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By October 29, 2013

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Unemployment Extensions for 2014

In addition, there will be no extended unemployment benefits in place for 2014 unless Congress passes legislation renewing the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program that expires on December 31, 2013. Here's information on unemployment compensation for 2014:

Important: Check your State Unemployment Office website for details on who qualifies for extended benefits and when and how benefits will be paid, or check this list of state unemployment extension websites to go directly to the state unemployment website for your location.

Avoid Scams: The only way you can file for extended benefits is through your state unemployment office. You cannot apply for benefits on third-party websites, even if they say they will file for you. Here's how to avoid unemployment scams.

Read More: Unemployment Benefits | How to File for Unemployment | Extended Unemployment Benefits | Where to Get Help When Unemployment Runs Out

March 2, 2010 at 10:20 am
(1) Mrs. Valdez says:

I am not trying to downplay anyone or their situations but I have been ‘in the system’ much of my life. I was an emancipated minor due to a very bad family situation. Every time I went for help I would get asked—do you have children? I was 15 and chose not to get myself in that situation so I did not have kids and therefore I got very little help. Now, as an unemployed adult— my family and I are falling through the cracks. We made very good money until I lost my job, have one car paid off and the other is financed. We do not own a whole lot, we are very simple individuals and credit card debt free. We do not have ‘stuff’ and infact our mattress is on the floor and we do not have a ‘matching bedroom’ set or hardly any furniture. We mostly get what we own on Craigslist. We qualified through our bank for mortgage help so we took it. We had a ‘starter’ home and were unable to sell it by the time I lost my job. We moved in to a new home b/c I became pregnant and the house we were in was VERY small plus we had the money at the time. I was fired at 7 months pregnant and had to pay for much of the delivery due to my insurance situation via loss of job. Cry me a river, right? Well, my husband makes $67,000 and we pay all our bills as of now but I do not want to tarnish our credit. We are good hardworking folks who try very hard to keep things going. The check I receive helps pay for groceries. I like a poster above (AMY), cannot take $9/hr or under and justify it. We are not going to be homeless- we make too much to receive help, we will be a middle class turned lower class if we lose our house and car. I’m sorry, but everytime I look for help the first thing I am asked is how much my household brings in- I do not understand how the poster (SINGLE MOM) is really going to be homeless. Your child is of school age (instant daycare) and you are single. There is SO much help out there for single parents. We unfortunately are doing too well to get any help at all- I was just looking for cheaper childcare so I could work – childcare where I live is about $325 a child for a week. You have to be broke, with child and single to get help around here. Sorry, we just don’t want to go that far for help- I will not let that happen. We have worked waaay to hard to get to where we are to give up yet. If it happens and we fall in to foreclosure, it happens but we are going to fight every step of the way. I just wish I could get help with childcare so I could may any amount of money rather than it just barely paying for childcare. I feel that we are part of the forgotten families. We are not in an extreme situation but to us it is. We did everything right, we don’t have credit cards with balances, we only financed one car (b/c I wanted a ‘safe’ car for our new daughter) and a house. When the economy picks up again we will be the first to get rolling b/c we really didn’t need much help. We pay in and keep it going strong. If this continues the US will no longer have a hardworking ‘middle class’. There are days when the stress really gets to me and I wish we were in a more desperate situation so we could get a little more help. The face of the unemployed varies- to someone it may sound like we are doing great – to someone else, they understand all the hard work and determination we have put in to be where we are and they understand why I feel we are in a desperate situation. I wish everyone well and hope all of our situations improve. I have been homeless before as a youth and I never want anyone to go through that. And one last thing- I am tired of all the ‘ALANS’ of the world who thinks they are doing us all a favor by offering peanuts for pay. Just b/c we are unemployed does not mean we don’t have standards. If they offer okay money that usually means no health insurance. insurance.

March 2, 2010 at 5:18 pm
(2) Don says:

If it were up to me, for them luckily its not, they would go without health insurance and pay as long as the rest of us are.

March 2, 2010 at 11:47 pm
(3) Lost in Boston says:

$10 mil bill means what exactly…….30 day extension til a long term i decided?????
Fill me in…

March 3, 2010 at 12:00 am
(4) Crystal in Ca to (2441) An Unemployed Single Mother says: says:

Please go to your local county hospital and sign up for health-care. It’s free, you can get a health care card. Just bring your unemployment letter to them and let them know that you have a child and you both can get signed up. Secondly, contact local food banks in your area for assistance and local churches. Also, sign up for Food Stamps you should be able to get this because you have a child. Thirdly, they also have county and state programs for children under the age of 21 to help with their health-care and school food programs as well. Please also try to contact the Red Cross and Salvation Army in your area.

March 3, 2010 at 12:02 am
(5) Crystal in CA says:

Senate voted for unemployment benefits to continue but we still need help!

Read this to find out what others think about bumming!

Contact your local and state representatives about long-term unemployment bill support!

March 3, 2010 at 12:41 am
(6) michaek in CA says:

To Crystal in CA and everyone else. Be very careful … the local county hospital is NOT free, even tho they have a big sign that say “we will treat you in the ER regardless of your ability to pay”, what they don’t say is “we will still chase you for the money anyhow”.

A young man I know went there recenly to the ER, they treated him but still wanted all his ID so they could chase him for money. He is unemployed. They tried to pretend to be nice and offered him a “Low-income program” as a county resident but he told him he is only interested in a “no-income program” which they don’t want to hear. Don’t get fooled.

March 3, 2010 at 9:42 am
(7) Cora says:

2461 (Jacob) – Hello, I’m also on Tier 4 and have only 2 weeks left to claim from the 6 weeks. The way I understand it is, the “long term” unemployed (us) are out of luck. The option of filing a Tier 5 hasn’t even been discussed and that would be the only way that we could recieve any more benefits. Scary, very scary.

March 3, 2010 at 9:46 am
(8) Cora says:

Are the people that are “long term” (exausting their Tier 4) be eligible for this 30 extension that their talking about?

March 3, 2010 at 11:42 am
(9) Kee says:

my last week of benefits ends next week. am i able to get the one month extension?
I get so upset with those who think people unemployment is enjoyable or that the unemployed are lazy and aren’t looking for jobs. i have a 4 year degree, was working as a retail manager and was laid off. I’m now 7 months pregnant and i get interviews with different companies, but as soon as they see my belly i NEVER get called back. It is depressing and it isn’t fair. i don’t want this to be my life. i know that they say you can’t be discriminated against because of pregnancy, but it happens all the time!!! unemployment is all that is keeping my rent paid. i want to work, i want my job back.

March 3, 2010 at 11:44 am
(10) jacob says:

it does not appear people exhausting their tier4 are eligible for this 30-day extension..but who knows. this is all so confusing

March 3, 2010 at 12:10 pm
(11) Val in WI says:

Hi and here a question. I’m in Wisconsin and had exhaused Tier 3, but Wisconsins threshold was at 8.4% in the last 2 months. I’m not sure what the recent percentage is as of now. So I was eligible through Tier 3, but didn’t get Tier 4. Does that now make Wisconsin qualify and move up automatically to Tier 4 because of this 30 day extension? My Tier 3 had ended in the middle of February sometime

March 3, 2010 at 12:19 pm
(12) Peter - San Diego says:

Extensions – extensions. In the meantime, many experienced or ‘overqualified’ professionals are collecting many Tiers. Thus, what is the relationship between being over 40 and long-term unemployment?

In any event, sending communication to the administration through http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact may create awareness.

Good luck to all

March 3, 2010 at 12:43 pm
(13) Terri CA now in TN says:

According to every ‘clarification’ I have read on numerous message boards discussing Unemployment, if you are in Tier IV (like me) there are NO further funds once we finish the last 6 weeks.

Noboby has said it out loud (that I’m aware of), but I believe our Gov’t feels there has to come a time to cut off the allowable number of weeks to collect and 99 is it.

With the non-existant job market, this is like Washington saying “If your last name begins with the letters A-M you will continue to collect benefits and N-Z will just have to understand there has to be a cutoff somewhere.”

March 3, 2010 at 3:11 pm
(14) Jacqi says:

To Peter comment #2473 – I am with you! I am over 40 and find it even harder to get a job. There are no good paying jobs in my field that I can find, so even when I try for a retail job they look at me I am 70 not over 40…and think I can’t handle it….Please I am a single mother of a 6 year old – I can handle anything! I really need a 5th tier to start in about 6 weeks or I don’t know what I will do. If employers would also stop taking advantage of us, and bring the pay back up to were it should be instead of getting away with paying nothing because they know we are desperate and will take anything right now that would be nice as well!

March 3, 2010 at 5:50 pm
(15) Alison, Job Search Guide says:

Just to clarify, the unemployment extension that has just been passed does not include a “5th tier” or any benefits for the long term employed beyond the federal extensions already in place.

The best thing everyone can do is contact your Senator and Member of Congress and urge legislation that will provide more coverage. The National Employment Law Project has a form you can use to easily encourage action:


March 3, 2010 at 7:32 pm
(16) Cora says:

Do the long term even qualify for the 30 day extension?

March 3, 2010 at 8:48 pm
(17) CA Unemployed Guy Mike says:


How do I know what extension I’m on??? Or if I’m on “Fed Ed”? I know that I have to list 6 jobs (and contact info) that I applied to every 2 weeks. This is the first time I’ve had to do that, if that helps. I get my last check from this extension next week. Has anyone here gotten to their 4th extension or near 99 weeks of benefits? I know that my benefits end before the end of March and am unsure if this new stop gap provision will even help me. And forget about contacting CA EDD- they don’t know anything and if anything I’d be scared they’d screw something up in my file! I’ve had some crazy phone calls with them and finally got my check going and decided not to mess with it!

Please, any help would be appreciated!!!

March 3, 2010 at 9:09 pm
(18) Miguel in California says:

For the LONG TIMERS and all of us:

I found this on another website that was written this afternoon and just wanted to share it with you folks.

Here is a capture of Amendment 3336. We needed this so they can attach it to the Tax extenders Act 4213 that will pass through the Senate this week. Then we go back to the House to vote on our changes (Amendments). We won this battle so far.

Senate Amendment 3336 to H.R. 4213 — American Workers, State, and Business Relief Act of 2010


Subtitle A–Unemployment Insurance

(a) In General.–(1) Section 4007 of the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2008 (Public Law 110-252; 26 U.S.C. 3304 note) is amended–

(A) by striking “February 28, 2010” each place it appears and inserting “December 31, 2010”;

(B) in the heading for subsection (b)(2), by striking “FEBRUARY 28, 2010” and inserting “DECEMBER 31, 2010”; and

(C) in subsection (b)(3), by striking “July 31, 2010” and inserting “May 31, 2011”.

(2) Section 2002(e) of the Assistance for Unemployed Workers and Struggling Families Act, as contained in Public Law 111-5 (26 U.S.C. 3304 note; 123 Stat. 438), is amended–

(A) in paragraph (1)(B), by striking “February 28, 2010” and inserting “December 31, 2010”;

(B) in the heading for paragraph (2), by striking “FEBRUARY 28, 2010” and inserting “DECEMBER 31, 2010”; and

(C) in paragraph (3), by striking “August 31, 2010” and inserting “June 30, 2011”.

(3) Section 2005 of the Assistance for Unemployed Workers and Struggling Families Act, as contained in Public Law 111-5 (26 U.S.C. 3304 note; 123 Stat. 444), is amended–

(A) by striking “February 28, 2010” each place it appears and inserting “January 1, 2011”; and

(B) in subsection (c), by striking “July 31, 2010” and inserting “June 1, 2011”.

(4) Section 5 of the Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2008 (Public Law 110-449; 26 U.S.C. 3304 note) is amended by striking “July 31, 2010” and inserting “May 31, 2011”.

(b) Funding.–Section 4004(e)(1) of the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2008 (Public Law 110-252; 26 U.S.C. 3304 note) is amended–

(1) in subparagraph (B), by striking “and” at the end;

(2) in subparagraph (C), by striking “1009” and inserting “1009(a)(1)”; and

(3) by inserting after subparagraph (C) the following new subparagraph:

“(D) the amendments made by section 201(a)(1) of the American Workers, State, and Business Relief Act of 2010; and”.

(c) Effective Date.–The amendments made by this section shall take effect as if included in the enactment of the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2010 (Public Law 111-118).

I dont see anything in here for the long term unemployed that have exhausted all 99 weeks/EB and eveything. I see nothing about increaseing the 99 weeks to 125 weeks. Inless i am missing it??

March 3, 2010 at 11:02 pm
(19) Amy says:

I am confused too. I wish someone would lay this out a little easier so one could understand. I am on the 3rd tier and have 4 weeks left (before and extensions). What happens next?

March 3, 2010 at 11:16 pm
(20) gtgg says:

why are comments getting erased i had a serious question WTF!!

March 3, 2010 at 11:41 pm

This is not an extension to extend benefits. This is an extension so that those who need to move into another tier can do so. This has nothing to do with alloting extra weeks; it is simply so people can move into the next tier, if they were eligible in the first place.

March 3, 2010 at 11:59 pm
(22) Peter - San Diego says:

Jacqi at 2475 – thank you for your comment and feedback. By the way, 70 is over 40 and have years to go. Surprisingly, real issues are not being addressed.

As for the current 30 day extension creating much confusion, first there currently is not another Tier. Hopefully with prayer and pressure, another Tier will come.

As for the current extension, the additional 30 days provided more time for filings to occur. In other words, if one is on Tier three and nearly complete, the individual will be able to move into Tier four. If an individual has many weeks left before the 30 day extension, the individual will use up their weeks and no further Tiers become available.

Thus, hopefully with submitting comments and pressure will additional extensions with possible new Tiers be enacted. Of course, if an assumption that the recession is over, then many puzzled unemployed workers will require further assistance.

In any event, that is my opinion which should provide some answers.

March 4, 2010 at 5:39 am
(23) Roman says:

Extremely confusing and frustrating. I am at the end of my Tier 3 (have one week left) and I don’t think I’m eligible for Tier 4 – do I get the 30-day extension as well? I can’t seem to get a clear answer anywhere. Thanks in advance to whoever answers my question.

March 4, 2010 at 10:15 am
(24) CA Unemployed Guy Mike says:


I’m in the same situation as you are. I have one week left on my 3rd extension and because the 30 day filing extension, I’m pretty sure we’ll make it to the 4th tier. Why don’t you think you’re eligible? My understanding is that the filing deadline being pushed back will get you to that fourth tier which you wouldn’t have been able to get previously. The downside I think is that the 4th tier is only 6 weeks of benefits, which won’t last long even if we get them. I’ll take what I can get.

I hope a 5th tier happens! I don’t see how it wouldn’t with all these people out of work!

How can we be sending billions to other countries and spending billions on sending things into space when we have people here who have nothing?! These politicians blocking hard-working Americans from getting help are super wealthy, living in mansions and have no cares in the world- I’d love to meet them in person and tell them what I think!

March 4, 2010 at 2:40 pm
(25) Peter - San Diego says:

Recently I received notice that I qualify for the Tier four benefits and my fist two-week check is on the way. Thus, just keep filing the claim forms.

As for check information, a good number for Californians to call is 1-866-333-4606.

Good luck

March 4, 2010 at 3:55 pm
(26) Janine in ca says:

I will exhust my first 26 weeks of benefits in April. Does that mean i will qualify for my first tier of extensions after that or will i be done with nothing.

March 4, 2010 at 4:37 pm
(27) CA Unemployed Guy Mike says:


My understanding was that nobody moves to the next tier of benefits unless the filing deadline is pushed back. That sounds sorta unfair, right? I mean, if someone got 4 extensions and you only got 1- I don’t get that. I bet you by April they are going to have to come up with something new- otherwise the news is just going to show all these people living in poverty and families living on the street.

It would seem only fair that they let people have at least one or two extensions or something. I wish I could tell you for sure. I’m almost out of benefits and have no idea what will happen. I have no family to help me out and might be living in my car by August….



March 4, 2010 at 6:05 pm
(28) Charlotte says:


You mentioned you recieved notice that you will be getting your Tier 4 benefits. I also live in California and been on UI benefits since Oct 2008. My 3rd Tier ends next week. Can you tell me how many wks you will be getting on the 4th Tier?

For all others reading this. I hope they continue to give Extensions for the unemployed that have filed after Aug 2009 or just filing now.

Just another unemployed hoping to find work soon.

March 4, 2010 at 6:13 pm
(29) Peter - San Diego says:


Tier four is six weeks thus hopefuly through MArch. I have been unemployed since 08/2007. Thus, a long time creating a recent experience problem. In any event, good luck and hopefully another extension will follow similar to IRAQ, Afghanistan, or other country military extended funding.

March 4, 2010 at 6:33 pm
(30) Crystal in CA says:


The GOP has to much free time on their hands.Leaked documents reveal GOP plan to use scare tactics to raise money

March 4, 2010 at 6:46 pm
(31) Terri in CA now in TN says:

To CA Unemployed Guy Mike –

You said “I mean, if someone got 4 extensions and you only got 1- I don’t get that.”

Let me explain so that you don’t think that someone who got all 4 Tiers made out better than someone who only made it through Tier I.

People who finished Tiers III or IV lost their jobs a very long time ago. They have been living on a fraction of what they were making when they had a job. In many cases, they also paid 100% of their COBRA premiums because they lost their jobs ‘too soon’ to qualify for the 65% subsidy. because of this, we had to spend our savings, retirement funds and max out credit cards.

People who have only collected Tier I or II had the ‘luxury’ of receiving a full paycheck (usually w/benefits) while we long termers were eating crumbs. They also qualify to have the Gov’t pay 65% of their COBRA. In my case the Gov’t would have paid $466.00 a month of my COBRA payment. Instead, I got to pay the full amount – $717.00 a month which was 1/2 of my monthly unemployment compensation. Doesn’t sound to fair – does it?

No reason to feel us long termers made out better. We didn’t by a long shot.

I think that everyone who qualified for unemployment be eligible to continue, but that doesn’t look like it will be the case. People who lost their jobs more recently will be allowed to continue to survive and the long term unemployed can sink or swim on their own as far as our Gov’t is concerned.

March 4, 2010 at 6:58 pm
(32) Confused says:

I am confused. I have been unemployed since Nov-16-2008 and seek work daily without luck. The UI information state the maximum benefits weeks are 99, however I have only collected 66 so far (currently in Tier 3, which will expire Apr-10-2010, one week too late to collect Tier 4′s 6 weeks). Even if I was eligible to collect Tier 4, I would only be able to receive UI benefits for 79 weeks. Where are the other 20 weeks factoring in?

FYI, I am in California.

Please help me figure this out! Thank you!

March 4, 2010 at 7:06 pm
(33) CA Unemployed Guy Mike says:


Thanks for your input, didn’t think about that. I never did the Cobra thing b/c my job didn’t provide benefits so I always had to pay on my own. I know that my health insurance will be the first bill I stop paying. It’s hard b/c I just had knee surgery and really can’t even walk very well for another month or so. I’m going to keep the insurance until I’m out of physical therapy visits (12 visits) and then I guess I’m out of luck.

I’m finishing tier 3 like you Charlotte and I’m 99% sure tier 4 is just six weeks of benefits. I hope to God that they make another tier or something but I’m not counting on it.

So funny when I watch the news and they report woman and senior citizens robbing banks! The FBI said they’ve never seen trends of either of these groups robbing banks!!! But what are they supposed to do- let their kids starve or end up homeless. There’s a reason these people are doing this- people who have never done anything wrong in their lives sticking up Wells Fargo and Chase- amazing!


March 4, 2010 at 7:18 pm
(34) J in Cali says:

Just checking in. Still around and still unemployed and more worried than ever.

March 4, 2010 at 7:23 pm
(35) CA Unemployed Guy Mike says:


I agree- I never got to 99 weeks. I’m the exact same boat as you- finishing tier 3 this week and tier 4 is just six weeks, right? Are you doing Fed-ED right now, where you have to fill out what jobs you applied for? I thought the first time you did that it was tier 3 and the 2nd time you did FED-ED it was tier 4. Isn’t that right? I’m doing that for the first time so I thought I was finishing tier 3.

Let me know,


March 4, 2010 at 7:36 pm
(36) Junior says:

To confused and others,

I got this information from “Examiner.com” regarding the total weeks that you can accumulate based on the time you’re laid off. The information seems pretty easy to understand.

* *OC effective May 1, 2006 – June 16, 2008 = 99 weeks total
* *OC effective June 23, 2008 – Sept. 8, 2008 = 93 weeks total
* *OC effective Sept. 15, 2008 only = 80 weeks total (Mike: It’s rather interesting to note that if you were laid off September 8, 2008 that you can receive 93 weeks of benefits, but if you were laid off September 15, 2008 then you can collect only 80 weeks.)
* *OC effective Sept. 22, 2008 – Nov. 3, 2008 = 79 weeks total
* *OC effective Nov. 10, 2008 – Feb. 9, 2009 = 73 weeks total
* *OC effective Feb. 16, 2009 – May 11, 2009 = 60 weeks total
* *OC effective May. 18, 2009 – Sept 21, 2009 = 46 weeks total
* *OC effective Sept. 28, 2009 and later: = 26 weeks of regular UI only

* An Original Claim’s (OC) effective date is the Monday of the week in which the claim is filed.

March 4, 2010 at 7:46 pm
(37) Confused says:

Tier extensions are not FED ED. FED ED is only in effect of your state is above a certain % Unemployment, which CA has been in excess of for over the last year.

The CA EDD shows a clear difference between Federal Extensions and FED ED here: http://www.edd.ca.gov/Unemployment/Federal_Unemployment_Insurance_Extensions.htm

and further explains FED ED here: http://www.edd.ca.gov/Unemployment/FAQ_-_Extended_Unemployment_Benefits.htm#WhatistheFEDEDextension

I am wondering though if FED ED is separate from this whole fiasco with the 30-day extension date and such. If anyone knows for sure, please let me know.


PS. (to CA Unemployed Guy Mike): There is always a random chance that you will have to fill out the back of the form. It is a random computer generated thing. Some people have had to do it more than once in their original 26 weeks, while others make it to Tiers without ever having to do it once. FED ED requires that you fill out a minimum of (3) contacted potential employers for each job searching week, it is not a random thing.

March 4, 2010 at 8:03 pm
(38) CA Unemployed Guy Mike says:


Thanks for the info. I had no idea how they kept getting to 99 weeks on the EDD website. Yes, that was about the time my claim was filed- I remember it was in Sept of 2008. Wow, a couple weeks makes a big difference! Well, I hope they do something to remedy this problem for all the unemployed people here in the U.S.


March 4, 2010 at 11:16 pm
(39) Taylor says:

Peter (2490) Does that mean you are still getting UI since 08-2007? Isn’t the max regardless of all the extensions only 99 wks? I am confused …

Junior, that table doesn’t make sense either no one from as far back as 2006 should still qualify for anymore extensions..They didn’t even offer extensions to anyone laid off from 2006.

March 4, 2010 at 11:23 pm
(40) Junior says:

Hi Taylor,
When I was laid off on early February 08, I had about 2 months that I didn’t get any money until the extension kicked in again in November. If one’s laid off in 2006, oh.. I really feel bad to them because they’d not get any until the extension start to kick in again. Lets hope for the best to all of us who are in this.

March 4, 2010 at 11:24 pm
(41) Don to Confused says:

The other 20 weeks are the state EB Benefits which are 20 weeks in high unemployment states. You file them after you run out of the Federal benefits.

March 4, 2010 at 11:51 pm
(42) Peter - San Diego says:

Hi Taylor at 2499,

I had some snags with UI. That is, attempting to extend UI while completing education, claiming missed signature or improper claim form, and the delays through the UI system. Thus, now currently awaiting my first two weeks of the Tier four check. Hint: By dividing the total allowance by the weekly amount provides available weeks. Of course, assuming no delays in the system.

Hope this helps and good luck.

March 4, 2010 at 11:55 pm
(43) CA Unemployed Guy Mike says:

Will someone help me understand CA’s EDD website? I don’t know what extension I’m on or if I’m on “FED-ED”…. All I know is that I’ve been receiving benefits since Oct 2008 and I have to send in a list of jobs every time I send in my claim form. This is the first time I had to do fill out the “jobs applied to form” and my benefits expire next week.

If I’m on “Fed-Ed”, will I get to another Extension? I can’t understand what is going on and those EDD people don’t answer the phone…. The website makes it sound like you can be on FED-ED before or after your 3rd and 4th extensions.

Any help would be great!


Here is the EDD stuff:

What are the deadlines for filing for the FED-ED extension?

There is no deadline for filing the FED-ED extension at this time. When the FED-ED program ends depends on California’s unemployment rate. Once California’s unemployment rate drops below a certain level the FED-ED program will end and no further FED-ED extensions can be filed.

For eligible claimants who have collected all benefits on their second federal extension with a week-ending date after November 21, 2009, they must collect the one week added to the second federal extension, and the new third and fourth federal extension before they can potentially collect the FED-ED extension.

For eligible claimants who have collected all of the benefits on their second federal extension with a week-ending date prior to November 21, 2009, a FED-ED extension will be filed for the claimants if eligible. The claimants must collect all available benefits on the FED-ED extension before they can file and collect the one week added to the second federal extension, and the new third and fourth federal extensions.

If California’s unemployment rate continues to meet the State requirements to file FED-ED extensions, California can continue to file FED-ED extensions. Please closely monitor our EDD Web site for further developments.

March 5, 2010 at 10:40 am
(44) Understanding Extension says:

Every who is confused and do not understand what Tier they are on:

Read Post # 2376 from Alison and Post # 2497 from Junior.

March 5, 2010 at 11:05 am
(45) CA Unemployed Guy Mike says:


I think you’re right and that I’m on FED-ED because I have had to fill out the form with jobs EVERY time I submit my claim on this set of checks. However, my question is: if you are on Fed-Ed, does that mean you have already gone through all 4 federal extensions OR can you get FED-ED after two extensions THEN go back a 3rd and 4th Federal extensions. I’m confused beause I didn’t think I used 4 federal extensions already. I just don’t know what this means for me…

Thanks for your thoughts!


March 5, 2010 at 11:23 am
(46) Understanding Extension says:

For everyone who is confused and do not understand what Tier they are on:

Read Post # 2376 from Alison and Post # 2497 from Junior.

March 5, 2010 at 12:15 pm
(47) Lee says:

Underemployment rate is 20% approx and National UE is 10%. That is a total of 30% of our Population?!?!

I was laid off 8/2009. LAZY????? No not at all. I have worked since I was 12 years old – wasn’t supposed to but I did as a waitress. I have worked ever since, and WANT to work now!


I have sent what feels like thousands of resumes. Employers don’t even get back to you. I have an MBA and 30 years of experience. 401K is an option, and my savings are almost depleted.

LAZY????? – yeah; I want to live on the streets or in a shelter, or maybe a tent. What fun!

There will always be people who will take advantage of the system, but a majority of us WANT TO WORK! There are very very very few jobs. And even fewer for those of us over 40. Yeah its illegal to discriminate against people over 40, but your are over-qualified really works or under-qualified, or you have never _____?

The government has called this the GREAT RECESSION, I think the spelled it incorrectly. IT IS A REVISIT TO THE GREAT DEPRESSION!

Bunning: I don’t know what you are thinking? or what your are thinking with? Did you eat Lead paint as a child? Are you using all your brain cells? Get your head out of your &$$ and look around.

Sorry folks had to rant, this is sooooo frustrating!!!!!!

March 5, 2010 at 12:48 pm
(48) Lee says:

I left the comment above. I have 30 years of experience in Human Resources and would like to help (as I am also unemployed and as Bunning puts it LAZY)

If anyone wants me to assist with a resume or cover letter, I would be happy to do so – FREE. I am NOT going to charge.

Please email me with the resume cut and pasted into the email. I WILL NOT OPEN attachments.

The email is uhad12@yahoo.com

March 6, 2010 at 12:34 am
(49) Peter - San Diego says:


Congratulations on your experience and education. However, since having many HR years on your belt, why do you think there is a difficulty for you getting hired when there is supposed jobs and you having the expert keywords on your resume?

Nonetheless, good luck in your venture.

March 6, 2010 at 12:41 am
(50) tg says:

I have been unemployed since September 2008, it is a bit fustrating to know that many people think being unemployed is a choice. I am a bit disapointed at the way this is being handled. I am currently on tear 3 and it will end on April 10, 2010 this puts me one week behind the new 30 days added to file another tier. I hope congress understands the need to work on a permanent fix to all these extention issues. I belive if one is not able to get a job after alomost two years it does not seem it will be any easier tomorrow, the longer unemployed the harder it will be to get hired. Another issue is the way some claims are being handle for example, two others who began their claim the same week as me know seem to be able to qualify because they were paid one week earlier than me due to an error of edd to stop paying them and then paid them all at once but some how know they will fall right on the week of April 4th deadline and not me. Very fustrating I really do not know what to do…

March 6, 2010 at 9:31 am
(51) tc says:

My husband is using up his original 26wks for MI , we got the letter he is ok for the EB and it states he must be registered for work before using marvin to claim his first week of EB.
He is registered for work in MI but we also moved to Arkansas and he is also registered here now as well and MI is aware he has moved.
Does he now have to go back to Arkansas and register for work or just update his resume on line before he files for his EB?

March 6, 2010 at 11:09 am
(52) Peter - San Diego says:

“I do not know what to do”

Pray and send your help requests to

As for registering, normally the EDD will provide a letter of instructions. However, being proactive and registering online additionally helps toward being active in the UI and job search process.

March 6, 2010 at 1:08 pm
(53) Don says:

Incase anyone wants to track the bills in the house, here are the bill numbers.

HR4707-Extend unemployment thru the end of 2010.
HR4718-Pay no taxes on unemployment for 3 years.

March 6, 2010 at 3:26 pm
(54) jacob says:

does HR4707 extend benefits for long-term unemployed? ex. people that are about done with tier4

March 6, 2010 at 4:36 pm
(55) Longtimer Unemployed says:

Question, will HR 4707 will have new Tier(s) to fall into or more added weeks for us long timers that are Unemployed ?

If not, is that a bill in the works right now that does ?

I’m coming up to my 99 weeks by end of this month.

Thanks all.

March 6, 2010 at 4:46 pm
(56) longtimer Unemployed says:

Sorry, for the typo for # 2515 I was trying to say..

If not, is there a bill in the works right now that does have a new Tier(s) to fall into or more added weeks for the long timers?

Thanks again.

March 7, 2010 at 2:27 am
(57) Don to Longtimer says:

Not as far as I know, but there could be one or an amendment to 4707 added in the future. 4707 is still in committee which is the first stage of a bill. So it still has a long way to go even if it does eventually pass.

March 7, 2010 at 10:14 am
(58) Keith says:

If you have used all your benefits the important thing to do is to keep reporting until you are employed. These unemployment extensions are almost always retroactive.Hang in there.

March 8, 2010 at 1:26 am
(59) Crystal in Ca says:

Like many of you I only have 4 weeks of tier 4 left. I don’t know what we are suppose to due.

March 8, 2010 at 10:49 am
(60) John says:

I was told over a month ago that I was approved for a 13 week extension (my second which was to go until the end of April) – but today when I tried to certify they stated that my benefits ended on Feb 28, does anyone know why and if and when I will resume getting my extended benefits

March 8, 2010 at 10:59 am
(61) John ( in IL ) says:

Also, I had already recieved 2 checks within my new extension. What gives?

March 8, 2010 at 1:26 pm
(62) Richard fr CA in Tx to John says:

John, if your last two checks came at your one year filing anniversary date then that would explain, so you should call and refile. Some states do it for you automatically . You should call anyway.

March 8, 2010 at 4:47 pm
(63) Lori (CA) says:

Unemployment Bill – Vote Scheduled for Tuesday (more tiers possible???)


March 8, 2010 at 7:14 pm
(64) Cora says:

Is there really a possibility of another Tier? I have two weeks left to claim from the 6 weeks (Tier 4). I’m wondering if there is even a possibility of another Tier, the stress is eating me alive.

March 9, 2010 at 2:11 pm
(65) Lori (CA) says:

Cora, I don’t know for sure — just trying to stay abreast of any news (since there isn’t much) I can find that even HINTS at the possibility. Alison? Have you heard any more in this regard? Just a few minutes ago, I saw this item posted by AP:

“Legislation extending unemployment insurance for the long-term jobless appears poised to clear a key hurdle in the Senate (today)…”

March 9, 2010 at 3:12 pm
(66) Donny in OH says:

I have been reading alot of articles today based on the unemployment extensions and bills currently going through congress. I have to say that I seen alot of nasty comments about people who are unemployed.

People say that unemployed people are lazy,and that all they wanna do is sit on their asses and collect a check. This is really messed up. Who the hell can honestly live off unemployment with a family to support. I don’t know about you but I know that 160.week is not enough to pay bills or do anything as a family.

I know there are alot of people who have it worse but for me I look at it like this. Its me,wife,grandfather and 2 kids under 4. My unemployment check is the only source of income that comes in. Grocery alone is 125 min a week.Plus medication,vehicle,insurance,and house hold utilities. It adds up fast.

My wife has been forced to school our son because pre k got too expensive. Its like something always gets held up.
I have creditors and companies bugging us everyday over late fees. Then when you answer the phone they get nasty and tell you to work at mcdonalds. Well guess what,Mcdonalds gets thousands of apps and can’t hire.
Its true everyone goes for one position. Its really bad out there..

Then you have these people being ignorant about us who collect just to keep a roof over our heads and food in oour stomachs. This makes us scum?? I think not. People aact as if it comes out of their pockets.

News flash UNEMPLOYMENT benefits are paid by the employer! NOT YOU! Does your check say unemployment tax? I believe 3 out of 50 states do tax.

We can spend money on haiti,chilie,and iraq daily.
But its the unemployed who are putting the debt on the usa? haha..People need to get a life. It’s damn easy to talk smack. Just wait til the day comes “hate to say but it will” when you lose your job and find it very difficult to get work. Then you’ll be begging for help as well. Don’t take things for granted because your whole life can change with a blink of an eye!

Everyone needs to look out for each other. Also, I hope they pass this. If not its gonna be bad. I live in cleveland and crime is rising. People are shooting and robbing over ggroceries now. Crazy! Robbery and burglaries are on a rise too. Gun permits are up also in ohio. Glad Ive got mine!

