployment is 50% because they work the system and half of them collect and deal drugs on the side instead of trying to work.
Its common sense people!

June 28, 2010 at 1:25 pm
(165) tony says:

F*** AMERICA!!! no wonder other countries hate us…our government is a joke and doesnt care about the people that live here….spend millions to help other countires all the time but cant help our own…..americans are gonna start lashing out on the government…our forefathers would be disapointed…

June 28, 2010 at 1:37 pm
(166) DKae says:

We need an Extention for TEXANS desperately trying to find employment. We are trying every efforts to find jobs and there is no resonse in all my efforts. We will soon be homeless if the Extention is not soon approved. Stay positive and pray for all in need.

June 28, 2010 at 3:20 pm
(167) jow says:

Go to:

http://www.change.org/

and sign the petitions. Make a difference. Help the unemployed.

June 28, 2010 at 3:21 pm
(168) joe says:

Go to:

http://www.change.org/

and sign the petitions. Make a difference. Help the unemployed.

June 28, 2010 at 4:43 pm
(169) Samantha Thornhill says:

I’ve sent out 179 resumes e-mail and sent 50 through the mail. I started college in the spring so I could land a job that pays what I was making before and now my extension has ran out. I was the main bread winner with a good job
You know I’m not the only who that is over 40 that if things keep going the way they are is looking at being homeless what about the people that can’t make up the difference in the household.

June 28, 2010 at 5:27 pm
(170) Zionist Controll says:
June 28, 2010 at 6:21 pm
(171) angel says:

IF YOU HAVE CHILDREN go to Department of Social Services in your area and get food stamps for your kids!!! They don’t have to starve. You can get $200-$300 a month in food stamps plus cash assistance by bringing in your bank statements showing you have under $2000 in resources and possibly get $400-$550 a month for rent. It’s not much, but something. Plus a free phone from Assurance Wireless and free health care called Medicaid. DSS will help you apply for all. Plus go to your local church and ask what resources they have. Food pantries also cash assistance too. DON’T LET YOUR KIDS BE OUT ON THE STREET OR STARVE WHEN THEY DON’T HAVE TO…

June 28, 2010 at 6:45 pm
(172) angel says:

ALSO, parents learn the welfare system (Department of Social Services) like immigrants have been for years. Say you are unmarried and get twice the cash assistance—possible $1200 a month. Figure out how not to get caught! United Way, Salvation Army, Catholic Charities, St Francis (google them in your area) give one time rent payout ONCE A YEAR but oddly enough, you need a job to prove you are self reliant. Your local church might be more lenient. Try to get a low paying $8 an hour job and go (or lie and say you have a job) to get 3-4 x the one time rent payout. Make the rounds to all of them. They told me I could work there for a while to prove income so I could get that one time rent payout. Ask, be creative, learn what others do. If you have kids, you have more welfare power than singles, I think. Move in with relatives. Do anything to protect your kids. I heard a story about a 13 year old boy who was abandoned by his parents cause they couldn’t provide food for him. Food stamps would’ve helped!!! If you prove you have no money, you get Emergency Food Stamps within a week! Use the libraries internet to find local chapters in your area. Your local church will have phone numbers and addresses for all.
http://www.coalitionforthehomeless.org/ It’s not hopeless. You can get help. Be creative!!!

June 28, 2010 at 8:07 pm
(173) misskoko says:

i was on my first federal extension for unemployment, and like so many other people, received little notice that I would no longer be getting paid (my last check was for the payment ending June 12 2010). while many would argue im in an alright position, as I am single and have little or no debt, i cant imagine how horrible this must be for people with familes/mortages/ etc etc … my heart goes out to them.

looks like i’ll be working full throttle to find a job, which honestly looks bleak in this economy, and im an engineer with several years experience :/

June 29, 2010 at 12:33 am
(174) Marissa says:

I dearly hope that the unemployment benefit extensions bill will be APPROVED. I am afraid that if it is not bad things will happen to a lot people, including myself. I feel like within the next month and two we will see many people become evicted from their homes, tons of repos, a rise in crime, and worst of all-a rise in suidices. Dangerously more people will go without medical treatment that they cannot afford. The amount of other assistance that the government will have to pay in food stamps, medicaid, emergency relief, etc. will raise dramatically. The benefits paid by Family Independence Agencies and DHS will probaly increase the deficit dramatically too; the difference being that people will also lose their sense of security in countless ways. I am anxious and scared of my own future because I have just recieved my last week of Unemployment benefits, and they are now exhausted. My fiance was denied benefits from the beginning, so we have been without income from him since August 2009. Luckily, today he started a job -finally! We live with my mother, and that is the only reason we have been able to survive. Unfortunately my mom has been off of work for the last 5 weeks due to a torn rotater cuff which will need surgery Friday. The recovery for shoulder surgery is 6 months. When a person has a job, they generally budget their bills according to that income. When income is lost, many people, includding me, cannot properly afford the bills they have while on unemployment. Already my credit has gone bad as I am never able to pay my bills on time. Many bills are going unpaid, and I have had to wrack up a credit card and personal loans from family. As my bills go unpaid, they gain late fees and penalties along with interest. If congress waits to even propose the bill again, I believe that all of the bad things I listed will start to occur. Also, more late fees, penalties, and interest will occur for the people who are already struggling to survive. Then, even when the bill is past, we will be so far behind that we may not be able to catch up with the debts will be even higher! Businesses will suffer without the people to purchase their services/goods. Please somebody help us!!!

June 29, 2010 at 11:16 am
(175) Jeff Ebert says:

The Fed. can bail out A.I.G. and Huge central banks with hundreds of trillions of dollars and can’t extend Unemployment benifits for struggling Americans? This is hurting good average people so these neo-cons can use this as a political football.
This is total B S!

June 29, 2010 at 12:29 pm
(176) Rick says:

Time to sell your computer and look for cans in the street because your government does not care about your well being , what a shame !! USA SUCKS !

June 29, 2010 at 1:03 pm
(177) carol tassone says:

this country needs to change badly. people here are trying to survive and we are wasting money on a stupid war no one cares about. get our people out of those countries and take care of the people here. if they want to kill each other let them. who cares…we are wasting so much money on other oeople its not funny. and these people who dont want to extend unemployment just remember it when its time to vote.

June 29, 2010 at 1:52 pm
(178) Rick says:

this country needs to change badly. people here are trying to survive and we are wasting money on a stupid war no one cares about. get our people out of those countries and take care of the people here. if they want to kill each other let them. who cares…we are wasting so much money on other oeople its not funny. and these people who dont want to extend unemployment just remember it when its time to vote.

I guess we have jobs waiting for the 20,000 veterans too , Obama is the biggest joke since Clinton , and they talk about Bush they got alot of nerve !!

June 29, 2010 at 3:58 pm
(179) Tammy says:

I have news for those of you who do NOT have children/dependents and are making a trip to your local Department of Social Services for help. I found out the hard way that I do not qualify for ANY assistance except for food offered at my local food bank. (Which by the way much of it was SPOILED). At the DPSS, I was met with a very rude and haughty social service woman who callously informed me of this. I drove all the way to LA and tried to appeal this decision. I lost once again by a judge who conducted my interview over the phone.. you know like a conference call. I was disgusted. He told me to contact my local congressmen to try and get the laws changed.. Well, that didn’t work either. I didn’t even get a reply from my congressman.
Those of us who do not have children are at an extreme disadvantage when asking the government for help. There is no help.

June 29, 2010 at 5:09 pm
(180) Patricia says:

My Dear Fellow Americans, like you I am not at all satisfied with the lack of response to the needs of the people especially with regards to unemployment & realistic jobs to afford to live in our United States of America. What I believe is no one is going to pay us what we are worth except ourselves. I have taken control of my life, future and monetary needs by investing in myself. If you are seriously interested in doing the same thing email me at pdaviszamzuu@yahoo.com with your name, email address & a phone number with the best time to reach you. This information is FREE! I share information regardlessof age (21yrs & over), race, religion or life preferences. Together we can make a difference by getting into office those individuals who will honor their oath of “For the People” who have elected them to office not those who take the opportunity to line their own pockets at our expense.

June 29, 2010 at 5:30 pm
(181) Angel says:

Tammy—you didn’t tell us why you were turned down for cash assistance. I can’t apply because my assets exceed $2000. Once it gets down to $2000, with their $400 a month in Safety Net, I will be on the streets very quick. Welfare is designed so you either work or go to a shelter. That’s it. And since there are no jobs to be had, guess where I will be going soon. I’ve asked Coalition for the Homeless and various other advocates about this problem. There is no solution. That’s why people lie about their resources just to get it. I should have months ago too when my UI ran out. It’s just as well. It’s prolonging the inevitable.

June 29, 2010 at 6:58 pm
(182) Paul says:

I got my last check for unemployment last week and the mailman dropped off my car and house insurance bills along with my electric and cable bills today, I’m screwed.
I did break down and applied for for food stamps, still waiting on that, I’m single and have no kids so I think I won’t get those either.
I do have a credit card that I do plan on getting a cash advance on tomorrow before they reduce my credit any further.
I think this nation is screwed if they don’t pass the extensions, what little money we got collecting we did spend it at the local establishments and now there going to be hurting
Has anyone considered when the soliders come back and they don’t have jobs or when the census ends, unemployment is going to go through the roof

June 29, 2010 at 7:59 pm
(183) Dan says:

It’s so great that we live in a nation that cares so much about it’s people. I’ve paid taxes out my ass all the years that I’ve been working and our great government does nothing to keep this country together. The overpaid people in congress seem to think that we don’t need anymore extensions on our unemployment benefits, now that would be great if all my bills would stop coming in the mail too, but that’s not happening. I’m not too sure how much longer I can go with lack of a good decent paying job, but I can damn sure tell ya I’m not going to be walked on by this nation without a fight.

June 29, 2010 at 8:10 pm
(184) Yvan says:

Don’t read what follows unless you can take the truth :

This is only the start of this thing. According to the work of people like Robert Prechter who have spent a lifetime studying global debt implosions this thing will last until it hits bottom in June 2016 when the Dow Industrial average will have fallen from 10300 to under 1000. The unemployment rate will peak somewhere around 35 per cent two years from now so enjoy today because they will seem like paradise compared to what is coming. The United States, which currently has 50 states will only have a dozen by 2016. People will organize into armed gangs to survive. Entire cities will be burnt to the ground. With their export markets gone and cash invested from overseas gone China and India will blow up — tens of millions will die from civil war and starvation. Cheer up, its at least not going to be boring !!!

June 29, 2010 at 8:26 pm
(185) Andrew Barnett says:

I am a 52 year old unemployed worker who was downsized due to the “new normal” world of outsourcing, automation and young cheap labor. The only person you can depend on is yourself. Life is not fair, never was, never will be. You must always educate yourself and be looking for opportunities to sustain in this life. Sure as heck not easy, but we must persevere and press on. Stop blaming and depending on other people. They will disappoint you every time. One must look within and change the ways of thinking. A vital first step is to talk to God through prayer and reading his word through the Bible. All of life’s answers and solutions to our problems will be found there. In the end, eternal life is promised to those who truly believe and accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. No one can make you believe, as we all have free will to decide. Take it seriously though, because it will help you on this earth and secure the beautiful eternal life to come.

June 29, 2010 at 8:33 pm
(186) BJ says:

Ok, here is one def worth repeating, to all my friends in OHIO, this is the guy you want to vote for in November, your lives literally depend on it:

http://www.fisherforohio.com/home

June 29, 2010 at 8:38 pm
(187) BJ says:

Here is an article everyone should read and then subsequently contact the writer, like I did, to tell him what you think about Senator Ben Nelson’s skewed views.

http://www.omaha.com/article/20100626/NEWS01/706269855

Joe Morton’s email is: joe.morton@owh.com

June 29, 2010 at 8:43 pm
(188) bj says:

Write to Joe Morton at the Omaha World Herald to tell him what you think of Senator Ben Nelson’s views:

joe.morton@owh.com

June 29, 2010 at 8:45 pm
(189) BJ says:

I find it somewhat odd, to say the least, that I was writing in a blog with a whole different group of people, none of whom I see here, and I wonder where they, and my previous posts are?

June 29, 2010 at 8:48 pm
(190) BJ says:

OK, apparently there are 2 separate blogs for this subject. See this link to get more input and info from others who are unemployed:

http://jobsearch.about.com/b/2010/06/25/unemployment-extension-news.htm

June 29, 2010 at 8:59 pm
(191) BJ says:
June 29, 2010 at 9:09 pm
(192) BJ says:
June 30, 2010 at 1:31 am
(193) belle says:

I too reside in Kentucky and I agree with Lisa #137, mcconnell is a total IDIOT and can’t run his own state let alone the US. Gov’t. Brashear (Democrat) is trying to do more for the state and mcconnell is just an IDIOT!!!!. Our state (1 of highest unemp) has lost many co’s (Phillip Morris, Brown & Williamson, etc.) and this state is really suffering and mcconnell turned his back on his own state. I hope that he enjoys his reign in the next few years, bcse the people of Ky will vote him OUT!!!! HE IS THE LOWEST OF LOWS!!!! HOW CAN HE SLEEP AT NIGHT? mcconnell, hello, there are hungry babies out here!!!! Brashear has humility and maybe they should make a judgement call and send Brashear in to vote…. REPUBLICANS ARE HEARTLESS!!!!!!!

June 30, 2010 at 1:41 am
(194) breckinridge says:

MCCONNELL….. HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BE DISLIKED SO MUCH? THE PEOPLE WILL REMEM ELECIONS IN NOVEMBER AND I UNDERSTAND YOU SEAT IF SAFE SOME YEARS, BUT,

June 30, 2010 at 1:52 am
(195) belle says:

MCCONNELL, HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BE SO DISLIKED BY MOST AMERICAN PEOPLE? TO WATCH MILLIONS OF AMERICANS THROUGH NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN, SUFFER!!!!WHERE ARE THE JOBS SO THAT WE CAN WORK? WE WOULD RATHER WORK THAN TO COLLECT BENEFITS ANYWAY. SO, TELL US, EXACTLY WHAT ARE WE TO DO IN THE MEANTIME? I READ COUNTLESS COMMENTS INDICATING THAT YOU AND YOUR FOLLOWERS ARE TOTAL MORONS AND YOU HAVE TO BE TO LET MILLIONS OF AMERICANS SUFFER…..I TOO CAN’T WAIT FOR THE ELECTIONS……..REPUBLICANS WILL BE OUT!!!!!AGAIN……

June 30, 2010 at 10:51 am
(196) Yvan says:

To everyone here over 50, think about this …

Anyone that you send a resume to can find your name and address on the internet in 1 minute and right next to it will be your age. This means that human resource companies can throw your resume after they find out you are old and never get in trouble with anyone. Older workers are a class of protected worker, so why is it that there exists web sites that publish the age of people ? They don’t seem yet to be publishing your sexual preference, political preference and religion — so why age ? I have told the EEOC about this problem and they told me to “f” off. What a wonderful country !