America needs help. Stop helping everyone else and abandoned your own country. Good luck everyone. Sorry about typo errors. Just needed to vent.

March 9, 2010 at 3:43 pm
(67) Peter - San Diego says:

Donny in Ohio,

You are not alone as can be seen on this link. Unfortunately, focus is toward OSCARS and Tiger while UI takes a backseat. In any event, hopefully Lee up there will wake up and do something. As for creditors, I am sure there is a do not call list or an FCC organization that can assist in this crises. Good luck.

March 9, 2010 at 5:22 pm
(68) Lori (CA) says:

Regarding a possible “Tier 5″:
There is some discussion at this web link about the senate possibly introducing some legislation to allow some form of a “tier 5″ extension…please call your senators and remind them that this is needed!


March 9, 2010 at 6:27 pm
(69) Keith says:

Lets see how these conservative let them eat cakers feel about things when we all vote for those that help the unemployed and throw out of office those that stand in the way of us and our family’s.

March 9, 2010 at 8:53 pm
(70) Ryan says:

i really cant see the logic in allowing some to collect almost 2 years of unemployment while others are cut off at tier 1. am i to believe that those who were laid off in 2009 are some how more able to find a job than those who were laid off in 2008?

the whole thing makes no sense at all. why not allow everyone to collect the same amount of weeks. i understand there has to be a cut off but why keep extending unemployment for some but not others?

if there is no work there is no work. teh whole thing just doesnt make sense!

March 9, 2010 at 9:42 pm
(71) Junior says:

Hi Ryan, I understand how you feel. However, please look again at post# 2492 to understand that the people who got laid off in 2008 are in a lot worst situation compare to the recent laid off. Take care

March 9, 2010 at 10:33 pm
(72) ryan says:

im going to miss tier 2 by 1 week. it doesnt matter who long you have been out of work who ever is cut of now is screwed.

March 9, 2010 at 10:37 pm
(73) Peter - San Diego says:


I understand your concern. First, regardless where one is on Tiers, no one is interested in being there. Thus, as soon as a suitable career becomes available, then UI will discontinue. However, since the current economy is still at 10% UI, then benefits will most likely continue unless foreclosures or other adverse events are desired.

In the meantime, is there not an HR expert who can comment on the real situation?

March 9, 2010 at 10:52 pm
(74) ryan says:


“However, since the current economy is still at 10% UI, then benefits will most likely continue”

not really many are being kicked off of unemployment because of cut off dates. the only ones seeing extensions are the ones who have been drawing for some time now. the extensions are just a dog and pony show.

March 10, 2010 at 12:50 am
(75) Peter - San Diego says:


Thank you for your feedback and concern. However, look at 2529 and my unless situation. The extensions were created to avoid further economic disasters. Thus, hopefully cutoff dates will be extended that allows for further extensions. In the meantime, briefly explain your situation using political speak to your officials and at NELP.org. Hence, good luck in your career search.

March 10, 2010 at 6:21 am
(76) Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide says:

A couple of thoughts – the job market is still grim. We have lost over 8 million jobs and they aren’t coming back anytime soon. Even though the jobs report was a little better, there were less jobs lost – there haven’t been any signficant gains.

Which is why, in my opinion, we need to continue the extended benefits currently in place (they are set to expire at the end of the month) and to add a 5th tier for the longterm unemployed who are going to run out of all extended benefits. There are no provisions for those unemployed workers in any of the extensions that are being discussed and despite their best job search efforts, jobs are still scarce.

The best we can all do is to contact our representative and urge them to pass an extension through the end of the year and to add a 5th tier for those who have already used up their other extension. The NELP has a form you can use: http://www.nelp.org/page/speakout/FedUIBenefitsNow

March 10, 2010 at 9:50 am
(77) ryan says:

here is what i have seen so far everyone thinks they have it worse. the older guys are saying no one will hire them, people who have been collecting for a long time think they have it the worse. point being everyone is out of luck.

it doesnt matter how long you have been collecting the only jobs i see are min wage entry level jobs. im some what lucky i was trained in two skilled trades and i still cant find any work.

March 10, 2010 at 10:00 am
(78) Peter - San Diego says:


People are hurting regardless where people reside.

In any event, have you tried Indeed.com?

March 10, 2010 at 10:27 am
(79) Longtimer Unemployed says:



March 10, 2010 at 11:09 am
(80) Veepco says:

Thanks LTU, I sent the email as well

March 10, 2010 at 1:13 pm
(81) Peter - San Diego says:

The long-term unemployed have no or no-recent work experience. In the meantime, no comments from HR or Mr. Lee above. Thus, additional Tiers are welcome.

March 10, 2010 at 1:53 pm
(82) janine ca says:

I saw on CNN yesterday that the passed the extension and cobra through Dec of this year

March 10, 2010 at 2:21 pm
(83) Lori (CA) says:

With regard to Alison’s post above (#2537), if you are going to write your congresspeople about this issue of adding a TIER 5, I wanted to give you some updated text you can use for your letter. I went to the link Alison provided above, but the text they give you as a draft for your email is not updated to reflect adding a FIFTH TIER (it is focused more on extending deadlines, which is irrelevant to those of us facing the loss of ALL benefits at this time — winding up our 79 or 99 week max). I encourage you to visit the link that Alison provided and shoot an email off to your congressional representatives — and if you like, please feel free to use some or all of the text I used for my email, as follows:

I am writing to urge you to take quick action on implementing a FIFTH TIER OF UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS for the longest-term unemployed.


Many of us have been looking for work for nearly two years without success — and the numbers of us who will soon be falling off the unemployment rolls entirely will continue to grow exponentially over the next several months if something is not done ASAP with regard to adding a FIFTH TIER (or fourth extension) of UI/Fed-Ed benefits. Whether or not a tier 5 should also be available to those just NOW filing for UI is irrelevant to me — but it is important that those of us who have been unemployed the LONGEST (24 months or MORE!), thus, are about to exhaust ALL available benefits — are provided for so that we are able to at least participate in the economy (buying gas, groceries, housing, etc.). And please note that after two years, most–if not ALL–of any savings are likely GONE, so that just makes the situation for this group that much more dire.)

I implore you to act IMMEDIATELY to pass a FIFTH TIER extension of unemployment benefits. I’m sure the amount of weeks for this tier would be debatable, but based on the current state of the economy and grim state of the job market (with there being at least six people for every ONE available job) — I would ask you to consider a fifth tier of at least 14 weeks. Losing all benefits will obviously cause severe hardship for millions of families. With long-term unemployment continuing to rise (currently at an all-time high of 40% of all unemployed) and periods of unemployment lasting longer than ever before, keeping our unemployment safety net is more crucial than ever. The cost of not reauthorizing the necessary extension of federal unemployment benefits in the form of a FIFTH TIER will be catastrophic in the form of increased foreclosures, less money flowing through communities, and reliance on other public benefits and will slow down the economic recovery that will bring us jobs.

If Congress is aware of and planning to address this issue, it certainly doesn’t appear that way to those of us who are already entering panic mode, facing a loss of benefits and looking for information/answers. It seems that very little is being discussed with regard to unemployment, and the only item on the agenda at the current time is the extension of “filing deadlines.” I HOPE YOU WILL SERIOUSLY CONSIDER MY REQUEST FOR A FIFTH TIER, AND DO YOUR PART TO LIGHT A FIRE UNDER YOUR COLLEAGUES AND GET IN FRONT OF THIS INCREASINGLY URGENT SITUATION.

Thank you for your time and consideration — I hope we can count on your support.


March 10, 2010 at 3:05 pm
(84) Crystal in CA says:

It is amazing how the news have dropped our case for us long-term and non-long-term unemployed. We also need to contact our local news stations to put pressure on the senate to do something for the people in this country!

March 10, 2010 at 3:45 pm
(85) Mira in Carolina says:

The comment in post #2543 about the extension until December of this year seems almost too good to be true. Is there anyone else who has seen this? Did it really happen?

I sure pray so!

March 10, 2010 at 6:17 pm
(86) Peter - San Diego says:

Thanks Lori for the recent message.

This just in from http://www.nelp.org pertaining to extended benefits:

“What’s next?
As many of you have noted, this bill does not add any weeks of benefits to the EUC program. Unfortunately, the Senate was not willing to consider an expansion of the program while still trying to continue the basic benefits through the end of the year. NELP is working on an effort to directly address the historic needs of the long-term unemployed, including extra weeks of benefits, targeted job creation programs and other helpful measures” (Nelp.org, 2010).

March 10, 2010 at 6:33 pm
(87) Terri CA now in TN says:

NELP sold out the long term unemployed for a WIN with the short termers. I expect the other ‘helpful measures’ won’t put food on the table or pay a mortgage.

I don’t begrudge the folks who can keep surviving with this extension, but there are hundreds of thousands of us who have been out of work so long we are OUT of all reserves, retirement accounts and favors from friends and families. No one seems to worried about us except US.

March 10, 2010 at 7:00 pm
(88) Miguel in California says:


Nothing is going to get done now after they just passed this bill today. They have closed the doors on us and got rid of the keys. As for Tier 5, they say not enough people demanding it. Maybe they should check their voice mail and email in boxes! All they will care is for this bs about Health Care and their self !

I am a long timer also and I have maxed out all my credit cards and credit score shot down, I can’t even apply for credit anymore. I even used my 401K and all of my savings. I mailed, emailed and faxed hundreds of resume. I even have a Degree. That is Useless now. Hell, I even put my pride aside and when to Mc Donalds they wont even give me a job. I have such a long gap on my resume.

Dont get me wrong.. Our country jumps in a second to help other county like Haiti and Chile but my question is will those county help me when I am sleeping on the streets with no food? I just dont understand our gov’t. They sure do not care for us. Please dont get me wrong in any way.

I am not asking for a hand out. I have worked all my life and this really hurts. I just want a job and any job will be fine for me.

March 10, 2010 at 7:39 pm
(89) Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide says:

I think NELP is handling this strategically and it made more sense for them to help get this legislation, which will be easier to get passed, through Congress first.

Once this is set, then they can move on, and I believe they will, because it is desperately needed, to pushing for a 5th tier longer term extension for those who have run out of extended benefits all together.

March 10, 2010 at 7:10 pm
(90) janine ca says:

Does this mean when i run out of my reg benefits i might qualify for a tier 1 extension. Ishould be out by april.

March 10, 2010 at 7:21 pm
(91) ryan says:

does anyone know what this bill does? i mean does it extend the cut off dates to advance to next tier? or does it just extend the time allowed to use whatever tier you are on?

March 10, 2010 at 8:06 pm
(92) Jenn says:

The end of October I started collecting the State EB (20 weeks) but then when Tier 3 and 4 started, the state of Ohio changed me from state EB to the new tiers and they back dated it to when the new tiers came into effect…
Does this mean I can collect the State EB after I have exhausted Tier 4??
I have tried MANY times to get through and can never get a straight answer from anyone (which stinks since I typically wait over an hour to get through to someone).

March 10, 2010 at 8:17 pm
(93) longtimer Dec2007 says:

I’ve been off since December 2007 Been to countless interviews and never a call back. Problem I think is I’m 50 years old and nothing beyond High school and Trade school. 1 more week of tier 4 and all out, age discrimination is against the law, but you don’t have to be a Rhodes scholar to figure out the years from 1979 High school graduation to 2010…. Any ideas where a guy could get some financing for a business venture?? Yeah right!!! Now What????

March 10, 2010 at 8:21 pm
(94) Keith says:

Alison I have a question.I live in Minnesota, here our benefits end at I think 76 weeks will this extension add more benefit weeks to total 99 weeks for states that have less than 99 weeks?Sorry grasping at straws LOL.

March 10, 2010 at 8:35 pm
(95) longtimer Dec2007 says:

I forgot to mention the health care reform all the cronies up on the hill are so worried about. I’m sure if you are already or on the verge of living in a cardboard box on the sidewalk you aren’t too worried about running to the doctor. We need a little prioritizing from these jokers in their big chairs we put them in. Maybe a lot of us can hitchhike out to California and get work on Pelosi’s vinyard with the illegal immigrants (criminals) she has there. I’m sure a lot of us know about her pet project of getting amnisty for these people. So she can add more cash to her purse. How about getting some press on the economy and un-employment and a little less worry about the so-called health care reform!

March 10, 2010 at 8:53 pm
(96) janine ca says:

I just heard that the extension that was passed is only for those who have been on unemployment for 6 months or less. Does anyone know if that is true. It doesnt make sense because there are more people without jobs that have been on it longer

March 10, 2010 at 9:16 pm
(97) Maureen says:

I think if you are already in the middle of a tier like 3 or 4 your benefits will extend to the end of the year. If you have exhausted all your benefits they have to have a tier 5 for those people.

March 10, 2010 at 9:29 pm
(98) scooter says:

Now that the extension has passed the Senate and is going to the house can they add more weeks to the existing tiers or add more tiers 5 & 6 to this bill for those of us who are exhausting tier 4?

March 10, 2010 at 10:24 pm
(99) Mira in Carolina says:

Allison (or anyone who knows this answer),

Can you validate if what Maureen states in post #2556 is correct? Is it that those in the middle of a tier such as tier 3 or 4 will benefit from the new extension that is going to the end of the year, or is it that we are set to expire when tiers 3 and 4 are exhausted? I’m somewhat confused.

March 10, 2010 at 10:25 pm
(100) janine says:

What about the people that havent even been on a tier yet. Do we qualify for at least one.

March 11, 2010 at 12:05 am
(101) Maureen says:

An extension of the existing federal programs through the end of 2010 would allow workers who
have exhausted state benefits to participate in the federal program, and it would allow workers
already receiving federal benefits to move to further tiers once they exhaust their current one

March 11, 2010 at 12:18 am
(102) Peter - San Diego says:

Maureen, very well said. Thus, state benefits are 26 weeks and federal benefits are 73 weeks, which are divided into Tiers. Thus, pending which state and were in the UI process, hopefully existing extensions will now be through end of 2010. For new extensions or individuals, who have exhausted their Tier four benefits, comments to this link might help. In any event, here was my two cents worth posted in mid-February and awaiting response.



Dear Honorable President Barack Obama

Re: Unemployment Extensions

Date: 02/19/2010

Currently, celebrations of Black History Month are being performed remembering the various hardships, which were endured through years of neglect. However, while Black History Month is being celebrated, recent incidents of swimming pool entry denials as the water color may change states more work is required. In essence a continued denial entry exists simply resulting from the color of skin.

Similarly, as individuals are denied entry simply resulting from a skin color, ageism individuals who have vast experiences are plainly denied opportunities resulting from individual appearances. Furthermore, since ageism individuals are considered overqualified, then continued denial toward opportunities become a realistic scenario. In essence the appearance of overqualified individuals may distort the image of a respective company.

In the meantime, individuals seek opportunities toward meeting vital expenses while trying to overcome appearance barriers from respective employers. Furthermore, as barriers toward opportunities continue, stresses from managing day-to-day necessities become ever challenged. Thus, while unemployment extensions discussions are currently in process, continuing the unemployment extensions wherever an individual may lie including exceeding the existing 99 weeks may be vital to today’s environment.

Surprisingly, Honorable House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (2009) states, “Extending these benefits is also among the most cost-effective and fastest ways to stimulate the economy—because the money is spent quickly. Every $1 spent on unemployment benefits generates $1.63 in new economic demand.” In essence continuing unemployment extensions provides an economic benefit to the local community and minimizes any stresses through prolonged financial hardships. Thus, while appearances create denied opportunities, continued unemployment extensions is desired while many constituents eagerly await new Congressional decisions.

March 11, 2010 at 12:21 am
(103) Maureen says:

The 30-day extension of benefits approved by the Senate on Tuesday will extend the deadline to
apply for unemployment insurance to April 5 and maintain the COBRA subsidy through the end
of March. On Monday, Senators Reid and Baucus introduced the American Workers State and
Business Relief Act, which would extend unemployment benefits and COBRA programs until
December 31st, at a price of $70 billion over 10 years.

not sure what happens if you run out after april 5th kind of confusing

March 11, 2010 at 3:24 am
(104) Jean Valjean says:

Regarding the so-called extension passed in the Senate today. The deception started in the US Senate. After the House of representatives passed a “real” extension of benefits, the Senate came up with this deceptive scheme which mostly obfuscates their intention to deny any more extensions. None of them wants to be the one found guilty of holding up the ability of millions of umemployed Americans to pay their bills, and keep the fundamental economy moving at it’s current week pace.

March 11, 2010 at 3:35 am
(105) Jean Valjean says:

I sit with two dozen other people at the local Starbucks most of the business day, applying, applying, applying for jobs.

There are several fairly large companies in the area. In the morning the Indians on the many temporary work Visas swarm into the buildings. At lunch many of them swarm out and join us in the coffee house, but mostly in to their cars or home to get their lunches. After lunch they swarm back into their jobs. At the end of the day they go home.

Indians who get their green cards are not as in demand, by the time they get their citizenship they are in solidarity with the older generational Americans and having a hard time finding work as well.

Why is the US Senate and Congress still approving temporary work visas for technology workers when the Starbucks and homes are so full of hard working people deserving and well qualified for a job, any job.

By the way the temporary work visas allow the immigrant to bring their spouse to also work in the country. Many of the spouses start employment companies and hire each other in big circles to stay employed.

ENFORCEMENT? Hello Congress? Are you listening???

March 11, 2010 at 4:12 am
(106) Lori (CA) says:

FINALLY…someone is reporting on the distinction between “benefit extensions” and “deadline extensions.” YOU MUST READ this article…let’s hope more in the media follow suit, so this issue becomes part of the public debate:

Cable News Fail: Unemployment ‘Extension’ Not Quite What It Seems

March 11, 2010 at 6:08 am
(107) Jeff in CA says:

First I’d like to thank everyone, again, for participating here.

I have a question regarding Junior’s list in post #2497. My last day of employment was Aug 29th, ’08 and I filed immediately claiming such. Now I know it’s been quite some time and I do remember receiving my first check a bit late, but according to this list I should be receiving a total of 93 weeks. However, I’ll be mailing my last claim form, of the 3rd extension, on Sunday of this week. I believe another 6 weeks will make it 79 weeks total.

Shouldn’t I be eligible for 93 weeks and not 79? And if so,

March 11, 2010 at 6:10 am
(108) Jeff in CA says:

hit enter too soon!

At any rate, can someone shed some light on my issue?

March 11, 2010 at 8:02 am
(109) Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide says:

I just posted on the longer term extension we need:


If anyone is aware of an organization with a form that sends a message to Congress specifically regarding an additional tier and/or extensions for those who are losing all benefts, please let me know and I’ll add a link.

March 11, 2010 at 8:10 am
(110) cpra says:

hello, for those who are long term and need a Tier 5…….what is the status? Does anyone know? It sound slike NELP is trying to help…..who is NELP and exactly what is their influence on the overall decision of this issue?

March 11, 2010 at 8:53 am


March 11, 2010 at 11:02 am
(112) scooter says:

Concerning my question—-> comment (2559) .
After I posted the question I wread that the Senate voted cloture on the bill,
does cloture mean that nothing can be added ? Can Congress add an ammendment to this bill?

If they extend the weeks or tiers, does this mean it has to be a completely separate bill or ammendment that originates in the Senate or can there be an ammendment to the existing one added by Congress?

I was just wondering if anyone had the answer?

March 11, 2010 at 11:44 am
(113) Miguel in California says:

For Question # 2571

NELP stands for National Employment Law Project

Here is their link: http://www.nelp.org

March 11, 2010 at 11:52 am
(114) Peter - San Diego says:

Scooter – cloture on a bill means whatever bill is on the agenda, the time for squabbling or filibustering is over. Therefore, when cloture occurs, the bill in process can be voted on and move onto the next stage. In any event, hopefully a Tier 5 or long-term extensions will come to an agenda provided by NELP or other similar organization.

March 11, 2010 at 1:09 pm
(115) Terri CA now in TN says:

I’ve been over at unemployedfriends.org the last couple of days and there are some people posting there that are literally at the end of their rope. Many have stated that they are considering the alternative to living as they have lost all hope in help for those who have exhausted all benefits. This is just not right!

There has to be SOMEONE who will champion our cause!

I know some people here are counting on NELP, but personally I’m not holding my breath waiting for them to save the day. They’re already busy patting themselves on the back for a win for the 26 weekers and based on the language in the email I received from them, focusing on job creation as a remedy for the 70-99 weekers is just plain ridiculous.
Read some of the comments on NELP’s Facebook page. They are losing fans and fast.

Does anyone here have a close to accurate number as to how many have finished their 70-99 weeks? That would be a powerful piece of info to have right about now.

March 11, 2010 at 1:27 pm
(116) Miguel in California says:

Finally – A Reporter Who Sets the Record Straight for the REAL Long Termers!

This is not a Rep. but a avg.Joe who wrote! and posted this on a Blog/Forum!
99.99% of folks will never see it!


March 11, 2010 at 1:35 pm
(117) Looking in NC says:

My company closed in Nov. 08. I began drawing the 1st of Jan. 09. I drew the first 26 weeks, then 20 and was just a few weeks into my 3rd ext. when my benefits year ended and I had to reapply. I had a waiting period again and started drawing $100 less a week (which I understand) for 13 weeks. Where am I? And from what I am reading today it looks like I am done after this?

March 11, 2010 at 1:45 pm
(118) Miguel in California says:

Since this question gets asked alot here,

For everyone who is confused and do not understand what Tier they are on:

Read Post # 2376 from Alison and Post # 2497 from Junior.

March 11, 2010 at 2:22 pm
(119) Lori (CA) says:

ALISON – regarding your post (#2570): There is a page on CONGRESS.ORG that assists you in addressing/sending emails to your congresspeople. If you click here, it allows you to contact congressional leaders (Pelosi, Reid, etc.), or you can also type in your zip code and contact your state representatives as well:


They also provide some specifics about how to contact these representatives by phone or mail — go to this link for this info:


March 12, 2010 at 4:16 am
(120) Lori (CA) says:

Another MUST-READ article from the wonderful Rick Ellis who still remains almost the ONLY journalist who cares to point out the distinction between “extending benefits” and merely “extending filing deadlines.” This very articulately explains nearly any question you might have about your current tier, eligibility, etc, etc. READ HERE:


March 12, 2010 at 5:47 am
(121) Lori (CA) says:

Cable news channels imply tier 5 of unemployment benefits on the way

(More from Rick Ellis — at this link:)


Please note the most IMPORTANT info is in this update he posts, where he says:

“Several people have emailed me the news that they have called the offices of their local Senator, and have been assured that a separate bill addressing extra weeks of coverage WILL be brought up in the Senate as early as NEXT WEEK. I’ve heard that as well, but I’m hesitant to rely on that, since no one has any firm details. Also, the reason the additional weeks weren’t included in this jobs bill is that adding more weeks is a tougher sell to Republicans and conservative Democrats. There is also an Easter break coming up soon. So even if a new bill is proposed next week, getting it passed and signed by the President before April is going to be a tough battle.”

March 12, 2010 at 1:16 pm
(122) NorCalGurl says:

New website and forum for long-termers who will be ending Tier 4…


March 12, 2010 at 4:37 pm
(123) Lori (CA) says:

@NorCalGurl – are you sure about that URL? The link won’t open for me.

March 12, 2010 at 5:25 pm
(124) Lori (CA) says:

Nevermind – the link is working now. ;-) BTW, I was reading through some of the info on the forum/discussions at NorCalGurl’s link, and this comment was posted just moments ago:

“I just received a call from a member of Senator Shaheen’s office who focuses on unemployment. He was very informative and kind. While the tax extension bill DID NOT provide additional benefits for those who have exhausted the available tiers, it created the foundation that needed to be in place for additional extensions. Translation: without this bill having been passed, we had NO chance of receiving ANY extension for the long term unemployed.

It is my sense THEY ARE NOT GOING TO LET US DROWN, BUT…we need to call, fax, and e-mail our Congressmen, Senators, and the media like there is no tomorrow (for some of us, financially, there really IS no tomorrow). The general consensus is that there are still so many out there who are still unaware that this bill did not provide an extension for all of the unemployed. So, it is UP TO US TO EDUCATE AND LET THEM KNOW WHAT WE NEED–an extension of benefits for all those who have or will soon have gone through all of the existing extensions. We need a tier 5 extension and will (likely) get one…BUT it’s UP TO US to make it happen. “

March 12, 2010 at 5:38 pm
(125) Lori (CA) says:

I FOUND A FACEBOOK GROUP FOR 99-WEEKERS…PLEASE JOIN, AND PASS THE WORD!! It was just started, and they only have 114 members right now…we need this to grow to at least 1,000,000!!!! Here’s the link:


March 12, 2010 at 6:04 pm
(126) Miguel in California says:

Lori in Ca. -

Thanks for the Facebook information. I will for sure do my part in passing the info around.

I am in the same boat as you and the rest of us are. We NEED Tier 5 ASAP.

March 12, 2010 at 6:25 pm
(127) Miguel in California says:

Lori in Ca -

Maybe their can be a video for Tier 5 on YouTube? I don’t know how that would work out to be but I just want to run it by everyone on here.

March 12, 2010 at 7:47 pm
(128) scooter says:

I don’t think a tier 5 is what we should be asking for?

Correct me if I’m wrong, but each tier is approximately 25% less than the previous tier. So judging from my experience that would make a tier 5 only 3 weeks.

We need an indefinite extension until the economy starts to get stronger…..just a thought

March 12, 2010 at 9:37 pm
(129) Taylor says:

Does that mean if there is a Tier 5 that you can potentially get more than the 99 weeks of UI? I am soon approaching the 99 week mark which I am greatful for and feel really bad for those that didn’t get as many extensions..
I had a nervous breakdown after being laid off from working for a company for 27 years and can’t seem to find a job now. It’s like you apply for jobs and it falls into a black hole. I don’t know what I am going to do if there are no more extensions to help the long term unemployed…

March 12, 2010 at 9:41 pm
(130) Taylor says:

Does that mean that if there is a Tier 5 that you can potentially receive more than 99 weeks of UI?

March 13, 2010 at 2:12 am
(131) Lori (CA) says:

@Scooter – YES, A “TIER 5″ (or a fourth extension) IS WHAT WE SHOULD BE ASKING FOR. The length of the tier will be whatever they determine it should be — likely dependent on funding, but hopefully also based on the current state of the job market. I would think they would need to approve a Tier V of at least 14 weeks, maybe up to 20 weeks in the states w/highest unemployment.

@Miguel – I’m not exactly sure what you mean by a video for Tier V…but certainly anything that helps to get the word out on this issue would be a good thing. I’m hoping one of the TV news programs does a special report or something…and that it could then be posted around the internet.

March 13, 2010 at 4:26 am
(132) Lori (CA) says:

The liberal blog CROOKS & LIARS just picked up on Rick Ellis’ stories about how the latest “extension” effort does NOT add any more benefits for 99-weekers:


Encouraging that this info is getting around…but please continue to contact your congresspeople to let them know a TIER 5 extension is an absolute necessity until the job market begins to improve!!

March 13, 2010 at 8:24 am
(133) Tracey says:

I’m confused. I’ve collected 56 weeks and was told this week I’m in tier 4. Will I qualify for the 99 weeks if this bill passes? Thanks.

March 13, 2010 at 10:29 am
(134) John says:

Tracey, once your Tier 4 benefits are exhausted you are done from my understanding unless another Tier is added or weeks added to the current Tier 4

March 13, 2010 at 2:13 pm
(135) Miguel in California says:



Senate Majority Leader Reid: (202) 224-3542

Senate Minority Leader McConnell: (202) 224-2541

Senator Richard Durbin: (202) 224-2152

Senator Max Baucus: (202) 224-2651

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi: (202) 225-4965

Rep. Jim McDermott: (202) 225-3106

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer: (202) 225-4131

Comments line: 202-456-1111
Switchboard: 202-456-1414

March 13, 2010 at 6:21 pm
(136) Keith says:

Its getting rough out there for us long time unemployed. Fox news is starting to call us lazy and bums.Man you just cant win now a days.

March 13, 2010 at 9:19 pm
(137) Richard fr CA in TX says:

Hi Miguel–thanks for posting those phone numbers. MAYBE SOME OF THE NEW PEOPLE ON THIS SITE WILL JOIN IN THE CALLING CAMPAIGN. I call almost every day and send emails.. If a new tier is introduced by Reid, do you think there will be any repubs left to vote for it after the way the dems are pissing them off by shoving the health care bill down their throat? I hope so.

March 13, 2010 at 11:11 pm
(138) UI_auditor says:

We are currently inspecting the authenticity of millions of Americans UI claims concerning each week that was claimed, and the Jobs in which they applied to during those weeks. This will take some time therefore; the delay in Tier V enactment. It has come to high concern considering the fraudulence at play concerning false Job searches.

The system has been extremely backed up for quite some time and the normal procedures have been at a lax. Currently we have estimated Millions of dollars to be returned to the states by these fraudulent individuals; which will intern help those who “really” are searching and who deserve it to begin with.

Please have some patience, we are trying to not create an uproar over this situation. But in a nutshell- that is why congress cut all you people off. Sorry to the good ones, and for the rotten bunch; its just a matter of time. Nobody gets away with a scam these days. Nobody.

Your informed UI rep.

March 14, 2010 at 12:43 am
(139) Peter - San Diego says:

To UI auditor,

Apparently you have overlooked post 2563 and appear to ignore reality. Thus, when you wake up one day and take an out-of-box look at the real scenario, then you might realize there may be something else to this crisis. Thus, from the sound of the message and FOX News, there will definitely be some confrontational issues.

March 14, 2010 at 12:51 am
(140) TC to UI_auditor says:

Are you serious?? OMG what a fine time to try to put this in action when there are soooooo many people who are facing financial fall out. Give Tier 5 and pick it all apart. Wouldnt it be better to serve 75,000 honest people and add 4 paychecks to a scammers tally to pay back?
UI office is sooo backed up with regular claims etc that they are already understaffed, now they are going back how far to pick apart how many thousands and thousands of jobs listed?

There may be Millions of dollars to be returned to the states but this should have been in place a long time ago.

The Millions of Dollars has been put right back into the USA to provide food, housing, keep stores open, kids fed, payments made, not used to BAIL OUT a bank or some other country.

With this happening you will now seen more people not able to make credit card payments, auto payments, rents, house payments, people will start to become homeless, but the good news.. the Unemployment numbers will go down and the figures will look good on paper.
Cheers, the US needs a pat on the back for BAILING OUT its own people. Good Job!

March 14, 2010 at 2:37 am
(141) Miguel in California says:

@ Richard from CA now in TX –

Hey buddy it’s really good to hear from you.

I think Obama is on the wrong track with Health Care at the moment. Now is NOT the time. Too much time has been wasted on that. Next thing, it just might be a good thing that some of these Senators are dropping like fly’s and will be replaced hopefully with ones that really understand with is needed right now in America. I really had high hope for Obama but I am losing faith in him. Nothing is really getting done … just blah blah and wasted time like always from both sides of the party. I love my county but not my gov’t elected sadly to say. Even the Dems can’t even get their act together. Both parties are a bunch of clowns to benefit them self-only and not for who elected them into the office to serve.

The Senate comes in for 45 mins than talks and then they go to roll call for 1-3 hours and come back talk some more bs and them go home. They are not serious for anything.

We really need this Tier 5 done before they go out on Easter. As for Fox News that cable channel is not real news and never was. Fox News = Clown News. Fox news is only an opinion channel news with is a arm to the right wing media. We all need to get our voices heard on the internet, local and national newspaper and even with is new social networking such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, We need to be calling, emailing and faxing these jerks everyday to have our voices heard loud and clear now. If not, we all are going to sink in this ship. We all need to be like that Tea Party, see they get their media coverage heard. We need the media to see our movement. I just want a job and any kind will be fine for me. I had put my pride aside long time ago. And no I am not lazy like Fox News claims we are. Maybe Fox New can hire me and all of us?

One last thing, since we have bailed out every business and county with Millions and Millions and Billions and Billions we need a bail out of our own now for the lost unemployed.

March 14, 2010 at 12:45 pm
(142) Liz says:

I think that the Tier 5 Benefits are necessary. I started drawing UC in 1/09 and I am still unemployed. It is harder for the older folks to get a job; especially in Nevada. It seems that all my applications are falling in a gigantic black hole, and I have serviously tired and am not even getting call backs. People are just not hiring right now and I am been in my working industry for the past 15 years. Just not young anymore.

March 14, 2010 at 2:34 pm
(143) Peter - San Diego says:

Liz – “It is harder for the older folks to get a job; especially in Nevada.” People age in all states not just Nevada. Nonetheless, the problem is nationwide.

In any event, I have been told long-term unemployed do not have recent work experience implying long-term unemployed are unemployable. Point being, capturing the comments in an e-mail and posting them at websites such as whitehouse.gov or similar sites might fuel Tier 5 benefits.

March 14, 2010 at 5:30 pm
(144) TC says:

OK so when the 26wks state UI ends and you move to tier 1 of 20wks, is it done automatically or do you have to call or file anything extra?

March 14, 2010 at 6:21 pm
(145) Cora says:

hello….so, a Tier 5 is being held up because they are going through all the long term individuals job searches? That will take forever to go through all of those…..it sure doesn’t sound good for the long term unemployed.

March 14, 2010 at 6:22 pm
(146) cora says:

So, a Tier 5 is being held up due to validating everyone’s job searches? That will take forever!

March 14, 2010 at 7:52 pm
(147) Keith says:

That UI rep guy is full of it.Can anyone tell me what Federal state extended benefits are? Is Minnesota eligible?I haven’t gotten a check in three weeks Alison?

March 14, 2010 at 9:42 pm
(148) Lori (CA) says:

I wouldn’t get yourself all in a twist about “UI Auditor” guy. I can only assume that he’s just an impostor trying to be a jerk by posting that here. I say this, because first of all, his tone is a threatening and entirely unprofessional one. Secondly, he can’t even be bothered to use even a first name (“your informed UI rep?” PLEASE!). Finally, he has enough spelling/grammar errors (“…which will intern help those…” Give me a BREAK!) in his post to suggest that he’s NOT LEGIT. At least — I certainly hope he’s not. Because if that’s the kind of person the government is hiring, whilst many others who are clearly more educated CAN’T get work — then Heaven help us.

March 14, 2010 at 9:44 pm
(149) Lori (CA) says:

Here is a list of major news outlets and contact e-mail info…I would suggest that we start sending them alerts about the necessity of doing a story about this important Tier V issue:

March 14, 2010 at 10:03 pm
(150) Lori (CA) says:

From today’s NEW YORK POST:

“Currently the Bureau of Labor Statistics unemployment benefits now run up to 99 weeks, although CONGRESS IS EXPECTED TO EXTEND THOSE BENEFITS, as hundreds of thousands of Americans are near exhausting those payments…”


March 14, 2010 at 10:48 pm
(151) Lori (CA) says:

TIER V – CALL CAMPAIGNS BEGIN TOMORROW…we must band together! For more info, check out:


March 15, 2010 at 12:57 am
(152) MIA says:

You guys need to stop complaining and work multiple jobs. Did it occur to you that the money is just NOT THERE? With less people working, where do you think this money will come from? It doesn’t appear out of thin air. The working Americans must pay it out of their checks and with higher taxes for them too. Before you think I’m some a-hole making 100 grand a year, let me inform you that I myself was laid off in PA 7 months ago. I was making $30 and hour and used 3 months of my UC. I exhausted myself looking for jobs. Sure, I got turned down ALOT and sure I was strung along and had my hopes up only to be let down. But you know what, I finally found 2 retail jobs and between the two I work roughly 50-60 hours making $500-650 a week. I babysit a little boy at my house every other Sat into Sun morning for $70 too. As a single mother, I could have sucked the government dry like a leech, but I have higher goals for myself, and my daughter- so it was a last, LAST resort.
The problem is, there are waaaay too many bums on UC who think it’s a party! Bums who don’t have families, or bills, or houses. They’re the ones making everyone look bad.
Furthermore- hell no do I agree with donating all of this money to foreign countries. Americans are homeless and starving yet curious george seems to think it’s great to rebuild Haitit with OUR money?? WTF?? It pisses me off. When Katrina happened, where was the money for them??? People are still living in FEMA trailers.
What is some real BS is people can work all of their adult lives and pay into the ”system” for hos with 6 kids by 6 different men to use their money, yet when the working person needs a check due to circumstances out of their control, they’re denied. This government is screwed up, all of them!!
I hope you guys who don’t have job, find something very soon. No hard working person deserves to be homeless.
Sorry if I have typo’s or structure errors, I am steaming right now! lol

March 15, 2010 at 2:04 am
(153) Crystal in CA says:

Please make sure you are contacting all of your state representative even if you are not in their district! Its important to let them know that we need help and make sure to contact both GOP and DEMs about this…

March 15, 2010 at 5:15 am
(154) Crystal in CA says:

$12.7 Million In Job Training Grants Available To Transition
California Veterans Into High-Demand Jobs


don’t know if this will help anyone in CA but its some news that may help someone

March 15, 2010 at 5:17 am
(155) Crystal in CA says:
March 15, 2010 at 9:33 am
(156) richard says:

can anyone answer TC question i live in florida and am in the same boat, first 26 week claim expired on march 10, 2010. do you automaticlly roll into tier number1 or do you have to apply with application, thanks to anyone

March 15, 2010 at 10:40 am
(157) Peter - San Diego says:

MIA – Missing In Action

For Richard or TC – prior to the last check, send a note to inform of your status; still unemployed, to ensure claim forms continue and the state agency is aware of your circumstance. Secondly, tune in to your state agency’s website for up-to-date information.

Mailed my Tier 4 claim form for weeks three and four. Hopefully, Tier five will proceed while ignorance continues.

March 15, 2010 at 11:54 am
(158) TC says:

Richard and Peter
I just filed the last Marvin on line today and the only thing I got prior to now was about the EB because the extension date hadnt been pushed back yet. But now that it has, I will go into Tier 1 but have got nothing new in the mail.

I just spoke with a UI rep and she said all my husband would need to do is File for the extension on line today or call it in and file for it and to just keep calling marvin or file on line every 2 weeks .

Richard, I suggest you call them today, the UI rep can do it over the phone for you!!

March 15, 2010 at 12:17 pm
(159) Miguel in California says:



Senate Majority Leader Reid: (202) 224-3542

Senate Minority Leader McConnell: (202) 224-2541

Senator Richard Durbin: (202) 224-2152

Senator Max Baucus: (202) 224-2651

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi: (202) 225-4965

Rep. Jim McDermott: (202) 225-3106

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer: (202) 225-4131

Comments line: 202-456-1111
Switchboard: 202-456-1414

March 15, 2010 at 12:48 pm
(160) richard says:

for tc or peter, my initial claim was suppose to end on march 9th 2010, when i claimed online my last two week benefit on march 2nd, i expected the computer to tell me to recalim my last week on march 9th but instead it directed me to reclaim on march 16th. as of right now when i claim tomorrow morning my balance is only for one week, what happens next, ive been told by my a couple of sources that when my account zero’ed out it would automatically roll over is that true or do i need to enroll online into tier number one, im here in florida, thanks for any advice richard

March 15, 2010 at 1:07 pm
(161) Lori (CA) says:

The latest story to post about the “99 weeks” issue (make sure to cast your vote in the poll – “should benefits be extended beyond 99 weeks?”):


March 15, 2010 at 1:10 pm
(162) Lori (CA) says:

More from Rick Ellis:

Want Congress To Extend Unemployment Benefits? Then TARGET THE MEDIA…NOW!!! (Read at link below!)


March 15, 2010 at 1:16 pm
(163) TC says:

I would call them tomorrow and have a Rep do it on the ph.
For MI: If it was filed on line you have to fill in the work search, calling in person you dont have to deal with all that and its immediately filed. My husband files again in 2 wks and there will also be a letter arriving in the mail a “determination” letter saying he qualifies.

March 15, 2010 at 1:20 pm
(164) Lori (CA) says:

FACEBOOK GROUPS to join on this issue…be sure to join and get the numbers up! (Also another good way to get/share information):



March 15, 2010 at 1:38 pm
(165) Lori (CA) says:

Very good link to find media contacts in YOUR local area:


Enter your Zip code in the “Local Media — ZIP Code Search.” You can email to 5 media contacts at a time. (copy & paste your own form letter)

March 15, 2010 at 1:58 pm
(166) Lori (CA) says:

***More email contacts ***

PLEASE, WE ALL (!) NEED TO SEND EMAILS to these outlets ASAP alerting them to the fact that a TIER V NEEDS TO BE ADDED…but that still NOBODY is talking about it! The more emails these people get, the more chance we have for the media to start discussing this issue on a wider scale. Here are some key contacts:


Al Franken:

Bill O’reilly:

brian williams:

Chris Matthews:

CBS Early Show:

Face The Nation:

MSNBC’s “Countdown w/Keith Olbermann”: countdown@msnbc.com



Fox News:

FOX Report with Shepard Smith:


L.A. Times (Letter to the editor):

Meet the press:

Michael Moore:

The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer:


NBC Nightly News:

New York Times:

Sean Hannity:


All Things Considered: atc@npr.org
Morning Edition: morning@npr.org
Talk Of The Nation: totn@npr.org

Special Report w/Brit Hume:

March 15, 2010 at 2:37 pm
(167) Lori (CA) says:

You can also TWEET your local/federal reps to let them know “A TIER V OF UNEMPLOYMENT IS NEEDED!!!” Go to:


March 15, 2010 at 3:54 pm
(168) Lori (CA) says:

Just saw this story online:


Again – no mention of a Tier V. Please read this story and post a comment underneath asking this question, so that hopefully the reporter will take action and try to include more info about this in upcoming reports. Thanks!

March 16, 2010 at 7:13 am
(169) Keith says:

Any news on a tier 5?

March 16, 2010 at 7:57 am
(170) "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 to contact there local SENATORS and GOVENORS 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!

March 16, 2010 at 8:22 am
(171) 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 11:32 am
(172) jason says:

Mr. UI Auditor. You can take you fake post and shove it.

People are posting on here because they are in horrific situations. And if your post is real,, I have a suggestion for you. How about hiring some of us WEll qualified people to help you with processing all of those forms. You can kill two birds with one stone. Have less forms to process while getting caught up on the ones that you still have to process.

But Quess what,,, You are not hiring. How do I know ? because I’ve gone to my local UI office to attend “interview skill building classes”, only to find out that they are cancelled due to understaffing. I then quickly ask who do I speak to about applying and was told that I have to apply at the state level but don’t bother becasue they are not hiring!!!! Can you believe that!The UI office actually telling someone to not even bother applying for a job. I would be safe to guess that every STATE is in this situation.

I’ve been laid off since Sept of 2009. I’m an Architect but I’m not ashamed of applying for and working ANY job. As a matter of fact,,I’m currently working part-time at Best Buy to make ends meet and guess what,,, Even they have annouced that they are laying more people off in April! I have read several articles from economist that have said that if a company needs to lay-off more than 25% of their staff then they need to close the business. Many companies are prematurely laying off or not hiring when they should. There are several Architecture firms here that have won large projects but they still aren’t hiring because they can require their current employees to work 50 to 55 hour weeks at salary. This situation goes WAY DEEPER than a few people “living” off of UI.

America is hurting in many different ways and YES UI extensions are just bandades but sometimes a bandade can save a few peoples lives

March 16, 2010 at 12:27 pm
(173) longtimer Dec2007 says:

Yeah !! I thought working 50 to 55 hours for a salary (40 hours??) was illegal! The people who have the one of the biggest workloads(UIA) aren’t even hiring. We’re supposed to find jobs????? Try being over 50 and a little better than High school, they say take classes.. Will somebody hire you at 52-54 with a college or trade school degree and no experience in the job you just finished going to school for???? Good luck to anyone trying !!!

March 16, 2010 at 12:35 pm
(174) Longtimer Dec2007 says:

I guess I’ll just have to stick with my automotive service profession and take a job from whatever employer that can see past the age thing and values experience and ability instead of a few pieces of paper on the wall that only say you can do the job..

March 16, 2010 at 3:53 pm
(175) Don says:

I’ll never understand why people think that the unemployed are lazy and trying to milk it. I had a good paying job that my unemployment gives me about HALF of what I was making. Which do they think i’d rather have. I’ve lost my car over being unemployed. If it came down to having my old job back or this i’d go back to my old job in a heartbeat.

March 16, 2010 at 4:42 pm
(176) Lori (CA) says:

This video posted today on YouTube pretty much sums it up: “TIER 5 TO SURVIVE: THE MOVIE” -


I would suggest posting/emailing/tweeting this link wherever you can – local congressional reps, media contacts, etc…GET THE WORD OUT!

March 16, 2010 at 6:20 pm
(177) Lisa says:

Hi my name is Alicia I have exhausted my unemployment I have been out of work since June 2008 since then I have suffered my second Brain Hemmorage. I have over a 150,000 in student loans I am constantly sending out resumes and going onto interviews I have been unsuccessful. I live alone and Im not eligible to receive insurance according to my unemployment income. I need to go to a Doctor for assistance but there is no help for me. I suffer sometimes with headaches so bad and pain in my eyes I find myself going to the hospital to only create a larger financial debt I cannot pay.

March 16, 2010 at 9:27 pm
(178) Cora says:

One more paycheck and without a Tier 5 I have no idea where to turn. Thank-You to all those who understand and who are fighting for what we need in this time of crisis. And for those who judge please respectfully keep your words to yourself as many good people are dealing with a great deal of hardships, worry and stress. Thank-You.

March 17, 2010 at 4:17 am
(179) Robert says:

We’ll I guess they found something else to talk about besides life…the firing of them people, what happened to
talking about unemployment, they don’t care they have money…

March 17, 2010 at 2:50 pm
(180) ian former says:

Please if your a Facebook user add this group and post a quick story I am trying to get the attention of our congress buy using social media.


March 17, 2010 at 3:48 pm
(181) Lori (CA) says:

@ Ian Former – No offense, but if you want people to see your Facebook page as a credible one, you really need to get rid of the blatant misspellings. BENEFITS (benifits) is spelled wrong, FAMILIES (family’s) is spelled wrong…and I would think also twice about using that picture and any off-color language. It just doesn’t portray the unemployed as agroup of literate, hire-worthy professionals who are looking hard for jobs — so it’s not doing us any favors. I don’t think that your page in its current state is going to garner much empathy. I appreciate your intent, but I hope you consider my suggestions if you expect people to join or pay any attention to your page…I will consider joining myself if adjustments are made. Good luck…

March 17, 2010 at 4:12 pm
(182) Lori (CA) says:
March 17, 2010 at 4:29 pm
(183) Lori (CA) says:

Staffers Say Congress ‘Doesn’t Have The Political Will’ For True Extension Of Unemployment Benefits:


DON’T LET THIS ARTICLE DISCOURAGE YOU! Just use it as motivation to continue to be AS VOCAL AS POSSIBLE about this issue until it’s “on the radar” for these clueless congresspeople.

March 17, 2010 at 5:46 pm
(184) Miguel in California says:

They have money to pass Health Care but won’t pass Tier 5. What kind of world are we living in?

And as for NELP … they are to slow and useless for Tier 5 .. they sold us out for the 99′ers.

This makes my sick. I had to pawn my computer today and use a library for free. God knows long how long it would be before they shut down the library to budget cuts. Cut all aid money to other countries and help out OWN people FIRST ! It’s our tax dollars and it must be spend in our own county. When ever has a county that we gave aid money to has help the U.S. out? NEVER is the answer !

I went to use a computer at One Stop – Work Source and I had to wait over an hour before somebody got off one.

Our country is deep shi*. They spend too much time of Health Care (over a year) and not the really issues we need now and today! Obama and Congree needs to get their act together or else they will be ALL VOTED OUT in the next elections.



Al Franken:

Bill O’reilly:

brian williams:

Chris Matthews:

CBS Early Show:

Face The Nation:

MSNBC’s “Countdown w/Keith Olbermann”: countdown@msnbc.com



Fox News:

FOX Report with Shepard Smith:


L.A. Times (Letter to the editor):

Meet the press:

Michael Moore:

The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer:


NBC Nightly News:

New York Times:

Sean Hannity:


All Things Considered: atc@npr.org
Morning Edition: morning@npr.org
Talk Of The Nation: totn@npr.org

Special Report w/Brit Hume:



Senate Majority Leader Reid: (202) 224-3542

Senate Minority Leader McConnell: (202) 224-2541

Senator Richard Durbin: (202) 224-2152

Senator Max Baucus: (202) 224-2651

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi: (202) 225-4965

Rep. Jim McDermott: (202) 225-3106

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer: (202) 225-4131

Comments line: 202-456-1111
Switchboard: 202-456-1414

March 17, 2010 at 6:24 pm
(185) scooter says:

I don’t post much but I have to say,Lori & others have good information….keep up the good work.

I wanted to add… there are a lot of people reading but not posting so I’m sure the links & info your posting is helping those who are just reading.

Thanks and keep up the good work.

March 17, 2010 at 8:41 pm
(186) Miguel in California says:

I posted 2 post on here an hour and half ago and it doesn’t show up here.

Alison, why are MY post being deleted ? Please advise.

March 17, 2010 at 10:28 pm
(187) Miguel in California says:

Everybody please contact Congress and the Media for Tier 5 every day until there is bill and that bill is passed and signed.

For those on Tier 1, 2, 3, & 4 should be also worried and should contact Congress and the Media because when your current Tiers are up, you will have a Tier 5 ready for you if you need it.


Senate Majority Leader Reid: (202) 224-3542

Senate Minority Leader McConnell: (202) 224-2541

Senator Richard Durbin: (202) 224-2152

Senator Max Baucus: (202) 224-2651

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi: (202) 225-4965

Rep. Jim McDermott: (202) 225-3106

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer: (202) 225-4131

Comments line: 202-456-1111
Switchboard: 202-456-1414


Al Franken:

Bill O’reilly:

brian williams:

Chris Matthews:

CBS Early Show:

Face The Nation:

MSNBC’s “Countdown w/Keith Olbermann”: countdown@msnbc.com



Fox News:

FOX Report with Shepard Smith:


L.A. Times (Letter to the editor):

Meet the press:

Michael Moore:

The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer:


NBC Nightly News:

New York Times:

Sean Hannity:


All Things Considered: atc@npr.org
Morning Edition: morning@npr.org
Talk Of The Nation: totn@npr.org

Special Report w/Brit Hume:

March 18, 2010 at 3:03 am
(188) Crystal in CA says:

i contacted everyone on that list you all should its so important to get the message out that we need help and the consequences if we don’t receive that help not only to our families but to the economy in general.

March 18, 2010 at 11:17 am
(189) Miguel in California says:

PLEASE, everybody take the time and read Post # 2647 above.

Thank you.

March 18, 2010 at 12:43 pm
(190) Miguel in California says:

SORRY, I mean read Post # 2648 and not Post # 2647.

It was a typo mistake.

But, please do read Post # 2648 and contact Congress and the Media for more Tiers.

Thank you for everybody’s help.

March 18, 2010 at 12:44 pm
(191) Terri CA now in TN says:

Saw this posted in the Unemployed-Friends site. Not much response (yet) from the forum members about contacting PBS, but a few have. Someone else posted that they are shy about telling their story in this matter which I understand completely.

Miguel – Crystal – Lori:
I have admired your tenacity and posts, and maybe folks like you would be a voice to the media. Please think about it.

Later posts said that you do not have to be from FL to contact Diane.


Dear forum members,

Diane from PBS would like to know if anyone would be interested in doing an interview for the upcoming project she has. A post from our forum is included below, please reach out to her if you are interested, thanks!!




I am a producer for the PBS NewsHour (formerly The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer), the nightly news program on public broadcasting. We’re coming to Florida to do a series of stories later this month. One story we are planning is on unemployment. I’m looking for people to profile for the story. We’d like to interview people about your experience being unemployed and about problems or issues you have encountered getting unemployment benefits. We are planning to do this in or near Orlando,Tampa, Cape Coral or Fort Myers. If you are interested in being interviewed on camera for the story, please let me know. You can reach me by email at dlincoln@newshour.org or by phone at (703) 998-2184 or I’m happy to contact you at your convenience if you give me the best way to reach you.

Thank you!


March 18, 2010 at 1:15 pm
(192) Miguel in Ca. to Terri in Ca now in TN says:

Terri in CA now in TN -

It seems to me.. everybody who reads this board is not worried about Tier 5 besides the main folks like you, me, Crystal and Lori (CA) and a few others.

Also, Lori (CA).. thanks for all of your post on there. We are the left overs 99′ers who didn’t benefit from those bills that was passed in the past weeks and months or so.

I call and email everyday those morons in Congress. I even email the media. I will email and call the contact from PBS on you Post # 2652.

I miss Richard from CA now in TX. I haven’t seen him lately on here. I hope he is doing well. He use to be on this board everyday like us.

March 18, 2010 at 1:36 pm
(193) Alison, Job Search Guide says:

If my email is any indication, there are lots of people reading these posts who are very worried about Tier 5 – petrified, in fact, about what’s going to happen when their benefits run out.

They don’t always post, because, I think, they don’t have any suggestions or answers, but they are definitely reading – and appreciate everyone’s support – especially from the “old timers”. I appreciate it, as well.

March 18, 2010 at 1:43 pm
(194) Miguel in Ca. to Job Search Guide says:

Thanks Job Search Guide.

March 18, 2010 at 4:29 pm
(195) Charmaine Pruitt says:

I have contacted the offices of my senators and representatives in Congress and I have received no response or when I did very little support or sympathy. I am so worried about what is going to happen. I have a BA and a Master’s degree. I recently applied for a janitorial job and I just finished taking my exam trying to land a census job. In the meantime, I have managed to start my own business in the hopes that it will take off soon as I can’t sit and wait for this job market to turn around. As of right now, I do not make enough money to support myself. Until then, I am dependent on unemployment. I have one request left, a partial one, before I exhaust my benefits. We do need a Tier V. This was the partisan rhetoric response I received from Congressman Mike Burgess’ office (TX):

Dear Ms. Pruitt:

Thank you for contacting me regarding H.R. 3548, the Worker, Homeownership, and Business Assistance Act of 2009. I appreciate hearing from you about this legislation.

As you may know, H.R. 3548 was introduced on September 10, 2009 by Congressman Jim McDermott (D-West Virginia). This bill passed both the House and the Senate and was signed into law by President Obama on November 6, 2009. H.R. 3548 extends the unemployment benefits extension program by 14 weeks for all states, and then an extra 6 weeks (for a total of 20 additional weeks) for states with unemployment rates in excess of 8.5%. The bill also extends the 0.2% Federal Unemployment Tax on employers for 18 months (otherwise set to expire at the end of last year). Additionally, H.R. 3548 extended the $8,000 tax credit, otherwise set to expire on November 30, 2009, for five months.

You correctly noted that I voted against this legislation. I would like to explain the reasoning behind my vote. First of all, I am supportive of the homebuyer tax credit and I have cosponsored another piece of legislation which would have extended the tax credit past the original November 30, 2009 deadline. Unfortunately, the Democratic Majority, like they have been prone to do, included many other provisions in this legislation that I could not support.

H.R. 3548 would cause the duration of maximum unemployment benefits available to far exceed what was available during previous recessions. H.R. 3548 would cause a total extension of unemployment benefits of up to 73 weeks?”which far exceeds the previous record (33 weeks in 1992). By comparison, after the 2001 recession, unemployment benefits were extended for 26 weeks.

I sympathize with those that are unemployed and I agree that unemployment benefits are needed during times of high unemployment. President Obama claimed that his $787 billion stimulus package would save the economy and keep unemployment under 8%. I was against the stimulus package because I didn’t believe it was the right approach to help the economy and I am sorry to say that a year later, with unemployment hovering around 10%, I was unfortunately correct. Instead of focusing Congress’ efforts on actually providing jobs for Americans, we are passing laws that only patch the needs of the nations unemployed. We need to give businesses an incentive to hire workers but this bill extends the Federal Unemployment Taxes on employers for 18 months. You may be interested to know that in an attempt to get businesses hiring again, I have introduced legislation that would repeal the increase in Federal Unemployment Taxes that H.R. 3548 implemented.

Again, thank you for taking the time to contact me. I appreciate having the opportunity to represent you in the U.S. House of Representatives. Please feel free to visit my website (www.house.gov/burgess) or contact me with any future concerns.


Michael C. Burgess, M.D.
Member of Congress

March 18, 2010 at 4:38 pm
(196) Richard Fr Ca now in TX says:

Hello to all especially you old timers like Terri, Crystal and Miguel. I am still here calling, writing and faxing almost everyday just like most of you. I received my next to last check today and I owe my last two checks for weeks 96-99 to IRS for my 2009 income taxes. I am scared just like all of you.that Congress is just going to kick us into the street I don’t believe we will get any more benefits but I hope I’m wrong. I do believe that Reid or someone will bring up a bill but I don’t think there will be 60 votes to pass it. I am probably going to lose one of my automobiles back to the bank. I had to go to the hospital last June(passing a kidney stone) I was in there for about 7 hours and received a bill for over $10,000.00. Now a collection agency is bugging the hell out of me. I told them I will give them $20.00 a month for the rest of my life and that’s the best I can do. Good Luck to all of us!

March 18, 2010 at 5:09 pm
(197) Lori (CA) says:

Hang in there, everyone…and let’s all keep praying, trying to stay positive…and hopefully the change we need will come. And in the meantime, BE SURE to join the following groups on Facebook so that you can receive and share info there as well:

99 Weeks Unemployed:

Tier V to Survive:

March 18, 2010 at 5:13 pm
(198) Lori (CA) says:

79/99-weekers: It’s important to reach out to your local media and congresspeople — ALL OF US — don’t just sit idly by and assume someone else is going to do it for you. There is POWER IN NUMBERS, so the more of us who do our part, the better. Please scroll up for many great suggestions posted for contacting these people via phone and email. You may also TWITTER key members of the media — for thousands of those media twitter addresses, go to:



March 18, 2010 at 5:16 pm
(199) Charmaine says:

I just phoned the offices of the House and Senate members listed on this blog. Healthcare reform as we all know is the big issue. I was even told by one staffer that that is where they are concentrating their efforts. To all the long term unemployed, we need to make our voices heard, and heard now. Call the House and Senate members listed on this blog. More importantly, call your state’s representatives in the Congressional House and Senate and urge them to pass a Tier V extension. Let’s not stop calling until it gets done. Congress at this point seems content with letting us fall by the wayside. That is simply unacceptable!

March 18, 2010 at 5:24 pm
(200) Richard Fr Ca now in TX says:

I am posting an article from JP MORGAN Chase bank that says that the unemployment rate is so high because of extended benefits. It will take me a couple of weeks but I am closing my JP Morgan checking account and putting my little bit of money elsewhere. They helped to create the mess we are in and they have to nerve to say that we are the problem.

Bailout bank (J.P. Morgan Chase) Release Report Stating Exteneded Jobless Benefits is Reason for High Unemployment. Republicans agree.

Lengthened availability of jobless benefits has raised the unemployment rate by 1.5 percentage points and has increased the average duration of unemployment spells by over a month, according to a report put out yesterday by JPMorgan Chase Bank.

The report claims that jobless benefits have the potential to increase the unemployment rate by softening the blow of losing a job and encourage people who would otherwise drop out of the labor force to be counted as job seekers and therefore in the labor force.

Analyst Rick Ellis explains the math behind the report’s findings:
If the current national rate was 10 percent, half of that (or 5 percent) is what you would typically expect to see in a healthy economy. Of the remaining 5 percent, 1.5 points is attributable to the extension of unemployment benefits past the recent historical threshold of 26 weeks.

Republican pundits were already repeating that 1.5 point number late Wednesday, using it as a talking point in favor of letting the extended benefits expire.

Ellis disagrees with the premise behind the JP Morgan Chase theory:
The national unemployment rate peaked in late 2009, and at that point, only 20 of the 47 weeks of extended coverage had been enacted. … The addition of another 27 weeks of coverage should have sent the national unemployment rate back up sharply. Instead, the number remained at pretty much a steady level.

However, the analysts at JPMorgan Chase aren’t the only ones claiming that extended federal unemployment benefits are adding to the country’s jobless problem.

Gary Wolfram of the Business & Media Institute writes: “It ought to be clear that if we reduce the cost of becoming or remaining unemployed, then we will have greater unemployment … One reason we have had such a “jobless recovery” is due to the reduction in the cost of remaining unemployed due to the expansion of unemployment benefits.”

You can expect to hear more of these arguments in the weeks ahead when the U.S. House of Representatives takes up the Senate jobs bill that would extend the deadlines for filing for federal extended unemployment benefits through the end of the year.

Source Story


Note from the blogger: This article was found today from MLive.com. Remember that the American taxpayer bailed out the goons at JP Morgan/Chase. Michael Feroli, Chase Bank, is the person we all have to thank for this recent study from Chase bank.

I bet our tax dollars helped pay Mr. Feroli for this study. His email is michael.e.feroli@jpmorgan.com in case you had something to say to him.

March 18, 2010 at 6:40 pm
(201) Lori (CA) says:

It’s also a good idea for us to contact/pitch some of the top nationally syndicated talk radio shows out there about discussing this “Tier 5″ issue, and that it’s NOT being taken seriously by congress as millions face losing ALL BENEFITS in a matter of weeks.

Some key shows/addresses:

The Ed Schultz Show
ed@edschultzshow.com (host)
james@edschultzshow.com (producer)

The Stephanie Miller Show
stephanie@stephaniemiller.com (host)
chris@stephaniemiller.com (exec producer)
rebekah@stephaniemiller.com (assoc. producer)

Bill Press
@dcradiodan (producer Dan Henning via Twitter)
@bpshow (general show contact via Twitter)

The Young Turks:
annakasparian@yahoo.com (booking producer)

Randi Rhodes:
via Twitter – @randiradio

The Mike Malloy Show:
mike@mikemalloy.com (host)
kathy@mikemalloy.com (producer)

The Alan Colmes Show:
via twitter – @alancolmes

The Jim Bohannon Show:
paul_hill@westwoodone.com (producer)

The Bob Edwards Show:
bob@xmradio.com (host)
andy.danyo@xmradio.com (producer)
via Twitter @bobedwardsshow

The Diane Rehm Show:
sandra@wamu.org (Sandra Pinkard – producer)
via Twitter @drshow

March 18, 2010 at 6:48 pm
(202) Lori (CA) says:

FYI – The Diane Rehm show this morning was dedicated to the crisis of the jobless (and long-term jobless). You can listen to the full discussion here:


March 18, 2010 at 11:52 pm
(203) Amy says:

Food for thought. I have read in many places that the employed complain we are getting a free handout and we never paid into unemployment. Employees in some states do. However, If my employers paid unemployment for their employees, which they all do, where is that money. I don’t know any $$ amount but let’s assume they pay $100.00 each month for each employee. Now I worked at my employment for 30 years – that is $36,000. My state paid me $325.00 per week, so to use up the $36,000 that my employer paid for me I should receive 110 weeks. Where is the money and what are the state and/or Fed doing with it.

March 19, 2010 at 3:12 am
(204) Lori (CA) says:

Unemployment extension legislation: House rep answers some of your questions:


Not sounding good, people — seriously — if you want a Tier 5 — you’re GOING TO HAVE TO DO YOUR PART TO DEMAND IT. I cannot stress enough the importance of contacting your congressional reps and local media contacts…our voices must be heard, and quickly.

March 19, 2010 at 9:28 am
(205) Longtimer Dec2007 says:

In regards to post 2660 This rotten criminal S.O.B. Feroli is typical of our problems! Give these human pieces of trash Billions of OUR money and save them from themselves and they go on their way. This country needs a good old revolt. We can start by marching down Wallstreet and dragging these criminals from their ivory towers into the street and leave them with nothing. Maybe keep going and take our elected trash and do the same. These cronies have been too comfortable for WAY TOO Long!! If it’s ever possible, we MUST pay off all these credit card banks and tell them to shove their (our) money where the sun don’t shine. Lets see how long they survive without the endless billions of OUR money paying their big bonuses and paychecks!!!!!

March 19, 2010 at 9:40 am
(206) Longtimer Dec2007 says:

One last thing in regards to the P.O.S. at Chase… We must overcome our dependence on these criminals… We the (sheep) are at the mercy of these wolves (enemies) and one sure way to overcome is to reduce the number of our enemies. After all there are way more of us than them, our only hope to get these elected criminals to listen is election time!! Lets not have such short term memories when that time rolls around. We have a terrible habit of forgetting all the crimes commited against us by these wolves in sheeps clothing as soon as something good happens to us…. Gee whiz, as soon as they get their wonderfull health care disaster passed we can all see some “C” student doctor to help us battle our ill feelings. Problem is I can’t figure out what to fill in for an address since there isn’t any street name on the old refrigerator box a lot of us will be living in soon!!! I PRAY I still have a home this summer!!!

March 19, 2010 at 9:55 am
(207) cora says:

I’m in desperate need of a Tier 5…I cannot find work anywhere. Who should I contact in Michigan to help this situation?

March 19, 2010 at 12:17 pm
(208) Martha says:

If you people keep voting republican, they will destroy America, little by little like they had been doing every time the come to the White House.

If your read Lori message you can see that she suggested only liberal to contact, why? Is very simple, the Progress and Liberal party they are the only political party that cares, for now, of the poor and middle class.

I don’t want to make a political statement here really, but reality is something very painful to us, the unemployed of America, and if we stretch up to here today is because the Democrats.

Republican all ways is the party of corporations, and they will continue to be, I hope some day a new party will show up that really represent the poor and middle class of this country, the right winger are our enemy. Just look the pass last 8 years. They are the “fear-mongering”, the “bone collectors of misery” “the exterminators a social justice and fairness for all”.

And please remember Roosevelt and the amendments of new right for American citizens he tried to put in the bill, and he don’t’ had no time to finish.

Please people, keep writing to the media the senators, the White House, republicans or democrats, independent, red, blue or yellow, but at least let then know that are millions of citizens that are displaced and hungry, some are in the door steps to become homeless. And don’t forger it, now people like us that are without job and a 5 tier unemployment extension, in June, July and from there on a lot more of you will be in the same situation

March 19, 2010 at 4:25 pm
(209) Richard fr CA in TX says:

So JP Morgan Chase bank stated that the reason that unemployment is so high is because of extended benefits and of course the republicans are right there with them. It will take me a few weeks and I will be closing all of my Chase accounts, not that there is any money left in the savings account anyway. I will be letting them know the reason also. I will be putting my money in a credit union in the Austin area. We the taxpayers bail them out and the bastards have the nerve to say that we are the problem. Well, to Hell with them.

March 19, 2010 at 5:18 pm
(210) Lori (CA) says:

VERY interesting video from the House session earlier this week:


It sounds like Congressman Jim McDermott and Wally Herger (R-CA) actually are among the few who DO acknowledge the fact millions of Americans are going to exhaust the last of their max (79-99 wks) benefits by the end of March, because the stimulus package DID NOT SUCCESS…FULLY CREATE JOBS.

*** Perhaps we all need to keep calling McDermott & Herger’s offices about getting a TIER 5 BENEFIT EXTENSION passed!!! (Note: on the video clip attached above, McDermott speaks first, followed by Herger)

Jim McDermott’s Office (DC): (202) 225-3106
Jim McDermott’s Office (Seattle): (206) 553-7170

Wally Herger’s Office (DC): (202) 225-3076
Wally Herger’s Office (Chico, CA): (530) 893-8363
Wally Herger’s Office (Redding, CA): (530) 223-5898

March 19, 2010 at 7:28 pm
(211) glasnost says:

Well Done! I Like it!

March 19, 2010 at 8:35 pm
(212) Chris says:

I have been unemployed since 10/08. My savings are exhausted, I had to raid my 401K early, so after the market ate 50% I paid a penalty of 20%. I have been living on my UE and my credit cards. So now I have no savings and a mountain of debt.

Today I had to call Chase for something and I swear it sounded as if they have outsourced their customer service. Annoying, but I moved on to call Verizon who has also moved their customer support to India.

So I have to ask myself where did this country go wrong? We can’t get the ecomomy going unless we export more, but we don’t manufacture anything to export but jobs.

Should we all move to India??

March 20, 2010 at 11:54 am
(213) Sean says:

Here’s a great YouTube movie link that is worth your time to watch: Tier 5 to SURVIVE.mov.