June 30, 2010 at 11:26 am
(197) Jon G says:

lets all hope and pray that the Republicans and some Demacrats do the right thing and extend the Umemployments Benefits not until the end of the year but until further notice, at least until the job markets start to open up. The news flash on the yahoo board (Unemployed Need Not To Apply) seem reason enough to extend the Unemployment Benefits until further notice, especially if all the posted jobs are for the people who are currently working!!!

June 30, 2010 at 11:31 am
(198) Kevin says:

My My,I simply do not understand this at all,I have been trying to find work for 8 months now and in the meantime,I relied on my unemployment benefits to get me through until I am able to find work and 3 weeks ago,my benefits just stopped(By the way,I still have money in my claim so i did not run out of money),It is obvious that these people dont want to see us keep food on the table or clothes on our backs or to take care of our families,we mean nothing to these people. They continue to reject this bill because we arenot meant to live our lives at all but instead wither away to nothing! Also I feel President Obama should put his feet down and demand this has got to stop! he is in charge not these legislators.,he needs a backbone! I am just so appalled at this,I dont know what i am going to do I am about to lose everything,I do not have no other help,what in the hell am I suppossed to do,let these hjerks in congress who vote no on this bill find themselves in our shoes huh?!

June 30, 2010 at 11:39 am
(199) Kevin says:

This is just crazy,they need to hurry and pass this bill and stop causing us to lose everything,how many times am I going to hear that this bill has been rejected again and again,STOP!!

June 30, 2010 at 1:11 pm
(200) starving says:

Call YOUR House Member at (202)224-3121 Today, Ask Him or Her to Pass Bill H.R. 5618
Is this the LAST GREAT HOPE to save the 2010 Unemployment Extension in this battle of the Century between Congress and the Unemployed?

Is this the last great hope of the unemployed American worker? Call your Congressman
today!

Call at (202)224-3121, ask him or her to pass bill H.R. 5618.

I received this letter today from the National Employment Law Project (nelp.org) and was asked to share it:

Please contact your Member in the House of Representatives and demand that he or she support H.R. 5618.

Please call (202)224-3121 today to reach your member of Congress and ask that he or she NOT GO HOME for the Holiday until this bill H.R. 5618 is passed!

June 30, 2010 at 3:34 pm
(201) ANGRY says:

I’m so angry that this has not passed. 2 wks ago we never even got a letter stating that this would end. Just NO check. My husband after his plant closed in Michigan is back in school at 46 yrs old. He has 5 mos to go! And we hope he can get a job to support us and the 3 kids still at home. This is the worst case of not taking care of “OUR” own in this country. We will send food and spend money on wars to free other countries, but yet our country is held hostage by our own selfish government. I’m not saying I’m greatful for the food stamps we get, as my family is, but I don’t want food stamps, we want to work! And that is why this has to pass so that people like my husband can finish school and try and make a decent living by getting a JOB! Minimum wage can not support a family! And even those jobs are hard to come by!

June 30, 2010 at 6:30 pm
(202) joe says:

i am a union plumber i have been laid off since jan of 2010 no work in pittsburgh how come we can give other country money pay for a war but our goverment cant help the people in their own country i only collected my 26 wks but everyone else got 4 extensions of unemployment how come i dont get my shair.

June 30, 2010 at 6:34 pm
(203) A Rosenthal says:

I can’t wait to vote against any politician who has said no to this dire need for an extension of unemployment . I would love to see anyone of you who was voted in by us the taxpayers …go on unemployment for a year or two and see how much happier you are as a politician who is “OUR voice for your selfish NO vote .. I am sorry we are not a bank who gets the bail outs just a unemployed degreed employee who was laid off because of the housing bubble that burst because you all allowed anyone who had a pulse no doc. loans to own a home knowing full well that they couldn’ t pay a mortgage if their lives depended on it .. . so now when we need assistance after 30 years of paying into the system u guys and gals find it so hard to help the people who voted your butt’s into office … guess what we will all vote you out !!!

July 1, 2010 at 7:44 am
(204) Michael Kohlman says:

Of course it’s easy to get angry at the GOP who is filibustering this. But it’s reasonable with the national debt we’ve taken on to ask how it will be paid for. All they want is for the money to come out of the 57% of the stimulus fund which still has not been spent. But Obama and the Dems see this money as theirs to reward Dem districts and push November’s vote their way. It never was designed to save/create jobs except for bloated overpaid government bureaucrats who tend to vote for them. No, this is all on the Messiah, who cares more for power and Party than us.

July 1, 2010 at 10:56 am
(205) Gerry Cartwright says:

Please senators, at a minimum extend the people who are about to lose their first 6 months on unemployment. My granddaughter who was laid off from a good job, has submitted over 1000 resumes and still looking. She gets her last check on July 20th. If she loses her unemployment she will have to apply for welfare. This will cost the government MORE money.

July 1, 2010 at 1:09 pm
(206) richard says:

all they are trying to extend is the date you can file to move from one tier to another. what happens when your tier 4 expires. do you think the job market will suddenly come back? no. unemployment for seniors may go on to the day we die. for others it will take years. we may not just need a tier 5 but it may have to last for years.
i worry most about the seniors. who wants them nobody!!
the american dream we all came here for has turned into a nightmare. god i wish i was a banker rich and no worries

July 1, 2010 at 2:12 pm
(207) Craig says:

I got my last check last week and then I was told to call the unemployment office, I did, even though I still have money in my account I’m not entitled to any more benifits.
I also noticed in my travels looking for jobs that employers are putting signs up, no jobs available, no need to apply.
I still have to pay my utility bills so I hope they don’t mind partial payments.
Since I’m single all I qualify for is Food stamps.
I read the next unemployment extension vote won’t come up until July 14, for some of us that’s going to be to late.
I think I’ll start living off my credit cards

July 1, 2010 at 3:54 pm
(208) chris says:

Unemployed Iraq, Afghanistan Vet, benefits finished, yummy, should have died there instead of coming back to a nation with bunch of selfish senators(well one stands out from KY). Thanks Senator.

July 1, 2010 at 5:18 pm
(209) Rick says:

House passes jobless benefits extension but no money untill they get back next week so stupid !! But no money for the 99ers , after they run out there will be 3 million 99ers then what are they going to do???

July 1, 2010 at 7:39 pm
(210) David says:

They will definably pass the bill when they come back in the middle of July and give them the 99 weeks because it would not be fair because of the ones that got it already , but what happens when they become 99ers also ? their going to have millions and millions of 99ers still without jobs because there are only 1 for every 6 Americans ? , Don’t be fooled they can make money appear out of thin air but not for the ones who live in America and voted for them ! ACTIONS speak louder than words , Let the Riots begin now !!!!!!!!!!!!

July 1, 2010 at 8:16 pm
(211) Emily Goodall says:

Thanks for your updates; I really appreciate these.

I don’t think that any of us should really be surprised by what has been happening. The GOP has been hugely successful in implementing their private industry supporters’ most urgent wish-list item: to create a large, desperate unemployed worker pool; workers who are so desperate that they will jump at any opportunity, for any wage, and be willing to work under the worst conditions without complaint.

In one swoop this solves two of private industry’s most plaguing problems: finding and keeping reliable, hyper-productive labor, and ridding themselves of labor union controlled employees.

The sub-prime crisis was no accident, I think everyone has figured that out by now. And that it was triggered right smack in the middle of Bush-conservative tenure was also not coincidence. The obvious bi-product, in phase two, has been the making of millions of desperate unemployed, made even more desperate by the loss of their life-line benefits right around the time that their personal safety-net resources have been exhausted, or nearly so.

So few jobs / so many desperate unemployed.

Good work, GOP.

July 1, 2010 at 10:07 pm
(212) A 99er says:

Extending unemployment benefits to those that are still eligible for benefits has overshadowed the 99ers – those that have exhausted all benefits. That’s unfortunate since more than one million people have exhausted all benefits and that total could grow by 400,000 each month unless legislation is passed that adds another Tier of benefits or some other method of getting those that need them most.
Rob C and other unemployment advocates are continually working behind the scenes to get the attention of legislators to demand that more be done to address the needs of the 99ers. I’ll update those efforts in a future post, but know that they are working hard and are making some headway.

July 2, 2010 at 2:29 am
(213) Big D says:

The house passed the extension. If Sen. Byrd was there, he would have voted for it in the Senate. How sad to be that close to doing the right thing. God bless all the members of congress who voted for it. Some were angry, some sad, some looked as if they could not believe their fellow members could be so heartless.
If it is not passed when the congress gets back from fourth of July break, I fear what is going to happen in this country.

July 2, 2010 at 10:47 am
(214) JOhn says:

People, people hey hey,….
THERE IS NO MONEY OK!

So, where should the money to come from? How long should people be paid for being laid off?

I would like to see unemployment compensation do just that, compensate salaries for those who take a job where they are under-paid instead of paying people who never apply,stay home and do nothing cause “It’s just not worth it”.

July 2, 2010 at 11:44 am
(215) Kristin says:

Here is a site that shows who voted against this bill that would have helped so many. Remember this on election day! Let’s see if they like losing their jobs, but it won’t be due to no fault of their own. They did it to themselves.

http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=111&session=2&vote=00204#position

July 2, 2010 at 12:03 pm
(216) Rick says:

They won’t lose their jobs because they are more people working who will vote for them , we are a small percentage they don’t need are vote …..

July 2, 2010 at 8:37 pm
(217) Seen it all says:

Job growth is slowed, in part, by employers paying overtime to existing employees because it is cheaper than hiring a new employee. Two changes could made. (1) Shorten the work week from 40 hours to 32 hours per week. (2) Increase the overtime pay rate from “time and half” to “double time pay”. This would encourage employers to save payroll costs by hiring more employee instead of paying more dollars to fewer employees. All employees would be earning less but they would be working less too and those payroll dollars would be spread around a few more households. During the 70′s I worked at a grocery wholesaler that instead of laying off employees we all agreed to work less hours so everyone at least had a job. We got ourselves and the company through a rough patch by doing this.

July 3, 2010 at 8:02 am
(218) Said What?!? says:

How quickly was the “bailout” bill (Troubled ASSET RELIEF PROGRAM) passed for GM, Chrysler, AIG, Bank of America, Citigroup, GMAC, Chrysler Financial, Wells Fargo Bank, Regions Financial Corp. Birmingham Ala., $3,500,000,000; 11/17/2008 UCBH Holdings Inc. San Francisco Calif. $298,737,000; 11/17/2008 Bank of Commerce Holdings Redding Calif. $17,000,000
11/17/2008 Broadway Financial Corp. Los Angeles Calif. $9,000,000; 11/17/2008 SunTrust Banks Inc., $3.5 billion, Provident Bancshares Corp., $151 million, 11/17/2008 KeyCorp Cleveland Ohio $2,500,000,000; 11/17/2008 Huntington Bancshares Columbus Ohio $1,398,071,000
11/17/2008 Umpqua Holdings Corp. Portland Ore. $214,181,000; 11/17/2008 First Horizon National Corp. Memphis Tenn. $866,540,000
11/17/2008 Comerica Inc. Dallas Texas $2,250,000,000
11/17/2008 Zions Bancorporation Salt Lake City Utah $1,400,000,000….and the list goes on. See the link for more recognizable names of businesses… http://money.cnn.com/news/specials/storysupplement/bankbailout/.

People, you have to be incorporated in order to receive assistance in this country!

July 3, 2010 at 7:12 pm
(219) pretty says:

I hate to tell that there is no good place for work the whole world is suffering for real I was laid off from my job and exhausted my 26 weeks of unemployment and right now they have a hold on all extension. leaving millions without money to help their families who want to work and wasn’t successful at finding a job in these stuck times. If it wasn’t for my online business over at MaverickMoneyMakerbizs.com who pays out residual income every month I probably be in a soup line. You more then welcome to join and start earning for yourself but don’t look for an employer to pay you what your worth because they not. friends of mind went to school for 4-6 years only to get a job that pays them 13-15 dollars in hour if they even get the job in the first place. You have to have a plan to come up with wealth in your own way. start a business because the gap between rich and poor is at its all time high there will be no middle class have a plan folks. check me out at MakePlentyMoneyOnline.com God Bless and good luck on your journey

July 3, 2010 at 8:05 pm
(220) angel says:

Low life.

July 4, 2010 at 12:46 pm
(221) R. says:

Called to telecert today and unexpectedly found that I no longer have benefits(even though the website shows $ in my acct). I was supposed to have them till 2nd week of September(on EB). I know that on EUC, once you fish a tier you can no longer move on to the next tier, but I am in the MIDDLE-of EB not moving tiers. I searched through the website (Massachusetts Gov.)and found a little blurb saying that the EB program ended June 26(due to it not being voted in to extend I guess?). I never got a letter and on TV all they say is that you can not move on to the next tier and they say that you can continue where you are as long as you have a credit/$ in acct. They are wrong. If you get EB-it stops THIS week no matter what you have left for $ in your acct. I just wish i had known this, so I could’ve tried to somehow prepare. they should have to send you a letter about stuff like this. Because it hasn’t been mentioned on TV, I don’t even know for sure know if it is part of what congress is voting on-does anyone know? know that they don’t come back from vacation till the 12th.

July 4, 2010 at 3:49 pm
(222) Mike says:

Where is the money coming from to pay for the additional unemployment benefits? The states are broke, the federal government is trillions of dollars in debt and yet people want the borrowing to continue. The debt cannot continue to grow other alternatives need to be explored. Let’s have the banks offer low interest loans to new businesses, they got us in the jam, we bailed them out and now they can pay the people back. The federal government has to stop borrowing or the downward spiral will never end.

July 4, 2010 at 4:52 pm
(223) Jeff says:

Those BASTARDS! They don’t know what it’s like to be in our shoes. Apparently the economy doesn’t effect them. They get their fat paychecks no matter what, along with a couple of bonus’s. I was laid off my job after 12 years as a machinist. I watched over 1/2 of our customers send their work to China and other customers just simply shutting down because of the economy. So when I had to cut corners to make ends meet, the first thing to go was my credit cards, since those pigs took all that bail out money. They could have divided up that money amongst the Americans and cleaned this mess up.

July 4, 2010 at 8:53 pm
(224) Rick says:

The politicians always say what a great country the USA and there proud of their country , etc , etc , etc, I would say it too if i was getting a fat paycheck like they do , put one of them in our shoe’s and they would not say it , the USA sucks just like the public servants who run it !

July 6, 2010 at 7:08 pm
(225) Judith says:

I considered myself to be an informed, educated citizen, but I have felt like an illiterate attempting to understand the unemployment system. I am an unemployed teacher (lost my position June, 2009, my program was cut) and have collected unemployment. In May, I was incorrectly told that I would receive a 14 week extension. Even though the money was in my account, when I reached my anniversay date, everything was eliminated and my account no longer had any funds. I had to file a new claim
and am now being told that I would have received an extension due to high rate of unemployment in MA, if Congress voted to do so, but since I subbed for a few months, within the limits of my unemployment and I can sub in Sept., I get nothing. So, I screwed myself by attempting to earn a few extra bucks. There’s no guaranteed salary in subbing. I have sent out or emailed hundreds of applicatkon packets, but at my age, I’d be too expensive because our country no longer values seasoned teachers. My Senator, Brown, the one the country fell in love with doesn’t respond to my emails and phone messages. I didn’t vote for him and never will.