I’m sure most of you can relate to this video.

March 20, 2010 at 11:57 am
(214) Sean says:

Here’s a great YouTube movie link that is worth your time to watch: Tier 5 to SURVIVE.mov.

I’m sure most of you can relate to this video.


March 20, 2010 at 1:33 pm
(215) Mike in CA says:

what are the thoughts of so many of us that are paying $1,000- $1,500 in unemployment taxes. Why couldn’t the government pass something to recycle that money back to us in ways of jobs or more benefits?

March 20, 2010 at 5:20 pm
(216) mimi says:

UE benefits should be extended with no “deadlines”. Easy for politians with $1,000 ties to say NO, they have no clue what we the middle class are experiencing. How can we deny extensions when there is NO work. We are a CRUEL, COLD nation to our own, but roll out the red carpet to illegals. Why won’t the US do as other western countries, IF YOU ARE ILLEGAL YOUR CHILD BORN HERE IS ILLEGAL! We would save BILLIONS in healthcare, food stamps, etc. That is the only reason we are over run with illegals they know how lots of kids and they remain here due to their child, who should be illegal too! Then perhaps, extending benefits to those who really need it would not be in such debate.

March 20, 2010 at 7:55 pm
(217) Illegal says:

Hey Mimi where is your family coming from? All the people that live in North America come from a different country. if you say that you are illegal and your children are born here its illegal, that means that you are illegal too. dont mix one thing with another and stop your anger and dont blame other people that have nothing to do with it.

March 20, 2010 at 8:10 pm
(218) Redneck American says:

Hey Mimi,

You’re really ignorant. The real problem is that most Americans born in the U.S. just wont want to work for 8, 9 or 10 bucks and hour. They also don’t want to put in the long hours for a few bucks. I have seen on other blogs that U.S. born folks rather get a free hand out then work for 8, 9 or 10 dollars and hour. I pass by a welfare office everyday and I see perfectly fine healthy people lined up outside in the mornings smoking and talking on cell phones with 2-5 kids. God knows with different fathers maybe. I know for a fact in my opinion they could be working any kind of job but they rather get a free hand out and ride the system. I also see all races doing this. NOT just Mexicans. So, don’t even tell me that the Whites or African American or other races doesn’t have a boatload of kids and riding the welfare systems. For example, when do you ever see Japanese family on welfare? You hardly see that. I’m not say that everybody is riding the systems but you know most are. I am NOT against unemployment benefits to the unemployed. I myself am unemployed and I have a degree and still can find a job. I am a proud American born here in the U.S. So, don’t go bad mouthing others when you have your own problems to solve. It’s just hard times right now.

The illegals didn’t put us in this mess that we are in or did they? Maybe in you book. Answer these questions then. Are you willing to work at a car wash in the hot sun all day for tips only while the owner takes advantage of you or cut the lawn for a few bucks per day? Or better yet are you willing to clean peoples house and their toilets or a few buck. Answer those questions. You would have to be a sick-minded person to think in a narrow-minded way like you do.

If you hate illegals so much then maybe you should vote and have a voice in the laws changed in your state and federal gov’t.

March 20, 2010 at 9:02 pm
(219) Longtimer Dec2007 says:

In regards to #2678 Hey Illegal… My relatives came here legally and became citizens not to mention made sure they learned ENGLISH… That IS our national language.. Nobody has a problem with people comming here LEGALLY.. I have never seen german or french written on product labels and signs in retail stores!! Please come to our great country the correct way!!!

March 20, 2010 at 9:51 pm
(220) Illegal says:

hey longtimer, it does not matter the way you got to this country, the point is that you came to a different country because your relatives needed to eat. and if now you are looking at this page is because now you are in need too.

March 21, 2010 at 10:13 am
(221) scooter says:

I and many others come here to find out information and to share what we know about our common problem “unemployment” nothing else, so can we stay on topic?

March 21, 2010 at 4:03 pm
(222) MIguel in California says:

Everybody, please sign this letter/Petition and pass it along to others. We need everybody’s voice counted and heard in this matter.

Also, please don’t forget to call, fax and email Congress and the news media everyday of the week. Congress claims that folks are requesting for a tier 5 and that’s way the are not doing anything about it now.


March 21, 2010 at 4:33 pm
(223) MIguel in California says:

Correction to Post # 2683 from me.

I was trying to say… Congress claims that folks are NOT requesting for a tier 5 and that’s why they are not doing anything about it now.

March 21, 2010 at 7:04 pm
(224) Lori (CA) says:
March 22, 2010 at 11:34 am
(225) jake says:

PLEASE HELP… Remove the High Unemployment Period restrictions on Tier IV and add a 5th tier that is not connected to the unemployment rate. You only qualify for Tier IV (EB), IF your state is at 8.5% average unemployment or higher. These rates are adjusted as the politicians see fit, based on estimated migrant and seasonal farm workers – I bet it is happening in your state). The individual states unemployment rate does not matter if you are one of the people that has never been without a job, never drawn unemployment before, are trying your best looking hard for a job everyday, and are still on the verge of losing your home and being on the street with no income. Everyone please contact your politicians and local news channels until this gets the proper attention. Call and write every day. This last bill is nothing more than a deadline extension with huge restrictions tied to the unemployment rate. Just lip service during an election year. Let’s make them do the right thing or put them out of work in November 2010 or in November 2012.

March 22, 2010 at 2:42 pm
(226) CATHERINE says:







March 22, 2010 at 7:39 pm
(227) Miguel in California says:

Tier 5 – more contacts to email…

Click on the following link and please do your part by emailing everybody on the list everyday for Tier 5.


March 22, 2010 at 8:22 pm
(228) mark m says:

hold on everyone. cant you see whats happening. we are quickly being replaced by illegal aliens. we are not going back to work. i look around and only see illegal aliens working. when we cant work we cant participate. and when we cant participate in our own country we get mad. and now you know why we have the right to bair arms. i think the sleeping giant is about to yawn. this country went to hell when they gave our jobs away to illegal aliens. and if you think for one second that aint so… then your blind as a bat. thjis is war and its going to get ugly.

March 22, 2010 at 8:52 pm
(229) daniel orozco says:

hello….can someone tell me how long can i collect unemployment….i been collecting since january 2009 but to be honest things in phila,PA is not to good they approve me for another extencion but after that exhoust .that tier…..for how long can i collect this year

March 22, 2010 at 9:50 pm
(230) me says:

hey mark, do you know when you’re going to participate in this country? when you accept jobs for $8. also, check post 2679. people dont know how to get rid of their anger with others, just like you mark.

March 22, 2010 at 10:09 pm
(231) Cora says:

this week I will receive my last check from the 6 week…Tier 4. I’m very nervous. Should I still report even though my benefits are exhausted? Is there any good news regarding a possible Tier 5? If so…..is this something that may happen soon? A couple weeks without any money for rent and zero savings is scary. I have nothing more to get rid of….we need help, serious help.

March 22, 2010 at 10:32 pm
(232) Crystal in CA to 2657) Richard Fr Ca now in TX says: says:

Hi Richard,

Check with the hospital they have secret programs for those who are unemployed they can put you on an insurance to pay your bill. Take your last unemployment 0 balance form with your to the hospital admin office. I had to do that myself to get insurance and my dad had to do it for a 100,000 hospital bill. They do have programs. Also, Kaiser has a program as well its not the step program its for those who can not afford insurance you have to ask for it.

March 22, 2010 at 10:45 pm
(233) Crystal in CA says:

This week I will be sending in my last form I could not even get a Microsoft voucher to get the free training. This is just crazy. In a few weeks a lot of people will be homeless and they are debating about heath care which they just need to pass and move on to help us. Lori, J, Richard, Miguel I know we all can make a difference because we are contacting people in the media and congress, but we can’t do it alone. The rest of us unemployed people here need to get off our butts and make those emails and calls. This is a crisis in America!

March 22, 2010 at 11:05 pm
(234) Miguel in California says:

@ Post # 2694 Crystal in CA:

I am in the same boat that you are in sadly to say and I totally agree with you.

March 23, 2010 at 3:53 am
(235) Lori (CA) says:




March 23, 2010 at 4:06 am
(236) Lori (CA) says:
March 23, 2010 at 7:34 am
(237) richard says:

I had money left in my tier 4 and the federal gvt took it back they told me . I was expecting my last check this week.I will be on the streets within a few weeks and have no where to go.Why did the gvt. take back the money?

March 23, 2010 at 11:52 am
(238) cora says:

Crystal….I too am sending emails and petitioning for an additional Tier. I’m not on here as much as I would like as I don’t have internet at home. I appreciate the links that you all post. I use them to get my opinion out there.

March 23, 2010 at 12:54 pm
(239) lanah says:

I have three weeks left in my first teir. If you question how politicians can play around with people’s lives, then all you have to do is to read these message boards. The politicians represent the people and as yous ee some people on here are as ignorant as you can get. The unemployed no longer include the lazy or unmotivated. It now includes upper and middle management, college educated and hig school educated. I was an architectural intern when I was laid off in September and have not even sniffed a job in my field. I am now working nights bartending and in the morning taking calls for people crying about their REWARDS points. Even with both of those jobs and unemployement, I’m barely making it. But my Boyfriends father had the nerve to say that no one should get unemployment. That there are plenty of jobs out there but NO ONE wants to work them. Well a month ago his Fat Arse got laid off also and what did he do?
Do you think he went to look for one of those jobs that no one is willing to work,,,NO. he took his severance and went on vacation with his wife. He doesn’t even plan on looking for another job period, because he doesn’t have to with the severance pay he received.

People LIVE in BUBBLES and that includes politicians. If you can’t picture yourself in someone elses shoes then you shouldn’t be making comments about them much less making rules that could affect them.

March 23, 2010 at 3:31 pm
(240) Longtimer Dec2007 says:

Yeah, sounds like a real smart guy!! He should run for a public office, that sounds exactly like what our elected officials do… And of course giving themselves pay raises like recently… Unfortunately the only way to guarentee press and attention from these low life politicians is to get together for a march on the capital building in D.C. The larger the number of people the better, if they could arrange the Million Man March a few years back, why not concerned citizens and the unemployed??????

March 23, 2010 at 5:09 pm
(241) Lori (CA) says:

It appears a national “March on Washington” is being planned for Tier 5:


To Volunteer for the March, contact: peopleoverpolitcs@yahoo.com

March 23, 2010 at 5:17 pm
(242) Lori (CA) says:

Another way to stay up on any breaking news regarding a Tier 5 — be sure to join this Facebook Group:


March 23, 2010 at 6:01 pm
(243) Miguel in California says:

Everybody MUST do their part by Calling, Faxing and Emailing (which is free..go to the library or your local Work Source/One Stop center if you don’t have internet) and get your voice out there to Congress and the Media everyday until Tier 5 is passed. Nothing is going to be done if rely on others to do it for you and not do it your self. Everybody has to pitch in and email, fax and call.

Click or cut and paste the link to get the contacts


And here are even more contact for everybody to contact.
Some key shows/addresses:

The Ed Schultz Show
ed@edschultzshow.com (host)
james@edschultzshow.com (producer)

The Stephanie Miller Show
stephanie@stephaniemiller.com (host)
chris@stephaniemiller.com (exec producer)
rebekah@stephaniemiller.com (assoc. producer)

Bill Press
@dcradiodan (producer Dan Henning via Twitter)
@bpshow (general show contact via Twitter)

The Young Turks:
annakasparian@yahoo.com (booking producer)

Randi Rhodes:
via Twitter – @randiradio

The Mike Malloy Show:
mike@mikemalloy.com (host)
kathy@mikemalloy.com (producer)

The Alan Colmes Show:
via twitter – @alancolmes

The Jim Bohannon Show:
paul_hill@westwoodone.com (producer)

The Bob Edwards Show:
bob@xmradio.com (host)
andy.danyo@xmradio.com (producer)
via Twitter @bobedwardsshow

The Diane Rehm Show:
sandra@wamu.org (Sandra Pinkard – producer)
via Twitter @drshow


March 23, 2010 at 7:22 pm
(244) Lori (CA) says:

Twitter Campaign to Congress – Extend ARRA and a Tier V!


Another avenue we can all use to try to get the word out about the need for a Tier V of benefits. This is a very handy, quick and easy tool to use to get our message out there, to not only the media, but to members of Congress as well.

If you do not have a TWITTER account, simply register @ http://www.twitter.com

Read to get started: http://twitter.com/help/start

Addresses to Tweet to:
http://www.tweetcongress.org (lots of reps’ Twitter addresses here)



March 23, 2010 at 8:46 pm
(245) Lori (CA) says:

Follow latest NELP updates on Twitter:


March 23, 2010 at 9:47 pm
(246) Miguel in California says:

Found this on another unemployed job blog:

Urgent: I did a Google search and found something important for us all.
Click on the link to the site below.
And contact this Congressman Bart Gordon (D-Tennessee) ASAP.
This maybe our one chance to get a Tier 5 sponsored by this Congressman.
Bombard him with emails, faxes and phone calls.
If enough of us do it, he may just be the one to get the ball rolling on this.
Read below and click on the link to this website.

Congress.org – : Letter to Rep. Bart Gordon (D-Tennessee): Tier 5 …
Tier 5 Unemployment Benefits To: Rep. Bart Gordon March 14, 2010 … There is a dire need for a Tier 5 extension of Unemployment benefits. …
http://www.congress.org/congressorg/bio/userletter/?letter_id…dir... – Cached

You may have to copy and paste the link.

March 24, 2010 at 1:33 am
(247) Crystal in Ca to (2699) cora says: says:

Thank you Cora and others we need to continue to contact them about this or we all will be homeless.

(2700) lanah says: I agree with you and that is why we are writing about whats really going on and letting the politicians know what we are college grads, middle class that are not lazy and have worked for years but can not find a job not even for $8.00/hr.

I think that it would also be good for everyone to march on their state capitals as we don’t all have money to travel to washington d.c.

March 24, 2010 at 1:39 am
(248) Crystal in CA says:

Dear Crystal

Thank you for contacting me with your support for extending unemployment
insurance and COBRA subsidy benefits. I appreciate hearing from you.

As we have begun to recover from the worst economic downturn since the Great
Depression, the unemployment rate remains at levels we haven’t seen in a generation. Ten of thousands of unemployed Rhode Islanders are finding it more difficult to find work than they ever would have imagined before the recession.

I believe that severe economic conditions warrant special measures to make sure that struggling families can keep food on the table and heat their homes. To
that end, I strongly support extending the emergency unemployment benefits programs so that workers hit by the recession can retain some economic security
as they look for new jobs. Indeed, when Republican Senator Jim Bunning tried to block unemployment insurance benefits, I was one of a group of Senators who stayed on the floor until midnight to spotlight his “hold” on the bill. This created pressure that led him to drop his obstructive “hold” and allowed us to extend these benefits.

As you may know, President Obama signed the Temporary Extension Act of 2010
into law on March 2. This legislation extends unemployment insurance benefits and COBRA premium subsidies until April 5, and will apply retroactively to
cover payments missed during the gap between when the last extension ran out and this one was enacted.

While this short extension was a step in the right direction, I believe that a longer-term extension is necessary to ensure that people continue to receive
benefits until our economy fully recovers. I recently voted to pass the American Workers, State, and Business Relief Act of 2010 (H.R. 4213), which would ensure that unemployed Americans will have access to unemployment insurance benefits and COBRA subsidy benefits through the end of 2010.

The bill passed the Senate and has been sent to the House of Representatives for consideration. I was proud to support such important legislation and look
forward to its speedy passage in the House.

Thanks again for contacting me about this issue. If you have any other
questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to let me know.


Sheldon Whitehouse
United States Senator

March 24, 2010 at 1:49 am
(249) crystal in ca says:

They do read your letters and your phone call count.

March 24, 2010 at 8:30 am
(250) jason says:

I have sent multiple letter to both of my NC Senators. (One REP, other DEM.) I haven’t heard from either one.
I’m a registered Democrat but I feel that Both sides are handling this unemployement situation irresponsibly.

WHY are the HOUSE democrats waiting so late to offer anything. The long term option was a joke that they knew wouldn’t get passed and now they have waited so long that they now have to propose another short term extension.

They are now even dragging their feet on the short term proposal. They have one day before they go on a 2 or 3 week RECESS. THEY know the Republicans will be against some part of it, but they are waiting until the last day?? WTF??? They are playing political games as well.

March 24, 2010 at 11:49 am
(251) Longtimer Unemployed says:

Jason and others,

By sending out only 2 letters won ‘t get anything done. You should widen your contact field. You have to send your letters to mass email to all of Congress and the Media to get your voice heard. Take the time to scroll up and read post 2648 and 2704 by Miguel in California to get a contact link and list of Congress members email and phone numbers and as well as the Media. I recommend you to write to Congress and the Media everyday as I am doing at myself everyday.

Good luck and stay strong

March 24, 2010 at 1:23 pm
(252) TimOregon says:

Oregon’s unemployment is at 11.8% as if today according to Google.

I am writing today to express the need for Tier 5. I am not at that level
yet but see the need for hundreds of thousands of Americans. My story is
simple, I have been unemployed and looking for work daily. On three
different occasion I have been hired only to find out the position had
been canceled before my start date.

Just yesterday it happened again. The company was concerned about the
Health care bill and what that will mean to them. They called and noted
that they are on a hiring freeze until they figure out the impact of this
new bill.

This will only make it harder out there and we need Tier 5 extended ASAP.

Please support and ask for this.

March 24, 2010 at 2:08 pm
(253) TimOregon says:

New Article:
Unemployment Extension Funds Used for Health Care Reform-Unemployed Shafted Again
Once again the unemployed in America get the shaft. If you wondered what happened to the Tax Extenders Bill; HR4213, that left the Senate floor for the House a few weeks ago, wonder no more. The EUC and Cobra extensions that were attached to the tax extender Bill, were earmarked for the same monies that the House utilized to cover the Health Care Bill. I repeat-There is NO funding for the bill, HR 4213 that the Senate sent back to the House for approval. cont..

or here:

March 24, 2010 at 7:06 pm
(254) Terri CA now in TN says:

Just wrote Representitive Gordon (D-TN) on Miguel’s advice via Congress.org. I saw I was the only letter concerning unemployment :-(

All the other letters were concerning the displeasure of his YES vote on the new HC Bill.

Now may be the time to write hime a NICE, short letter asking for his help on TierV.

March 24, 2010 at 7:22 pm
(255) Lori (CA) says:

@Crystal in CA – It’s still not clear to me from Sheldon Whitehouse’s letter whether or not he is saying that he specifically supports THE ADDITION OF MORE WEEKS on top of the current 99 (or 79) week maximum. That’s great that he supports HR 4213, but THAT IS NOT GOING TO HELP THOSE WHO MAX OUT THEIR 99 WEEKS. I would ask him to clarify and whether or not he supports the addition of a Tier V, and what information can he share with you as to IF or WHEN this will be considered/passed? Thanks!

March 24, 2010 at 7:39 pm
(256) Lori (CA) says:

Please read the letter at the link below, and use it (customize it if you like) to get the word out. We are all hoping Congress and the President takes action on this issue as soon as possible…


March 24, 2010 at 7:52 pm
(257) Lori (CA) says:

This doesn’t sound promising, people…YOU NEED TO MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD…BIGTIME…if you ever hope to see ANY movement on further extensions:

GOP Refuses TARP Funds for Unemployment Extensions; Kills Approved Senate Bill


@Alison – have you received any new information?

March 24, 2010 at 11:27 pm
(258) Miguel in California says:

Check this link out:

Obama seeks $2.8 billion for earthquake-ravaged Haiti


He wants money for them but won’t help us here in our own country. The hell with them and help us Obama, NOW and I mean today! I had very high hope for Obama and you just lost my vote for you. What are you think off? You want money to help them but our Congress says we have no money for Tier 5. I am missing something?

March 25, 2010 at 1:34 am
(259) maliheh says:

how many extensions you people need? there are jobs out there i got 2 jobs now i live in lompoc,california…u people are so lazy

March 25, 2010 at 10:24 am
(260) Longtimer Unemployed says:

@ Maliheh

If you got a job then what the hell are you doing on this blog?

You should be at work and working, you have no need to be on here unless your job is not legit. Get a life !

March 25, 2010 at 10:29 am
(261) dudeman says:

Let me get this straight. I was laid off in October of ’09. I only get 26 weeks to collect unemployment and find a job, whereas those who were laid off earlier, even as little as 30 days, can collect UI for anywhere from 46-99 weeks?

I hear a lot of folks talking about the need for a tier 5. How ’bout a tier 1?

March 25, 2010 at 10:33 am
(262) Miguel in California says:


Found this on the web


March 25, 2010 at 3:14 pm
(263) Miguel in California says:

Found this on another blog:

An article from Tuesday the 23rd this week shows that a FLORIDA Senator is stating that the unemployment crisis is NOT an emergency, Republican Senator George LiMieux says that this is no emergency because congress knew this was coming, Read the article here:


Senator LeMieux’s phone number: 202-224-3041

March 25, 2010 at 4:14 pm
(264) Miguel in California says:

GOP Refuses TARP Funds for Unemployment Extensions Kills Approved Senate Bill


March 25, 2010 at 4:38 pm
(265) Richard fe CA in TX says:

Senator Reid just proposed they pass HR4851 to extend the extensions to the end of May so that benefits wouldn’t end while they were on recess and Senator Coburn from Oklahoma asked if they were paid for. Senator Reid said no, that this was an emergency. Senator Coburn just objected(pulled a bunning) which stops the extension. All unemployed are in trouble now.

March 25, 2010 at 4:47 pm
(266) Miguel in California says:

I bet Senator Coburn wouldn’t object approving Millions to HAITI & CHILE, or would he?

I see it like this .. help others first but not our own first.

March 25, 2010 at 5:04 pm
(267) Miguel in California says:

Updated: Mar 25, 2010 2:00 PM

Oklahoma Senator Puts Hold On Unemployment Benefits Extension


March 25, 2010 at 5:37 pm
(268) Chris says:


You don’t have it correct. If a person’s tier is exhausted before the “date” (Currently April 5th) they get to start the next tier, they are NOT approved for all tiers. If they get the next tier or not depends on what the “date” is at the time they exhaust the funds for the tier they are currently in.

March 25, 2010 at 5:43 pm
(269) Chris says:


Sorry you are correct since you stated 46-99. The basic idea isn’t to provide all people say 99 weeks of unemployment, but to extend it in a time when X% of people can’t find a job. When that time passes then you go back to the 26 weeks, which is suppose to be enough time for most people to find a job. So when do you switch it off? Well you monitor the situation and continue extending the date as needed. That is what is happening right now, and as of now there is no signs that the Congress is going to stop, at least why unemployment is so high. You will notice that in the states with extra high unemployment they get one more tier, this is along the same line of thinking.

March 25, 2010 at 5:48 pm
(270) Chris says:


Like the protest last month, this Senator isn’t saying that the extension shouldn’t be funded, he is questioning where those funds should come from, and that is valid point.

March 25, 2010 at 5:55 pm
(271) Miguel in California says:

@ Chris

Fully understood. But this is an emergency and Reid also said that to them also today.

March 25, 2010 at 6:50 pm
(272) Martha says:

Go and become a fan at the White House Facebook and start writing there about our problem NOW. We must attack on all fronts, DO NO wait for the republican to help you people, they will never do!!!
And please won’t vote for those ultra right wingers clowns no more!!!


March 25, 2010 at 9:38 pm
(273) Chris says:


I totally agree, just wanted to make sure people knew that the Senator isn’t evil, just picking a bad time for this fight.

Frankly I think the whole Congress and the President have their priorities mixed up, jobs/unemployment/training first health care bill second not the other way around.

March 25, 2010 at 9:44 pm
(274) Chris says:


How about the ultra left wingers? Just as bad.
But as for helping if you are talking about unemployment you will find that the majority all parties are voting to help, but they aren’t even having the discussions because of the great push for the health care. Hopefully they will finally put that to rest and get on with the business of really doing what the public wants, jobs/unemployment/training.

March 26, 2010 at 2:43 am
(275) Lori (CA) says:

State, federal unemployment benefits to expire for more than 100,000 Inland Empire residents:


March 26, 2010 at 2:54 am
(276) Lori (CA) says:
March 26, 2010 at 4:47 am
(277) Crystal in CA says:

I don’t know about the rest of you but i send letters to all states to both parties.

March 26, 2010 at 10:07 am
(278) Nakoa says:

RIGHT now on c span 2 they are speaking on the unemployment extensions and it is not looking good, the republicans are blocking it and there are not enough republicans there today to vote on it anyways! ~ this is B.S..

March 26, 2010 at 10:38 am
(279) Martha says:

Go Here:


This is other important petition site to ask the government to reconsider other tied for the unemployed of this country…

March 26, 2010 at 10:47 am
(280) Miguel in California says:

Crystal in CA -

As you may know almost everyday I post on the same contacts for Congress and the News Media. I hope it is useful. Even others have post contacts for us to use. (I want to thank you and the regulars for their daily input and help) . Folks think by sending a letter or email only to one or two Congress members with get their vices heard. Well, maybe it will but I wish they would sent the email out to all Dems and Reps. in Congress to both parties. Also, they have to contact the Media as well News outlets and also even use Facebook and Tweeter. Email is free and if they don’t have a computer it easy to go to the library or to a Work Source/One Stop Center near their place. If they can, they should call and fax everyday Congress members and the Media. Also, Try Facebook and Tweeter. Congress uses both of those networking services also.

Everybody, please scroll up and get the contact information from Post # 2648 and 2704. It only takes a few minutes.

March 26, 2010 at 10:49 am
(281) longtimer dec2007 says:

In regards to post 2737 130,000 to loose benefits in Ca. What is Feded??? Thanks and good luck! I’m sure most people are trying their hardest to find anything.
I got an interview 2 weeks ago after not having one for 6 months. 2 days later they inform me they wanted somebody more qualified.. It was for a truck dealership parts job, I have 18 years experience in trucks and trailers and 3 years in recreational vehicle parts! What is more qualified?? For some reason when I asked why I wasn’t offered the position she hesitated and told me that. I really think my age (50) was really the reason! What in the world are people over 50 in store for??

March 26, 2010 at 11:23 am
(282) Martha says:

Join here:


And start the rally for the unemployed of America; we must remove out of office the right winger, republican’s conservators, warmongers, ultra-religious, racist, the party who hates women, patriarchs of the expropriation of women uterus, nature’s exterminators, and feeder corporation’s monsters our children future is in jeopardy.

March 26, 2010 at 11:34 am
(283) Martha says:

Los Angeles Times | March 26, 2010 | 7:33 a.m.

California’s unemployment rate held steady at 12.5% in February, as effects of the recession dragged into 2010, the U.S. Department of Labor reported today.

The state’s jobs picture mirrored a similar flattening of the national rate at 9.7% for the first two months of the year. Employers continue to be reluctant to expand their payrolls, economists said, despite signs of increased activity in retail sales, international trade and manufacturing.

California’s unemployment rate was 10.2% in February of last year.


More soon at: http://www.latimes.com/

March 26, 2010 at 11:46 am
(284) Charmaine says:

Congress to revisit jobless benefits in 2 1/2 weeks. Sen. Tom Coburn (R- OK) is the person responsible for the delay in extending jobless benefits.


March 26, 2010 at 12:16 pm
(285) Charmaine says:

Here’s another article concerning what happened today.


This may not be the story we want/need to hear, but at least there is some media coverage to help fuel our efforts. Let’s use this controversy to our advantage — keep calling, keep emailing, and keep writing ALL members of Congress and the media until something is done!

March 26, 2010 at 2:00 pm
(286) Jim in CA says:

Why can’t they use the TARP money to fund our “TIER 5″? Isn’t that what the money was for? To aid Americans and get us back on our feet?

March 26, 2010 at 3:59 pm
(287) worry wart says:

My initial claim in GA was only for 25 weeks instead of 26. Does anyone know if this will affect my eligibility for EUC if it actually becomes available?

March 26, 2010 at 7:15 pm
(288) Lori (CA) says:

Wow – is it possible that someone actually wrote a story about the plight of the 99-weekers? Let’s hope MANY, MANY more are soon to follow:

Extended Unemployment Benefits Begin To Expire:

March 26, 2010 at 7:19 pm
(289) Lori (CA) says:
March 26, 2010 at 7:26 pm
(290) Lori (CA) says:



Let’s hope at least ONE of our questions gets chosen to be addressed during his upcoming interview w/Matt Lauer on Tuesday!! (see link below)


March 26, 2010 at 11:32 pm
(291) Tom in Fla says:

Jim- The TARP money was lent to the banks to capitalize them to avoid a “run” (where everbody rushes to take their money out because they think they will loose it if the bank fails) on the banks.

The money they are talking about is the money that has been payed back so far from the banks to the government +interest. (the intent was for this money to go back to the Treasury to be subtracted from the deficit) . However they are sitting on the money in Congress (which is what the critics of the orginal TARP legislation said would happen) and Congress is thinking of ways to spend it. (because they wont have to vote on increasing the debt ceiling to spend it) This money should go back to the Treasury .

There IS other money in the form of what is left over from the “stimulus package” available. This money was appropriated for direct economic recovery activities. Instead of treating it like a stimulus (get all of the money into the economy as soon as possible) they dribbled it out, there is still billions of it left. The leadership in Congress is treating this as their own private slush fund. (to be spent as the election approaches) . This is the money that Sen Bunning was advocating be spent towards the unemployment extension last month. The Repubs want to spend Stimulus money on the extension, the Dems are saying that the money is already “allocated” and they advocate using TARP or debt money to fund it instead.

March 27, 2010 at 12:41 am
(292) Peter - San Diego says:

Longtimer – just file an EEOC complaint online and retrieve all interview and or company data. Thus, good luck since the company wrote you off.

FYI: A staffing agency commented since I have been out of work, I am not qualified for tag-you-are-it positions. ?&?@#$

March 27, 2010 at 12:49 am
(293) Keith says:

It seems that the Republicans have no fear of the voting power of the millions of long term unemployed.Lets send them a pink slip in November for poor job performance.

March 27, 2010 at 1:35 am
(294) mike says:

nice you back tom

March 27, 2010 at 1:37 am
(295) mike says:

nice to have you back tom

March 27, 2010 at 4:53 am
(296) TB says:

My benefits exhaust next week. This looking for a job, not getting one, being behind on your bills is tired to the soul. Seriously, I do understand why some commit suicide. I have family where some are very happy to see me and some others down. So I can’t depend on them. And its almost unbearable to think what will I do with no money. I guess The Senate can sleep at night because they actually have a roof over their heads. I’m told if I don’t pay current rent and back rent, they are filing an eviction.

March 27, 2010 at 11:11 am
(297) TC says:

Ok so if it set to expire the 5th of April heres my question my husbands files on 3/29 and again in 2 wks on 4/5 so am I correct that he wont get to file on 4/5? He just started Tier 1.

March 27, 2010 at 11:20 am
(298) Maureen says:

TC as long as he just started the tier he will be able to file on April 5th you won’t be cut off in the middle of a tier. The only thing that goes is the extra 25 dollars a week and cobra.

March 27, 2010 at 2:30 pm
(299) Miguel in California says:

Found this idea on another website which I think it’s a good idea for all of us to do:

The House and Senate members, with the exception of Easter, WILL BE WORKING OUT OF THEIR HOME STATES during their “Spring Break”. What does this mean? We need to join together as we have each and every day, only now focus on calling, faxing, and e-mailing, Senators and Congresspersons in their respective States’ local offices. If possible, should you reside in an area that is close to one of your specific State representatives offices, take the time to pay them a visit, open the door and help put a face to our cause.

We need to be heard as one voice with the same message. As of March 29th, over FOUR HUNDRED THOUSAND of the long term unemployed will no longer be receiving financial assistance. Add this to the the thousand who never qualified for tier four benefits, and we have a SERIOUS CHALLENGE. Let their staff members know that while they are home for the “holiday” they need to go back to the hill ready to help those people who put them there to act as our voice.

We have one more day to contact our elected officials in Wasington, let’s finish the week STRONG. Let’s keep our efforts going over the break. I will continue to provide any updates I come across during the break and as always I remind you…. It was as a result of our efforts that the previous extensions were put in place and we will do it again!

March 28, 2010 at 12:28 am
(300) JASON IN says:

I just filled out my last voucher, I’m on euc and have had one extension. Will I get my next extension since it’s not april 5th. Any info would be great.

March 28, 2010 at 4:44 am
(301) Jay says:

I am in Los Angeles and in a similar boat however my first extension I am on will expire on April 10th. Does this mean that I will not automatically go to the second extension because it is only until April 5th?

March 28, 2010 at 7:10 am
(302) Katy says:

Here is Coburn’s spin on blocking unemployment. He’s blaming the Democrats…what else is new???

I send him an email and encourage everyone here to do the same.


March 28, 2010 at 10:13 am
(303) Cora says:

Well, I received my very last check today from Tier 4. I’m scared to death. Constant headaches, stress…I have a daughter that I’m raising on my own. I work very hard to find work and am not a lazy person. I pinch the pennies that I did get and now without any income I will lose my income based apartment. There are many beautiful people and families that need someone to listen. While many are enjoying their Easter break thousands will be sitting with their children forcing themselves to smile and pretend to be in the present moment. However, the worry in our faces simply cannot be hidden.

March 28, 2010 at 8:22 pm
(304) Miguel in California says:

Folks, please scroll up and get the contact information from Post # 2648 and 2704 for Congress members and the Media.

It only takes a few minutes.

The House and Senate members, with the exception of Easter, WILL BE WORKING OUT OF THEIR HOME STATES during their “Spring Break”. What does this mean? We need to join together as we have each and every day, only now focus on calling, faxing, and e-mailing, Senators and Congresspersons in their respective States’ local offices. If possible, should you reside in an area that is close to one of your specific State representatives offices, take the time to pay them a visit, open the door and help put a face to our cause.

We need to be heard as one voice with the same message. As of March 29th, over FOUR HUNDRED THOUSAND of the long term unemployed will no longer be receiving financial assistance. Add this to the the thousand who never qualified for tier four benefits, and we have a SERIOUS CHALLENGE. Let their staff members know that while they are home for the “holiday” they need to go back to the hill ready to help those people who put them there to act as our voice.