July 7, 2010 at 3:58 pm
(226) Brett says:

I used my 26 weeks and then I was told to reopen another claim, I did, they added another 14 weeks to it, I got one check from that and then I had to call the claim center the following week since they told me my extensions have been closed, last Sunday I called the claims center since some of my friends are doing the same to make sure if the claims are reopened by congreess there won’t be a screw up, I would suggest everyone keep calling in every week just to be counted.
I’m considered interstate, since I lived in one state but moved to another state, I’ve dealt with the unemployment office here in my new state and there down right rude, one person syggested that I should’ve stayed where I was living before, I just believe when unemployment settles down all those claims adjusters will be looking for jobs.
To pass the time of day while looking for work, I do some volunteering, neither of those agencies hire people but I keep busy.
Right now I’m concerned with my bills, no money so there not going to be paid, I did apply for food stamps and was approved, that’s all I qualify for since I’m a single male, no kids.
As for the government, they should’ve never went on vacation with so much work to be done, I’d love to see the government take a pay cut or reduced hours or furlough some days off like the rest of the United States people are doing just to keep there jobs.
I think tomorrow I’ll take a cash advance from one of credit cards.
I’d like to know how the bill collectors deal with non payment customers, utilities here if not paid within 30 days they shut you off

July 7, 2010 at 5:20 pm
(227) Chris R. says:

Quick question for those that keep asking where the money will come from….

Do you have even the slightest clue of what this nation spends on defense or the ongoing wars? I’m not saying defense spending should end, but let’s be honest, a very small cut to defense would solve the issue.

Also, there are dollars left that were earmarked for stimulus that are not committed. Is this not the most basic form of stimulus? Keeping Americans paying their bills and buying necessities?

While I agree with the person that suggested unemployment could be better structured to encourage a person to take any job regardless of pay, that’s not how it works. So if people are forced to work within the system, DO NOT blame them because they do what they must to support their families.

July 7, 2010 at 10:43 pm
(228) Cherokee says:

Hmmm… Let’s see here … I have been unemployed off and on for almost 2 years now. Notice I said OFF & ON. That would mean that I have been putting in serious effort in seeking employment. I lost all of my health benefits along with my “decent” paychecks. I had an emergency surgery (life threatening) last year that put me so far in debt, I couldn’t see straight. So I had to claim Bankruptcy in order to have some sort of sanity (by the way, I didn’t have a single credit card debt on my bankruptcy claim … so I am not someone that is irresponsible with money or credit cards). I have worked my butt off since I was 14 years old (I’m 40 now), and I have always paid my bills on time and have paid my taxes on time. But now that our country is experiencing an all out Depression (thanks Bush Admin) I am now behind on my taxes (thanks to having to PAY taxes on unemployment benefits aka kicking an already dead dog), and now I will be losing what little I have been trying to survive on now because CONGRESS thinks I’m a crackhead with no motivation to work??? WOW!!! AMAZING!!! Thanks for punishing hardworking Americans with your ridiculous logic. SHAME ON YOU!!! I hope you enjoyed your Crystal & caviar last weekend while I drank a bottle of Pepto-Bismol to relieve the ulcer I now have, thanks to you! I’m sure you will all feel MUCH better when all the people that have worked so hard to pay your way (yeah, we the people that pay our taxes, pay YOUR wages) will be living in TENT CITIES all across the great US of A!!! Just remember that their is a nice warm place waiting for you at the end of your journey called life. Or you could change that karma and help all of the good people that have pride and care about our nation and our families. If mandatory drug testing is what is needed to get some financial help … then point me to the nearest office!

July 8, 2010 at 12:28 am
(229) Lupe Amaya says:

Don’t they realize that our Military from all 4 groups have come back to the states looking for work and to their surprise they will not be able to collect after the original 26 weeks. Let’ pass this bill for these Men and Women who have served for our country.

July 8, 2010 at 1:18 pm
(230) karey says:

but JIMBO (sarcasticly said) they say we need to spend money for the economy to rebuild itself…ok what about after we have spent all our money at these way too expensive locations for the stuff we don’t need? exactly the whole idea is to get us to agree that merging with

July 8, 2010 at 1:26 pm
(231) karey says:

LETS ALL JUST GIVE UP BELIEVE THAT THE ILLUSTRIOUS GOV ARE THE ONES WHO KNOW WHATS BEST FOR US AND GIVE IN AND JOIN THE NORTH AMERICAN UNION TAKE THE ECONOMIC MARK OF THE BEAST SO WE CAN LIVE IN PEACE AND HARMONY WHILE WE GET USHERED IN TO THE SLAUGHTER HOUSES FOR PROPER DISPOSAL OF OUR RIGHTS (TO BE FREE AND HAVE THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS) READ THIS BOOK RULE BY SECRECY BY JIM MARRS AND FIND OUT WHAT IT IS LIKE TO HAVE YOUR EYES OPENED TO WHAT IS REALLY GOING ON….ALL THIS IS DONE BY DESIGN AND THAT IS THE TRUTH 15 YEARS OF RESEARCH HAVE TAUGHT ME THAT YOU PEOPLE CAN STAY IN THE BOX BUT I AM SIDESTEPPING THE BIG PURGE TO LIVE ANOTHER DAY TO FIGHT FOR FREEDOM AS IT SHOULD BE….GIVE ME LIBERTY OR GIVE ME DEATH…SOUND FAMILIAR?

July 8, 2010 at 1:35 pm
(232) KAREY says:

CHEROKEE I AM SORRY BUT DRUG TESTING IS A DIRECT VIOLATION OF THE 4TH AMENDMENT SO THAT ISN’T GOING TO FLY…WE ARE ENTITLED TO THIS MONEY TO HELL WITH GIVING UP OUR RIGHT TO BE SAFE AND SECURE AGAINST UNWARRANTED SEARCH AND SEISURE OF OUR PERSON,HOMES,URINE,SPINAL FLUID,FECAL MATTER,CARS OR ANYTHING THAT OUR GOV SEEMS IS ALRIGHT TO DO AGAINST A FREE PEOPLE…NO NO NO NO NO LETS DRUG TEST THEM FOR THE REASONINGS THAT THEY HAVE FOR NOT HELPING US OR FOR PASSING LAWS THAT ALLOWS POLICE TO SEARCH YOUR CAR WITH NO PROBABLE CAUSE OTHER THAN THEY LIKE TO TREAT PEOPLE LIKE ITS 1943 NAZI GERMANY…EDUCATION IS A BAD THING TO THESE POLITICIANS WHO DON’T GIVE A DAMN ABOUT US BECAUSE THEN WE CAN’T BE EASILY DUPED BY THEIR RETORIC AND CONDESCENDING ATTITUDES TOWARDS…THE LITTLE PEOPLE.

July 8, 2010 at 6:55 pm
(233) Rich says:

Well they say people are getting use to living off of the free check and not lookin for work, In my wifes case that is bologna as she has probably over 100 resumes out there as I even help her look for work but aint much goin on, hardly ever gets a call for an interview and even when she has had an interview still no job offer, went to temp agencies and nothing, so its not like everyone is just sittin around wanting to just collect an unemployment check without lookin for work. The jobs are just not there and people need this money to live.

July 9, 2010 at 12:42 am
(234) jeffm says:

Out of work now for 3 weeks short of a year. I am 45 years old and didn’t think i would not find a job. With no more unemployment and no luck finding a job, It looks like its time to lose everything, the car, cell phone, I owe the IRS from last year and my credit is now shot because i could not pay my credit cards. Some employers check your credit. Is this fair now days? Moving back home with my dad, how sad is that? Time to start over. what can i do?

July 9, 2010 at 12:48 am
(235) jeffm says:

Out of work now for 3 weeks short of a year. I am 45 years old and didn’t think i would not find a job. With no more unemployment and no luck finding a job, It looks like its time to lose everything, the car, cell phone, I owe the IRS from last year and my credit is now shot because i could not pay my credit cards. Some employers check your credit. Is this fair now days? Moving back home with my dad, how sad is that? Time to start over. what can i do? I have been looking for work almost every weekday, I have had interviews but no luck getting hired in LA-Irvine area..This is getting very frustrating

July 9, 2010 at 3:07 am
(236) I'M TIRED says:

People do you think the senators are reading every blog that has been post out there NO! WE NEED TO GET OUR BUTTS OUT THERE TO RALLY GO TO WASHINGTON IF THAT WHAT IT TAKES LET CONGRESS KNOW PASS THE UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS OR OPEN UP JOBS. WE AS A NATION IS NOT LIKE OUR PAST GENERATION WHO FOUGHT FOR EVERTHING I’M READING BLOGS FROM 30&50 YEAR OLDS WHO ARE WHINING LIKE BABIES IS THIS WHAT WE SHOWING OUR NEXT GENERATION TO DO GET OUT THERE AND SET UP LOCAL RALLIES IN YOUR STATE HAVE PEOPLE SIGN PETITIONS SO WE COULD DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS CRISIS NOT SIT IN FRONT OF A COMPUTER AND BLOG.

July 9, 2010 at 1:51 pm
(237) Joe says:

Does any one know how much money has been spent on unemployment extensions since the econ. dive? Im sure it doesnt compare to the Wall Street bailout.
Please send a link

July 10, 2010 at 11:58 am
(238) james says:

I wonder if the government would mind if we all moved to their front lawn untill they figure out who deserves to survive ..anyone have a tent?

July 11, 2010 at 2:32 am
(239) Evolution says:

Well people, thank your great white grand pappy, GW Bush for starting a war that is sucking a ton of dollars out of the system, and leaving this country in a sad, sad state.
Place the blame where it belongs. Imagine if that idiot was still the the house, your unemployment would have never had extensions let alone a stimulus payment.
Get real!

July 11, 2010 at 2:34 pm
(240) Lisa says:

Congress is funded by our tax dollars (while they take another week-long break), corporate raiders and wall street get huge bonus checks funded by our tax dollars, our Gulf waters are being destroyed by a greedy oil company causing even more people to be out of work, and the average taxpayer can’t get an unemployment check. All the while, jobless figures are “going down” as people are no longer eligible for unemployment. Unbelievable.

July 11, 2010 at 2:38 pm
(241) Nikki says:

The taxpayer pays for Congress, Wall Street bonuses, and can’t get money for themselves while unemployed. What the hell is going on??

July 12, 2010 at 2:51 am
(242) I'M TIRED says:

We need to stop playing the race card i have read so many comments about President Obama and white senators you know what people WE ALL IS THIS BULL SXXX TOGETHER WE MAY NOT AGREE WITH WHATS GOING ON BUT LET’S TRY TO BE THE SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM POINTING FINGERS IS NOT GOING TO HELP WHAT HELPS IF WE TAKE ACTION.PLEASE I URGE EVERYONE TO KEEP THE RESPECT FOR EACH OTHER BLACK,WHITE ,OR BLUE PLEASE PEOPLE WE NEED TO SET UP RALLIES IN OUR STATES AND GET HEARD INSTEAD OF “SILLY TEA PARTY” WE SHOULD MARCH ON WASHINGTON AND CALLED IT “MILLIONS OF AMERICANS UNEMPLOYED MARCH” MAKE STAND FOR OURSELVES MAKE OUR CHILDREN PROUD TO BE AMERICANS AGAIN.

July 12, 2010 at 4:30 pm
(243) Michelle says:

I agree with the few of you that have mentioned the extention is a must. I’m sure most of these politicians are way over paid. They can afford vacations and fancy cars, yet people like me that have the same education level can’t find a job in the real world. We aren’t looking for a handout. We pay taxes everyday of our lives and everywhere we go. And while our pockets get smaller, they are planning the next trip. It’s impossible that there is no money to help the taxpayers. We are from US, stop giving it to b.s. war funding and other countries because they need something. Politicians help your country and it’s issues and stop worrying about other countries first.

July 12, 2010 at 6:24 pm
(244) DARRYL JACKSON says:

STOP LOOKING AT YOURSELVES AND LOOK AT THE LOWER CLASSED PEOPLE WHO REALLY NEED UNEMPLOYMENT. AND PUT YOURSELF IN OUR SHOES WE RELLY NEED THIS TO LIVE IF YOU DON’T GIVE US THIS MONEY PEOPLE ARE GOING TO FLIP OUT AND LOSE THEIR MINDS.

July 12, 2010 at 11:01 pm
(245) Wray says:

Congressmen in Washington D.C. have forgotten why they are there. They are there to represent us and right now… some of these guys are only there to represent themselves. Sure the unemployment rates in certain states are a little lower than some… but like here in North Carolina where it’s still over 11%, things are getting a little dim. Difficulty ensues when you go to retail stores and resturants to apply for jobs and they deny you up front because you’re an over-qualified individual. In other words it’s like, “if you find something else like you’ve had before, you’ll be a flight risk.” Senators and Representatives of the House… fear this warning… if you don’t take care of the people come your election year, your people won’t take care of you… in other words… welcome to our side of the fence.

July 13, 2010 at 1:52 pm
(246) Mark says:

After reading these post I am never amazed at the responses and understanding that my fellow Americans seem to possess! Out of everyone I worked with in a Tent Rental business ages 18-63, approximately 15 people in all,
Only 3 voted in the last presidential election. I have been
unemployed since Dec 09 and I am quickly approaching my 26 weeks. Many of my friends have been collecting close to the 99 weeks and will soon be done. I guarantee you that everyone of the politicians and their families are voting. I am sure their families are all voting, and I’m sure those who stand for or against pollution, abortion, stem cell research, drunk driving, teachers, and many others are voting. The working class stiffs don’t vote for the most part and the country moves on without them. I’m not sure if I will get a check soon or will qualify for any extension if it exist at the time I run out. Yes, wars and bank bailouts are having money thrown at them left and right, but we are allowing it by our apathy in government participation. Starts at your township, then your county, then your state! Fix it on election day. Be proud to be an American and vote! We can stop spending the money in government. Government workers will never stop voting to take more of our hard earned money. I don’t blame them. We created the opportunity and watched as businesses close and factories move over seas and the jobs disappear. I read post after post blaming George Bush for the mess, but what caused the mess? The banks and emotions? Corporate greed? The Democrats and Republicans both signed off on getting rid of stacks of rules and regulations allowing the banks to make risky loans. They gave credit cards to dogs for goodness sakes. The interest rates on these cards are criminal yet no one legislates protection from them. Why? The banks support the politicians! If we don’t vote, who will the politicians listen too? If my money runs out I have tough choices to make. Move for one to someplace which won’t require as much to live. Sell everything I own ,for a great loss, including my home BEFORE, I loose it. Someplace where I can grow my own food and live off the land if I have to. I’m not going on welfare because it’s a trap for those who wish to live forever on government assistance! Leave that to those who absolutely can’t live without it. I’m going to a state where property taxes are lower and create a small lot of land to build a small home, for cash, myself. If family members start to fail they can move with me and we’ll create a self sustaining community. Creating a glimmer of hope. Then continue to participate in changing things in government to make our lives better. Corporations are not evil, they are necessary, but so are small start ups. We need to support our towns and communities now and vote corruption and wasteful spending out! Then we can move on. Lets bring our boys and girls home from around the world and give them jobs protecting America and spend the money here. They can be with their families and help each other! Amen America.

July 13, 2010 at 6:20 pm
(247) g says:

And now on senate channel voting to give banks and credit unions more money to lend to small businesses. Didnt we just bail out the big banks and they were supposed to lend out the money that they were loaned> Well they didnt loan and are sitting on the money. Now The Jerks in the senate are going to dol out more? What about we who cant find jobs. What are they going to do for us? NOTHING> WE the People do not count. WE HAVE been forgotten. CLear the senate get rid of all of them. What is wrong wit this picture

July 13, 2010 at 6:20 pm
(248) Olivia says:

I just heard that they will be voting on the 19th of this month. Fingers crossed people and don’t forget to call your local Senators to try and get this ball rolling in our favor. It isn’t fair that we have all worked hard for many years and get treated like garbage while our government bails out multi billion dollar companies and donates money to other countries. I am all for helping others but not until we help ourselves first.

July 13, 2010 at 8:13 pm
(249) Real says:

How will it be paid for? More fake money? Sure…lots of people are hurting…but lots are taking advantage of free money and lots are like Cousin Eddie…holding out for that management job.

July 13, 2010 at 11:48 pm
(250) GET A LIFE says:

You are all a bunch of whiny babies, get a job or join the military… they are ALWAYS hiring… or are you so fat and lazy that they dont even want you. Disgusting!!!! Not only do you all sound pathetic you have so much time on your hands you are typing responses to this article instead of looking for a job. Quit sitting there expecting handouts from other americans… America is broke, quit taking money from my children!!!

GET A LIFE!!!

July 8, 2011 at 11:08 pm
(251) DS says:

How can you be so cruel? Pay attention, you could learn something. Even help in some way. Cause this is NOT going away, Its going to get worse

July 14, 2010 at 6:39 am
(252) r says:

You are typing responses to this article too. Why are you here? I picture you fat, lazy AND stupid. Join the Republican blogs and leave us alone. Oh and America is not broke. They find plenty of money for other things—the money is being taken from your children by the frivolous things. Remember? They didn’t give it to us.

July 14, 2010 at 12:03 pm
(253) freedumb says:

get a life you have children god help us all!!!!!!!!!!!! i hope you aren’t raising them can’t imagine anoyone being married to someone like you good luck with that!

July 15, 2010 at 10:37 pm
(254) RSS says:

we the ppl need help from our govt in the hard times we the american ppl break our neck to support other country to help provide in there hard ship and we do that right away but unemployment benefit are running out we the ppl havy no means of paying bills or evan feeding our family and our govt sits on its hand and play with our only mean of stability govt plz help us help our self !!!!!!!!!!!RSS

July 16, 2010 at 12:42 pm
(255) Sharise says:

In Reponse to post (244) Get a Life! That is a shame that you really feel or think that way. Many of our people here in America need help and resources in order to get back on our feet. It bad of enough that many of us nearly 2 million people are unemployed. We don’t need to hear any negative thoughts or feelings from you or anyone else.

For your information when we were working we paid into unemployment so that money is rightful ours to get and keep. I am pretty sure that everybody who posted a comment for this article if the could the would work. However if you have been keeping up with the news and the current events jobs are very hard to come by. For everyone job there are between 30 to 40 people or more applying for that job.

For the many people that are unemployed I know things are hard right now however if you believe in the Lord things will get better you just have to have faith in yourself and in the LORD! I know many of you have fallen but pick yourself back up!

If anyone needs help finding resources for something please email me at info@theonspire.com

July 16, 2010 at 4:53 pm
(256) A says:

We have good news. Senator Robert Byrd’s successor is going to be sworn in next Tuesday afternoon, and immediately after that, the Senate will hold another vote on extending Emergency Unemployment Compensation and full federal funding of Extended Benefits through the end of November 2010. We expect we will finally have the 60 votes needed to proceed to a final vote on the bill. The House can quickly take up the Senate version, and hopefully, well before the end of next week, the President can sign the bill into law and the programs will be retroactively reinstated.

We need your help for one last push. Between now and next Tuesday, it is imperative that you keep calling and emailing both your Senators and Representatives to let them know how important it is that they vote yes on this bill. We need to hold all the votes together and get this done!

Please continue to take action by emailing your representatives and urging them to immediately pass H.R.5618, which will reinstate the federal extensions. You can also call the Congressional Switchboards, (202) 224-3121 for the Senate, and (202) 225-3121 for the House, and ask for your members’ offices.

For some additional talking points, please see our chart that shows which Senators and Congress Members voted against the extensions, as well as the impact their vote has had in your state. Please make sure to reach out to those who have voted against the extensions in the past, and let them know how their actions – and the resulting extension lapse – have impacted you. We’ll be sure to post updates on our blog with any updates that we receive.

Thanks for all your dogged determination to see this through. We hope that for those of you who will be getting benefits restored that it provides a measure of comfort, no matter how temporary.

Your friends at unemployedworkers.org

July 18, 2010 at 8:53 pm
(257) Jane Marian says:

Thanks for the post, this is good info to know.

July 18, 2010 at 11:08 pm
(258) farmer says:

I received a letter stating that I had $19,000 dollars left in a fund to draw from. I had been unemployed since April of ’09 but had returned to school because as we all know there are no real jobs there anymore. I received an opportunity, through the Unemployment office no doubt, to take a temporary job that will be ending July 30th. They guaratnteed that those funds would still be availalble at the end of this job, but it would look good to have that
“in-between” work experience. I verified this on several occassions. Needless to say, I went in to check since the job is about to end only to be told that the “deadline” to re-open my claim had passed and unless congress extends the deadline my family and I are just out of luck. Just like the rest of the of the government aid, if I had just stayed home and done nothing theyh would have awarded me for it. By going out and trying to earn a living I screwed myself, my wife, and my children. What does that say for the working class world. The less you do the more you get. Go figure?

July 19, 2010 at 12:25 pm
(259) HOPEFUL says:

LOL @ ‘GET A LIFE’ CALLING PPL WHINY BABIES, LET’S SEE HOW YOU REACT WHEN YOU LOSE YOUR JOB AND NEED HELP. YOU WILL BE GOOGLING JUST LIKE THE REST OF US FOR INFORMATION. WAIT AND SEE. =)

July 20, 2010 at 2:27 pm
(260) Charlotte says:

I am sitting here watching the live coverage of this vote. My fingers are crossed and I am hoping it will pass. I am taking note of the ones that say no in my state and that will impact my vote for them when re-election comes up.

July 20, 2010 at 9:13 pm
(261) HOPEFUL says:

Their plan is to make you empty out all you retirement plans early so they can reap in the early withdrawal penalty taxes , why don’t they pass a law stating if your unemployed and have to withdrawal no penalty will be bestowed upon you ? They are liars , crooks , fast talkers , remember you voted these fake people in !!

July 21, 2010 at 4:22 pm
(262) LHDGE says:

I was on unemployment and it ended May 15th, my last payment was deposited on May23rd. My initial claim started in Dec of 08. My claim currently says it is exhausted, $0. I was on unemployment for about 72 – 73 weeks if I am calculating correct. My current claim says it expires Nov 6 2010. With the new extension will I be able to receive any more benefits?

July 21, 2010 at 5:27 pm
(263) Robert says:

Now some are saying that the Unemployed should sweep streets and clean empty buildings that the banks reposessed ! Can you beleive the arogance of these @#$Holes ? They must think that the unemployed are the “undiserables”, right? Maybe they could just send the unemployed to concentration, I mean, “WORK CAMPS”
Hey, Germany did it right!

July 23, 2010 at 12:28 am
(264) ComeOn says:

While complaining about being so educated and yet unemployed, please try to spell correctly. Thanks.

July 25, 2010 at 8:14 pm
(265) once again says:

the states are the ones that are setting the rules here. the feds will pay but the states get there hands in the money to. just ask about gov mike beebee (arkansas.) he waited three weeks to sign eb 2009, and that left about 3,500 people drawing thier last checks to weeks before he signed it into law. then they lost thier benefits because they didn’t expire during a eb period. horse crap that was just a way to keep the money that the feds gave arkansas, and the state of arkansas not returning it as turn back money.

July 26, 2010 at 8:36 pm
(266) HopeIsOverrated says:

I can tell everyone the same sob story that everyone else is saying, except it would be about me. I do empathize with my unemployed comrades and those who feel the need to verbally slander the unemployed. Yes, everyone’s taxes pay for unemployment. I live in California and the ridiculous part of trying to get a job around here is the fact you have to be Spanish bilingual. A decade ago that was barely in the help wanted ads; employers “requiring”/ “preferable” to bilingual job seekers. This is America whether anyone likes it or not! Our nation is diverse, I get that, but screw the b.s. of not being bilingual in order to get a job or interview. You can have all the credentials, certifications, and degrees etc. But no “BILINGUAL”, no job. Unemployment sure as hell is not easy; Congress going into recess after they MURDERED the extension bill was unbelievable! “Here, let me postpone this until after my summer vacation in the Hamptons. Oh the unemployed will be fine, they can go into the fields, apply for the military, or go to school.” WITH WHAT FRIGGIN HELP IDIOTS?!! So those of you who think we’re just 3!tC*ing about our life and money troubles, I can’t wait for you to feel the burn when Congress passes bills to screw you’re livelihood and family. Anyone who would write/say distasteful, heartless comments about the unemployment being “lazy, fat, disgusting, losers, etc.”… Keep a gun close or a knife; you’re going to want to kill yourself when times in this day and age get worse.

July 27, 2010 at 7:19 am
(267) sam says:

It’s July 27th, Happy Birthday to me!!!! phone, electric and gas due to turn off this friday. Everyone has made valid comments. I’m single and all I get is food stamps, 200 a month, too bad I don’t have the money to buy the gas to be able to cook the food. There are jobs out there, (if you have previous experience, or a degree and definitely have to be bilingual). Sorry, I’m all for the immagration if they pay taxes (even with green card),and learn English.I didn’t move to their country so I shouldn’t have to learn spanish to get a job in this country!!! And now from what we’ve been told, florida congress stated we didn’t need the extensions so no one in florida gets any.

July 27, 2010 at 7:40 am
(268) Slick says:

Boy when is this country going to wake up, Congress didnt do anything except pass benefits for those who still have some left before the exhaust there 99 total weeks of Unemployment. Do you think Jobs are really better out there, Well then come to Michigan, you’ll see Its not. What all the Unemployed need to do is stand up Vote and remove the Senators now, Lets see how well they do on Unemployment when there 99 weeks run out, Maybe they can barrow from the Banks they bailed out or maybe Wall Street will pony up the money we gave them, I doubt it there are all laughing all the way to the Bank.

July 27, 2010 at 2:00 pm
(269) JJ says:

Well living in NC, my Tier 1 benefits lapsed nearly 4 weeks ago… finally an extension passed and now that it has I’m being informed by my local UI office that since I was unable to file during the lapse that I may have to wait up to an additional 6 weeks to get my claim reinstated if at all… just to “keep an eye on the mailbox and hang in there” would be nice to tell my utility company and landlord that.

July 27, 2010 at 8:28 pm
(270) mikeb says:

I have been unemployed since November 2008, I called Tallahassee, SWI @ 850-245-7130 today and found out which tier I was on. It was tier 2, so I will be eligible for another 20 weeks, with retro payment back to the time I was cut off. Call the above # for verication

July 27, 2010 at 8:31 pm
(271) mikeb says:

Call the main #, I did and I’m eligible, plus the extra 25.00, the number is 850-245-7130, this is for Florida

July 28, 2010 at 12:36 pm
(272) Clero says:

The extension did not help those that benefits were actually exhausted

July 28, 2010 at 1:17 pm
(273) brad campbell says:

thanks four nothing been out of work seance feb 09 im not a dead beat can get a job but the politions sill get there cks tell me where to get job ill be there i look every day and on the net to nothing and we dont count becouse where out of benefits we need to vote all of them out of office all of them.

July 28, 2010 at 1:35 pm
(274) brad campbell says:

maybe if they where out of work but no they would vote four themselfs its just us that dosent count maybe take care of us not 7.5 bill to pakastan or 7.5 bill to haiti let them take care of them selfes politsion dont worry about the milliones that dont count we are all just dead beats but i think that they are the dead beats living off of us in stead of getting a real job.

August 2, 2010 at 6:41 pm
(275) Mike1848 says:

Maybe if Brad could spell or put an intelligent sentence together, he would be able to get a job. Thanks for the info.

August 2, 2010 at 9:38 pm
(276) Don says:

I have done the same type of work for 37 years and for the first time in my life had to ask for unemployment,after looking for work for over a year,when my unemployment did run out, the people at unemployment suggested that I go back to work long enough to build around 600.00 dollars in my unemployment account so I could go back on unemployment?? HELLO Does anyone else see a problem here!!

August 9, 2010 at 6:04 am
(277) ray says:

Congress is going on a month long recess…bless their hearts! they do need a break from all the hard work and from these annoying 99ers bugging them and asking for a tier 5 all day long…have a wonderful vacation guys! i mean its been a long time ( about a month ago) since you had a week off, you deserve some R&R and qualiy time with the fam, maybe even go on a cruise to Hawaii. dont let the though of some family who’s on a verge of being homeless in the next couple of days ruin the moment….after all, its not like its YOUR family who’s having a crisis….see you in september!!!

August 10, 2010 at 6:30 am
(278) dumb american says:

what a bunch of whiners! why should the govt pay you losers unemployment benefits? pampered undeserving dumb couch potatoes!

August 10, 2010 at 3:11 pm
(279) Karen says:

When I was laid off in Nov 2008, I was receiving the $600 weekly benefit. I worked as a volunteer in several capacities in my community, and networked my little behind off.

Finally, I got a temp to perm job in Feb 2010. It was going well, but after 2 weeks, they decided to go in another direction. They told me my skills and attitude were excellent, that they were very pleased with my work. They tried to find me another position in their org, but unfortunately they couldn’t. They offered me a good recommendation and showed me the door.

My benefits were recalculated to $305 per week. I’m dying here. There is no “retroactive” in the recent bill, although what happened to me in March, won’t happen to anyone going forward. Out of pocket, this is about $7k I didn’t collect, that I would have collected. I’m working all day, every day looking for a job and not sleeping at night. Turned off the water heater to save. Cancelled my newspaper subscription. Don’t want to eat, cause food costs money.

Is this whining? Give me a break….. there but for the grace of God…..

BTW: I’m about to take a 8 week job paying a fraction of what it’s worth. It won’t pay the bills, but is better than DUA.

August 16, 2010 at 3:44 pm
(280) Matt in Florida says:

I just got my info in the mail, 6 retroactive weeks available to claim, 1650 in benefits available.