March 28, 2010 at 9:02 pm
(305) Crystal in CA to Miguel in Ca says:

Hi Miguel,

Thank you and you are absolutely right everyone needs to contact all dem/rep in all states. That’s what I have been doing and it gets the message across that we the people you serve need another Tier! Also when sending the online email you may need to use their area code to get a response.

March 28, 2010 at 9:11 pm
(306) Crystal in CA says:

Did my taxes yesterday and the taxman had the nerve to say get a job. You should be able to find a job if you have the skills. When I asked him how I could improve for next year my tax situation as I owe taxes as many of you do. I told him that its hard to find a job when people who have 30 and 20 years of experience are also applying for entry level jobs. What an ass! He sounded so Republican. After that he said I guess you have been looking for one. Of course I gave him this you dumb ass look.

March 28, 2010 at 9:39 pm
(307) Crystal in CA says:

Republicans. Sen. Susan Collins from Maine. Don’t forget to write to her as well about this problem as she may try to block the extension.

March 29, 2010 at 2:41 pm
(308) Lori (CA) says:

Hmm…Sen. Tom Coburn is claiming that Congress WILL be extending the 99 weeks max to 103 weeks, and then possibly to 107 weeks if necessary. However…nobody else (including NELP?) is currently able to confirm this as truth? One can only hope that Tom isn’t just blowing smoke…

Will Congress Extend Unemployment Benefits Beyond 99 Weeks? (ARTICLE)

March 29, 2010 at 4:39 pm
(309) George in Fl says:

Well, I my filed for my very last check today from Tier 4. So i guess the ship will start sinking from here out.

March 29, 2010 at 9:18 pm
(310) Tom in Fla says:

Hi Mike- I check in now and then. Unfortuantely I have no Tier V news to post. Hope u are doing well

March 29, 2010 at 10:17 pm
(311) Richard fr CA in TX says:

Tom, good to hear from you. Thanks for the very good informative post. Hope you are doing well.

March 30, 2010 at 12:32 pm
(312) Martha says:

“I have written everyone from President Obama – from whom I [have] heard nothing back


March 30, 2010 at 3:39 pm
(313) Peter - San Diego says:

Mailed last Tier IV EDD statement and awaiting check. Unfortunately, long-term unemployment creates gray zones.

In the meantime, discovered this interesting article with another idea for job interview. Good luck.


March 30, 2010 at 6:58 pm
(314) Cora says:

Hi Peter….what do you mean by the EDD Tier 4? I have exhausted all Tier 4 benefits as well as the additional six weeks. I was wondering if people like myself on Tier 4 are also eligible for the short term extension that they approved a couple weeks ago? (I think it’s a two or three week extension..not sure. When I received my last check today it said I had a 0 week balance and when I called the UIA office I could not get through all day??

March 30, 2010 at 9:59 pm
(315) Richard fr CA in TX says:

Cora–that short extension is just for those who haven’t exhausted all of the tiers like you and I so they can keep going while Congress farts around and tries to pass a longer extension. That extension once again is not for us 99 weekers. Hopefully after they get that extension they will pass one for the long term employed because most of us still cannot find jobs. Some members of Congress are talking about it and I am sure at least one or more Democrats will bring a bill up,but there may or may not be 60 votes to pass it. Either they will pass it or kick us into the street. Good Luck to you.

March 30, 2010 at 11:12 pm
(316) Peter - San Diego says:

Cora – EDD refers to Employment Development Department (EDD). Thus, as stated above, I have mailed my last claim form or end-of-Tier IV while waiting for the next hurdle when Congress reconvenes. Thus, be aware of this site:
http://www.edd.ca.gov/ and keep up to date. In the meantime, good luck on your search using the new above technique. As for extensions, I am in the same boat as you are in and waiting to see what happens.

March 30, 2010 at 11:15 pm
(317) Cora says:

Thanks Richard for clarifying that for me…It sure would have been nice if they would have considered all current unemployed by providing the extension to everyone rather than just some of the unemployed. That doesn’t even make sense. When is this vote expected to take place? If all of us unemployed go too long without income it will be impossible to stay afloat resulting in severe circumstances. Best of luck to you as well.

March 31, 2010 at 9:31 am
(318) Guy in Ohio says:

Well I just received my final tier 4 payment yesterday. Prior to that I had contacted the office here in ohio and spoke to a lady who said that after my last tier 4 payment i’d be eligible to receive the State Extended Benefits. She said my total weeks were only 92.

Well this morning I had called the office again and spoke to someone who said I would NOT be getting any benefits and that Ohio Extended ends on the 3rd of april. As of right now I am to keep claiming,and hopefully something will look up.

So never believe everything you here from them. Alot of them at the offices are tempers and don’t know what they are talking about. Your best bet is to wait and see but keep filing.

This is truely sad. I lowered the bar in looking for work,and can’t get hired at payless,mcdonalds,or BK..What does this say??? We need help mr president.You got your healthcare passed now help us!

March 31, 2010 at 12:48 pm
(319) Terri CA now in TN says:

Am I interpreting NELP’s latest newsflash correctly when it looks like they have dropped those of us who have exhauseted benefits like a hot potato?

I didn’t see ONE mention of us!

March 31, 2010 at 1:30 pm
(320) texas man says:

@(2779) Guy in Ohio

i feel you im only on tier 1 it ends the week after cut off. im a union commercial electrician i too have lowered my standards so low in fact im seeking work that pays 1/3 and less from what i was making. the problem is when you are applying at jobs like that your going up against kids.

managers at places like that are not going to hire someone who is middle age plus. i know my girlfriend is a manager at a large chain retail store. she is told more or less not to hire those who are older more or less because of one store image and the fact that the teenagers will not pose any problems as far as fighting unemployment claims or fare labor laws.

it sucks but that is real world guys.

March 31, 2010 at 3:32 pm
(321) Jay in KENTUCKY says:

Didn’t I read something about a march on Washington demanding Tier V? Anyone know what happened with that?

March 31, 2010 at 5:55 pm
(322) Lori (CA) says:

If you want the latest updates on benefit extensions/tiers, YOU NEED TO JOIN THE FOLLOWING FACEBOOK GROUPS now:

Americans Fighting for Unemployment Benefits:

Tier V to Survive:

March 31, 2010 at 5:58 pm
(323) Miguel in California says:

@ Terri CA now in TN

2 things about NELP ( the way I look at it)

1.) They sold us out, I am speaking of the 99′ers

2.) They are way to slow in moving about in regards to help voice for the 99′ers

March 31, 2010 at 6:04 pm
(324) Miguel in California says:

We need out voice heard for Tier 5.

Everybody please contact Congress and the Media for Tier 5 every day until there is bill and that bill is passed and signed.

For those on Tier 1, 2, 3, & 4 should be also worried and should contact Congress and the Media because when your current Tiers are up, you will have a Tier 5 ready for you if you need it.

Folks, please scroll up and get the contact information from Post # 2648 and 2704 for Congress members and the Media.

It only takes a few minutes.

The House and Senate members, with the exception of Easter, WILL BE WORKING OUT OF THEIR HOME STATES during their “Spring Break”. What does this mean? We need to join together as we have each and every day, only now focus on calling, faxing, and e-mailing, Senators and Congresspersons in their respective States’ local offices. If possible, should you reside in an area that is close to one of your specific State representatives offices, take the time to pay them a visit, open the door and help put a face to our cause.

We need to be heard as one voice with the same message. As of March 29th, over FOUR HUNDRED THOUSAND of the long term unemployed will no longer be receiving financial assistance. Add this to the the thousand who never qualified for tier four benefits, and we have a SERIOUS CHALLENGE. Let their staff members know that while they are home for the “holiday” they need to go back to the hill ready to help those people who put them there to act as our voice.

March 31, 2010 at 6:37 pm
(325) L.Thomas says:

Well… I see a lot of peeps looking for a democrat savior amid this unemployment crisis..
Fact.. If they would have focused on the issue of Jobs and cutting taxes for those who give us jobs, I believe we would be in a total different economic environment. I am not a rich man by any means. Barely middle class at best. Keep the rich man rich and he will keep building. One thing is for sure. While he is building he is hiring. Getting a pay check from a rich man is a good thing. Health care would not be an issue if folks were working and paying for their own health care. I do believe we are being blindsided by both sides who do not want to focus on the real issues at hand within our great country. It will be interesting to see all the unemployed folks paying for health insurance or fines considering they are having a hard time putting bread on the table..
I for one wish each and every one of you prosperous luck in finding that satisfying job. I know I have been hitting the pavement for a year. It is tough out there and it only seems to be getting worse.

April 1, 2010 at 10:31 am
(326) Terri CA now in TN says:

@ L. Thomas –

First of all, I’m looking for ANYONE in Congress who gives a crap about people who are about to lose their homes b/c there are no jobs to be had. If the devil offered me a job, at this pint I’m not sure I’d be able to refuse :-)

Your points are valid – if we had jobs there would be a lot less urgency for many things (having insurance, eating ..).

@ Everyone –

What I can’t seem to be able to figure out is – what can we do to make employers see the over 50 crowd as a workforce they’d be happy to employ? You’d better bet that those businesses that ARE hiring have schooled their HR Dept in weeding out us ‘oldsters’ w/o the worry of age discrimination complaints. I am on a few great Unemployment boards and it seems that nobody over 50 had had a job offer. Unless I leave about 1/2 of my resume in the dirt and take off higher ed info, it’s pretty obvious I’m not a bushytailed just-out-of-schooler. Even if I was able to slip my age past them with the resume, once they saw me it would be “thanks but no thanks”.

@ Miguel –

I admire your tenacity and I must say whenever I read your posts I feel re-inspired. Thanks! I have been emailing and calling – emailing every day and calling a few times a week. I think if I have to listen to the aids in Reid’s office sighing in my ear one more time I’m going to WALK to Washington and give them a lecture in Customer Service!
And agreed about NELP. They have duped us and dumped us.

April 1, 2010 at 10:49 am
(327) TimOregon says:

I am writing today to express the need for Tier 5. I am not at that level
yet but see the need for hundreds of thousands of Americans. My story is
simple, I have been unemployed and looking for work daily. On three
different occasion I have been hired only to find out the position had
been canceled before my start date.

Just yesterday it happened again. The company was concerned about the
Health care bill and what that will mean to them. They called and noted
that they are on a hiring freeze until they figure out the impact of this
new bill.

This will only make it harder out there and we need Tier 5 extended ASAP.

Please support and ask for this.

April 1, 2010 at 4:14 pm
(328) texas man says:

@Miguel in California and all other 99wks

you all dont see it they sold everyone out. its just not the people who have been collecting for 2 years its everyone on unemployment.

with out the cut off dates being extending many will be cut off before even seeing tier 1,2 or 3. the fact that they all took easter break without addressing HR 4851 says it all.

if they cant even pass HR 4213 or at the very least HR 4851 we are all doomed. i just see the thought that someone who is cut of at tier 1 will have an easier time finding a job then someone who is a 99er. with that kind of think all of you who have used all benefits should have found a job when you were on tier 1 or 2 seeing as its so much easier.

the point being we have been shedding jobs now for almost 3 years. there just arent enough jobs out there and im not even talking about good jobs, the fact that walmart is laying people off says it all.

we need to stand together on this issue not divided. if they pass anything at all for unemployment you should be happy as it at least helps someone!

April 1, 2010 at 4:16 pm
(329) Skilled and still unemployed in CA says:

Thank you for submitting your information to the Employment Development Department on 3/28/2010 at 10:13 PM.

Unemployment Insurance Benefits

Do NOT respond to this message through email. If you need additional information or assistance regarding this matter, contact us through the Ask EDD Web site. Be sure to select the same category and include your Reference Number: 2891527.


You wrote us the following:
Will I be eligible for FED ED (once my present EUC Tier 4 benefits expire in the first week of April 2010)? Given the present situation, is FED ED even an option to collect from if I am eligible? It is EXTREMELY crucial that I receive this information as soon as possible, as it determines my ability to pay rent and not be homeless. If I am not eligible I will need to seek a place to live for me and my child as of the beginning of April. Thank you.

I sent an inquiry (via CA EDD email contact system) asking about what options for assistance I had left when my current Tier (Tier 3 EUC) runs out on April 10, 2010. Below is the email reply they sent me (omitting any personal identifying information. As of today, the FED ED is already cut back from 20 weeks to 13 weeks. I have no idea what “EUY” & “EUW” mean, maybe they more specifically refer to the EUC Tiers?

“Here is our reply:
Dear [My name here]: As of today, you have a one week extension (EUY) and a 13 week extension (Fed Ed) available to you after you exhaust the benefits on your 3rd extension (EUW). This information is based on the current deadline of 04/04/10 that is in place. Thank you.

Your Reference Number is [Ref # here].”

April 1, 2010 at 5:17 pm
(330) Brandon says:

So if we have exhausted our tier 4 benefits then the short extension they passed has no effect on us? I see it says they extended it to the week ending April 4th and ive been confused about this. My account balance says 0.00$ am i not going to receive any more benefits?

April 1, 2010 at 5:40 pm
(331) MaineCoon says:

Brandon- the extension was for the deadline to file claims for various Tiers of extended benefits. At this time, once Tier 4 is exhausted, there are no additional Tiers available. That being said, Congress may later decide to extend the duration of federal benefits to go beyond the current maximum of 99 weeks.

April 1, 2010 at 6:04 pm
(332) Tracey says:

Can someone answer this? I have received 48 weeks of unemployment. I’ve been told I’ve exhausted tier 4 (massachusetts). I don’t plan (at least hope) to be unemployed 2 years, but why is it some people get 99 weeks while others a year even in high unemployment states? Thanks. Wish the best to all of you:)

April 1, 2010 at 6:13 pm
(333) Lori (CA) says:
April 1, 2010 at 9:10 pm
(334) texas man says:

@Lori (CA)

if they cant even get a simple 1 month extension of cut off dates HR 4851

April 2, 2010 at 6:36 am
(335) Crystal in CA says:

operation flood the country is at han! Everyone unemployed about to be laid off. Write to every congress person, the media and the president about this starting next week! We need a Tier V and to continue benefits to those who need assistance. Also call your local reps!

April 2, 2010 at 9:34 am
(336) To L Thomas says:

You couldn’t be any farther from the truth. Make the rich man richer and he’ll make more jobs. Trickle down economics do not work. The rich got 3 large tax cuts in the 2000′s and look how that worked out. The rich get richer while the poor get poorer.

April 2, 2010 at 1:17 pm
(337) Tom in Fla says:

Well Mr Anomymous, I have to correct you . There were tax cuts in 2001 and after 9-11 for everybody who paid taxes (rich or poor, if you paid taxes you received a tax cut) . The economy responded well to this. Jobs were created as a result (roughly 150K jobs per month), record tax revenues were collected, in 2007 the Federal deficit was as low as $175B (vs over $1T today).

The issue that tripped up the economy was NOT tax cuts, it was the institutionalized speculation in real estate (incentivized by the government) that created a bubble in real estate values and encouraged even more speculators. (Many of us either have or know people that were house “flipping” for example) . Many financial institutions piled on to this speculation further inflating the real estate bubble. When this bubble collapsed (as they all do) it reverbed throughout the economy and resulted in the recession and job loss we see today.

April 2, 2010 at 6:04 pm
(338) Miguel in California says:

Today: April 2nd – Friday

Please take a moment to comment on the blog with the initial story. They do not air until 9 pm, lots of time for comments be heard before air time!!


April 2, 2010 at 6:24 pm
(339) Lori (CA) says:

Washington Elitists Ignore JOBLESS – What part of The FIERCE URGENCY of “NOW” don’t they GET?


April 2, 2010 at 11:09 pm
(340) Tom from Illinois says:

How can congress go on recess while us unemployed wait for them to vote on the Extensions (or not!)? In the meantime, our bills continue to accrue. Isn’t this the same group that votes for their own pay raises? You don’t see them taking a recess when they do that!

April 2, 2010 at 11:49 pm
(341) Miguel in California says:

@ Tom from Illinois

I totally agree with you but yet they still get reelected over and over. There needs to be a term limit set for all those jerks in both parties

April 3, 2010 at 2:53 am
(342) Lori (CA) says:

Long-Term Unemployed Cloud the Jobs Picture (Wall Street Journal)

April 3, 2010 at 3:39 am
(343) Lori (CA) says:

Good online chat with John Schoen of MSNBC.com today…take a look. He seems to feel that Congress will simply have to grant another extension until we begin to see more improvement in the overall job market:


April 3, 2010 at 5:14 pm
(344) Barbara says:

I sent in a message. Where is the posting?

April 4, 2010 at 2:02 pm
(345) Patty B. says:

While Congress is working on an extension, they must consider adding more weeks of benefits. I have been unemployed since April 2008 and have been unable to find work. I am searching for work every day and still have had no luck. My unemployment ran out at the end of March and now I have no income at all. I have no money to pay the bills for April and fear now that I will lose everything that I have tried to hold on to.

Please help us out here. I really don’t want to be on unemployment, I want a JOB. But, until then, please don’t leave us without any income. I have gone from Middle Class to Poor since this has all began. Not sure I can hang on much longer.

P. Bryson, Detroit

April 4, 2010 at 4:34 pm
(346) Another one Unemployed in Ohio says:

Hello everyone,

I just want to wish everyone on this forum a Happy Easter. I know it’s very tough out here but lets not forget the true meaning. Atleast we can have time with our loved ones.

I just wanted to inform you guys about something that has happend to me lastweek. Well my tier 4 benefits ran out the 3rd week of march. Since then I haven’t had any income what so ever. I am sitting on what very small amount I have left. I am now behind on all my bills,and facing reposession on a vehicle that will be paid off in 3 more months. Just 3 more payments of 200 and its done with. I am proud to have kept it through this terrible storm pursay.What little money that is left is strickly to keep food in my kids mouth (2-under the age of 4). Well because I no longer have benefits I was told that I should keep filing. Everyday I have been searching newspapers,forums,craigslist job postings,and going onto retail sites and apply online,and just sending out random resumes to places all over my area. Sadly some places have been applied to numerous times. What are you to do right? So the other day I went to file on the ohio site
and they asked to list 2 names of companies applied too. I listed the 2 even though there is more.

I call the unemployment office and they tell me that I shouldn’t be applying online and that I should be going out in person. Now that is what Ive been doing until Ive gone broke.There are even job fairs who are charging people to get in…Can you believe this?? Pay money we don’t have for a job? So I explain to the rep that with no money for gas how can I get out. I mean cleveland seems only so big especially when laid off for 2 years and it seems like you applied to every place. Then she tells me that I am applying to the same buisness more than once througout my search. I mean they are getting rediculous.
What are we supposed to do? My God,Atleast we are looking for work. Can a parent of two live off of 163 a week? You know its not possible. Then she tells me that I should try relocating to another town..Easier said than done. Esspecially with no other family to help. Not everyone can pack up and leave. Maybe if i was single,but with 2 babies i’m sorry.

Well I just wanted you guys to see what I am faced with. I hope nobody goes through that. It makes me upset when people look down on you because you are unemployed. Its not my choice believe me. Even jobs are telling me that due to being out of work,Its hard to take a chance on someone like that because they may leave when something better comes.So its like why risk it!

That needs to stop! Give us a chance already!

April 4, 2010 at 4:42 pm
(347) Job Search Guide says:

Just in case it’s of help to anyone, the Census is hiring hundreds of thousands more workers. They are short-term temporary jobs, but they are jobs. Here’s some more information on how to apply:

2010 Census Jobs

April 4, 2010 at 4:47 pm
(348) Daniel says:

I was layed off in september of 09 my regular benifits are set to run out in two weeks after april 5th does this mean im screwed and will not get any extension like the rest who have been unemployed for longer?? if anyone can help me out that would be great

April 4, 2010 at 10:50 pm
(349) Eric says:

Thank you so much for doing this blog! I am bookmarking it and am ANXIOUSLY waiting/hoping for congress to approve more extensions … my benefits are set to expire April 15th and I am really nervous because I have two small children and bills to keep up with. Again, thanks for the info!

April 5, 2010 at 1:00 am
(350) Peter - San Diego says:

While applying for a position at a former company, my manager comments about, ‘how long do you expect to be around?’ Great, now applying for positions, one is told to disguise the resume. Thus, with these comments, one can certainly create assumptions while the other half, employers, or labor law attorneys assume normal behavior.

April 5, 2010 at 3:52 pm
(351) Martha says:

No you’re out of luck, but maybe you can get and extra 6..

April 5, 2010 at 4:35 pm
(352) Crystal in CA to 2807) Another one Unemployed in Ohio says: says:


Have you called them and asked for a 90 day or 60 day hold on your car account so that you can have some time to pay for your car due to financial hardship? The only other thing besides that is to put the $600.00 for the car on your credit card. So at least you can keep that or ask someone to help you if they can. You really need to be able to get around in order to to get to work when you find it.

April 5, 2010 at 10:27 pm
(353) Miguel in California says:

Just a friendly reminder to all on here…

We need out voice heard for Tier 5.

Everybody please contact Congress and the Media for Tier 5 every day until there is bill and that bill is passed and signed.

For those on Tier 1, 2, 3, & 4 should be also worried and should contact Congress and the Media because when your current Tiers are up, you will have a Tier 5 ready for you if you need it.

Folks, please scroll up and get the contact information from Post # 2648 and 2704 for Congress members and the Media.

It only takes a few minutes.

The House and Senate members, with the exception of Easter, WILL BE WORKING OUT OF THEIR HOME STATES during their “Spring Break”. What does this mean? We need to join together as we have each and every day, only now focus on calling, faxing, and e-mailing, Senators and Congresspersons in their respective States’ local offices. If possible, should you reside in an area that is close to one of your specific State representatives offices, take the time to pay them a visit, open the door and help put a face to our cause.

We need to be heard as one voice with the same message. As of March 29th, over FOUR HUNDRED THOUSAND of the long term unemployed will no longer be receiving financial assistance. Add this to the the thousand who never qualified for tier four benefits, and we have a SERIOUS CHALLENGE. Let their staff members know that while they are home for the “holiday” they need to go back to the hill ready to help those people who put them there to act as our voice.

April 5, 2010 at 10:51 pm
(354) Peter - San Diego says:

Have a daily ritual e-mailing California by having links open
and applying multiple clicks to each representatives until action is performed. Thus, squeaky wheel receives the grease.

April 6, 2010 at 7:36 pm
(355) Lori (CA) says:

Are your unemployment benefits nearing their end date? Are you concerned you might soon be without a source of income? Are you frustrated that the Senate did not deal with these problems before its recess? If so, PLEASE FILL OUT THE FORM at the link below and an ABC “World News” producer may contact you for a future story:


April 7, 2010 at 12:10 am
(356) Richard fr CA in TX says:

Got my last check last Saturday. Just my opinion here which counts for nothing but it seems to me that the dems are going to have to find a way to finance the extension like the repubs have been demanding, otherwise it is doubtful they will get the 60 votes needed. In the meantime I am emailing and calling everyday. What do you think?

April 7, 2010 at 1:49 am
(357) Sean from Detroit, Michigan says:

Please sign the change.org petition for the Tier V extension.

Targeting: The President of the United States, The U.S. Senate, The U.S. House, see more…The President of the United States, The U.S. Senate, The U.S. House, Nancy Pelosi (Speaker of the House), Sen. Jon Kyl (AZ), Sen. Dick Durbin (IL), Sen. Mitch McConnell (KY), Sen. Harry Reid (NV), Sen. Chuck Schumer (NY), Sen. Tom Coburn (OK), Rep. Nancy Pelosi (CA-08), Rep. Steny Hoyer (MD-05), Rep. Eric Cantor (VA-07) and Rep. Jim McDermott (WA-07)
Started by: Issa Decker

Senators and Representatives:

You should be ashamed of yourself, and here’s why:

You have decided to ignore the people you reduced to poverty. The longest unemployed workers did not create this depression, you did. You did this with your failure to regulate the banks, health industry, and corporations. People who were fully employed, paying taxes, and raising families are now paying the price for your negligence. They trusted you to keep something like this from happening. You failed them.

Now you are deliberately failing them again. This may be a recession for you, but it’s a depression for them. You know this depression will last longer than until March, yet you have no plans to add additional unemployment tiers to keep these people from becoming increasingly destitute. Tens of thousands will begin to lose all financial support on March 14. You know with full clarity that these benefits are the only money keeping food on their tables. You know that their benefits run out in March, and that these American families will be on the path to shelters and soup kitchens.

…and this is not of their making. They’re not to blame. You are.

…and you’re about to discount them again by allowing their benefits to end with Tier IV.

By the way, don’t pride yourself on extending the current benefits for the more recently unemployed, as included in the Job Bill. Of course you should do this, but as you know, the bill as it is written will not help any of those who have been the longest and hardest hit by this depression. The Job Bill only half addresses the unemployed, and 50% is an F.

Please make sure that the only choice for Americans who want to work is either a job or unemployment benefits. Don’t end benefits until there are jobs for them. As of now, there is only 1 job for every 6 unemployed workers. Take care of these victims.


April 7, 2010 at 12:40 pm
(358) Ivon says:

I’ve been unemployed since September 2009. I got laid off due the lack of work. My ex co- worker told me my boss hired illegal worker for my position and pays him 3 times less. Anyway, I’ve been looking for job every single day since September. I had only two interviews!!!! My regular benefits are to expire next week. My savings are already zero. If the congress do not approve the extensions I have to go to live on the street. I do not want to collect unemployment, I want my income to be from work. This situation is really bad. All the companies exported the manufacturing process in Asia!!! Low quality, same final price, high unemployment rate in the US, people stoppped buying goods…..
Many people recieved up to 90 weeks unemployment benefits and still cant find a job. I wish the congress give them 5th tire, but also people who are exhausting regullar, 1st, 2nd, must get what everyone else gets- secured up to 90 weeks benefits. I recieved only 26 weeks and the congress make me feel guilty that I get paid from for not working. But we pay taxes and their salaries. Now it is their turn to pay us, to help us when in need. They bailed out their banks and companies, they put millions in wars, GMO, spacecrafts and bonuses but when it is about people- put’em under stress and play with them like they are Tamagochi…..This country is going down and down ruled by insurance companies and credit institutions! They do not work or produce, they suck our lives.

April 7, 2010 at 3:10 pm
(359) Scott says:

It’s been 1 yr on my initial claim. Therefore I am forced to open a new claim. I did however work part time for about 2 months while collecting. IS MY WEEKLY PAY GOING TO BE DIFFERENT ON MY NEW CLAIM?

April 7, 2010 at 7:52 pm
(360) Crystal in CA says:

Its sad that congress could take a vacation when we have a national emergency. wow they really don’t care about us at all. People keep calling and contacting them to let them know how you feel and that they need a tier V you may not need it now but you may need it later so you should support it!

April 7, 2010 at 10:13 pm
(361) Boston says:

We won’t see another extension, never mind a tier 5, without senators approving their own bonuses first.
Isn’t it Ironic???
Think about it….it makes sense (to them).
Millions of Americans suffer on unemployment, fall off unemployment, and wind up owing the government tax money, but the very people who decide our fate receive an award for their duties!
Something is wrong with this country’s priorities!

April 7, 2010 at 10:23 pm
(362) Boston says:

In addition to the above post……

EXXON recorded over $15 billion in earnings and paid $0 in US taxes!!!
We fund a war we can’t afford!!!
We send money to other countries in need!!!
We allow the rich to remain richer and poor to get poorer!!!
Whats my motivation???…..still trying to figure that out.

April 7, 2010 at 10:25 pm
(363) Miguel in California says:

@ Post 2822 Boston & others on there:

VOTE them OUT when it comes to election time.

We voted these jerks from both parties in and we the people have the power to vote them out.

April 7, 2010 at 10:27 pm
(364) Sean from Detroit, Michigan says:

Please Sign the Petition for adding Tier V Unemployment Extension!
We need you support!

April 8, 2010 at 11:03 am
(365) Guest says:

Apr 8, 8:09 AM (ET)


WASHINGTON (AP) – The number of newly laid-off workers seeking unemployment benefits rose last week, a sign that jobs remain scarce even as the economy recovers.

The Labor Department said Thursday that first-time claims increased by 18,000 in the week ending April 3, to a seasonally adjusted 460,000. That’s worse than economists’ estimates of a drop to 435,000, according to a survey by Thomson Reuters.

The report covers the week that includes the Easter holiday, and a Labor Department analyst said seasonal adjustment for Easter can be difficult since the holiday occurs in different weeks each year.

California also closed its state offices for a holiday March 31, the analyst said, which likely held down the claims figures. On an unadjusted basis, claims rose by 6,500 to nearly 415,000.

Economists closely watch unemployment claims, which are seen as a gauge of layoffs and a measure of companies’ willingness to hire new workers.

The four week average, which smooths volatility, rose to 450,250. Two weeks ago, the average fell to its lowest level since September 2008, when Lehman Brothers collapsed and the financial crisis intensified.

Jobless claims peaked during the recession at 651,000 in late March 2009.

The figures underscore that the job market remains weak even as the economy recovers. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Wednesday that high unemployment is one of the toughest challenges the economy faces.

While layoffs have slowed, hiring is “very weak,” he said. “We are far from being out of the woods. Many Americans are still grappling with unemployment or foreclosure or both.”

On a more positive note in the Labor Department’s report, the tally of people continuing to claim benefits for more than a week fell by 131,000 to 4.55 million, the lowest level since December 2008.

That figure lags initial claims by a week. But it doesn’t include millions of people who have used up the regular 26 weeks of benefits typically provided by states, and are receiving extended benefits for up to 73 additional weeks, paid for by the federal government.

Slightly more than 5.8 million people were receiving extended benefits in the week ended March 20, the latest data available, a drop of about 230,000 from the previous week. The extended benefit data isn’t seasonally adjusted and is volatile from week to week.

Other recent reports have indicated that employers are slowly ramping up hiring. The Labor Department said Friday that the nation added a net total of 162,000 jobs in March, the most in three years. The unemployment rate held at 9.7 percent for the third straight month.

Layoffs fell to their lowest level in three years in February, according to a separate government report Tuesday. But hiring remained about 40 percent below pre-recession levels.

Some companies are still cutting jobs. An oilfield services company, Denver-based EnerCrest, said this month it has closed five locations in four states, losing 225 employees. Business software company Computer Associates Inc. said Tuesday that it is cutting 1,000 jobs as part of a plan to reduce costs.

Some recipients of the extended federal aid could see their benefits disrupted this week, as Congress failed to approve a continuation of the federal programs before leaving for a two-week vacation at the end of March.

That could cut off benefits for more than 200,000 people this week, according to the National Employment Law Project, an advocacy group, but Congressional Democratic leaders have said they will make up for the lost checks when they extend the program later this month.

April 8, 2010 at 2:19 pm
(366) Sean from Detroit, Michigan says:

Please Sign the Petition for adding Tier V Unemployment Extension!
We need your support!

April 8, 2010 at 3:23 pm
(367) To Boston says:

The rich get richer and the poor get poorer. I thought when you make the rich richer it is supposed to trickle down to the poor. I don’t actually believe this but i’ve seen a few of them quotes on here. People need to wake up.

April 8, 2010 at 7:10 pm
(368) Miguel in California says:

Glenn Beck Hates the Jobless


April 8, 2010 at 11:17 pm
(369) worry wart says:

So if an extension is approved on 4/15 to what date will it be extended? My benefits end the last week of April, so I’m concerned that mine may not end soon enough for eligibility.

The 30 days at a time is ridiculous.

April 9, 2010 at 12:09 am
(370) Sofia says:

Can someone please explain the deadlines for filing for extensions? I don’t get it and it makes no sense why they are deadlines and people are not making these deadlines.

I’m currently on my 1st extension that will end in May. Does that mean that because I did not exhaust all my Benefits by April 5, that I do not qualify for a second extension??? I don’t get it. Anyone please help me? Thanks in advanced.

April 9, 2010 at 12:23 am
(371) Sean from Detroit, Michigan says:
April 9, 2010 at 12:50 am
(372) Miguel in California says:


Everybody… Just a friendly reminder to all on here…

We need our voice heard for Tier 5.

Everybody please contact Congress and the Media for Tier 5 every day until there is bill and that bill is passed and signed.

For those on Tier 1, 2, 3, & 4 should be also worried and should contact Congress and the Media because when your current Tiers are up, you will have a Tier 5 ready for you if you need it.

Folks, please scroll up and get the contact information from Post # 2648 and 2704 for Congress members and the Media.

It only takes a few minutes.

The House and Senate members, with the exception of Easter, WILL BE WORKING OUT OF THEIR HOME STATES during their “Spring Break”. What does this mean? We need to join together as we have each and every day, only now focus on calling, faxing, and e-mailing, Senators and Congresspersons in their respective States’ local offices. If possible, should you reside in an area that is close to one of your specific State representatives offices, take the time to pay them a visit, open the door and help put a face to our cause.

We need to be heard as one voice with the same message. As of March 29th, over FOUR HUNDRED THOUSAND of the long term unemployed will no longer be receiving financial assistance. Add this to the the thousand who never qualified for tier four benefits, and we have a SERIOUS CHALLENGE. Let their staff members know that while they are home for the “holiday” they need to go back to the hill ready to help those people who put them there to act as our voice.

April 9, 2010 at 1:02 am
(373) Monica says:

This is so frustrating. My first extension runs out in May 13-15. So of right now if my understanding is correct I do not qualify for a second extension, right?

Now, if they do extend the deadline will it be extended by how many days? If they extended by 30, on April 15, they I think I barely make the deadline. Is that how this work? WTH do they do that? It makes no sense. Someone please explain this to me. I’m so confused.

April 9, 2010 at 1:05 am
(374) Monica says:

BTW – I’m in California.

April 9, 2010 at 1:32 am
(375) J in Cali says:

Just checking in. I’ve also received my last check on the last extension. So here we are again. Now what? The jobs still aren’t out there.

April 9, 2010 at 6:30 am
(376) Kat says:

Here’s an update regarding the possible vote to extend on 4-15. I just emailed both Republican Senators mentioned in this article who may cross over and vote to extend. Please do the same as soon and possible and ask for their vote to extend.


April 9, 2010 at 12:39 pm
(377) Martha says:

So of right now if my understanding is correct I do not qualify for a second extension, right?

Monica… NO…you and other hundreds of thousands of people!!!

April 9, 2010 at 1:25 pm
(378) L.Thomas says:

@ Mr / Mrs Unanimous. I suppose trickle up economics works well. Good luck in finding a good paying salary from the bottom and hoping that it trickles up out of the poverty pit.
It seem as if there are those who are irritated from the rich. I am not talking corporate institution rich. I guess I should use the term prosperous, those prosperous people who are prosperous in building their own little empires. Seems they are thrown into the same batch as the corporate giant empires. Over the past twenty years I have seen some fine companys grow from one single person who had an inspiration of independance and they grew strong. Not so strong that they were in the corporate giant world but strong enough to employ 100 plus employees with great salarys and benefits. In the past two years I have watched a very large portion of those companys die off. Those who are surviving are struggling to keep afloat while having to lay off most of their staff and operate on a skeleton crew. Keep looking for that job to “trickle up”. I will keep looking for it to come from someone with a driving spirit to build something great. It is gonna take great minds to survive the extermination project taking place by those sitting in high places who deem those who “prosper” as the enemy and plague. It is ironic how the seem to lend a hand to the corporate giants while the prosperous small companys are all but in the grave.
FYI.. Take a look around.. You will find the truth if your not so blinded by party politics.

April 9, 2010 at 10:02 pm
(379) Sean Detroit, Michigan says:

We need a Tier V added to Unemployment Benefits
Targeting:The President of the United States, The U.S. Senate, The U.S. House, Nancy Pelosi (Speaker of the House), Sen. Jon Kyl (AZ), Sen. Dick Durbin (IL), Sen. Mitch McConnell (KY), Sen. Harry Reid (NV), Sen. Chuck Schumer (NY), Sen. Tom Coburn (OK), Rep. Nancy Pelosi (CA-08), Rep. Steny Hoyer (MD-05), Rep. Eric Cantor (VA-07) and Rep. Jim McDermott (WA-07)
Started by: Issa Decker

Senators and Representatives:

You should be ashamed of yourself, and here’s why:

You have decided to ignore the people you reduced to poverty. The longest unemployed workers did not create this depression, you did. You did this with your failure to regulate the banks, health industry, and corporations. People who were fully employed, paying taxes, and raising families are now paying the price for your negligence. They trusted you to keep something like this from happening. You failed them.

Now you are deliberately failing them again. This may be a recession for you, but it’s a depression for them. You know this depression will last longer than until March, yet you have no plans to add additional unemployment tiers to keep these people from becoming increasingly destitute. Tens of thousands will begin to lose all financial support on March 14. You know with full clarity that these benefits are the only money keeping food on their tables. You know that their benefits run out in March, and that these American families will be on the path to shelters and soup kitchens.

…and this is not of their making. They’re not to blame. You are.

…and you’re about to discount them again by allowing their benefits to end with Tier IV.

By the way, don’t pride yourself on extending the current benefits for the more recently unemployed, as included in the Job Bill. Of course you should do this, but as you know, the bill as it is written will not help any of those who have been the longest and hardest hit by this depression. The Job Bill only half addresses the unemployed, and 50% is an F.

Please make sure that the only choice for Americans who want to work is either a job or unemployment benefits. Don’t end benefits until there are jobs for them. As of now, there is only 1 job for every 6 unemployed workers. Take care of these victims.

ADD A TIER V Go to Change.org to Sign the Petition
Let Us Be Heard! We need your Support!

April 10, 2010 at 6:19 am
(380) Mr. Anonymous says:

Actually, everyone on here is anonymous. I take it you’ve never heard of trickle up economics L. Thomas? You see, when the “poor” people have money to spend they’ll spend it which puts money into the economy and will actually help small business. Who do you think most of these small businesses sell goods and services too, the rich? No, they provide it to the common working class people. I would supposed you’re also against unemployment extensions and social programs also? I find it funny that the same people against this kind of thing would be the first ones to complain when they don’t get their social security.

April 10, 2010 at 6:22 am
(381) To L. Thomas says:

Hey L. Thomas, where are our jobs? The rich got huge tax cuts under Bush which should’ve created all these jobs based on your reagonomics. So where are they?

April 10, 2010 at 6:40 am
(382) Job Seeker in PA says:
April 10, 2010 at 2:41 pm
(383) Lori (CA) says:

From Huffington Post:
Unemployed Friends: Jobless Find Support Online


April 10, 2010 at 3:18 pm
(384) Lori (CA) says:

99er Update:
CHANGE.ORG Tier V Unemployment Extension Petition up to 6,800 Signatures (goal is 7500) – Will You Sign????


April 12, 2010 at 2:12 am
(385) Sean from Detroit, Michigan says:

New Tier V Unemployment Extension Petition Close to 7,500 Goal
Momentum has been picking up for this petition over at Change.org promoting a new tier of unemployment benefits for the 99ers – those who have exhausted all available unemployment benefits extensions. There are currently about 7,300 signatures out of the stated goal of 7,500. A Tier V would actually add more emergency benefits for the long-term unemployed as opposed to extend the window of eligibility to file under the current federal extension system.

Just a week ago the petition was hovering around 5,300. Two thousand new names in the past 7 days.

At this rate it looks like the petition will hit its goal tomorrow, right when the Senate resumes its session, continues debate, and is scheduled to hold a cloture vote on a new 30-day unemployment extension.

The question is: Will the Senate listen to all these unemployed petitioners?

April 12, 2010 at 7:31 am
(386) Elaine says:

The upside…………….

No jobs. No unemployment benefits.


No income tax paid and


Please bring back outsourced jobs or at least charge those getting richer due to outsourcing pay benefits to Americans who have been replaced by cheap labor in third world countries.

April 12, 2010 at 7:21 pm
(387) Joann in FL says:

Senate advances previously blocked bill for short-term extension of jobless benefits 60-34; final vote likely later this week – NBC News

April 12, 2010 at 7:41 pm
(388) Crystal in Ca says:
April 12, 2010 at 8:22 pm
(389) Crystal in CA says:
April 13, 2010 at 10:23 am
(390) Timmy says:

Please help me understand with this vote took place yesterday. If this passes in the Senate, and it is expected to, it will go to President Obama to be signed into law. The vote is expected later this week.

Will it help the 99′ers? I have used up all of my 99 weeks also. I live in California. Will it add more weeks? From my understanding I was on Tier 4 which finished up. I need a Tier 5, correct? So will this bill add more weeks back to Tier 4? Who will is vote benefit?

Thank you for your help.

April 13, 2010 at 11:40 am
(391) Jacqi says:

From what I understand this new bill will not do anything for us 99′ers. Keep signing petitions and email your reps for a Tier 5. PLEASE!

April 13, 2010 at 12:36 pm
(392) Miguel in California says:

RE: Tier 5

Click on the link for names, telephone numbers and email address for Congress members.

Please contact them for TIER 5 today. Everybody has to do their part on their own. Don’t wait on somebody else to to all the work. We all are in it together.


April 13, 2010 at 12:55 pm
(393) Terri CA now in TN says:

Here is the email I sent to msnbc after reading the article Crystal liked in Post #2850

In your ‘Jobless benefits clear GOP roadblock’ story, you failed to mention all of the unemployed who have exhausted all benefits and have been left face down in the dirt by Congress.

Your article gives the impression that ALL of the unemployed have been thrown a lifeline and that all is now looking up for these poor suffering Americans- food will be on the table, mortgages can be paid, etc. True for some, but certainly NOT for all unemployed.

There are close to 1,000,000 American wage earners (and please note that this does not count the number of family members they support) who have been discounted from any further assistance in the form of UI benefits. Sort of a home grown genocide – wouldn’t you think?

By only reporting half the truth, your journalism has been slanted in favor of the illusion our Government is attempting to pass by not only this country, but those worldwide who are following this story. Please be brave enough to tell the Emperor that he is not wearing any clothes. Please have the courage to report ALL of the facts, and not just those that fit our Congress’ agenda.

April 13, 2010 at 1:04 pm
(394) Terri CA in TN says:

To Crystal –

SORRY! Meant to say ‘linked’ – not ‘liked’! I know you’re in my boat of out of benefits, so it’s very possible you weren’t jumping for joy with the 1/2 truth reporting in the article either.

April 13, 2010 at 2:06 pm
(395) Miguel in California says:

Below are three fax services that allow you to send two FREE faxes (per service, per day) via your computer. That is SIX FAXES a day you can send to our elected officals regarding a tier 5 extension:




April 13, 2010 at 7:49 pm
(396) PATRICK VERDI says:

I have use up all my unemployment and extenison and got my last check on April 2, 2010. I been out of work since april of 2008 2 years. I even went to school for 1 year at ITT for culinary of arts and graudated in september 2009 and been looking for a job as a cook and nothing. I also have 10 years in dispatching and still nothing. Please extened the benfits for the long term unemployed through 2010 so the president can have time to make more jobs

April 13, 2010 at 7:59 pm
(397) Sean from Detroit, Michigan says:

Tier 5 Update:
CHANGE.ORG Tier V Unemployment Extension Petition up to 9116 Signatures (goal is 10,000 ) – Will You Sign???

April 13, 2010 at 8:38 pm
(398) Miguel in California says:

@ Post 2857 Patrick Verdi -

I would advise you to sign all kinds of petitions, call, email and fax Congress and the Media everyday. The way you wrote your question seems to me is like you asking us to extend the benefits. This is a blog only with information. We can’t extend anything from this blog.

You can find all the contact information and ways to contact Congress members and the Media by scrolling up to Post # 2648, 2704 and 2858. It only takes a few minutes to do it.

April 13, 2010 at 9:26 pm
(399) Monica says:

They extended the deadline to May 5. So, if my benefits run out for on May 15th, that means I’m out of luck?!? I’m currently on extension 1. This is frustrating if that’s the case b/c there’s going to be more people who will be out on the cold.

April 13, 2010 at 11:55 pm
(400) Crystal in CA to (2855) Terri CA in TN says: says:

Hi Terri,

You are absolutely right they are just trying to say a bunch of crap that is only the half truth. How can you forget about the people who have nothing coming in? What are we suppose to do until the jobs roll in? We have been looking for work and trying to take even a $6.00/hr job but with so many people applying and us being over qualified, over age, over weight, the wrong looking person for the job or what ever they come up with its not easy. How can you change these things? Why are people being punished for having an education? This is nuts! congress needs to listen to us and the journalist need to report the truth the whole truth and not the half truth!

April 14, 2010 at 9:41 am
(401) Kuhlt says:

Didn’t the deficit get ran up by unfunded tax breaks for the wealthy, corporate america bailouts, a war in the middle east, and sending billions of dollars of aid to other countries, just to name a few? So what the republicans are saying is that during the “make the rich people richer” Bush administration the country ran up a huge deficit. So big that there is no money left for the average american citizen? Does anyone have a ballpark figure on how much money went out unfunded during the “make the rich people richer” Bush administration? (That all the republicans in Washington voted for)

April 14, 2010 at 11:52 am
(402) Sean from detroit, Michigan says:

Sign the Petition for adding Tier V Unemployment Extension!
We need your support!

April 14, 2010 at 4:40 pm
(403) DebbieP says:

So this latest extension is only going to help those who are the more “newly” unemployed. Those who have not reached the end of Tier 4 yet and those who have reached the end of Tier 4, the “99ers”, are being totally ignored until Congress fights and argues somemore over where the money is going to come from to pay for further extensions for everybody.

How many more months is that going to take now that there is another, more important, “financial” bill that the President wants passed in a months time? Keep wasting time and I will be living in my car. My landlords need the rent so they can pay their mortgage on this duplex!

Don’t see why the 99ers couldn’t have been added to this last extension also, until Congress could make up their minds about what they want to do!

Lord, please let me find a job! I am sick and tired of having to depend upon the government!

April 14, 2010 at 6:20 pm
(404) Larry says:

Help me kids. I have been unemployed since Nov 8 2008. My benefits allegedly exhausted April 3. That does not add up to 99 weeks. The lady at TWC (Texas Workforce Commission) told me my benefits would commence once they pass this legislation. Am I retarded? Or does it depend on what state you are in correlated to that state’s unemployment % ?

April 14, 2010 at 10:33 pm
(405) texas guy says:

@ larry you do know texas does not qualify for certain benefits because of our unemployment rate? just go to their website all info is there

i just hope HR4851 HR4213 go through

April 15, 2010 at 1:20 am
(406) Sofia says:

Ok, help me explain if my benefits run out after May 5, then I don’t qualify for my second extension?????

April 15, 2010 at 3:19 am
(407) Lori (CA) says:


FINALLY, FINALLY FINALLY some (possibly?) GOOD NEWS for the 99-weekers! The lovely people over at AllYourTV.com (God bless them!) are saying that the Democrats are HINTING AT PLANS FOR A POSSIBLE TIER 5 (most likely to be approx. 13 weeks of benefits…hopefully passing that legislation w/in the next six weeks). Here is the story:



April 15, 2010 at 3:24 am
(408) M in texas says:

I just started new claim a couple of weeks ago and today I was sent to orientation by Texas Workforce. They gave me a form to bring to temporary service for posible job. My question is, I don’t qualify for the job they are sending me to but, if I don’t register with temporary service, will this interupt my benefits? Paper said if I did not go it could possible affect benefits.

April 15, 2010 at 9:05 am
(409) TC says:

M in texas says

Yes it will if you dont go and sign up. They will stop your payments and you will owe them the money back.
We had the same thin in MI, Had to put our resume on line via MI works and they had to stamp our paper and they verified we showed up and signed up.

April 15, 2010 at 2:19 pm
(410) Charmaine says:

Yes, the key is to keep the pressure on so that they will do something about it NOW, (not within six weeks). Our best bet is to make it an election issue. Every call and email they receive registers as a potential vote in every incumbents mind. That means most Democrats will see it as a way to gain seats and most Republicans will see it as a way to lose their seats.

The article from today (see post 2868) said they will be reluctant to pass it as it gets closer to elections. We can’t allow the issue to linger. Let’s keep putting faces to this issue and giving it a voice.

April 15, 2010 at 6:14 pm
(411) Joann says:

Senate passes short-term extension of UC. House expected to pass it tonight.

April 15, 2010 at 6:33 pm
(412) patrick verdi says:

I didn’t mean to sound like i was telling you to extened the benfits for the long term unemployed. I was refering to the goverment. Sorry about that and thanks for the info on what to do

April 15, 2010 at 8:05 pm
(413) kutdachekk says:

Senate passes bill to extend unemployment benefits

[Updated at 7:15 p.m.] The $18 billion bill now returns to the House for a final vote, which is cheduled for later Thursday. The president is expected to sign it into law soon after.

The measure would restore federal unemployment benefits to more than 200,000 jobless Americans who started losing them on April 5 after lawmakers let that deadline pass. Checks would be retroactive to that date.

Federal unemployment benefits, which last up to 73 weeks, kick in after the state-funded 26 weeks of coverage expire. These federal benefits are divided into tiers, and the jobless must apply each time they move into a new tier.

The bill, which was approved by a 59-38 vote, would also extend several other provisions until May 31, including: The federal COBRA health insurance subsidy; the National Flood Insurance Program and the copyright license used by satellite television providers. It also prevents a 21 percent reduction in Medicare payment rates for doctors from taking place until May 31.

Read the full CNNMoney.com story

[Posted at 6:12 p.m.] The Senate passed a bill Thursday that would temporarily extend unemployment benefits, sending the measure back to the House after rancorous debate over how to pay for it.

April 15, 2010 at 8:39 pm
(414) Marilyn Mygan says:

I have been unemployed since September 18. I have 487 real live resumes out, not only for positions in my field, but in other fields that I think I could do well in, am with four recruiting firms and also a local support group whose goal is to help each other find employment. I am not sitting around eating bon bons. I have a house to support and two children that depend on me. Put yourself in our shoes. What if your paycheck was not in your bank account at the end of the week? Or what if it were your mothers or daughters? I paid into unemployment with the forty years I have been working and for me to sit in front of a television and watch votes be tallied and pick my fate was disheartening. This is America. Take care of our people, please.

April 15, 2010 at 8:53 pm
(415) Timmy says:

Please Help me with my Question -

I have used up my 99 weeks. I am in California. The bill passed today, will it help me out with more weeks or is it a Tier 5 which I need.

Will it help the 99′ers? I have used up all of my 99 weeks also. I live in California. Will it add more weeks? From my understanding I was on Tier 4 which finished up. I need a Tier 5, correct? So will this bill add more weeks back to Tier 4? Who will is vote benefit?

April 15, 2010 at 8:59 pm
(416) Joann says:

U.S. House OKs extension of jobless benefits; bill heads to Obama’s desk – AP

April 15, 2010 at 9:36 pm
(417) Sean from Detroit, Michigan says:

Update: TIER 5
CHANGE.ORG Tier V Unemployment Extension Petition up to 12,029 Signatures (goal is 15,000 ) – Will You Sign???

April 15, 2010 at 10:44 pm
(418) Joann says:

President Obama signs bill extending U.S. unemployment benefits through June 2

April 15, 2010 at 11:39 pm
(419) Timmy says:

Can somebody please help me by answering my question?

I have used up my 99 weeks. I am in California. The bill passed today, will it help me out with more weeks or is it a Tier 5 which I need.

Will it help the 99′ers? I have used up all of my 99 weeks also. I live in California. Will it add more weeks? From my understanding I was on Tier 4 which finished up. I need a Tier 5, correct? So will this bill add more weeks back to Tier 4? Who will is vote benefit?

April 16, 2010 at 12:56 am
(420) Sandra says:

The bill passed today, does not help the 99′ers. It only allows those who havent yet completed the 99 weeks, to do so..

The only thing that will help the 99′ers, is if they add a tier 5.

April 16, 2010 at 2:23 am
(421) Sofia says:

Ok, someone please answer my Q – with this bill does that mean I qualify for my second extension — my first extension is over May 15. I’m in California?????

April 16, 2010 at 5:26 am
(422) Roman says:

I’m a bit confused. I am about to finish up my 4 Tier with about 79 weeks used up. Does the extension apply to me? Will my benefits keep going? Thanks in advance for any advice.

April 16, 2010 at 9:00 am
(423) Cora says:

Hello. I exhausted all of my Tier 4 benefits and I’ve been without any income for 2 weeks now. I live daily with worry and a giant pain at the pit of my stomach. It seems when I read these updates that there isn’t much discussion surrounding a Tier 5 other than the people who are trying their hardest to be heard (thank-you for that)? I cannot understand why these federal extensions wouldn’t also apply to the long term unemployed, it makes no sense to me. I do have a question……I hear some people say to continue reporting even when all benefits have been exhausted, does that mean to continue calling into the Marvin line? Thank-You.

April 16, 2010 at 1:05 pm
(424) dre says:

i am in chicago and i have exausted my 99 weeks. are they at least considering a tier 5 for the long term unemployed. i applied for public aid but as it turns out they give you $200 a month in link for food. “BUT” to my surprise you have to be a female in order to recieve cash and medical benefits. the government is shady when it comes to equil rights. women have equil opportunity when it comes to jobs and ect……. but i guess that the rules dont apply when men need help or the US is in a recession. all i can say is WOW. smh

April 16, 2010 at 4:39 pm
(425) hanknreno says:

What congress did was not to benefits that have ran out But to put more money into the ones that have not. They talk like there helping the unemployed when all they are doing is bringing the numbers down by eliminating people who are eligible. 400.000 unemployed in this country means that’s the number eligible and receiving benefits. Not the ones who have ran-out or can’t collect or the homeless. So the real numbers are doubled if you count all unemployed.They LIE LIE LIE to us constantly.

April 16, 2010 at 4:46 pm
(426) Daniel says:


THIS IS FOR THE TIER 5 EXTENSION. Its a 2 month extension that has to pass through house.

Good Luck to all

April 16, 2010 at 6:13 pm
(427) Sean from Detroit, Michigan says:

New Update: TIER 5
CHANGE.ORG Tier V Unemployment Extension Petition up to 13,562 Signatures (goal is 15,000 ) – Will You Sign???

April 16, 2010 at 7:16 pm
(428) Sandra says:

They are not extending unemployment benefits, but they are extending the deadline, to allow ppl to move thru the 4 tiers.

I think some ppl aren’t understanding that. The deadline that just passed of April 5th, would have cut off alot ppl, who wasnt going to get the chance to have 99 weeks like some other ppl. The extension of the DEADLINE, which is what they just passed, allows those who have not completed their 99 weeks, to do that.

Thats all this is…

Like my situation. I am in tier 2. the april 5th deadline (had it not been extended just now), would have made it so that tier 2 was all i could get. i wouldnt have had the chance to use tier 3 or 4, like some were able to.

This extension that was just passed, only extended the deadline, to give ppl time to transition to their next tier. Now I can transition.

i know someone made the comment, they didnt understand why the extension of benefits didnt apply to the 99′ers, too (the long term unemployed).. It is not an extension of benefits.. but an extension of the deadline. so that others can have up to 99 weeks too…

I hope that helps some?

April 16, 2010 at 7:29 pm
(429) Martha says:

Yes you are….so be happy…
And fight for the tier 5 because all of us before September or so will be cover for a little more time..go and sign the petitions…please!!!

April 16, 2010 at 7:48 pm
(430) Crystal in CA to all 99ers and non-99ers says:

If you haven’t already please keep writing and calling your local representatives, also call your governors as well and local news stations to let them know that a tier V is needed. You may not need it now but I assure you, you may need it in the future! If the tea-party can get that much press then we need to step-up or protest as well!

April 16, 2010 at 8:14 pm
(431) Monty says:

Quote for the day:

“The greatest evil is not done in those sordid dens of evil that Dickens loved to paint but is conceived and ordered (moved, seconded, carried, and minuted) in clear, carpeted, warmed, well-lighted offices, by quiet men with white collars and cut fingernails and smooth-shaven cheeks who do not need to raise their voices.”

C. S. Lewis

April 16, 2010 at 9:03 pm
(432) Miguel in California says:

Regarding Tier 5 – - Please act now and today !

Everybody please contact Congress and the Media for Tier 5 every day until there is bill and that bill is passed and signed.

For those on Tier 1, 2, 3, & 4 should be also worried and should contact Congress and the Media because when your current Tiers are up, you will have a Tier 5 ready for you if you need it.

Everybody MUST do their part by Calling, Faxing and Emailing (which is free..go to the library or your local Work Source/One Stop center if you don’t have internet) and get your voice out there to Congress and the Media everyday until Tier 5 is passed. Nothing is going to be done if rely on others to do it for you and not do it your self. Everybody has to pitch in and email, fax and call.


Senate Majority Leader Reid: (202) 224-3542

Senate Minority Leader McConnell: (202) 224-2541

Senator Richard Durbin: (202) 224-2152

Senator Max Baucus: (202) 224-2651

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi: (202) 225-4965

Rep. Jim McDermott: (202) 225-3106

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer: (202) 225-4131

Comments line: 202-456-1111
Switchboard: 202-456-1414


Al Franken:

Bill O’reilly:

brian williams:

Chris Matthews:

CBS Early Show:

Face The Nation:

MSNBC’s “Countdown w/Keith Olbermann”: countdown@msnbc.com



Fox News:

FOX Report with Shepard Smith:


L.A. Times (Letter to the editor):

Meet the press:

Michael Moore:

The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer:


NBC Nightly News:

New York Times:

Sean Hannity:


All Things Considered: atc@npr.org
Morning Edition: morning@npr.org
Talk Of The Nation: totn@npr.org

Special Report w/Brit Hume:

Click or cut and paste the link to get the contacts


And here are even more contact for everybody to contact.
Some key shows/addresses:

The Ed Schultz Show
ed@edschultzshow.com (host)
james@edschultzshow.com (producer)

The Stephanie Miller Show
stephanie@stephaniemiller.com (host)
chris@stephaniemiller.com (exec producer)
rebekah@stephaniemiller.com (assoc. producer)

Bill Press
@dcradiodan (producer Dan Henning via Twitter)
@bpshow (general show contact via Twitter)

The Young Turks:
annakasparian@yahoo.com (booking producer)

Randi Rhodes:
via Twitter – @randiradio

The Mike Malloy Show:
mike@mikemalloy.com (host)
kathy@mikemalloy.com (producer)

The Alan Colmes Show:
via twitter – @alancolmes

The Jim Bohannon Show:
paul_hill@westwoodone.com (producer)

The Bob Edwards Show:
bob@xmradio.com (host)
andy.danyo@xmradio.com (producer)
via Twitter @bobedwardsshow

The Diane Rehm Show:
sandra@wamu.org (Sandra Pinkard – producer)
via Twitter @drshow


April 16, 2010 at 9:15 pm
(433) Miguel in California says:

@ Alison Doyle, About.com Guide to Job Searching

I posted a blog about 15 mins ago with contact information in regards to Congress members and the Media for everybody on here to view. It was a bit long. Please make sure that post does get posted on here.


April 17, 2010 at 10:53 pm
(434) Tracey says:

I have been unemployed a little over a year (14 months) and called the unemployment office yesterday and found out I do not qualify for this new extension. I guess my point is, not all of us will get another year of benefits like the 99 weekers and wanted to give an FYI to people who were unable to call yesterday. I’m also in a very high unemployment state. Best wishes to everybody and the people in the tiers because you won’t be qualified for 99 weeks. Congress knew if they held off alot of people would fall off, it was a caculated move. So, I guess it’s time for everybody to sign the petition and start calling.

April 18, 2010 at 1:42 am
(435) Sean from Detroit, Michigan says:

Extension Tier 5 Update:
CHANGE.ORG Tier V Unemployment Extension Petition up to 14,749 Signatures (goal is 15,000 ) – Will You Sign???

April 18, 2010 at 3:09 am
(436) Crystal in CA says:

This is why we need to make people aware of whats going on for all Tiers and we need a Tier V:

This is a response to me from Senator Boxer:

Dear Friend:

Thank you for contacting me about extending unemployment benefits. I appreciate hearing from you, and I agree we must act swiftly to help America’s jobless workers.

I am pleased to tell you that important legislation has been enacted to extend unemployment benefits for thousands of Americans struggling to make ends meet. The Continuing Extension Act (H.R.4851) extends benefits retroactively, from April 5, 2010 until June 2, 2010.

H.R.4851 gives the Senate and House of Representatives time to reconcile their versions of H.R.4213, the American Workers, State, and Business Relief Act, which would extend unemployment benefits through December 31, 2010. I anticipate that this legislation will be enacted soon so that families will continue to have the financial support they need.

Although this extension provides only temporary relief to the unemployed, be assured that creating and saving jobs for millions of Americans is my top priority in the Senate.

Again, thank you for writing to me on this important issue. Please do not hesitate to contact me again about any issue of importance to you.

Barbara Boxer
United States Senator

April 18, 2010 at 12:28 pm
(437) Cora says:

Hi Crystal….Does that letter pertain to the long term and adding a Tier 5?

April 18, 2010 at 4:18 pm
(438) Bob says:

Hi Everybody, I am just wondering. I read just about every comment dating to 11/2008. There certainly was allot of Bush Bashing. Yes under his Watch came this Terrible Downfall. Well here it is 4/2010. second year of the Obama Administration. Things are worse now With no sign of Improvement. Oh I am sorry Wall Street is doing Okay for now! Especially the Unemployment numbers. So I ask How has the Change we can Belive in & The road to recovery (so called Stimulus Bill) Worked for you & your Family so far? When do you think the Obama Distraction should take some blame for this. Instead of adding some more Benefits for Unemployment or Giving Tax incentives for Business to Hire People . We have a Healthcare Bill that will not fully go in to Effect until 2014 maybe even later. So you are keeping it Classy for a Man who can talk a good Game but not Deliver one!

April 18, 2010 at 5:40 pm
(439) Joey says:

No offense but from all i heard and read most folks seem to think that allyourtv,com is simply an very unrelible Blog and not real news!

Some more news from allyourtv.com! Anybody who believes Rick Ellis and his Junk also believes in Bigfoot!



April 18, 2010 at 9:01 pm
(440) Terri CA in TN says:

Here is what I posted on Congress.org

Short Term Unemployed Get Help – Long Term Unemployed Get Ignored

Our benevolent Congress recently voted to allow only some of the millions of unemployed Americans to continue to survive in this treacherous and still floundering recession we know as the United States economy. With a stroke of his pen, President Obama sentenced well over 1,000,000 not so lucky unemployed Americans to a life of poverty, homelessness, utter destitution and worse.

Proclaiming that to not allow a continuation of unemployment benefits an “inhuman” act that would cause untold hardship, Congress has extended the date of eligibility for benefits under the guise that The Continuing Extension Act of 2010 (H.R.4851) extends actual cash benefits for “the unemployed.” The language used in this propaganda spoken by Congress and many of the ‘go with the flow’ media outlets is not only misleading, it’s a blatant misrepresentation of the facts. Only those who have not maxed out their benefits will be allowed continued financial help. The near 1,000,000 who have exceeded the allowable collection period have been kicked to the curb and left without any means to pay for food, housing and the everyday necessities of life. These are Americans who through no fault of their own lost their jobs to outsourcing and a crumbling economy – neither of which was their fault, but certainly their misfortune.

There are a few journalists (and their number is growing) who have had the courage to report the cold, hard facts of the ugly side of H.R. 4851 and the huge population of unemployed Americans who face a downward spiral into poverty and homelessness due to the decisions of Congress in this matter. While our Nation rushes to the aid of other countries in crisis, it has continually ignored the monumental catastrophe that are the long term unemployed of the United States of America.

This home grown genocide of the Middle Class continues each and every day that our Government refuses to acknowledged the millions of Americans who every day send desperate communications via fax, email and phone calls, begging our elected officials for help. Foreclosures, repossession of automobiles, disconnection of utilities, loss of dignity and in more than a few cases death by their own hands as they can no longer find a way to survive – this has become the fate of those whom Congress have designated as the acceptable collateral damage of this Great Recession.


April 19, 2010 at 12:16 am
(441) Sean from Detroit, Michigan says:

* Update: Unemployment Extension Tier 5
CHANGE.ORG Tier V Unemployment Extension Petition up to 15,362 Signatures (goal is 25,000 ) – Will You Sign???

April 19, 2010 at 12:55 pm
(442) Crystal in CA says:

Hi Cora,

Yes they are not including Tier V in this.

Hi Terri,

You are so correct congress is not paying any attention to us and we need to make sure we are speaking out about this to everyone!

April 19, 2010 at 2:58 pm
(443) Joann says:

I just spoke with the Florida UC office. My Tier IV UC benefits expired on April 5th. I am not eligible for any additional UC benefits unless and until Congress approves a Tier V. I have been unemployed since August 2008. Since the day I was laid off, I have been submitting resumes, sending cold call letters, answering ads, networking, etc. with no employment yet. On many instances I have been told that after interviewing I “came in second.” My age perhaps! My former employer has listed my former job on Career Builder yesterday. I have applied via Career Builder and also contacted the President of the company regarding re-hire. I’ve not yet received any response even though I have a letter of personal recommendation from this president of the company. Any ideas anyone?

April 19, 2010 at 10:49 pm
(444) Bridgett says:

Hello everyone on unemployment please sign the pettion at this website to help all those 99ers out including my self thank you!

April 19, 2010 at 11:47 pm
(445) Taylor says:

I realize that the more people sign the petition the better our chances of Congress paying attention to us. But the goal keeps rising, what’s that about! We shouldn’t even have to sign a petition. WE are screwed, they don’t care about us..
They screw up the economy and then they’ll scew up health care reform and we will all be paying for it in more ways than one..

April 20, 2010 at 11:48 am
(446) Charmaine says:

More ignorant assertions by the GOP – “Unemployed Americans are lazy”


April 20, 2010 at 6:03 pm
(447) Sean from Detroit, Michigan says:

99er Update: Tier V Unemployment Extension Petition Has Over 16,500 Signatures
April 20, 2010 01:39 PM EDT (Updated: April 20, 2010 04:39 PM EDT)
As of this writing, the petition for a Tier V unemployment benefits extension over at Change.org is just a shade under 16,600. The petition has achieved remarkable success over the last couple weeks in terms of the number of signatories joining the effort in such a short time span.

April 21, 2010 at 12:55 am
(448) Taylor says:

That is a bunch of BS that the unemployed are lazy…I was working for the greedy company for 27 years and got laid off. Just goes to show you, don’t go into management with no union protection, because they can lay you off for noreason at all.. I’ve been trying to find a job for 2yrs now and am lucky if I even get a response back. My life has been completely destroyed by this…besides one can’t really live off of unemployment, with what they pay..granted better than nothing…If anyone of those people in congress lost there job they could very well be in the same boat. They are just a bunch of SOB’s that have no idea what we are up against. I DIDN’T ASK FOR THIS….They allow these big companies to lay off people, making the higher salaries, then they cut pensions, and medical and 401k plans, when will it end..They won’t be happy until we are all homeless and the illegals are here taking our jobs or they outsource the jobs to other countries and pay them nothing. WE ARE NOT LAZY..there are no jobs that will hire me for the salaries they are paying…They don’t even consider me and believe me, I would take a job paying $14 an hr but they just won’t even give me the opportunity. :/ Some of us are getting older, thinking we could maybe retire soon and now we have to start all over.. I have friends that say take any job, they haven’t got a clue..what job no one will hire me.. Nothing changed for them, life goes on as usual.. Until you are in this predictment, unless you have a freakin job for me, then please shut up..

April 21, 2010 at 12:34 pm
(449) Don in PA says:

Taylor, I was sort of in the same boat as you were. I had a good paying non union job and they layed off a bunch of us. A few weeks later they had an ad hiring new production workers which is what I did. I had good reviews at my job and when I called them and asked them why I wasn’t called back they told me they weren’t hiring for the job that I was doing. Talk about corporate greed. A union was brought up there once and they told people they would send the jobs to mexico if a union was ever voted in. They actually did send some jobs there anyways to prove a point.

April 21, 2010 at 7:16 pm
(450) Miguel in California says:

Found this on another blog, wanted to share with you all.


I can’t seem to find any contact info for the CNN reporter. He probably is a guest reporter and not a regular on CNN.

April 21, 2010 at 9:18 pm
(451) Jim in CA says:


You are not alone.

EVERYTHING you said rings true for me as well. I am in the exact same boat as you. Lost my CAREER (not just a job…a 20 year career!), my property, many “friends”, my girlfriend…seemingly, my whole life is GONE!…and nobody seems to understand.