August 16, 2010 at 8:16 pm
(281) Phillips says:

Told in Louisville ky that after Nov there will be no more extensions at all.Aug 16 2010

August 17, 2010 at 6:31 pm
(282) Shirley says:

I have just ran out my unemployment myself. This unemployment had helped me pay my mortgage and other expenses. My job was in finance. I was laid a couple of years ago due to an agency reorganization. Prior to the reorgtanization I got hurt at my job. I have been looking and applying for jobs but nothing seems to come through. I wish that the tier 5 would get pass. We should take care of America first before other countries during this tough time. President Obama is trying really hard to help the americans. I have survived this far because of what he has done. God bless him. And may God give President Obama and the first lady healthy minds and bodies to sustain through all these very hard times that this administration never created. GOD BLESS AMERICA ALWAYS……

August 25, 2010 at 12:23 am
(283) Jason Vancura says:

I have been unemployed for three and a half years now, and I have been trying to find work sice then. I have put in many job applications and had a couple of interviews at different jobs, but was never hired. I hope that a Tier 5 extension is passed soon so that I, along with may others can receive more benefits while looking for work. If a Teir 5 extension is passed, it will hopefully help boost the economy and get Americans back to work and out of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.

August 30, 2010 at 10:41 am
(284) gracie says:

Two years ago, my grown children and myself were employed and doing great. life was really good. Now, i have been unemployed for one year, my oldest son a year and a half, my daughter is on 24 hours a week, my husband on 32 hours a week. My son was denied unemployment because he had been employed by a bank connected to aig but did not get bonus’s, and earned a salary at $10.00 an hour. Niw he has moved in with us because his wife doesnt want to support him. he sold his vehicle, so now he has a credit card bill and a phone bill. less than $200.00 a month. his grocery bill is maybe $30.00 a week and he tries so hard to find work. So much for for better for worse, for richer for poorer……There are so few jobs open here….most pay minimum wage and are part time but there are 70 applicants for each of those jobs. So now we are not losers, he has a great college education, good experience and is a very intelligent man. There are just no jobs here. Shame on you for calling everyone losers. You are one paycheck away from the same struggle. And you are not indespensible as you may think. Just lucky.

September 8, 2010 at 1:31 pm
(285) Barb Johnson says:

F*** AMERICA!!! no wonder other countries hate us…our government is a joke and doesnt care about the people that live here….spend millions to help other countires all the time but cant help our own…..americans are gonna start lashing out on the government…our forefathers would be disapointed…

September 12, 2010 at 6:39 pm
(286) unemployed in ny says:

Well put, Barb.

Read this. http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20100912/bs_afp/useconomyunemploymentpolitics_20100912213941

Obama adviser sees high jobless rate continuing

Ok so where is out Tier 5?

September 17, 2010 at 1:38 pm
(287) Crystal says:

This Sucks… How much more can we take…

04-17-2010 04-27-2010 $0.00 ( Denied )
04-24-2010 04-27-2010 $0.00 ( Denied )
05-01-2010 05-05-2010 $0.00 ( Denied )
05-08-2010 05-14-2010 $0.00 ( Denied )
05-15-2010 05-21-2010 $0.00 ( Denied )
05-22-2010 05-26-2010 $0.00 ( Denied )
05-29-2010 06-09-2010 $0.00 ( Denied )
06-05-2010 06-09-2010 $0.00 ( Denied )
06-12-2010 07-03-2010 $0.00 ( Denied )
06-19-2010 07-03-2010 $0.00 ( Denied )
06-26-2010 07-03-2010 $0.00 ( Denied )
07-03-2010 07-07-2010 $0.00 ( Denied )
07-17-2010 07-21-2010 $0.00 ( Denied )
07-24-2010 07-27-2010 $0.00 ( Denied )
07-31-2010 08-03-2010 $0.00 ( Denied )
08-07-2010 08-13-2010 $0.00 ( Denied )
08-14-2010 09-04-2010 $0.00 ( Denied )
08-21-2010 09-04-2010 $0.00 ( Denied )
08-28-2010 09-04-2010 $0.00 ( Denied )

September 18, 2010 at 4:13 am
(288) jeff j says:

I am a 99er, In fact,I haven’t had an unemployment check since the beginning of may, 2010. Written my senator, governor, They just don’t seem to care. People say were lazy, looking for a handout, not looking for jobs, If that were the case, why don’t I have a job yet. I have sent out and filled out more than 1000 apps. THERE ARE NO JOBS OUT THERE THAT WILL HIRE A 53 YEAR OLD MAN. I have 30 years of delivery driving exp., and have been turned down for jobs left and right. Although i’m qualified for all of them, they don’t want an old man. Even got turned down for a job dropping off newspapers in the morning, using my own van, 3 hours a morning. About to lose my house, Saved money most of my life, That’s now gone, borrowed from my children, brothers and sister. Now they need their money back and I can’t pay them back and now the family won’t even talk to me anymore. I guess I can’t blame them. I’ve worked my ass off for 35 years straight, never late on any of my bills, Now, I can’t afford to pay attention. My wife of 30 years is disabled and needs medicine that we can’t afford. WE NEED FOR THIS GOVERNMENT TO DO SOMETHING. Get these jobs rolling, I don’t want a handout, I want a job. Just read that california spent 70 million dollars to create 8 jobs, what the hell is that, stimulus money our wonderful president gave them. This country can give money like that to crooks like that, give money to other countries at the drop of a hat, but can’t give a poor person in this country a damn cheeseburger. PASS THIS TIER 5 NOW, Before it’s too late for millions of people in this country. What the hell is the matter with you, If our forefathers were alive today they would kick your asses.

September 18, 2010 at 3:28 pm
(289) Ed B says:

Crystal, my payment detail for unemployment looks just like yours. I haven’t received assistance since April and have been unemployed for something like 112 weeks! The Democrats are cowards to pass anything with any substance and the Republicans don’t care about anyone making less than a million a year. I’ve emailed and faxed my senators and congressperson and it hasn’t helped one bit. I also email news organizations hoping that they may talk about it more since most of them seem to have forgotten all about us as well (except perhaps for Ed Schultz). I don’t know what to do. This is simple math, if there is one job for every 6 unemployed people (which of course means really there’s 1 for every 12) what hope is there for most of us. We need help now! Our politicians could care less about adding millions of us 99ers to the homeless population. Suicide is way up and I completely understand why.

September 18, 2010 at 3:34 pm
(290) unemployed in ny says:

Does everyone have there $8 an hour jobs now? What? No? Anyone here anything about Debbie Stabenow’s bill? What happened to that?

September 21, 2010 at 5:07 pm
(291) Crystal in CA says:

Nice to see there is another one of me here. Anyway, have any 99ers heard about the Bill yet? I can’t find anything on it for Tier 5. Please also continue to write to congress we need to make this an issue for the upcoming elections get the word out call your representatives people and if you are not a 99er then you need to also voice your opinion because you may need it also!

September 21, 2010 at 5:15 pm
(292) Crystal in CA to Jeff J says:

Jeff J,

I agree with you I am not 53 years old but my mom is over your age it it took me a long time to help her find a job during the early part of this resssion now that I have been out of work I just don’t know what to do. They don’t want older people, they don’t want young people I just don’t get it. I don’t know what area you are but have you tried to get medical help from a county hospital for your wife? Bring in your unemployment slip that says you have a zero balance and ask for state insurance. As for a job I pray that we all can find one even $8hr. We need help and like you i have put in 1000s of apps too.

September 21, 2010 at 6:14 pm
(293) H says:

It is a shame that all I have seen the past months is hate mongers who apparently have jobs and think living jobs are dime a dozen and comment on their own people. This is why our country is weak we fall under political ploys and believe them and fight our own because they have fail into this reccession. I feel really sorry when those who feel they have power now loose their jobs and find reality! It is common sense when Governemnt and business causes a high unemployment rate it is their duty to do the right thing! Enough said! Good luck to all ..

September 21, 2010 at 6:21 pm
(294) maryh says:

Good job H This is true !

Where’s the Media on the exhausted ? Time and time again it has been said! More and more everyday! We still are loosing Jobs in states. If we have so many out of work and not enough living jobs for those seeking one why is everything so quite? ALL UNEMPLOYED wake up and be heard!

September 22, 2010 at 4:23 pm
(295) unemployed in ny says:

The Government caused this by not regulating outsourcing among other things, and they have the nerve to call us lazy if we have been out of work 2 years.

Listen between the lines to Obama’s last speech. “My family worked so hard…” So would we if there were jobs. His handling of this and leaving 99ers out is a huge mistake. No mention was made of Debbie Stabenow’s bill at all in his speech, no questions were asked about it and the media is keeping it hush.

Shame on the Government. We will all suffer, including Government.

September 23, 2010 at 7:18 pm
(296) johnny says:

I we can change things by voting this i plan on doing.lets see if the congrees likes not having a job.enuff is enuff,i say vote`em all out of office.they had to see all this coming now they wanna say were lazy sham sham on you.we put them in office and we can take`em out.we need unemployment thats all we have.i`ve been job looking for some time now.if we dont get next extension we wont have christmas this year at my house,and the stores well i hate it for`em i really do.for the last few years xmas sales have been hurting bad but its just gonna get worse.i dont understand how our government can send thousands of dollars over seas when we need it here.i see more and more people holding signs beggin for money.i seen a guy last week with his daughter holding a sign needing money to feed his little girl,it made me so sad i gave him my last two dollars.its all i had we have got to take back this country.and put thing in order our fore fathers fought and died for this country,its time we do the same.i feel so sorry for the kids that are growing up in a country that cant help them but can help other countrys,with millions of dollars,but cant help the unemployied here.it makes me so mad.and seeing the first lady take a trip with her daughter and then come home and take a family trip,when we have families losing there homes cant feed there kids and we say good job obama.thats a joke.hahaha hope you and your family and a good time p.s please vote we can change things pps.help those in need even if u need help ur self thanx for reading and may god bless u and ur familys

September 24, 2010 at 5:16 pm
(297) unemployed in ny says:

Johnny-if you see a man holding up a sign saying he’s starving and needs money to feed his family, direct him to the local Department of Social Services where he can get food stamps or EBT card for his kids and himself. An EBT card is like a credit card. They give you a few hundred dollars on it and refill it every month. You can even have assets but not a lot of income to qualify. I think the max income is $900 a month. If you are on disability, the max income is $1800 a month. You can get cash to pay rent. And free medical care, Medicaid, for you and kids. Also a free phone called Assurance Wireless by Virgin. Ask and you shall receive. Kids do not have to be the suffering pawns in the Government’s messed up game. Let’s take care of them.

September 26, 2010 at 1:43 pm
(298) jerry says:

be careful , I just got hit over the head with having to go through an appeal. Due to my letter of notification being sent to my previous address. When I finally got my letter to show up for review, it was already past my date to appear. Therefore now I,m having to await an appeals decision,notification and the lady at my local officehas not turned in my proper paperwork where I fillout a form discribing my incident, an how it wasn,t my fault.

September 27, 2010 at 12:10 pm
(299) JJ says:

Unemployed in NY I agree vote all out but this is not going to happen it is known that republicans will get in with tea party if people has kept up. If this country would smarten up and vote a majority in the senate I mean A MAJORITY with the delays, blocks and games THE REPUBLICANS have been doing the past 20 or so months and beyond. Something might have been done but we forget this!

September 29, 2010 at 12:01 pm
(300) Mick says:

JJ your Right! I have been a Rep supporter for years but the past 20 months and finally today from what I seen the facts are there they are the most corrupted group in the political parties. Democratics are not perfect we know this. I work part time with several friends who are laid off with no living jobs insight to pay their rent and have exhausted all their lifelines.

It is a shame that the Republican party has Blocked, Delayed and recently talked about spending, so called lowering government, and providing and caused such stoppages just for a small amount of prosperty and votes from confused and angry, frustrated people. They have every right to be angry and frustrated but there are very limited voices heard on the news although they will mention the economy is bad which it still is.

At the same time the democratics DO NOT lead or told to lead but voters without Republicans which makes them afraid and they should be. They stopped almost helping the unemployed . No lifelines for ALL Unemployed except a few for a Bill in July. But it is the voting peoples fault including the unemployed. No media touches on the unemployed anymore people have drop off the systems like flies which of course the numbers are going to look better.

With more and corruption I find myself only going to vote for the political party who stays and gets things done for this country inspite of a mid election. This will show which party is going to actually in reality do what is humanly right.

Good luck to all!

September 29, 2010 at 6:35 pm
(301) Mark says:

Mick your right just in republicans back to same old tactics on the unemployed GOP blocks another effort to help 99er’s unemployed lifelines again today. It is time to start thinking American voters and ALL Unemployed and hold high dollar politicians accountable and stop the long time offs and do something in this economy!

October 1, 2010 at 11:55 pm
(302) hopless says:

lost my job 17 months ago. Have been looking for another job like crazy. interviews here and there but there is always some ” other candidate” who gets hired. I have masters degree and no $$ to buy food. Dreaming about having job everyday. Jealous of those who are employed these days. I truly dont believe I’ll ever get hired, the unemployment rate is so hifgh, it will take years for the situation to stabilizes so the only thing that could happen is if I get lucky. I’m prepared to face the worst, including living in a shelter. whatever happen to me then let it be. Meanwhile I keep looking for work. It is still better than not looking at all. as long as I’m looking there is always a chance, maybe 1%, if I stop looking there will be no chances. GOD BLESS all the unemployed poor suffering hearts. Things eventually will look up. God Bless.

October 2, 2010 at 5:55 pm
(303) jerry says:

hopless do not give up. In the past 20 months we have had nothing but blocks , delays and political games contributing to last administration. The democrats are not perfect also they need to lead. But the downfall of this economy does not need additional help going forward by these high dollar republicans. All I can say is if we the voters smarten up and get more majority in the senate and house we will see help if not we are headed for worse changes in this country. The next downfall that we will see is the finishing of this country along with the social security system abolished. If americans voters do not stand with common sense this November the ignorant will see their demise and it is their own fault. Good luck to all and stand strong !

October 4, 2010 at 10:52 am
(304) Tamara says:

This is nothing less than cruel on the part of the legislatures. If the job situation wasn’t as DIRE as it is, there NEVER would have been “extensions”. It would have stopped after 6 months. That is clear proof that there is something very wrong here. Let’s remind ourselves that it is called “INSURANCE” not welfare, not a gov’t handout. We all paid into it when we were working. And let’s also remind others that what we are getting is only a fraction of what we previously earned. At one time, we all had jobs, homes, cars and all the necessities of life. How did we get there??? We were working! There are no jobs for us. We are rejected because of our education, age and experience… but we will never know which one. In very frank words, we are being replaced by cheap labor. In return, businesses are able to make more of a profit. However, there is a consequence…which I believe this is reason for businesses declining….. when you hire cheap labor, your business suffers eventually… You are getting more than you bargained for….These people do not have the work ethic that we do. They live and think differently and they are transferring that mentality to how they do their job… I’ve seen it for myself, when I was working AND I’m seeing it now, too, being unemployed and looking at it from the outside… “Money is the root of all evil”. How true. So, since we are not “qualifying” for jobs out there… we need to continue our insurance benefits…. Do welfare recipients have to go through this???? I highly doubt it.