I KNOW that you aren’t lazy. I know how hard it is. Just want you to know that I understand.

Now, let’s get this TIER 5 going! This economy is NOT getting any better…and we NEED this assistance. If there are no jobs for short-term unemployed…why would there be jobs for long-term unemployed? It doesn’t make sense to cut us off like this. THERE ARE NO JOBS!!!

April 21, 2010 at 11:43 pm
(452) Crystal in CA says:

Well here is a link that may help people in CA


Lets get Tier V going!!!

April 22, 2010 at 1:18 pm
(453) Sean from Detroit, Michigan says:

Unemployment Extension Tier 5 Update:
CHANGE.ORG Tier V Unemployment Extension Petition up to 18,499 Signatures (goal is 25,000 ) – Will You Sign???

April 22, 2010 at 9:07 pm
(454) Cora says:

Well, I haven’t received a check since April 5. I can no longer afford gas, rent, car payment, utilities, etc….I cannot find any work. I’m scared out of my mind and it seems that a Tier 5 hasn’t caught any attention!!!! What the heck are we going to do? The more time that goes by without any action being taken the less likely this will happen for those in desperate need. This is affecting good people, good children and families. I’m sorry to be such a downer but I feel very discouraged at this point.

April 22, 2010 at 10:43 pm
(455) Taylor CA says:

Cora,please hang in there, I know how you feel,I have two Boys whose parents died and I am raising them.I have been unemployed since April 2008. It is hard explaining too them why there is no money for our basic needs.Shame on our government, spend money everywhere except home where it is really need!!!

April 22, 2010 at 11:30 pm
(456) Timmy says:

3 words I have for all of us.


April 23, 2010 at 12:45 am
(457) John the Baptist says:

Wake Up Citizens of this Great Nation!

“ Those who cast the Votes decide nothing!
Those Who Count the votes decide everything!!!”

April 23, 2010 at 6:33 pm
(458) Lori (CA) says:

Good article (at least Tier V is FINALLY being talked about by legitimate media!)

How long should we help the unemployed?


April 25, 2010 at 1:03 pm
(459) Richard fr CA in TX says:

I know that this sounds pessimistic but I believe that the democrats will introduce an extension for us 99 weekers but they will try to pass it without funding it and they will force it to come to a vote and they won’t get 60 votes. Then they can just say to us, Sorry-we tried but those nasty old republicans won’t go for it and that will be the end for us.

April 25, 2010 at 4:35 pm
(460) Unemployed MA says:

I don’t know what the holdup is????!!! I received my last benefits on April 4, 2010. I though I would automatically get the extension, I was wrong because it extension expired April 4th so the checks just stopped. I filed for an extension, thankfully Congress passed the extension date, the president signed it, yet I still have no check as of today April 25th. What is the holdup? I called twice and they said keep filing my claim. I have to make a mortgage payment end of month and pay for health insurance required BY this state. I understand its retro but it doesn’t help me when I am not getting ANYTHING and I won’t be able to pay my mortgage without it. I have never been late on a mortgage payment!!! So angry right now…..

Unemployed in Mass

April 25, 2010 at 9:01 pm
(461) Tier 5 - Write and call today says:

Write and Call today for Tier 5. Here are the contacts.

Complete List of Senate and Congressional Contact Info.






Jeff Sessions






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New Hampshire




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New Hampshire

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New Hampshire

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New Jersey




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New Jersey

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New Jersey

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New Jersey

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New Jersey

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New Jersey

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New Jersey

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New Jersey

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New Mexico




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New Mexico




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New Mexico

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New Mexico

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New Mexico

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New York




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New York




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New York

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New York

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New York

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New York

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New York

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New York

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New York

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New York

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New York

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New York

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North Carolina

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North Carolina

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North Dakota




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North Dakota

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Northern Marianas



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Rhode Island




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Rhode Island




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Rhode Island

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South Carolina




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South Carolina




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South Carolina

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South Carolina

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South Carolina

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South Dakota




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South Dakota




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South Dakota

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West Virginia

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April 25, 2010 at 9:42 pm
(462) Sean from Detroit, Michigan says:

Josh Kalven Sunday April 25th, 2010, 7:17pm
Unemployment Benefit Extension Petition Surpasses 20,000 Signatures

Ten days ago, we noted that a Change.org petition urging Congress to create a fifth tier of federal jobless benefits had received 11,000 electronic signatures. Well, today the letter surpassed 20,000 supporters. That makes it Change.org’s eighth most popular petition ever.

April 26, 2010 at 1:53 pm
(463) longtimer dec2007 says:

Does it really matter how many signitures this gets???? These criminals that lie and cheat their way into office don’t really care about a million or so voters. Just as long as the can count on american’s short term memory to get re-elected AGAIN… Promise us all sorts of things and later make excuses why we didn’t get even half of what they promised. 80% of these liars should be in jail with the other criminals. The only thing seperating these politicians from the drug dealers is the fact the drug dealers and other criminals don’t hide and lie to you about what they are..

April 26, 2010 at 11:39 pm
(464) Tier 5 says:

@ Alison Doyle, About.com Guide to Job Searching:

On April 25, 2010 around 9:10 pm or so I posted a blog on here and it never showed up. I even did it again about an hour later that day. And again just about 10 mins ago I posted a blog it still hasn’t posted yet. I do understand you have to verify the links, email address and so. I know it was a bit long but it should take that long to post.

The blog has contact numbers for all of us to contact in regards to Tier 5.

Can you please look into it.


April 27, 2010 at 9:00 am
(465) Lee says:

i live in fl.i have been unemployed since may,2008.i just received my last Unemployment check in the first week of april.yes! im a 99er.i never in my entire life ever once collected unemployment not even a week,ever! i was always able to find employment within a week.There is absolutely no jobs here.central fl unemployment is currently 15.5% this is insane.our government is to blame for outsourcing are jobs overseas & BOTH parties are responsible.Well,since i received my last check.someone told me to go to the “Day labor” pool & that with your drivers license,SS card,you can register & work today,pay today..well i have been working a few days,but they dont even have steady work! WTF..is going on! i am working with professionals that are digging ditches just to eat & get by,but its not even 40 hours! What is worse is i could not even work today,because i do not have the gas money to get to work today.i wanted to work today,but could not make it.i literraly do not know what i am going to do.i barely have enough food here to last the end of the week.i only needed like $10 bucks to get me thru my next days of working.i have a paypal email account.If anyone would like to help,here is my email –> leevipent2@yahoo.com go to paypal & see the “Send money” link.I hate my life right now & i dont,nor do i want a huge sum of money…i would be happy right now,just for money for gas,or lunch…god bless anyone that reads this & pray for me please..thank you…

April 27, 2010 at 1:45 pm
(466) Cora says:

Lee….I’m so sorry to hear how hard things are for you right now. I have also been laid off since May of 2008 and I know how you’re feeling. I wish I was able to help you however I’m in the same boat. I’m days away from losing the apartment I live in now…with no relief in sight. If we at least had some hope perhaps we could tell the landlords and they would let us stay longer. I just don’t know. Were all trying to survive here and as I’ve posted a couple weeks ago it just seems that nobody is listening. The worst part, many people feel that were lazy, uneducated bums. Crazy.

April 27, 2010 at 6:14 pm
(467) Crystal in CA says:

Why did I just call the EDD office and was told “you know that you don’t have any more extension left” I said yeah but will I be able to apply in the future for one as I am going to try to get SDI for a surgery. She said I don’t think they will be having one but you can always try. how rude the hell!!!

April 27, 2010 at 10:58 pm
(468) Tier 5 says:

2nd Request – @ Alison Doyle, About.com Guide to Job Searching:

I still don’t see any of my posting on here. Am I being blocked or something?


(2925) Tier 5 says:
@ Alison Doyle, About.com Guide to Job Searching:

On April 25, 2010 around 9:10 pm or so I posted a blog on here and it never showed up. I even did it again about an hour later that day. And again just about 10 mins ago I posted a blog it still hasn’t posted yet. I do understand you have to verify the links, email address and so. I know it was a bit long but it should take that long to post.

The blog has contact numbers for all of us to contact in regards to Tier 5.

Can you please look into it.


April 27, 2010 at 11:03 pm
(469) Senator Reid is on Twitter now says:

Let Harry Reid know we need a Tier 5 TODAY.

And not just a few weeks, a long one till jobs come back. Senator Harry Reid (SenatorReid) on Twitter News from the office of Nevada Senator Harry Reid. twitter.com/SenatorReid

April 28, 2010 at 2:20 am
(470) GOV. says:

Your posts are being screened by a 3rd party working for the government. Email addresses are being collected and researched for identification to pursue the anti-American and all who fall into the network of, no matter what their position. False claims and overall discrimination and comments of the American government are being collected by officials of those parties opposing those “unfortunate” Americans to be used against the forward movements of the “Continuation Act”and counteracting the system trying to be enforced by state reps. As good as you think you are all doing by uniting together as one……..it reflects just as badly, making YOU small percentage less of a priority.
For every signature signed for a tire 5……adds another for an example to not support those long term unemployed. When will it end. Stock shelves, park cars, wait tables…..what ever it takes to make ends meet……JUST GET OFF UNEMPLOYMENT and let us working Americans tax money go towards something worthwhile…..like more pay increases for us… and bonuses for our hard work…. and and the overall closure that our tax money taken from our pay checks isn’t going to a bunch of low life bottom dwellers who want to feed off the hard working Amerians who are doing all thei work for them. GET WITH IT. YOU NEED A JOB???????COME SHINE MY SHOES!

April 28, 2010 at 6:57 am
(471) Job Search Guide says:

Just to clarify – there are no posts being blocked and there are no posts that are waiting to be moderated.

The only posts that would not be published – and that I need to approve – are those that use profanity, are not related to the unemployment extension, or personally attack someone.

In addition, no posts are read or monitored or email addresses collected by 3rd parties for any reason.


April 29, 2010 at 2:40 pm
(472) longtimer dec2007 says:

In response to Gov. character.. I’m sure a lot of people wouldn’t shed a tear for you if you were to lose your job and later your home. Just another one of the jokers that don’t have a clue what some of the un-employed people are dealing with right now. Sounds like this guy is or should be a civil servant or is one of the very lucky few who haven’t been affected by this disaster our wonderful elected politicians and their big bank pals have created.

April 29, 2010 at 3:31 pm
(473) Charmaine says:

Wow…I can’t believe this. Our government should be ashamed as it seems we have been completely abandoned.


April 29, 2010 at 7:09 pm
(474) Tier 5 says:


My fellow phone callers and fax blasters: Join us in a Nelp campaign for a 5th Tier: April-May 2010.Leave messages daily and fax daily. Start Dialing: I told them millions of people would be calling them. PLEASE HELP

National Office
f(212)285-3044….Press O or keep leaving messages.

Midwest Office

West Coast Office

Washington, DC

California Office

April 29, 2010 at 7:13 pm
(475) Tier 5 says:

Contact President Obamas twitter page with requests for Tier V!
his is http://twitter.com/BarackObama

to send him a message from your twitter accountyou just type
@BarackObama & then your message twitter is free so if you dont have one its easy to get one

April 29, 2010 at 11:33 pm
(476) Miguel in California says:

‘99ers’ dread future without jobless benefits


April 30, 2010 at 1:01 am
(477) Crystal in Ca to all says:


Did you get a letter from the state talking about get on other benefits? This is crazy do we need to march in the street or something?

April 30, 2010 at 6:16 am
(478) Kat says:

Not looking good for more weeks past 99 in this article.


April 30, 2010 at 6:24 am
(479) Kat says:

Here’s a quote from the article I pasted above. This is the Senator we need to email and fax asap.

“You can’t go on forever,” said Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.), whose panel oversees the benefits program. “I think 99 weeks is sufficient.”

April 30, 2010 at 1:30 pm
(480) Alison, Job Search Guide says:

I did an interview the Washington Times last week on long term unemployment and the reporter did a great job covering the story:



April 30, 2010 at 4:47 pm
(481) soon2b99er says:

We all have our own personal stories but we are in this together. Those more privileged than us who have jobs, trust fund, or just come from wealthy families do not understand our situation. I’m sure there must be a few senators/governors out there that grew up in hard times but simply have forgotten what it’s like due to their high paying job and glorious benefit package. We need to ban together and get something done. I thought I was out of benefits yesterday when my last check came but read on the check stub “you qualify for an extension. it has been filed for you. when filed please fill out your continued claim form.” I was shocked today when I got my continued claim form in the mail today. I lost my job in June 2008, it was my first and only job. I got the job just before I turned 18 and before I graduated high school. It was an administrative assistant job at a small company (just 2 workers including myself) I was severely underpaid getting 8.00 an hour when I was let go. I almost didn’t get any benefits because my employer tried to tell the EDD that I was fired and gave a list of bogus reasons as to why he fired me. Turns out when the EDD called me and interviewed me they said I’ll get my benefits because my boss let me go for unjust causes and couldn’t back up his false claims. I was very very lucky. I’m now 22 years old with just 1 job experience and still unemployed. I’ve applied to retail stores, a few fast food places, and jobs in my field but nothing. I’ve tried my best to find work but I’m apparently not qualified. My only option now is to try to relocate and go to school and hope I get financial aid. I live in CA in a highly populated area with a lot of unemployed people so looking for a job in my area is net to impossible. I think moving to northern CA is my best option. I just don’t know what else to do. I’m barely scraping by with 700.00 a month in unemployment… I live with family who are on social security. I pay utility bills and there isn’t enough money for food for the entire month. Being unemployed is not a choice, we do not choose to be without jobs and money to provide for ourselves and our family. For those who say we are lazy and do not look for work are so out of touch with reality. It’s tough out there and I feel for everyone who is unemployed. We need help and it seems like unemployed people do not matter but we need to let our voices and opinions be heard.

May 1, 2010 at 12:01 pm
(482) Crystal in CA to soon2b99er says:

Dear soon2b99er,

We understand your frustration and what you are going through. You are right everyone needs to ban together and get writing to senators, assembly and state gov. officials and anyone else they can get to do a story on this. We also need to march in our local and major cities together to city hall asking for jobs and letting the public know our stories and cause!

May 3, 2010 at 8:31 pm
(483) Jacqueline says:

I wrote the whitehouse lastnight and selected message of support and sent it to http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/ and received an autoreply that gave some links. I called Democrat Baucus and a woman answered.  I told her I was among the 100k people unemployed in California and due to the 5th tier not passed I can’t pay rent or my car insurance due to Congress not passing this bill.  I send out my resume and don’t hear back from anyone.  It’s not fair! She said that he would get the message of a concerned citizen.  She made it so vague and I think if her job was in jeopardy she would make a clear and concise effort to relay my message verbatim.  I get 950 a month and my rent is 900.  As you can see I barely make it and really can’t go anywhere due to my budget if you can call it that in such a urgent manner.  This one is live video what’s happening to Congress may be of use to some http://www.whitehouse.gov/live/ This one is the latest weekly address http://m.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/weekly-address/?page=1  The latest address has no explanation of unemployment issues my friends.  Please write the Whitehouse a.s.a.p. because we need to let them know @ each one of us and our current circumstances.  Thanks to the person on this site for Baucus phone number.  I called the other one but no answer.  I will try again tomorrow.  

May 4, 2010 at 7:19 am
(484) R in Florida says:

Not 1 comment in 4 days?
Whats going on?

May 4, 2010 at 8:34 am
(485) Cora says:

Honestly, I think everyone is coming to the realization that the long term are flat out screwed. When this much time has gone by without any significant word of the possibility of a Tier 5 that usually means it wont happen. Sorry to be negative but it’s how I feel. discouraged.

May 4, 2010 at 11:38 am
(486) Miguel in California says:

Keep in mind most of us don’t have internet anymore to write on here. Like me, I have to go to the Library or to Work Source One Stop and even they are cutting back on hours and days due to city/county/state budget cuts.

I gave up on our government leaders. I have no hope in them.

Where is NELP (National Employment Law Project). Why are they not helping us 99′ers. They are just sitting on their rear ends. They sold out the 99′ers. They are a useless organization in my opinion.

May 4, 2010 at 11:44 am
(487) Miguel in California says:

copy & paste into email and send a daily message to the senate staffers for Tier 5

james_wallner@sessions.senate.gov, laura_friedel@shelby.senate.gov, john_richards@begich.senate.gov, edward_hild@murkowski.senate.gov, elizabeth_maier@kyl.senate.gov, rebecca_tallent@mccain.senate.gov, andy_york@pryor.senate.gov, jim_stowers@lincoln.senate.gov, sean_moore@boxer.senate.gov, john_watts@feinstein.senate.gov,
layth_elhassani@bennet.senate.gov, heather_urban@markudall.senate.gov, todd_stein@lieberman.senate.gov, jim_fenton@dodd.senate.gov, jane_woodfin@kaufman.senate.gov, bill_ghent@carper.senate.gov, michael_vehr@lemieux.senate.gov, neal_higgins@billnelson.senate.gov, joan_kirchner@isakson.senate.gov, monty_philpot@chambliss.senate.gov, jennifer_tyree@akaka.senate.gov, marie_blanco@inouye.senate.gov,
corey_mcdaniel@risch.senate.gov, ken_flanz@crapo.senate.gov, ken_montoya@burris.senate.gov, dena_morris@durbin.senate.gov, charlie_salem@bayh.senate.gov, chris_geeslin@lugar.senate.gov, pam_smith@harkin.senate.gov, kolan_davis@grassley.senate.gov,
mike_seyfert@roberts.senate.gov, landon_fulmer@brownback.senate.gov, william_henderson@bunning.senate.gov, scott_raab@mcconnell.senate.gov, zak_baig@vitter.senate.gov, thomas_michels@landrieu.senate.gov, rob_epplin@collins.senate.gov, ron_lefrancois@snowe.senate.gov, priscilla_ross@cardin.senate.gov, christie_dawson@mikulski.senate.gov, carey_parker@kirk.senate.gov, john_phillips@kerry.senate.gov, kim_love@stabenow.senate.gov, jack_danielson@levin.senate.gov, ben_olinsky@franken.senate.gov, lauren_mandelker@klobuchar.senate.gov, susan_sweat@wicker.senate.gov, steven_wall@cochran.senate.gov,
stephen_hedger@mccaskill.senate.gov, kara_smith@bond.senate.gov, bridget_walsh@tester.senate.gov, paul_wilkins@baucus.senate.gov, terry_vandoren@johanns.senate.gov, christiana_gallagher@bennelson.senate.gov, jason_mulvihill@ensign.senate.gov, dayle_cristinzio@reid.senate.gov, michael_yudin@shaheen.senate.gov, vanessa_sniders@gregg.senate.gov, karissa_willhite@menendez.senate.gov, michelle_schwartz@lautenberg.senate.gov,
michael_collins@tomudall.senate.gov, trudy_vincent@bingaman.senate.gov, brooke_jamison@gillibrand.senate.gov,
katie_beirne@schumer.senate.gov, mike_harney@hagan.senate.gov, natasha_hickman@burr.senate.gov, ben_klein@dorgan.senate.gov, tom_mahr@conrad.senate.gov, eleanor_dehoney@brown.senate.gov, doug_dziak@voinovich.senate.gov, roland_foster@coburn.senate.gov, ryan_jackson@inhofe.senate.gov, amara_fucile@merkley.senate.gov, joshua_sheinkman@wyden.senate.gov, richard_spiegelman@casey.senate.gov,
christopher_bradish@specter.senate.gov, carlos_angulo@whitehouse.senate.gov, elyse_wasch@reed.senate.gov,
matt_hoskins@demint.senate.gov, jen_olson@lgraham.senate.gov, d_schwietert@thune.senate.gov,
todd_stubbendieck@johnson.senate.gov, paul_palagyi@corker.senate.gov, matt_sonnesyn@alexander.senate.gov,
russ_thomasson@cornyn.senate.gov, matthew_acock@hutchison.senate.gov, brian_smith@bennett.senate.gov,
chris_campbell@hatch.senate.gov, john_dowd@leahy.senate.gov, peter_tyler@sanders.senate.gov,
david_bonine@webb.senate.gov, jonathan_davidson@warner.senate.gov, evan_schatz@murray.senate.gov, mac_campbell@cantwell.senate.gov, david_mcmaster@byrd.senate.gov, chris_schloesser@rockefeller.senate.gov,
chad_metzler@kohl.senate.gov, paul_weinberger@feingold.senate.gov, bryn_stewart@barrasso.senate.gov,
randi_reid@enzi.senate.gov, richard_fontaine@armed-services.senate.gov, michael_zehr@martinez.senate.gov,
joan_kirchner@isakson.senate.gov, jennifer_tyree@akaka.senate.gov, marie_blanco@inouye.senate.gov,
kolan_davis@grassley.senate.gov, pam_smith@harkin.senate.gov, ken_flanz@crapo.senate.gov, ryan_white@risch.senate.gov

May 4, 2010 at 6:13 pm
(488) Miguel in California says:

Tier 5: Congress Sends Mixed Signals About Adding More Weeks Of Unemployment Benefits


May 4, 2010 at 6:30 pm
(489) Kat says:

Another somewhat promising article regarding adding tier V


May 4, 2010 at 10:40 pm
(490) Monty says:


If you haven’t already, please join us in the MAYDAY FAX Attack, at joblessunite.yolasite.com/m-a-y-d-a-y.php


There are free, online sites you can use to fax your resume. You can upload your resume or even cut-and-paste it into text boxes on the sites listed at joblessunite.yolasite.com/m-a-y-d-a-y.php.

“M-A-Y-D-A-Y S.O.S – Tier 5 To SURVIVE” at the very top of the page.

Public Libraries and Workforce Centers typically have computers people can use. If all computers are in use, I am sure that, if you explain what you need to do, someone will give up their internet time for 45min. or so. Usually there are “Limit 20 min.” computer stations which people should yield up. If you can’t get online, explain your situation and ask a librarian for help.

May 4, 2010 at 10:45 pm
(491) Crystal in CA says:

Unfortunately, any extension (or tier V) would come from a federal appropriation as have the previous extensions to your original claim. The matter of a lack of a tier V appropriation is best addressed by contacting the offices of Senators Feinstein or Boxer or the office of you member or the House of Representatives. Thank you again for contacting Senator.

So contact all of them!

May 4, 2010 at 11:02 pm
(492) Crystal in CA says:

HuffPost readers: If you prematurely lost or expect to lose access to Emergency Unemployment Compensation because of the lapse, tell us about it — email arthur@huffingtonpost.com.

May 4, 2010 at 11:11 pm
(493) Crystal in CA says:

Gov. Bob Riley (R) 334-242-7100
State Legislature Links
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R) Fax: 202-224-3149
Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R) Fax: 202-224-3416
Rep. Jo Bonner (R-1) Fax: 202-225-0562
Rep. Bobby Bright (D-2) Fax: 202-225-8913
Rep. Michael Rogers (R-3) Fax: 202-226-8485
Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-4) Fax: 202-225-5587
Rep. Parker Griffith (D-5) Fax: 202-225-4392
Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-6) Fax: 202-225-2082
Rep. Artur Davis (D-7) Fax: 202-226-9567

Gov. Sean Parnell (R) 907-465-3500
State Legislature Links
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R) Fax: 202-224-5301
Sen. Mark Begich (D) Fax: 202-224-2354
Rep. Don Young (R-At Large) Fax: 202-225-0425

Gov. Jan Brewer (R) 602-542-4331
State Legislature Links
Arizona Constitution
Sen. Jon Kyl (R) Fax: 202-224-2207
Sen. John McCain (R) Fax: 202-228-2862
Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-1) Fax: 202-226-9739
Rep. Trent Franks (R-2) Fax: 202-225-6328
Rep. John Shadegg (R-3) Fax: 202-225-3462
Rep. Ed Pastor (D-4) Fax: 202-225-1655
Rep. Harry Mitchell (D-5) Fax: 202-225-3263
Rep. Jeff Flake (R-6) Fax: 202-226-4386
Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-7) Fax: 202-225-1541
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Cool Fax: 202-225-0378

Gov. Mike Beebe (D) 501-682-2345
State Legislature Links
Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D) Fax: 202-228-1371
Sen. Mark Pryor (D) Fax: 202-228-0908
Rep. Marion Berry (D-1) Fax: 202-225-5602
Rep. Vic Snyder (D-2) Fax: 202-225-5903
Rep. John Boozeman (R-3) Fax: 202-225-5713
Rep. Mike Ross (D-4) Fax: 202-225-1314

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) Fax: 916-558-3160
State Legislature Links
Sen. Barbara Boxer (D) Fax: 202) 224-0454
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D) Fax: 202-228-3954
Rep. Mike Thompson (D-1) Fax: 202-225-4335
Rep. Wally Herger (R-2) Fax: 202-225-1740
Rep. Dan Lungren (R-3) Fax: 202-226-1298
Rep. Tom McClintock (R-4) Fax: 202-225-5444
Rep. Doris Matsui (D-5) Fax: 202-225-0566
Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-6) Fax: 202-225-5163
Rep. George Miller (D-7) Fax: 202-225-5609
Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Cool Fax: 202-225-8259
Non Constituent email address for Speaker Pelosi.Rep. Barbara Lee (D-9) Fax: 202-225-9817
Rep. John Garamendi (D-10) Fax: 202-225-5914
Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-11) Fax: 202-226-0861
Rep. Jackie Speier (D-12) Fax: 202-226-4183
Rep. Pete Stark (D-13) Fax: 202-226-3805
Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-14) Fax: 202-225-8890
Rep. Mike Honda (D-15) Fax: 202-225-2699
Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-16) Fax: 202-225-3336
Rep. Sam Farr (D-17) Fax: 202-225-6791
Rep. Dennis Cardoza (D-18) Fax: 202-225-0819
Rep. George Radanovich (R-19) Fax: 202-225-3402
Rep. Jim Costa (D-20) Fax: 202-225-9308
Rep. Devin Nunes (R-21) Fax: 202-225-3404
Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-22) Fax: 202-225-8798
Rep. Lois Capps (D-23) Fax: 202-225-5632
Rep. Elton Gallegly (R-24) Fax: 202-225-1100
Rep. Howard McKeon (R-25) Fax: 202-225-0683
Rep. David Dreier (R-26) Fax: 202-225-7018
Rep. Brad Sherman (D-27) Fax: 202-225-5879
Rep. Howard Berman (D-28) Fax: 202-225-3196
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-29) Fax: 202-225-5828
Rep. Henry Waxman (D-30) Fax: 202-225-4099
Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-31) Fax: 202-225-2202
Rep. Judy Chu (D-32) Fax: 202-225-5467
Rep. Diane Watson (D-33) Fax: 202-225-2422
Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-34) Fax: 202-226-0350
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-35) Fax: 202-225-7854
Rep. Jane Harman (D-36) Fax: 202-226-7290
Rep. Laura Richardson (D-37) Fax: 202-225-7926
Rep. Grace Napolitano (D-38) Fax: 202-225-0027
Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-39) Fax: 202-225-5859
Rep. Ed Royce (R-40) Fax: 202-226-0335
Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-41) Fax: 202-225-6498
Rep. Gary Miller (R-42) Fax: 202-226-6962
Rep. Joe Baca (D-43) Fax: 202-225-8671
Rep. Ken Calvert (R-44) Fax: 202-225-2004
Rep. Mary Bono (R-45) Fax: 202-225-2961
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-46) Fax: 202-225-0145
Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-47) Fax: 202-225-5859
Rep. John Campbell (R-48) Fax: 202-225-9177
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-49) Fax: 202-225-3303
Rep. Brian Bilbray (R-50) Fax: 202-225-2558
Rep. Bob Filner (D-51) Fax: 202-225-9073
Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-52) Fax: 202-225-0235
Rep. Susan Davis (D-53) Fax: 202-225-2948

Gov. Bill Ritter (D) 303-866-2471
State Legislature Links
Sen. Mark Udall (D) Fax: 202-224-6471
Sen. Michael Bennet (D) Fax: 202-224-1933
Rep. Diana DeGette (D-1) Fax: 202-225-5657
Rep. Jared Polis (D-2) Fax: 202-226-7840
Rep. John Salazar (D-3) Fax: 202-226-9669
Rep. Betsy Markey (D-4) Fax: 202-225-5870
Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-5) Fax: 202-225-1942
Rep. Mike Coffman (R-6) Fax: 202-226-4623
Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-7) Fax: 202-225-5278

Gov. Jodi Rell (R) 860-566-4840
State Legislature Links
Sen. Christopher Dodd (D) Fax: 202-224-1083
Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D) Fax: 202-224-9750
Rep. John Larson (D-1) Fax: 202-225-1031
Rep. Joe Courtney (D-2) Fax: 202-225-4977
Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-3) Fax: 202-225-4890
Rep. Jim Himes (D-4) Fax: 202-225-9629
Rep. Chris Murphy (D-5) Fax: 202-225-4488

Gov. Jack Markell (D) 302-739-4101
State Legislature Links
Sen. Edward Kaufman (D) Fax:
Sen. Tom Carper (D) Fax: 202-228-2190
Rep. Michael Castle (R-At Large) Fax: 202-225-2291

Gov. Charlie Crist (R) 850-488-4441
State Legislature Links
Sen. George LeMieux (R) Fax: 202-224-2237
Sen. Bill Nelson (D) Fax: 202-228-2183
Rep. Jeff Miller (R-1) Fax: 202-225-3414
Rep. F. Allen Boyd (D-2) Fax: 202-225-5615
Rep. Corrine Brown (D-3) Fax: 202-225-2256
Rep. Ander Crenshaw (R-4) Fax: 202-225-2504
Rep. Virginia Brown-Waite (R-5) Fax: 202-226-6559
Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-6) Fax: 202-225-3973
Rep. John Mica (R-7) Fax: 202-226-0821
Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Cool Fax: 202-225-0999
Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-9) Fax: 202-225-4085
Rep. Bill Young (R-10) Fax: 202-225-9764
Rep. Kathy Castor (D-11) Fax: 202-225-5652
Rep. Adam Putnam (R-12) Fax: 202-225-0585
Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-13) Fax: 202-226-0828
Rep. Connie Mack (R-14) Fax: 202-225-6820
Rep. Bill Posey (R-15) Fax: 202-225-3516
Rep. Tom Rooney (D-16) Fax: 202-225-3132
Rep. Kendrick Meek (D-17) Fax: 202-226-0777
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-18) Fax: 202-225-5620
Vacant (19) Fax: 202-225-5974
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-20) Fax: 202-225-8456
Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-21) Fax: 202-225-8576
Rep. Ron Klein (D-22) Fax: 202-225-8398
Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-23) Fax: 202-225-1171
Rep. Suzanne Kosmas (D-24) Fax: 202-226-6299
Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-25) Fax: 202-226-0346

Gov. Sonny Perdue (R) 404-656-1776
State Legislature Links
Sen. Saxby Chamblis (R) Fax 202-224-0103
Sen. Johnny Isakson (R) Fax: 202-228-2090
Rep. Jack Kingston (R-1) Fax: 202-226-2269
Rep. Sanford Bishop (D-2) Fax: 202-225-2203
Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-3) Fax: 202-225-3013
Rep. Hank Johnson (D-4) Fax: 202-226-0691
Rep. John Lewis (D-5) Fax: 202-225-0351
Rep. Thomas Price (R-6) Fax: 202-225-4656
Rep. John Linder (R-7) Fax: 202-225-4696
Rep. Jim Marshall (D-Cool Fax: 202-225-2515
Rep. Nathan Deal (R-9) Fax: 202-225-5995
Rep. Paul Broun (R-10) Fax: 202-225-8272
Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-11) Fax: 202-225-2944
Rep. John Barrow (D-12) Fax: 202-225-3377
Rep. David Scott (D-13) Fax: 202-225-4628

Gov. Linda Lingle (R) 808-586-0034
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Sen. Daniel K. Akaka (D) Fax: 202-224-2126
Sen. Daniel K. Inouye (D) Fax: 202-224-6747
Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D-1) Fax: 202-225-4580
Rep. Mazie Hirono (D-2) Fax: 202-225-4987

Gov. Butch Otter (R) 208-334-2100
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Sen. Michael Crapo (R) Fax: 202-228-1375
Rep. Walt Minnick (D-1) Fax: 202-225-3029
Rep. Michael Simpson (R-2) Fax: 202-225-8216

Gov. Pat Quinn (D) 217-782-0244
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Sen. Roland Burris (D) Fax: 202-228-5417
Rep. Bobby Rush (D-1) Fax: 202-226-0333
Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-2) Fax: 202-225-0899
Rep. Daniel Lipinski (D-3) Fax: 202-225-1012
Rep. Luis Gutirrez (D-4) Fax: 202-225-7810
Rep. Mike Quigley (D-5) Fax: 202-225-5603
Rep. Peter Roskam (R-6) Fax: 202-225-1166
Rep. Danny Davis (D-7) Fax: 202-225-5641
Rep. Melissa Bean (D-Cool Fax: 202-225-7830
Rep. Janice Schakowsky (D-9) Fax: 202-226-6890
Rep. Mark Kirk (R-10) Fax: 202-225-0837
Rep. Deborah Halvorson (D-11) Fax: 202-225-3521
Rep. Jerry Costello (D-12) Fax: 202-225-0285
Rep. Judy Biggert (R-13) Fax: 202-225-9420
Rep. Bill Foster (D-14) Fax: 202-225-0697
Rep. Timothy Johnson (R-15) Fax: 202-226-0791
Rep. Donald Manzullo (R-16) Fax: 202-225-5284
Rep. Philip Hare (D-17) Fax: 202-225-5396
Rep. Aaron Schock (R-18) Fax: 202-225-9249
Rep. John Shimkus (R-19) Fax: 202-225-5880

Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) 317-232-4567
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Sen. Evan Bayh (D) Fax: (202) 228-1377
Sen. Richard G. Lugar (R) Fax: 202-228-0360
Rep. Peter Visclosky (D-1) Fax: 202-225-2493
Rep. Joe Donnelly (D-2) Fax: 202-225-6798
Rep. Mark Souder (R-3) Fax: 202-225-3479
Rep. Stephen Buyer (R-4) Fax: 202-225-2267
Rep. Dan Burton (R-5) Fax: 202-225-0016
Rep. Mike Pence (R-6) Fax: 202-225-3382
Rep. André Carson (D-7) Fax: 202-225-5633
Rep. Brad Ellsworth (D-Cool Fax: 202-225-3284
Rep. Baron Hill (D-9) Fax: 202-226-6866