October 4, 2010 at 11:02 am
(305) tamara says:

To speak to the comment of “getting 2 jobs at …..” if need be…. Sorry, did you know that if you don’t speak Spanish you are out of luck???. Remember, if you are able to speak Spanish, you are very “valuable” to the business… you are able to bring in more revenue, by appealing to a wider range of folks… It’s not that hard to understand. It’s happening everywhere, this has been building for years…. just look around next time you go out.

October 6, 2010 at 11:58 am
(306) Marley says:

Unemployed this last comment of getting two jobs has got to stop. American worker should not have to do this! It is a shame these type of people have bought on the the right to think their way America will prosper. We tryed this this is why we have to work two jobs because of the same practices of the more wealthy. I am sorry if the truth hurts but this election if Senate and House does not get a more majority to set an example of the corrupted money taking charge from corporate , insurance companies etc. to elect the minorty back in to show money id power so they know they have control of the people we are in trouble. If this happens ALL Unemployed will not see any more help to get them back to work. Wages will still decline because they know they have control on anything not the PEOPLE. So American voter better think smart and not run scared like they think you will with the scar tactics and show we mean business!

October 12, 2010 at 12:31 pm
(307) unemployed in ny says:

Marley, it sounds good but most people are too complacent and won’t act trying to get a Tier 5 for example. Just look at the low turn out at the rally last month. A bill was enacted but no one’s even talking about it. We are left to flounder hoping to find minimum wage jobs. Most over 50 years old can’t even find them and the one’s that have them can’t pay their bills with it. I don’t think if the economy will get better because the government is not acting in our best interests and no one suffering is acting out or knows what to do other than faxing senators who don’t do anything. Writing on message boards won’t get the point across that we need help! We need action and lots of it otherwise we are goners. It’s a travesty.

October 13, 2010 at 4:30 pm
(308) Jill says:

Marley at least your doing something to get movement from blogging to get people to vote even unemployed they know the truth about the last 20 months and 8 years of the same failures! Staying down is what they want you to do. Common Sense

Unemployed in NY we are already gone. People are frustrated think if I vote for the party of wealthy they will provide me with a job. Their right but you will working for poverty wages I don’t care if you have a degree. This has already tried it don’t work equality works. Your right but we must set examples that the people run this country not money. Do not play politics with bloggers about writing on message boards this will not work either show some guts if you know anything about history or it will be a travisty in November you wish your voice was heard.

October 14, 2010 at 7:48 am
(309) unemployed in ny says:

I really don’t understand what you mean. You are not very coherent.

October 17, 2010 at 4:01 pm
(310) Kim O says:

Will there EVER be any new activity after this introduction for the 99ers for additional help? Nothing since August. What is the hold up, anybody know?

Going Under in Tennessee

October 18, 2010 at 12:11 pm
(311) unemployed in ny says:

Nothing in the news or message boards. Like we don’t exist. Has everyone gone back to work? I haven’t. I’m going under too Kim. It feels disgusting.

October 20, 2010 at 12:54 pm
(312) Tracy says:

I have called three times to the state of California asking what my options are as my unemployment account runs out 4 days after the fed extension end on Nov 30, and I get the same answer, Lady I don’t know what to tell you or what direction you should go…thanks for nothing…..

October 22, 2010 at 12:52 am
(313) Christine says:

I hope there are riots and violence once 15 million people exhaust all extensions/tiers etc. because of the governments failure to pass legislation for additional weeks. We are in an emergency crisis and this is dispicable.

October 22, 2010 at 1:22 am
(314) jeff j says:

Well, folks, I have posted a few times on here in the past year or so, but time has run out for me and my internet service. house will be taken away in a month or so, money has dried up, and still no job. I would like to say that i’m pissed as all get out but, pissed has long been gone, now just trying to survive. 6 months now since my last unemployment check and all hope of keeping my home for the past 23 years is all but gone, but, I guess it only matters to my wife and I as it has fallen on deaf ears from our government. I don’t know if anybody else has had a problem with the IRs, But I have, couldn’t pay taxes this year from my unemployment, so, the IRS, stepped in and took my last &70.00 out of my bank account, which was going to go for my wifes medicine, I called them and asked why they did that and their answer was, Because we can, NICE. So, as I leave this site, I want to say, Good luck to all and hope that things get better. I know many of you wish this government would do something about this problem, But, they are all rich and could care less about us trying to survive. STAY STRONG PEOPLE, GOODBYE.

October 22, 2010 at 9:18 am
(315) unemployed in ny says:

Guys, apply for welfare at DSS or Department of Social Services. You can get cash assistance, food stamps, Medicaid. Good luck.

October 28, 2010 at 12:43 pm
(316) Suffering in Michigan says:

I really miss going to work, and the comraderie that I had with my co-workers,and other people. Working wasn’t just about getting a paycheck,I felt proud of myself.I was able to support my family and provide them with medical and life insurance. Seeing my W-2 at the end of the year,filled me with a sense of accomplishment. I felt like I was contributing to society. I can’t understand why this Dunnings guy is jeopardizing people’s lives. Doesn’t he realize that at the end of November, there will be millions who will be without any source of income. What about all of the families? Being unemployed affects everything. I had to dip into my small retirement fund twice, to pay the mortgage. If I go into foreclosure, I would have to scramble to find adequate housing for my family and the city would lose revenue because they could not collect property taxes and this would affect funding public service systems and schools. There has got to be a way to fix this crisis.

October 30, 2010 at 3:31 pm
(317) mark says:

If we are allowed up to 4 tiers then we should be able to go that far regardless if extentions are approved. By doing it the way they are, then people who have only been on un employment less than 18 months, or even 1 year, are getting screwed.

October 30, 2010 at 9:29 pm
(318) christy says:

I really dont think its right that people who only used 2nd tir will not be able to get another one unless there run out before nov 30th…there where people who got 3 to 4 and i dont think its right

November 1, 2010 at 4:15 am
(319) marvin says:

please i need an extension my last day is november 29…i need help and is hard to look for a job…if not by december i will be in the streets…i hope sharron angle doesnt win and harry reid wins so he could do something and fast…

November 1, 2010 at 3:51 pm
(320) jessica says:

there is only one thing to do vote the republicans out this election and find pepole that will give a care for us pepole first

November 3, 2010 at 7:59 pm
(321) chris says:

Seems the end is coming nov 30th.
A job yet to be found where the company has not used the economy as a reason to lower wages to min or close. with little or no benefits.

Congress killed the aviation industry for the most part in the St Louis area 1500 laid off from my completion center.

Chrysler left me high and dry before this job closing both St Louis plants.

now after 9 months of nothing but low pay no benefit jobs if you can get one when your over qualified (love that one) and extension running out.

Doubt an extension is coming any time soon and the stimulus at least in this area was a joke none of the road crews or contractors hired anyone .. only using the stimulus to keep there workers on OT.

NOW LOOK REPUBLICANS PRETTY MUCH HAVE THE SAY IN OUT FUTURES…..GOD HELP US!!!

November 3, 2010 at 10:12 pm
(322) moon says:

you rich people don”t give rats #@@@ about poor people why don”t be in thier shoes for while see if you can bills ect, food , wharever its hard on people !!

November 7, 2010 at 7:52 pm
(323) Jay says:

I have been out of work since 2008 because of medical reason’s, in September of 2008 I was let go by my former employer because they couldn’t hold onto my job any longer.
In November of 2008 I was released by my Doctor and tried re-applying back at my former employer because I had been told when I’m well and as long as there was a position available they would consider hiring me back, this coming from the head of Human Resources, didn’t work out that way, unfortunately for me I had restrictions and my former employer again wouldn’t rehire because they said I had to be 100 percent well, so I filed for unemployment in November of 2008 but wasn’t approved for unemployment until February of 2009 when I appealed my case and the state of New Jersey found in my favor and I received retro from unemployment as well, to make a long story short, from February 2009 up until August the 2nd week of September I was able to collect unemployment and trying to find work at the same time, like millions of other Americans.
About the 2nd week of September of 2010 I received a letter form the State of New Jersey stating my unemployment would be finished and I would not eligible for an extension, unless another extension would be signed, correct if I’m wrong but didn’t the President just sign a bill in July, extending unemployment through to November?

November 20, 2010 at 11:30 am
(324) ed says:

The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the findings of a multi-year study of the impact of the Unemployment Insurance program in stabilizing the economy during a deep recession. The study was commissioned by the department and undertaken by IMPAQ International LLC and the Urban Institute.

Using UI data and the proprietary economic model from Moody’s Economy.com, researchers studied how gross domestic product, employment and other economic variables would have performed without the increase in regular UI benefits; federally-funded Emergency Unemployment Compensation; and Extended Benefits, including the offsetting effect of the payroll taxes that pay for UI.

Thanks to the aggressive, bipartisan effort to expand UI benefits and increase eligibility during both the Bush and Obama administrations, the Unemployment Insurance program had an even more positive impact on the economy than in previous recessions.

Among the key findings:

For every dollar spent on UI, economic activity increases by two dollars.
During each quarter of the recent recession, UI benefits kept an average of 1.6 million Americans on the job.
At the height of the recession, UI benefits averted 1.8 million job losses and kept the unemployment rate approximately 1.2 percentage points lower.
UI benefits reduced the fall in GDP by 18 percent. Nominal GDP was $175 billion higher in 2009 than it would have been without UI benefits. In total, unemployment insurance kept GDP $315 billion higher from the start of the recession through the second quarter of 2010.
“Unemployment insurance is one of the best investments we can make, not only for the millions of people that utilize UI benefits to provide for their families in a time of need, but for the millions more whose jobs are kept secure because of the stabilizing effect it has on our economy as a whole,” said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis.

November 20, 2010 at 7:44 pm
(325) johnny says:

The people have spoken in the election they want gridlock still in congress and the wealthy to hold down the working joe. China is right on the thinking of the republican party in America they could shoot you one day and you would vote for them again the next. American voters who vote for these people who do not govern and stand back and let capitalist society run wild on the day to day working people deserve what is going to come to them in 2011. All unemployed better stand up for 99er’s and the new unemployed in this lame duck session or it is over for all of the unemployed new or exhausted! Look what happened months ago!

November 21, 2010 at 9:49 pm
(326) Rhonda says:

unemployed and frustrated???? Fight back…. http://fromthetrenchesworldreport.com/think-tank/

November 24, 2010 at 5:27 pm
(327) Suzanne Reese says:

You guys had a chance to make a change on November 3rd.
So Good Luck now trying to get unemployment!! The Republicans are only for Big Business & Corporations not the little guy…

November 24, 2010 at 9:17 pm
(328) gw says:

I am reading EXACTLY the same thing I read in July, just written by different people. We are being eaten up by cancer of unemployment. If it wee real cancer there would be telethons, heros out saving the day. But because it is happening to everyone everywhere it is ignored because we don’t like the box the money comes from. Who cares? When a baby cries because it’s tgaken from it’s mama because she did something desperate to get food in its mouth or a roof over it’s head. Or it’s dad or grampa falls in disgrace and looses pride in a bottle because his lively hood has been stripped by him. Where is Rockellers idea of the coprs of engineers when men could work and feed their families. All gone to China or Iran or whereever….yes i am just another unemployed frustrated person who has reached the end and that my friend is a very dangerous place to put millions ofamericans at christmas. I say every man woman unemployed start walking towards washington dc and pack both the senate and house and white house and have our own filibuster sit in

November 25, 2010 at 12:41 pm
(329) Tammy says:

I am a 99′r laid off in June 2008.I am not afraid to do any knid of work but there are no jobs in Ohio to be had. I got a part time job a walmart unloading semi trucks, I am a 58 yr old woman. I did this job as long as it lasted but got laid off when they got younger workers, and illegals for less money, I use to be a vice president, worked in auto and electronic factory, accounting company, and retail, so you can see I have good skills, but no one will hire me.
I lost all my unemployment in June, and have had no money from the government since then. I lost my car in Feb 2009, but still find a way to look for work. I have a dolly i use on trash day to go out and find things to fix that i can sell on line. WITH winter coming don’t know if i will make it or not
allthe unemployment needs to be extended including adding a tier 5 until there are jobs again in America, also we need to bring our jobs back from China, India and all the other foreign countries they have been outsourced to. NO one has the right to call me lazy or anyone else on unemployment lazy, we are Americans who had unemployment insurance (not a hand out program as some call it) this was paid for by our employers for us incase of times like these!! Unemployment really is more like 20% to 25% if you count everyone still unemployed that you have stopped paying beneifits to. All we hear from you is about taking care of the illegals, which are causing part of the debt ever day you give them welfare. IT’S TIME TO TAKE CARE OF HONEST HARD WORKING AMERICANS NOW!!!!!

November 25, 2010 at 11:14 pm
(330) Jay says:

I so totally agree with gw, all of us, the unemployed should get together and let the the senate, house and white house see for themselves how many there are of us unemployed, all they see are numbers but I’m sure if they actually see how many people this recession has affected us all, they would have to do something, it’s frustrating to know that we haven’t heard anything come from Obama’s mouth about unemployment since June or July, it’s not gonna go away and that is how he’s acting, like he wants it to go away on it’s own and ignore it. We all know that ignoring something isn’t gonna go away.
Sorry! I didn’t vote November 3rd for anybody, why should I? to be unhappy again next year, let’s face it this country at some point was going to go in the toilet and slowly it is, Thanks for the other guy that was in office before Obama.

November 26, 2010 at 1:47 am
(331) Christine says:

Reading these comments on Thanksgiving evening is sad! Extensions should be passed along with additional weeks for those of us who exhausted all benefits immediately and indefinitely until the national unemployment returns to at least 6-7%.

This is the beginning of the end for the US. Wait until mid-summer when millions more will be without a lifeline after exhausting their weeks.

WE ARE IN A DEPRESSION!

November 26, 2010 at 7:37 pm
(332) Kyle says:

All unemployed people the people in America has spoken they want republicans in office so they can set back and collect and do nothing to govern it is a fact check the last 10 years. It is a shame these people would give these wealthy republicans who caused this issue a job. I fell for all unemployed and think all should get UI benefits until the normal unemployment numbers comes back. You did not cause this issue the Government did another fact. Now your own american people attack the Unemployed and don’t even realize they are soon to be in the same boat because their republican buddies have them in their hip pockets and would not even help them if they would wake up and pay attention. Most Unemployed are not lazy in a recession. Just remember fighting against the people in your own country your selling out for a vote on a republican who has not done nothing for america is stupid as your China partners are aware of and have said this. Unemployed have republicans to thank for NO UI extention they would rather give the rich a tax break etc. to create jobs. Oh I forgot they already have a tax break and it runs out December. Where is the living JOBS then! Wise up before it is too late some say it already is! Good luck to ALL Unemployed an America.

November 26, 2010 at 7:43 pm
(333) mary says:

Kyle, You have some typos slow down when typing but I won’t ride you on this I am not perfect like some think they are on this site and others. Your information is RIGHT ON!

November 26, 2010 at 8:33 pm
(334) doyoucare says:

With the unemployed in such dire shape, why would they even think of convening for now? NOT having any money, means no Christmas at all!! The trickle down economy, means no spending, which means further layoffs, etc. I will lose my mortgage that I have paid into for 20 years, I will lose the used car that I bought 2 weeks before I got laid off. I am already losing my health insurance at the end of December and I am diabetic. There are no options because without unemployment, I cannot even afford the state health insurance….maybe I should take out a very large life insurance policy.

November 26, 2010 at 10:26 pm
(335) Vic says:

I’ve been out of work sence the day after Christmas of 2008. New district manager came in and let go all of us that was in our late 50′s. No reason. We are all collecting unemployment or was. I had just bought a new car two weeks before I was let go. My husband is not working. I’m in my late 50′s and I have sent I can’t began to tell you how many resumes out. I get nothing. I have over 30 years of retail behind me. I want to work. What is wrong with this goverment. I have not had health ins. Sence I was let go. I can’t afford it. We can’t get any help from no one because the welfare dept. said my husband gets to much money with his disability. He had a lung transplant a few years ago and has also lost his eye site and can’t work. I just want to work full time, I want a job. So, I’d just like to thank you republicans for your help in this. Also thanks to you that voted to help us.

November 29, 2010 at 10:43 am
(336) Sullivan says:

Perhaps if the Republicans would like cuts elsewhere there should be pay cuts instituted for elected officials. I think everyone else in the country has taken a pay cut of some kind over the last 2 years.

November 29, 2010 at 12:06 pm
(337) larry says:

ALL Unemployed and I mean ALL Unemployed not the political few in the new bills being offered. First of all is there a new Bill out there now that supports ALL Unemployed 26weeks, 43 weeks, 99 weeks etc.? As someone has said before right now if they are unemployed republican or democrat or independent does not stand together and get a bill for all you can kiss this one goodbye. People have been telling you this months and months ago along with voting the bureaucratic republicans back in to vote for the wealthy more breaks as well as large corporate interests. It was also said that the Republican party will be 2011 downfall because of the american people still believe they are for all America and China has said it but you have to be very ignorant if you have not kept up. It is time to call all republicans to say if you do not prove you are on the the side of ALL Americans and ALL Unemployed we will clean house.

November 29, 2010 at 12:15 pm
(338) Kelly says:

Larry your comments are right but the republicans have people believing people are going to save them and this country by talking conservative and using the Uemployed as the crutch when we are in a economic downfall of living jobs. But they will use tax money for the wealthy. The tax breaks have been implemented where is the jobs republicans ? American voters will never learn one part is worse than the other!

November 30, 2010 at 7:03 pm
(339) olanzo38 says:

PEOPLE BE SURE AND REMEMBER ALL THOSE THAT ARE LEAVING US HANGING. ELECTION TIME WILL BE YOUR CHANCE TO PAY THEM BACK. WHEN WILL WE STOP LETTING THEM OWN US? WHEN IN FACT, THEY WORK FOR US! THE SAME WAY WE VOTED THEM IN, WE CAN VOTE THEM OUT. THE PEOPLE MUST SHOW OUR SO-CALLED LEADERS WHO IS IN CHARGE. THEY WORK FOR US. DAMN PEOPLE, STAND UP FOR ONCE IN YOUR LIFE!

December 1, 2010 at 8:39 am
(340) Rachel says:

I’m 44yrs old, and I have worked most of my life. I’ve been unemployed since June 2009, and I’ve been attending DeVry University and working a part-time job (8.50 hr.) since October 2009. When I was laid off I was making $40,000 annually, and I knew without a degree I would probably never receive this type of salary again. But, after reading some of the post, I’m beginning to wonder. I made the call to the unemployment office to find out where my EB stood, I was told I have only one more week to collect, and she then wished me luck! Finding jobs today is a nightmare, you’re either under or overqualified, there’s no in between, one almost has to sell their soul to get their foot in the door! I now have to forgo school, and find employment quickly, if I don’t who will pay my rent, phone, electric, health and car insurance, and food bills? The politicians don’t give a damn about the unemployed Americans, those of us who have been without a job for more than a year are considered “lazy, and not looking for a job.” But, that’s just not the case, many of us are working part-time/temp jobs and/or attending school, does that count for anything? As reported, by not extending the benefits, there will be a significant drop in the revenue that is pumped back into the economy, which could lead to the loss of more jobs in the future.

December 1, 2010 at 5:24 pm
(341) Denise says:

I am 44 years old and I was a Paralegal with two degrees for over 20 years. I live in Geogia but will probably be moving back to Pa with my mom and my daughter. My husband is an over the road truck driver and my UC just ended. I am in a depression and cry all day and night, because I do not know if we will make it and I know my son will be disappointed to not be getting anything for Christmas. We can barely pay our bills. Someone needs to do something. I have been begging for a job and am over qualified or if I do get a response, I am asked to fill out these stupid things on line and return them. The last one I did, it put a virus in our system and I had to scrape money together to get a new computer. The rich get richer and we end up homeless.

December 1, 2010 at 6:15 pm
(342) Sad says:

Denise, check Toys for Tots locations to ask if your son can be a recipient. Also check food stamps, and cash assistance at your local DSS Department of Social Services. Check online for close locations. Most people I know are on food stamps now. It’s a different world. Help your son by helping yourself. Check Medicaid for free health insurance to get you a therapist and meds for your depression. You owe it to him to be the best you can be. Be creative and make the best out of this. It’s possible. This might be a time to reconnect with your husband and your son. Check free things to do with him-parks, libraries, free events. Bake a cake or Christmas cookies with him. You could make all the difference in this trying time.

December 2, 2010 at 1:02 am
(343) Chris says:

Hey Everyone,

I’m so angry and saddened by the unemployment benefits not getting extended. I was on unemployment for awhile and I sympathize with what you’re feeling. I wrote a song about I guess greed in general but I had this in mind while writing it. Please check out NYGUYCUTE on YouTube and the song is called “Burning”! Please feel free to check out my other videos as well! Chins up and soldier on, this too will pass!

December 2, 2010 at 10:01 am
(344) Nate says:

There was a good post about this on the Uvisor blog a few days ago. If you’re out of work that’s a good place to check from time to time.

December 2, 2010 at 1:15 pm
(345) dmann says:

okay so they didint pass it so everybody down to the dhs offices and get medicad food stamps and cash assistance its your right and the only reason you might not be getting it now is because of the unemployment benefits your receiving now . so when you run out then go get yours at the dhs and see what kind of a defasite that will create. wow im just curious what these idiots are thinking when we run out especially around christmas lol go blackfriday glad i wasnt apart of that quanze scheme so regardless what happens you will still able to get some kind of support from your local department of human resources flood there offices now and see what congress thinks then push comes to shove i will be damned im going in with both my fists cocked you better believe that explore ur options but dont settle for a job that pays less than your benefits how is that going anybody out . well enough said they will pass this there just wanting for people to stop receiving go find a under payed job then reintroduce the E.B. TO US WITH HALF OF THE PEOPLE NOT ON IT ANYMORE CAUSE OF THIS SCARE TACTIC THEY ARE DOING RIGHT NOW SO KEEP UR HEAD UP AND HOLD ON FOR THE RIDE AND NEVER SETTLE FOR LESS WERE ALL AMERICANS REMEMBER NOT ILLEGALS PEACE AND LOVE FOR ALL

December 2, 2010 at 2:22 pm
(346) Jon says:

People… Everyone is so upset over the unemployment situaton. Really? why is everyone so surprised? This is America! The rich will continue to get richer and the poor will continue to get poorer. Have you all forgot that goverment officials are the rich! It will never change! How can you expect an individual, let alone a goverment to relate to what I call the peasants of America… AKA anyone not weathy or a goverment official suckling on OUR tits!

December 2, 2010 at 3:15 pm
(347) Reality says:

With over 2. 5 million people on the verge of having NO money. Look for robberies, murders, and everything else that goes with not having any money. With pro sports, cinema, music….having all the fun with money. Making millions upon millions of dollars, and not sharing with the poor. This country has truly done it now. Get ready for Dodge City!

December 4, 2010 at 3:22 pm
(348) Bill says:

Get off your asses and take any job…problem is everyone feels they are entitled to something and or worth more than that jobs available. Pull yourself up by your bootstraps and take any job you can, move if you have too and stop living off your fellow Americans, this is not the American way.

December 4, 2010 at 6:56 pm
(349) Angie says:

Reality 340,you are right on with what you stated. No matter how you feel about an unemployment extension,the fact is is that 2.5 million people is America are on the verge of having no income. That’s going to create some desperation,among people. I don’t have any Christmas plans for my two girls. I got to figure out a way to keep my home. I never thought that I would be out of work so long. I have pounded the pavement,sent out resumes and faxes,but still nothing. As for you, Bill 341,Do NOT say this crap about getting off our asses! You probably got a job and good for you, but do you REALLY think that everyone who is on unemployment wants to live like this?

December 5, 2010 at 10:26 am
(350) Ann says:

Bill 341 is a First Class Jerk, just like the republicans who do not want to extend the benefits. I say turn the tables next election and throw the republican bums out.

December 5, 2010 at 7:36 pm
(351) Sammy says:

Ann, does it really matter which party gets control of the house? Think about it, to campaign for office it takes money, not experience, not wisdom, but money! As long as there are campaign contributions there will be votes swayed in favor of those that contribute the most, you can live in denial but this is the truth, why else do you think that America’s technology has been stiffled? Electric cars have been around since the 1920′s, think Big Oil wants electric cars? Remember GM’s EV-1? What happened to those cars and all that technology? No, not speaking of conspiracy theories, just the truth. It’s time that all political parties stop pointing the finger, blaming each other and do what’s right for our great nation and the citizens of this nation! They should be ashamed of themselves for going on vacation without extending the unemployment benefits!!! Oh, that’s right, they have no conscience, being ashamed would require them to have emotions and a conscience. I pray for our elected officials each and every night, praying that they see the needs of the people and not the money of the corporations.

December 6, 2010 at 12:42 am
(352) Kyle says:

Can anybody help answer this question? Seems like it nearly impossible to get ahold of anyboy in the Illinois Unemployment offices.
Anyway I lost a job back in Aug 2009 and was on unemployment until I found a new job in April 2010. Now I have just recently lost that job. I received a letter saying that I am eligible for extended benefits. I certified for them on the correct day and did not receive any money. My current case with my most previous employer is still under deliberation. Will I still receive the extended benifits for a while regardless of the findings on my current case or are they too subject to that ruling? If they are not can anybody tell me why i received no money after certifying.
All this stuff make my head hurt and any help would be much appreciated.

December 6, 2010 at 12:34 pm
(353) Angie says:

We really got to stop foreign aid. Those countries need to take care of themselves. The war also needs to end. Billions and Billions of dollars are being spent to continue this war and what’s happening?What progress has been made?Our service people are getting killed.The U.S needs to cut it’s losses and move outof Afghanistan.We got to help our families here.When I lose my unemployment,I’ll lose my home.We’re going to have to live in government housing. I pretty much emptied out my 403-b retirement fund. I’m going to live in my house here though,untill the sheriff,kicks me out.Doesn’t anyone care,about us? Are we (the unemployed)just viewed as lazy or unmotivated?People’s livelyhood are dependant on these checks. What will we do?

December 6, 2010 at 12:41 pm
(354) TO REAL says:

REAL THING IS NOBODY CARES IF OUR KIDS HAVE A CHRISTMAS. THEY COULD CARE LESS IF WE HAVE FOOD ON OUR TABLES. THEY DONT CARE IF OUR RENT IS PAID OR IF OUR LIGHTS ARE OFF. ITS SAD BECAUSE THE UNITED STATES CAN HELP OTHER COUNTRIES OUT WITHOUT CARING WHERE THE MONEY COMES FROM WELL YOUR COUNTRY IS IN A CRISIS WHY DOES IT MATTER WHERE THE MONEY COME FROM??? GOD DONT LIKE UGLY!! WHAT HAPPEN TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR OWN!!!

December 6, 2010 at 8:21 pm
(355) Kevin Quinn says:

Dear Jesse,

This is a blog that you will want to see. “FEMA Camps For The Homeless.”

http://fema-for-homeless.blogspot.com/

December 6, 2010 at 8:47 pm
(356) Ed B says:

Once again, my Democrats bowed to their Republican masters and agreed to pass more tax cuts for billionaires that helped destroy this country in the first place. And in this deal who did they forget to include to help…the 99ers, who else? Who else does every politician and media outlet ignore everyday? Of course I want people who just lost their unemployment benefits to continue to get them, but they’ve only been without help for a few days. I haven’t had any assistance since April and as usual they want to help the rich who don’t need it, instead of people like myself who have had no job for 2 1/2 years and no help for almost 9 months! If I don’t end up slitting my wrists, then I’m done voting. What’s the point of voting in a majority party when the minority party can just sit and obstruct every bill that helps us less fortunate people?

December 7, 2010 at 10:51 am
(357) Jen Jen says:

Well looks like they are goint to extend the unemployment for us, but, I hear that they are also going to cut the benefits to about half of what we are getting. Which will only put more people on welfare probably. Even though $200 a week is better than nothing, it will still be hard to pay bills and feed your family. I thought they wanted the economy to spend more. Wasn’t that one of the reasons they wanted to extend the benefits? Because the unemployeed are living from check to check and they have to spend their money.

December 7, 2010 at 8:05 pm
(358) Ruhul Huda says:

Thanks president Obama for that extension. It has only been possible for president like you.

December 8, 2010 at 6:05 pm
(359) Angel says:

Ruhul Huda —Obama’s only giving an extension to make everyone have 99 weeks. He’s faking out the American public with his “We need to extend UI benefits”. Yes, he does, to make it fair so everyone gets 99 weeks. Why wouldn’t he? This does does not give another extension for the for the 99ers.

It’s the biggest propaganda lie going on and no one’s picking up on it. Obama is not that great.

December 8, 2010 at 7:10 pm
(360) MR. E says:

I dont agree with this really, but i am glad it happened, because some of us really try to get a job, and just cant……

December 9, 2010 at 12:50 am
(361) Linda says:

Give it to the Billionaires and Millionaires again. To hell with the poor and the 99ers Merry Christmas. The unemployment jobless claims is not droping, the people that was on unemployment the 99ers has been drop or stop from getting unemployment. Over 3 Million people, the 99ers. Again Merry Christmas.

December 11, 2010 at 1:25 am
(362) Hazelgrl says:

I agree since we are not seeing much job creation they should try to come up with another extention for the long term unemployed at least until we see signs that the economy starts picking up. I believe this program started in 08 the problem is when there is a position available you have so many people applying for that one position which is why so many people remain unemployed its not that people are not looking.

December 12, 2010 at 12:06 am
(363) Jill says:

ALL UNEMPLOYED I REPEAT ALL UNEMPLOYED: You need to contact the democrats and republicans on this before the tax break bill is implemented. The unemployed 99er’s along with new unemployed have been ployed into politics for months now against each other unless you have not paid attention. This has to stop! They know that it is not the unemployed faught so they using tactics like lazy, need educated etc. to delay what they and the market have created. Let them know no tax breaks etc. for wealthy unless the people who pay there salaries get an extention lifeline and no less than 13 months as well. All umeployed is unemployed in a economy such as this! Enough of the games this has gone on long enough for months and months and we can not wait till January when poverty jobs return and businesses control America instead of the people!

December 14, 2010 at 10:05 pm
(364) Tryin25 says:

I was unemployed and only got the 76 weeks. I lost my benefits in October 2010. I see where it is needed but I also see where there are those who just expect to be paid. I busted my butt trying to find a job and it was hard. In November I got a break and now I am working part time. Granted its not alot but i am still working. But now that I am working and yes its for minimum wage, but I feel so much better when I get that paycheck deposited in my account. I feel so proud that after 2 years of being unemployed that I could earn it again on my own. But there are those that take advantage of the situation, that I do agree with. just like with food stamps. Get off your butts and find a job. I did and I am in a tiny town. There are jobs out there. Its not beneath you to flip burgers, take out trash, or clean bathrooms or cleaning houses or hotel rooms. When your unemployed living on 500 a week or less then i would say nothing is beneath you. a job is a job, quit taking advantage of the situation. Americans are lazy today. all they want is a freakin hand out.. Look at everything for lazy americans today. cars that park themselves, carts to ride around in in the store, we americans are getting way too lazy.

December 15, 2010 at 5:06 pm
(365) Pastorjo says:

People better wise up the downy of Americans and your fellow man will continue to put you out on the street with nothing. We have developed too much pride to take a job that our elected politicans has convinced us we are lazy that will lower any chance of a good living that we will have to take with no chance of getting out of a hole because we took it. If you do not pay attention to socological ways you are being transformed because of your pride to down your fellow man it will be too late for you as well. Everyone knows to take a job if you can live to take it! Make 2011 a wiser country and not poor for less fortunate!

December 16, 2010 at 8:43 am
(366) Carol says:

I lost my job due to jobs going overseas. I should have been paid through the TRA system while going to school. Instead, they exhausted my UI Benefits. Now I have a degree, can’t find a job with that degree; and no benefits. I am about to lose my home, and do not have the money for gas to find a job.

December 16, 2010 at 8:44 am
(367) JAKE764 says:

THE A LOT OF THE DEMOCRATIC POLITICIAN’S PULLED A FAST ONE, BY MENTIONING A TIER 5 AROUND THE ELECTION TIME TO GET VOTES NOW THAT THE VOTING IS DONE FOR NOW, THE TRUTH COMES OUT. THEY SHOW THEIR TRUE COLOR, GREEN THE RICH GET RICHER AND THE POOR GET POORER. WHEN ONE OF THEM BECOME A STATISTIC THEY GO REALIZE HOW HARD IT IS TO LIVE WITH OUT MONEY, WHAT EVER HAPPEN TO TAKING CARE OF HOME FIRST? THE PEOPLE IN CONTROL ARE NO BETTER THAN BERNIE MADOFF.

December 16, 2010 at 2:52 pm
(368) concerned says:

I was not moved to Tier 3, because i had to run out of Tier 2 by Nov. 27th, which really i did, that was my weekending, unfornately i couldn’t file a claim for that 2 weeks until the 28th, which made me 1 day late

December 16, 2010 at 9:05 pm
(369) R. says:

ok. I figured it out. I am part of the original 99ers . . with no hope in sight. I managed to keep a place for the family to live, we have food (thank god), and all the basic essentials. I had taxed deducted.. so I will get a return. That may extend what I managed a little beyond winter months. after that, I do not know. There is an opening of jobs . . but too many applicants. It’s over whelming.. so.. I am researching how the government works.. I am a constituent? am I not. Can the government tell me I can not sleep or camp out at a local council person, senator, congress persons biz location…. aren’t they paid for by our tax dollars? Can the White House refuse people a place to sleep or eat? They got how many rooms. They electric, heat and running water. If more people did this… would we remind them that they are why we can’t do for ourselves. We should thank our government for what is to come. R.

December 16, 2010 at 9:11 pm
(370) Ronnie says:

PLEASEEEEEEE… tell Michele (Obama) .. I will be there for dinner…. on the date I am homeless. I will not be as the President was and announced an hour late . . I do not and will not take her kindness for granted. I will however need some human compassion . . . as I beg on TV for security to not throw me. R.

December 17, 2010 at 9:50 pm
(371) delph369 says:

Tryin25 you have hit the nail on the head. I know several people that have been on unemployment and when there benefits are about to run out they happen to find a job.I am also in a small town but the jobs are out there maybe not the one you want but something is better then nothing

December 18, 2010 at 2:08 am
(372) concerned two says:

I also was not moved to tier 3 because my benefits had to be exhausted by Nov. 27th 2010, which they were I just couldn’t file till the 28th. I said that doesn’t sound right then the representative from unemployment came up with something like I still had a week left, that the computers have been behind a week for about 6 months now. Now I smell something fishy around here. the government can’t afford the geek squad to get there computers up and running? Lost In Colorado, anyone else here something like this please share.

December 19, 2010 at 7:33 pm
(373) delores says:

Well how about this one. O’bama is giving 2 billion dollars to another country (CHINA) for oil digging and the us will not benifit from this situation. That 2 billion would sure help the jobless and homeless here in the us..GOD HELP HIM..

December 20, 2010 at 12:37 pm
(374) Joe says:

Obama is the worst thing to ever happen to America! He dropped the ball on the jobs front.Instead he pushed that healthcare bill down our throats.He is no leader and needs to be unemployed with the rest of us. 2012 cant get here fast enough. MERRY CHRISTMAS ONE AND ALL.

December 21, 2010 at 3:12 pm
(375) George says:

This is crazy. So your telling me that the states that are hardest hit with unemployment rate, Those that are only at 26 weeks will be extended and extra 73 weeks and those who has got their 99 weeks are cut off. So how is the job market any better for those who have been laid off longer then those just recent laid off? If the job market was getting better, there would be no recent laid off. So what you are telling me is its suppose to be a flip role now, Those just got laid off cand keep getting unemployment for the next year, those who have been unemployed while the recent unemployed was working now have to go to work, Where are the jobs at, I would love to trade postion with some one, They take my unemployment and i take their job. That is what you are tell those who have been unemployed for a longer time, get a job.

December 21, 2010 at 4:04 pm
(376) Torrey says:

I’ve been on unemployment since June, 2009. I live in Sandersville, a small town in GA that is basically ran by two families. There are no jobs for black men. The only jobs that ever come available involve traveling hours away for less than your unemployment benefits. I’ve lost everything in this past year and a half. I was hoping with the extension I would be able to get my 3 kids something for Christmas. I found out today that I have exhausted my claim, and I am not included in the new “extension”. I only turn to the Lord for the strength not to do anything crazy because I feel I’ve been betrayed by my government.

December 21, 2010 at 10:30 pm
(377) Sad says:

Seek government help, Torrey. The same ones that betrayed you can help and they should. Get Toys or Tots, ask through your local church, so your kids can have a Christmas, food stamps so they can eat, cash assistance through DSS Department of Social Services in your county, look up online or in phone book. Don’t stop until you’ve got everything coming to you and don’t listen to anyone else. They don’t know. You owe it to your kids.

December 25, 2010 at 2:47 pm
(378) Motorhome Shows 2010 says:

you have hit the nail on the head. I know several people that have been on unemployment and when there benefits are about to run out they happen to find a job.I am also in a small town but the jobs are out there maybe not the one you want but something is better then nothing

December 27, 2010 at 5:26 pm
(379) UK Motorhomes Hire says:

Wow soooo you guys really have nothing else better to do than argue with complete strangers huh

December 28, 2010 at 12:25 pm
(380) Kyle says:

Obama is not the worst thing he has tried this is false and you know. Mistakes the past ten years was the Republicans check your facts not political ploys and anger. America people has to be very ignorant or suddenly blind. The past two yaers was the most filibusters by a party (republicans) in years and years one will be in 2011. It is a shame people (voters) create their own issues. We turned around and vote the same party in that sit back filibustered most of the governing Bills for this country and collected over 200 to 300 paychecks, large vacations while we moan and groan on the party trying to try to govern. Now that the delays, filibusters etc. caused this country to stagnate during this time we blame the other party caused we did not pay attention. I agree Democrats should have voted on other things probably first but you the voters should have paid attention to who was governing instead of listening to negativity, politics to make your decisions. Pay attention check the votes in Congress. Now in 2011 you will pay the price to have the party that sits back and hopes the economy gets better or goes more south for the worse. I vote for governing not to sit and pay someone to vote for just for the wealthy and sit back. And stop the (American people) Bit by Republicans they never talk about the low income enough is enough we have wisen up some of us. This has gone on too long all parties need to govern or all of congress needs clean out of doctors, lawyers etc. and need filled with average day to day american working people. That’s a fact not political ignorance!

December 28, 2010 at 12:43 pm
(381) JobConnex says:

This is great information for those who need to extend unemployment benefits. I have met many people over this last year that are not as honest as some of the people posting comments and are working the system. I had one guy come up to me at a Job Fair in Dayton, OH this yearI asked him what type of job was he interested in applying for? His response was “Why would I go to work when I make just as much on unemployment for doing nothing?”

I tell you that made my blood boil! Again I am all for those who lost their jobs and constantly looking for meaningful employment to receive benefits to take care of themselves and their families, but it is the few like the man I mentioned that makes me upset because he is taking funds from those who really need it.

December 28, 2010 at 3:15 pm
(382) Tony says:

I live in Colorado and have lost my lifeline, but I don’t want to talk about my problems. It goes way deeper than that! Our government has become the most signifficant downfall in this country. There are 3 things that got this country into the position it is currently in, CORRUPTION, GREED, AND TRUST!
Our country was founded by a few people and these people drafted a document called the constitution of the United States. Since that time politicians have come up with their own ideas of government actually making that a so called cloak to line their own pocket with frofit and leaving the american people to bear the consequence. Afterall, the majority of politicians are LAWYERS.

December 29, 2010 at 10:47 pm
(383) Leslie says:

Mississippi unemployment is in high ranks. I am on my tier four with no job. Still, the Govern of MS use state money for private plane, jets, and luxury trip for pleasure which is called (business trip,.) and now, wants to run for President of the United State. How nice for him to use my money for enjoyment, and I beg for HELP.

January 2, 2011 at 10:38 pm
(384) Jerry says:

It is a shame people believe this about unemployment that you get more to be on unemployment. This is a lie. If you are getting more then the minimum wage has an issue in Ohio etc. There are more who exhausted and fell out of the system now than since this economy started. Your good old Republicans will provide you with the same old poverty jobs for you in 2011 or lower wages in their budget plan of cuts. So get use to it until we wise up but it is a day late and a dollar short the people in this country has not gotten wiser or done thier reasearch! Is anyone going to cut their 200,000 plus salaries and vacations ? This should be the people’s first start of the budget we can not afford to pay those wages it is time to start them on lower wages !

January 5, 2011 at 2:41 am
(385) Jason says:

My unemployment benefit year end was December 4th 2010. I filed a new claim and it was denied because I had no more benefits since I have been out of work for a year. When this happened I was on the Tier 2 federal extension. So I guess my question is since I was denied a new claim will I be put back on the Federal Extension since I have not exhausted all extended benefits and if so about how long before I receive back pay?

Thanks
Jason (Illinois)

January 5, 2011 at 7:00 pm
(386) me says:

i guess we also should go work over seas,better yet lets all go to pres .bush house 4 supper.seeing how i think it all started because of him,hes not hurting now at all!!!!!!!

January 5, 2011 at 7:04 pm
(387) me says:

we should all go over seas to work,better yet we can all go to pres.bush house for supper .hes the one who started all the mess

January 7, 2011 at 10:26 am
(388) RICHARD says:

to me its just as bad overseas.. in the united kingdom if you are over 45 years you can forget it.
go to austrilia..low unemployment and if you become unemployed you get benefits or life not 99 weeks. a lot of uk citizens are emmigrating to aussie land and canada

January 21, 2011 at 7:01 pm
(389) to Jason says:

JASON: yes it was denied on a state level not a federal level. They do that with my husbands too. The State denies it and it falls back on to the federal extension tier you were on.

January 28, 2011 at 4:01 pm
(390) richard says:

today we have more riots in egypt. the usa govt is wondering what to do about the AID it sends to egypt.

they should be wondering about the aid to the 99 ers not these wogs in the middle east

if you are alive in 2012 vote obama OUT

January 28, 2011 at 4:23 pm
(391) richard says:

$1.3 billion a year in aid to egypt

how many homeless people in the usa could that feed

the usa govt cares more about its “friends” overseas

than the 99 ers here in the usa

February 11, 2011 at 2:50 pm
(392) Living but not free says:

rich… ok vote Obama out? why? what has he done to you? He is helping people out the best that he can. I was Laid off in 2008 and still have nooo money! I had to beg my family to help me out with debt that I owed. My 53yr old mother lives with me, and she doesn’t work, and nither do I money is extremly low. I have no idea how we are going to live but somehow we gotta make a way for ourselfs. We are moving back to Phiadelphia from IOWA! Iowa is horrible, and the only possible way to get money is if you’re disabled or very old. Wal*Mart is even getting too expensive for our low money. I need a way to get money, a job isn’t agreeing with my age, and if my mother dies (a GODFORBID!) I’m going to be up to my 5f 2in head.

Going to school, and getting a degree is always an option but wher am I going to get the money from to even be in school? My family isn’t going to help because they all have problems of their own, and I’m only 18 which means nothing is really out in the world for me. What is there to do being a Engaged African-American women with no money, and bills coming in like a flock of bird….

April 25, 2011 at 5:42 pm
(393) A. B. says:

If your credit rating is good it shouldn’t be too difficult to borrow some money for education. If you did well in school scholarships are always a possibility. Pick a profession that pays you well, like nursing or physical therapy and you’ll be financially secure for life. Though these professions are unglamorous the pay in metropolitan areas is excellent–nurse practitioners earn almost $100,000 a year.

March 24, 2011 at 6:53 pm
(394) Bob says:

I live in Michigan. We have this Great Govenor(Just a Joke)
He got the Republican to reduce unemployment to 20 weeks instead of 26 weeks. This way the federal unemployment has to take over faster. This gives the businessman more money to do what? PLAY. All our republicans have done is give the rich breaks but we aren’t seeing any jobs. The rich get richer and the poor get poorer.
Prices of food and gas have gone up but the workers wages haven’t instead the businessman put the profit in his or her pocket to play with no longer caring about his or her worker. Very greedy American bussiness. Keep giving
them (Business) breaks the republican will have us a third
world country. If we’re not there yet.

June 2, 2011 at 10:44 pm
(395) Ed B says:

Bob, I couldn’t have said it better myself and this is often what I explain to my friends and family. Myself, as of July I’ll have been unemployed for 3 years and the last time I got unemployment assistance was April 2010! I’m THE most ignored person in all of the media, a.k.a. a 99er. It’s so simple and so easy to see what the Republicans are trying to do to our economy and it’s painful to sit back and watch Democrats let them do it. Fax, email and write your senators and congressperson everyday like I do. Maybe one of these days they’ll have to listen to us. Find me on Twitter @RepubsRScum if you want to read some Republican hate.

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