Gov. Chet Culver (D) 515-281-5211
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Sen. Chuck Grassley (R) Fax: 202-224-6020
Sen. Tom Harkin (D) Fax: 202-224-9369
Rep. Bruce Braley (D-1) Fax: 202-225-9129
Rep. David Loebsack (D-2) Fax: 202-226-0757
Rep. Leonard Boswell (D-3) Fax: 202-225-5608
Rep. Tom Latham (R-4) Fax: 202-225-3301
Rep. Steve King (R-5) Fax: 202-225-3193

Gov. Kathleen Sebelius (D) 785-296-3232
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Sen. Sam Brownback (R) Fax: 202-228-1265
Sen. Pat Roberts (R) Fax: 202-224-3514
Rep. Jerry Moran (R-1) Fax: 202-225-5124
Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-2) Fax: 202-225-7986
Rep. Dennis Moore (R-3) Fax: 202-225-2807
Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R-4) Fax: 202-225-3489

Gov. Steve Beshear (D) 502-564-2611
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Sen. Jim Bunning (R) Fax: 202-228-1373
Sen. Mitch McConnell (R) Fax: 202-224-2499
Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-1) Fax: 202-225-3547
Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-2) Fax: 202-226-2019
Rep. John Yarmuth (D-3) Fax: 202-225-5776
Rep. Geoff Davis (R-4) Fax: 202-225-0003
Rep. Harold Rogers (R-5) Fax: 202-225-0940
Rep. Ben Chandler (D-6) Fax: 202-225-2122

Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) 225-342-0991
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Sen. Mary Landrieu (D) Fax: 202-224-9735
Sen. David Vitter (R) Fax: 202-228-2577
Rep. Steve Scalise (R-1) Fax: (202) 226-0386
Rep. Joseph Cao (R-2) Fax: 202-225-1988
Rep. Charlie Melancon (D-3) Fax: (202) 226-3944
Rep. John Fleming (R-4) Fax: 202-225-8039
Rep. Rodney Alexander (D-5) Fax: 202-225-5639
Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-6) Fax: 202-225-7313
Rep. Charles Boustany (R-7) Fax: 202-225-5724

Gov. John Baldacci (D) 207-287-1034
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Sen. Susan Collins (R) Fax: 202-224-2693
Sen. Olympia Snowe (R) Fax: 202-224-1946
Rep. Tom Allen (D-1) Fax: 202-225-5590
Rep. Michael Michaud (D-2) Fax: 202-225-2943

Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) 800-811-8336
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Sen. Benjamin Cardin (D) Fax: 202-224-1651
Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D) Fax: 202-224-8858
Rep. Frank Kratovil (D-1) Fax: 202-225-0254
Rep. “Dutch” Ruppersberger (D-2) Fax: 202-225-3094
Rep. John Sarbanes (D-3) Fax: 202-225-9219
Rep. Donna Edwards (D-4) Fax: 202-225-8714
Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-5) Fax: 202-225-4300
Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-6) Fax: 202-225-2193
Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-7) Fax: 202-225-3178
Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Cool Fax: 202-225-0375

Gov. Deval Patrick (D) Fax: 202-624-7714
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Sen. Scott Brown (R) Fax: 202-224-2417
Sen. John Kerry (D) Fax: 202-224-8525
Rep. John Olver (D-1) Fax: 202-226-1224
Rep. Richard Neal (D-2) Fax: 202-225-8112
Rep. Jim McGovern (D-3) Fax: 202-225-5759
Rep. Barney Frank (D-4) Fax: 202-225-0182
Rep. Niki Tsongas (D-5) Fax: 202-226-0771
Rep. John Tierney (D-6) Fax: 202-225-5915
Rep. Edward Markey (D-7) Fax: 202-226-0092
Rep. Michael Capuano (D-Cool Fax: 202-225-9322
Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-9) Fax: 202-225-3984
Rep. William Delahunt (D-10) Fax: 202-225-5658

Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D) Fax:(517) 335-6863
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Sen. Carl Levin (D) Fax: 202-224-1388
Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D) Fax: 202-228-0325
Rep. Bart Stupak (D-1) Fax: 202-225-4744
Rep. Peter Hoekstra (R-2) Fax: 202-226-0779
Rep. Vernon Ehlers (R-3) Fax: 202-225-5144
Rep. David Camp (R-4) Fax: 202-225-9679
Rep. Dale Kildee (D-5) Fax: 202-225-6393
Rep. Fred Upton (R-6) Fax: 202-225-4986
Rep. Mark Schauer (D-7) Fax: 202-225-6281
Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Cool Fax: 202-225-5820
Rep. Gary Peters (D-9) Fax: 202-226-2356
Rep. Candice Miller (R-10) Fax: 202-226-1169
Rep. Thad McCotter (R-11) Fax: 202-225-2667
Rep. Sander Levin (D-12) Fax: 202-226-1033
Rep. Carolyn Kilpatrick (D-13) Fax: 202-225-5730
Rep. John Conyers (D-14) Fax: 202-225-0072
Rep. John Dingell (D-15) Fax: 202-226-0371

Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) 651-296-3391
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Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D) Fax: 202-228-2186
Sen. Al Franken (D) Fax: 202-224-1152
Rep. Tim Walz (D-1) Fax: 202-225-3433
Rep. John Kline (R-2) Fax: 202-225-2595
Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-3) Fax: 202-225-6351
Rep. Betty McCollum (D-4) Fax: 202-225-1968
Rep. Keith Ellison (D-5) Fax: 202-225-4886
Rep. Michelle Bachman (R-6) Fax: 202-225-6475
Rep. Collin Peterson (D-7) Fax: 202-225-1593
Rep. James Oberstar (D-Cool Fax: 202-225-6211

Gov. Haley Barbour (R) 601-359-3150
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Sen. Thad Cochran (R) Fax: 202-224-9450
Sen. Roger Wicker (R) Fax: 202-228-0378
Rep. Travis Childers (D-1) Fax: 662-844-5437
Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-2) Fax: 202-225-5898
Rep. Gregg Harper (R-3) Fax: 202-225-5797
Rep. Gene Taylor (D-4) Fax: 202-225-7074

Gov. Jeremiah Nixon (D) 573-751-3222
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Sen. Kit Bond (R) Fax: 202-224-8149
Sen. Claire McCaskill (D) Fax: 202-228-6326
Rep. William Clay, Jr. (D-1) Fax: 202-226-3717
Rep. Todd Akin (R-2) Fax: 202-225-2563
Rep. Russ Carnahan (D-3) Fax: 202-225-7452
Rep. Ike Skelton (D-4) Fax: 202-225-2876
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-5) Fax: 202-225-4403
Rep. Sam Graves (R-6) Fax: 202-225-8221
Rep. Roy Blunt (R-7) Fax: 202-225-5604
Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (R-Cool Fax: 202-226-0326
Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-9) Fax: 202-225-5712

Gov. Brian Schweitzer (D) 406-444-3111
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Sen. Max Baucus (D) Fax: 202-224-9412
Sen. Jon Tester (D) Fax: 202-224-8594
Rep. Dennis Rehberg (R-At Large) Fax: 202-225-5687

Gov. Dave Heineman (R) Fax: 402-471-6031
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Sen. Mike Johanns (R) Fax: 202-224-5213
Sen. Ben Nelson (D) Fax: 202-228-0012
Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-1) Fax: 202-225-5686
Rep. Lee Terry (R-2) Fax: 202-226-5452
Rep. Adrian Smith (R-3) Fax: 202-225-0207

Gov. Jim Gibbons (R) 775-684-5670
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Sen. John Ensign (R) Fax: 202-228-2193
Sen. Harry Reid (D) Fax: 202-224-7327
Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-1) Fax: 202-225-3119
Rep. Dean Heller (R-2) Fax: 202-225-5679
Rep. Dina Titus (D-3) Fax: 202-225-2185

New Hampshire
Gov. John Lynch (R) 603-271-7680
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Sen. Judd Gregg (R) Fax: 202-224-4952
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D) Fax: 202-228-4131
Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D-1) Fax: 202-225-5822
Rep. Paul Hodes (D-2) Fax: 202-225-2946

New Jersey
Gov. Jon Corzine (D) 609-292-6000
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Sen. Robert Menendez (D) Fax: 202-228-2197
Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D) Fax: 202-228-4054
Rep. Robert Andrews (D-1) Fax: 202-225-6583
Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-2) Fax: 202-225-3318
Rep. John Alder (D-3) Fax: 202-225-0778
Rep. Christopher Smith (R-4) Fax: 202-225-7768
Rep. Scott Garrett (R-5) Fax: 202-225-9048
Rep. Frank Pallone (D-6) Fax: 202-225-9665
Rep. Leonard Lance (R-7) Fax: 202-225-9460
Rep. William Pascrell (D-Cool Fax: 202-225-5751
Rep. Steven Rothman (D-9) Fax: 202-225-5851
Rep. Donald Payne (D-10) Fax: 202-225-4160
Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-11) Fax: 202-225-3186
Rep. Rush Holt (D-12) Fax: 202-225-6025
Rep. Albio Sires (D-13) Fax: 202-226-0792

New Mexico
Gov. Bill Richardson (D) 505-476-2200
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Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D) Fax: 202-224-2852
Sen. Tom Udall (D) Fax: 202-228-3261
Rep. Martin Heinrich (D-1) Fax: 202-225-4975
Rep. Harry Teague (D-2) Fax: 202-225-9599
Rep. Ben Lujan (D-3) Fax: 202-226-1528

New York
Gov. David Patterson (D) 518-474-8390
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Sen. Charles Schumer (D) Fax: 202-228-3027
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D) Fax: 202-228-0282
Rep. Tim Bishop (D-1) Fax: 202-225-3143
Rep. Steven Israel (D-2) Fax: 202-225-4669
Rep. Peter King (R-3) Fax: 202-226-2279
Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-4) Fax: 202-225-5758
Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-5) Fax: 202-225-1589
Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-6) Fax: 202-226-4169
Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-7) Fax: 202-225-1909
Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-Cool Fax: 202-225-6923
Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-9) Fax: 202-226-7243
Rep. Edolphus Towns (D-10) Fax: 202-225-1018
Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-11) Fax: 202-226-0112
Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-12) Fax: 202-226-0327
Rep. Michael McMahon (D-13) Fax: 202-225-1272
Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-14) Fax: 202-225-4709
Non-constituentsRep. Charles Rangel (D-15) Fax: 202-225-0816
Rep. Jose Serrano (D-16) Fax: 202-225-6001
Rep. Eliot Engel (D-17) Fax: 202-225-5513
Rep. Nita Lowey (D-18) Fax: 202-225-0546
Rep. John Hall (D-19) Fax: 202-225-3289
Rep. Scott Murphy (D-20) Fax: 202-225-1168
Rep. Paul Tonko (D-21) Fax: 202-225-5077
Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-22) Fax: 202-226-0774
Rep. Bill Owens (D-23) Fax: 202-226-0621
Rep. Michael Arcuri (D-24) Fax: 202-225-1891
Rep. Dan Maffei (D-25) Fax: 202-225-4042
Rep. Christopher Lee (R-26) Fax: 202-225-5910
Rep. Brian Higgins (D-27) Fax: 202-226-0347
Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-28) Fax: 202-225-7822
Vacant (29) Fax: 202-226-6599

North Carolina
Gov. Bev Purdue (D) 919-733-4240
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Sen. Richard Burr (R) Fax 202-228-2981
Sen. Kay Hagan (D) Fax: 202-228-2563
Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-1) Fax: 202-225-3354
Rep. Bob Etheridge (D-2) Fax: 202-225-5662
Rep. Walter Jones (R-3) Fax: 202-225-3286
Rep. David Price (D-4) Fax: 202-225-2014
Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-5) Fax: 202-225-2995
Rep. Howard Coble (R-6) Fax: 202-225-8611
Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-7) Fax: 202-225-5773
Rep. Larry Kissel (D-Cool Fax: 202-225-4036
Rep. Sue Myrick (R-9) Fax: 202-225-3389
Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-10) Fax: 202-225-0316
Rep. Heath Shuler (D-11) Fax: 202-226-6422
Rep. Melvin Watt (D-12) Fax: 202-225-1512
Rep. Brad Miller (D-13) Fax: 202-225-0181

North Dakota
Gov. John Hoeven (R) 701-328-2200
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Sen. Kent Conrad (D) Fax: 202-224-7776
Sen. Byron L. Dorgan (D) Fax: 202-224-1193
Rep. Earl Pomeroy (D-At Large) Fax: 202-226-0893 Ohio
Gov. Ted Strickland (D) 614-466-3555
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Sen. Sherrod Brown (D) Fax: 202-224-6519
Sen. George Voinovich (R) Fax: 202-228-1382
Rep. Driehaus, Steve (D-1) Fax: 202-225-3012
Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-2) Fax: 202-225-1992
Rep. Michael Turner (R-3) Fax: 202-226-1443
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-4) Fax: 202-226-0577
Rep. Bob Latta (R-5) Fax: 202-225-1985
Rep. Charlie Wilson (D-6) Fax: 202-225-5907
Rep. David Hobson (R-7) Fax: 202-225-1984
Rep. John Boehner (R-Cool Fax: 202-225-0704
Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-9) Fax: 202-225-7711
Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-10) Fax: 202-225-5745
Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-11) Fax: 202-225-1339
Rep. Pat Tiberi (R-12) Fax: 202-226-4523
Rep. Betty Sutton (D-13) Fax: 202-225-2266
Rep. Steven LaTourette (R-14) Fax: 202-225-3307
Rep. Kilroy, Mary Jo (D-15) Fax: 202-225-3529
Rep. John Boccieri (D-16) Fax: 202-225-3059
Rep. Tim Ryan (D-17) Fax: 202-225-3719
Rep. Zack Space (D-18) Fax: 202-225-3394

Gov. Brad Henry (D) Fax: 405-521-3353
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Sen. James Inhofe (R) Fax: 202-228-0380
Sen. Tom Coburn (R) Fax: 202-224-6008
Rep. John Sullivan (R-1) Fax: 202 225-9187
Rep. Dan Boren (D-2) Fax: 202-225-3038
Rep. Frank Lucas (R-3) Fax: 202-225-8698
Rep. Tom Cole (R-4) Fax: 202-225-3512
Rep. Mary Fallin (R-5) Fax: 202-226-1463

Gov. Ted Kulongoski (D) 503-378-4582
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Sen. Jeff Merkley (D) Fax: 202-228-3997
Sen. Ron Wyden (D) Fax: 202-228-2717
Rep. David Wu (D-1) Fax: 202-225-9497
Rep. Greg Walden (R-2) Fax: 202-225-5774
Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-3) Fax: 202-225-8941
Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-4) Fax: 202-225-0032
Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-5) Fax: 202-225-5699

Gov. Ed Rendell (D) 717-787-2500
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Sen. Robert Casey, Jr. (D) Fax: 202-228-0604
Sen. Arlen Specter (D) Fax: 202-228-1229
Rep. Robert Brady (D-1) Fax: 202-225-0088
Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-2) Fax: 202-225-5392
Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper (D-3) Fax: 202-225-3103
Rep. Jason Altmire (D-4) Fax: 202-226-2274
Rep. John Peterson (R-5) Fax: 202-225-5796
Rep. Jim Gerlach (R-6) Fax: 202-225-8440
Rep. Joe Sestak (D-7) Fax: 202-225-0280
Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-Cool Fax: 202-225-9511
Rep. Bill Shuster (R-9) Fax: 202-225-2486
Rep. Chris Carney (D-10) Fax: 202-225-9594
Rep. Paul Kanjorski (D-11) Fax: 202-225-0764
Vacant (12) Fax: 202-225-5709
Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-13) Fax: 202-226-0611
Rep. Michael Doyle (D-14) Fax: 202-225-3084
Rep. Charlie Dent (R-15) Fax: 202-226-0778
Rep. Joseph Pitts (R-16) Fax: 202-225-2013
Rep. Tim Holden (D-17) Fax: 202-226-0996
Rep. Tim Murphy (R-18) Fax: 202-225-1844
Rep. Todd Platts (R-19) Fax: 202-226-1000

Rhode Island
Gov. Don Carcieri (R) 401-222-2080
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Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D) Fax: 202-228-2853
Sen. Jack Reed (D) Fax: 202-224-4680
Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-1) Fax: 202-225-3290
Rep. James Langevin (D-2) Fax: 202-225-5976

South Carolina
Gov. Mark Sanford (R) 803-734-2100
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Sen. Jim DeMint (R) Fax: 202-228-5143
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R) Fax: 202-224-3808
Rep. Henry Brown (R-1) Fax: 202-225-3407
Rep. Joe Wilson (R-2) Fax: 202-225-2455
Rep. Gresham Barrett (R-3) Fax: 202-225-3216
Rep. Bob Inglis (R-4) Fax: 202-226-1177
Rep. John Spratt (D-5) Fax: 202-225-0464
Rep. James Clyburn (D-6) Fax: 202-225-2313

South Dakota
Gov. Mike Rounds (R) 605-773-3212
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Sen. John Thune (R) Fax: 202-228-5429
Sen. Tim Johnson (D) Fax: 202-228-5765
Rep. Stephanie Herseth (D-At Large) Fax: 202-225-5823

Gov. Phil Bredesen (D) 615-741-2001
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Sen. Bob Corker (R) Fax: 202-228-1264
Sen. Lamar Alexander (R) Fax: 202-228-3398
Rep. Phil Roe (R-1) Fax: 202-225-5714
Rep. John Duncan, Jr. (R-2) Fax: 202-225-6440
Rep. Zach Wamp (R-3) Fax: 202-225-3494
Rep. Lincoln Davis (D-4) Fax: 202-226-5172
Rep. Jim Cooper (D-5) Fax: 202-226-1035
Rep. Bart Gordon (D-6) Fax: 202-225-6887
Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-7) Fax: 202-225-3004
Rep. John Tanner (D-Cool Fax: 202-225-1765
Rep. Steve Cohen (D-9) Fax: 202-225-5663

Gov. Rick Perry (R) 512-463-2000
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Sen. John Cornyn (R) Fax: 202-228-2856
Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R) Fax: 202-224-0776
Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-1) Fax: 202-225-5866
Rep. Ted Poe (R-2) Fax: 202-225-5547
Rep. Sam Johnson (R-3) Fax: 202-225-1485
Rep. Ralph Hall (R-4) Fax: 202-225-3332
Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-5) Fax: 202-226-4888
Rep. Joe Barton (R-6) Fax: 202-225-3052
Rep. John Culberson (R-7) Fax: 202-225-4381
Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Cool Fax: 202-225-5524
Rep. Al Green (D-9) Fax: 202-225-2947
Rep. Michael McCaul (R-10) Fax: 202-225-5955
Rep. Mike Conaway (R-11) Fax: 202-225-1783
Rep. Kay Granger (R-12) Fax: 202-225-5683
Rep. “Mac” Thornberry (R-13) Fax: 202-225-3486
Rep. Ron Paul (R-14) Fax: 202-226-6553
Rep. Ruben Hinojosa (D-15) Fax: 202-225-5688
Rep. Silvestre Reyes (D-16) Fax: 202-225-2016
Rep. Chet Edwards (D-17) Fax: 202-225-2234
Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-18) Fax: 202-225-3317
Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-19) Fax: 202-225-9615
Rep. Charles Gonzalez (D-20) Fax: 202-225-1915
Rep. Lamar Smith (R-21) Fax: 202-225-8628
Rep. Pete Olson (R-22) Fax: 202-225-5241
Rep. Ciro Rodriguez (D-23) Fax: 202-225-2237
Rep. Kenny Marchant (R-24) Fax: 202-225-0074
Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-25) Fax: 202-225-2947
Rep. Michael Burgess (R-26) Fax: 202-225-2919
Rep. Solomon Ortiz (D-27) Fax: 202-226-1134
Rep. Enrique Cuellar (D-28) Fax: 202-225-1641
Rep. Gene Green (D-29) Fax: 202-225-9903
Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-30) Fax: 202-226-1477
Rep. John Carter (R-31) Fax: 202-225-5886
Rep. Pete Sessions (R-32) Fax: 202-225-5878

Gov. Jon Huntsman, Jr. (R) 801-538-1000
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Sen. Robert F. Bennett (R) Fax: 202-228-1168
Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R) Fax: 202-224-6331
Rep. Rob Bishop (R-1) Fax: 202-225-5857
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May 5, 2010 at 12:45 am
(494) Free Gas Cards says:

I just got off the phone with John Mattes The I-GUY. He had some extremely interesting information that none of us know about.

After going to his website and watching his videos on the “Free Gas Card” I was completely stunned. While I was on the phone with him I did some Goggle searching myself and found only one article from N.Y. state that monies where allocated to the the towns for not only Gas Cards but Tool Belts, Car Repair, Clothes for an interview. Apparently the U.S. Department of Labor distributed these funds to the states and then the states handed the funds over to Work Force Centers.

This program is called Supportive Services. John had told me that when you go into your local Work Force Center you must specifically ask for this program and exactly what you need ie. ” I would like to be part of Supportive Services and receive my Free Gas Card so I can go to my interview”. Below I will paste his email he sent to me with more information about these services.

Tomorrow I plan on going to my local workforce center and going to ask for there supportive services for a free gas card. I will let you know what happens.

Like everyone else we see things that come across this site all the time. After watching his videos and speaking to him directly I’m completely astonished that D.O.L. never publicized this for us.

Here is the link to annual Workforce Investment Act funding: http://www.doleta.gov/BUDGET/statfund.cfm. There are three programs under WIA: Youth, Adult, and Dislocated Worker. You might want to run a quick search on the WIA itself to see how supportive services is described for each program. Copies of the law are widely available online.

Also, here is DOL guidance on the use of funds: http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/corr_doc.cfm?DOCN=2728. Again, open up the document and run a search on “supportive services” to find the relevant information.

My opinion of the I-Guy is that he is a honest man doing his best to help the unemployed and disclose government programs that we don’t know about.

May 9, 2010 at 5:15 am
(495) Monty says:


“MSNBC wants to hear from those who have been unemployed for more than a year…please tell your story at this link:http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/37000773/ns/business-stocks_and_economy/

Please tell them you plea for a TIER 5….this is a great opportunity for the Main Stream Media attention we have been praying for!!!”

May 9, 2010 at 1:20 pm
(496) Mr J from FL says:

Hi Ladies and Gentlemens…

I am a Unemployment Compensation worker and at the moment there is no information regarding tier 5. What actually happening is that the congress authorized the Agency for Workforce Innovation to continue paying weeks for unemployment under a program called Extended Benefits… Congress sent the info to the Governor Chris but had not been established and at this moment we are just waiting for the Governor to approve EB. If anything all possible candidates for EB will receive notification via mail or can access floridajobs.org to file for EB once the system updates the information. This unfortunately does not apply who already received EB and exhausted before tier3 came out… This only applies to whom still have EB balance available of they never received EB before.

Regarding the deadlines for the tiers… If you are on Reg Benefits it needs to be exhausted by the week ending MAY 22… Meaning that when you claim weeks the last payable week has to be may 22… In order to receive tier1 automatically… If you are on tier 2 or 3 the last payable week has to be the week ending MAY 29… If that are the situation automatically you will be rollover to the next level of benefits… If you don’t exhaust the money before that deadline… sorry no more tiers for you but remember this dates are subject to change…

After tier4 no more benefits but we still waiting for EB for a POSSIBLE reactivation.

May 10, 2010 at 11:15 am
(497) Tom in Fla says:
May 10, 2010 at 11:32 am
(498) Miguel in California says:

@ Alison Doyle, About.com Guide to Job Searching
Please DO NOT delete this. I noticed that you delete most of my writings on here. I have NEVER used profanity on here in the 3 or so years I have been posting. 7 out 10 of my post that I post on there never gets on here.

We FINALLY have major media interest.

PLEASE contact Carol Eggers,(NBC Universal) Carol.Eggers@nbcuni.com and tell your story-urge her to do a story!!


May 10, 2010 at 6:56 pm
(499) Charlotte / CA says:

I was asked a question regarding filing a new claim in California. With the new deadline of May 23, 2010..if a person files a claim after that date, are they entitled to any extensions. Going forward is UI benefits going back to 26wks w/ out any Federal Ext?

May 14, 2010 at 4:36 pm
(500) KutDaChecks says:

House of Representatives to take up bill that includes unemployment benefit extension next week
By Jackie Headapohl
May 12, 2010, 8:35AM
100302washington-dc-us-capitol-s.jpgAP file photoThe bill that would extend federal unemployment benefits through the end of the year could come to the House floor next week, said Michigan Congressman Sander Levin.House Ways and Means Chairman Sander Levin (D- Mich) said yesterday that he expects the $180 billion bill that extends expired tax cuts and federal unemployment benefits through the end of the year to come to the House floor next week. Democratic lawmakers aim to pass it by the end of May, reports Dow Jones.

The bill has already been approved by the House and the Senate, but the two versions must now be reconciled.

Included in the bill is a proposed tax hike on fund manager pay that would raise about $20 billion over 10 years. Levin said House lawmakers have agreed to a change pushed by the Senate to gradually phase-in that tax increase.

Levin also said that $130 billion of the $180 bill would be paid for by closing tax loopholes. About $50 billion of the bill’s cost would be added to the deficit as Democrats exempted unemployment benefits and a provision to block a cut in Medicare payments to doctors from its pay-as-you-go rules.

As to the total bill, Levin told Dow Jones that the House and the Senate “don’t have agreement on every single issue yet.”

It’s unclear when the bill will be taken up by the Senate, which is currently working on a lengthy process to pass financial reform.

However, The Hill reports that Sen. Tom Coburn, (R-Okla.) said he would oppose any legislation that isn’t paid for.

“Dr. Coburn will use every tool at his disposal to force Congress to pay for these provisions,” said Coburn spokesman John

May 15, 2010 at 2:59 pm
(501) Richard fr CA in Tx says:

If the democrats try to pass any more extensions without finding a way to pay for them, they simply aren’t going to pass. I don’t believe that all of the democrat senators would vote for it not to mention the republicans.

May 16, 2010 at 8:25 am
(502) longtimer dec2007 says:

This is the bill that has been talked about for almost two months. The above article does not have any mention whatsoever about any added weeks of benifits for people who have exhausted all tiers of federal benifits…

May 16, 2010 at 12:13 pm
(503) Another 99'er says:
May 16, 2010 at 1:54 pm
(504) Cora says:

Does anyone out there still think there’s a possibility of a Tier 5?

May 16, 2010 at 3:43 pm
(505) J in Cali says:

Is it time for welfare? I never expected the 5th tier extension to happen, and it definitely doesn’t look like it’s going to happen. Is anyone here on welfare (assuming we’re qualified) after exhausting all benefits? I’m seeing the last of my dollars fade away with no job prospects in sight.

May 16, 2010 at 7:04 pm
(506) Deleted Comments says:

I’d like to clarify why comments end up automatically in the spam folder and/or are deleted. Comments which contain profanity, which insult other site visitors, or the government, or which are not related to the unemployment extension will not be published.

They take time away from the legitimate comments and from the concerns and focus on unemployment and the extensions we so desperately need.

The only purpose here is to provide advice and information to unemployed workers.

May 17, 2010 at 12:16 am
(507) Crystal in Ca says:

Hello All,

I don’t know what to do about all of this. When the is money out there to help us but its going to other places and rep/dem don’t seem to care. I guess I will just have to vote for the lesser of two evils. This is really sad how we are being abandoned time to march in the streets!

May 17, 2010 at 5:16 am
(508) Jeff in CA says:

“Sanders on Unemployment



Amen, Brother.

May 17, 2010 at 5:33 am
(509) Jay in KENTUCKY says:

“The above article does not have any mention whatsoever about any added weeks of benifits for people who have exhausted all tiers of federal benifits…

If you’re referring to the article from “(2958) Tom in Fla says:”, you should read on till the end. It makes specific mentions about the 99ers and how we need more benefits. The article presents a mild consensus that 99ers may indeed get the extra weeks needed, possibly by the June recess (depending, of course).

Couple that with the media’s attention on the issue as well as Senator Sanders’ stern defense in our favor, the chances are at least decent. Contrast this with where we were a month ago and things look pretty good all of a sudden.

Here’s hopin’.

May 18, 2010 at 10:16 am
(510) Joe says:

I have been unemployed since Oct 2008 and there has been no way possible for me to be able to afford the subsidized COBRA plan. Both I and my wife have been wilthout coverage since then. The only thing that kept us from going completly under and losing everything that we have worked for, 26 years, is my unemployment tier extensions.So I completely agree, the COBRA subsidy is a waste of our tax payers money, and would be to everyones advantage to add another tier. After all in reality, what is going to happen when most of us lose everything? The last resort for survival will be social services. So is it bettter to maintian a family with unemployment or social services? The answer to that is quite easy to see! Better to maintian a famliy intact than to add a bigger and (longer) burden to our economy!

May 18, 2010 at 10:21 am
(511) Joe says:

I have been unemployed Oct 2008 and there has been no way possible for me to be able to afford the subsidized COBRA plan. Both I and my wife have been wilthout covereage since then. The only thing that kept us from going completly under and losing everything that we have worked for, 26 years, is my unemployment tier extensions.So I completely agree, the COBRA subsidy is a waste of our tax payers money, and would be to everyones advantage to add another tier. After all in reality, what is going to happen when most of us lose everything? The last resort for survival will be social services. So is it bettter to maintian a family with unemployment or social services? The answer to that is quite easy to see! Better to maintian a famliy intact than to add a bigger and ( longer) burden to our economy!

May 19, 2010 at 10:27 am
(512) George in Fl says:

Governor Charlie Crist today signed Senate Bill (SB) 1736. Will this help the 99er’s

May 19, 2010 at 1:00 pm
(513) Miguel in Calfornia says:
May 20, 2010 at 10:14 am
(514) Miguel in California says:

Lawmakers agree to extend unemployment benefits
May 20, 2010

(No word on adding more weeks or another Tier for the 99′ers.)


May 21, 2010 at 8:27 pm
(515) Taylor CA says:

Well, it does not seem our government is in no rush to help us.It has been two months for me with no income, maybe they will pass Tier 5 before their holiday break.Everyone please hang in there,I really think something will happen soon.

May 21, 2010 at 10:02 pm
(516) Ru in Ca. says:

God, I was hoping that things would change for so many by now. Like so many of you, I’m a 99er now. I was laid off all the way back in December 2007, just seeing that in print makes me cringe, it was 12/27/07 to be exact, two days after Xmas. I didn’t apply for unemployment right away, hence the reason that it just finally ran out for me, because I really thought that I would find something right away, six months later, still no job so I had to apply. I’m a single Mother with three children, I have never been on welfare, have always worked and taken care of my family and now I’m finding that I not only have to swallow my pride, but I have to stand in line after line and then be talked to like a second class citizen by social workers just so I can get $105 a month in food stamps to feed my family. I’ve been having anxiety attacks for the past few months and with June’s rent creeping up, and no $ in the bank or in my wallet, I’m just not sure what to do! I’ve already kicked my kids out of their room, have them living in my bedroom with me and rented their room out, had to… Welfare is an option I guess, since I do have children, but that’s only $700 a month and we live in Orange County, not even in the best part, and our living expenses are still insane… I don’t want any handouts, I just want a job that will pay enough for me to be able to go to it, pay my childcare, feed my kids and keep a roof over our heads.. any ideas?



May 21, 2010 at 10:25 pm
(517) Taylor CA says:

Venting is good, we are here listening.I told my story months ago, it seems we are all in the same boat without a paddle. I t is sad but true are government is in no rush to help The 99ers, we paid our dues, we worked our a– off and now we need our government(which is not stopping jobs from leaving our shores) to step up and help and put an end to our cry for help!!!

May 22, 2010 at 12:14 am
(518) Crystal in CA says:


We need to continue to write for a Tier 5 and to tell them our stories and to add in current facts and figures so that they know. 2.4 million people are jobless does that number even include us 99ers? I doubt it and then they need to be reminded how us unemployed job seekers are effecting the econ by not being able to buy things and pay our rents and how we cant get help from other programs as well. COBRA does not work for us it just takes our money are resources. It doesn’t fix the problem that we need jobs!

May 22, 2010 at 4:13 pm
(519) maliheh says:

i doupt if tier 5 will happen

May 23, 2010 at 9:57 am
(520) Camille says:

I am totally confused as the last thing that happened in April did nothing for me yet extended someone I know. In NY, we were skipped into tiers and not given the full 99. According to their benefit calculator, I am being told I have 73 weeks not 99 which are set to expire at the end of June. Will this extend me to 99 weeks or not?

May 24, 2010 at 7:33 pm
(521) Hmmm says:

Same boat as comment above. In NY it seems that not all are getting the 99. Is this the case? I started in mid Jan 09 and it looks like I have 5 weeks left according to my balance. I am sick of being home but also terrified of running out.

May 24, 2010 at 7:53 pm
(522) Miguel in California says:

Long-Term Unemployment: No Help For The 99ers

First Posted: 05-24-10 03:22 PM | Updated: 05-24-10 06:53 PM


May 25, 2010 at 7:15 pm
(523) Laurie says:

Pam, It’s not the President that opposes us receiving unemployment benefits. It’s the GOP that keeps putting a wrench in things. Do a google search to learn about the GOP. I understand what your going through as many others are who are in our same situation. I’ve been out of work for 2 – 1/2 years.

May 25, 2010 at 7:54 pm
(524) Mike in CA says:

I just got my first claim form on fed-ed (last) extension and on question 3 for the first time so far the box has an x indicating complete back. Any info in regards to filling out work search is appreciated. For example is 3 job searches per week enough? Is sending out resumes online ok? What about person contacted? What about results? Maybe resume submitted. Any help is appreciated. Thanks!!

May 25, 2010 at 10:39 pm
(525) Richard fr CA in TX to Mike in CA says:

Hi Mike–I collected Fed-Ed from California and its Yes to everything you said. 3 per week is required.” Resume sent” is acceptable. No Call Back or something to that effect is ok for results. It has been awhile since I received it but as far as I know nothing has changed. I am a 99′er hoping for one more extension, but I strongly believe that won’t happen. Good Luck to you!

May 26, 2010 at 1:51 pm
(526) Miguel in California says:

Long Term Unemployed article on front page of AOL News

Posted 9:00 AM 05/26/10


May 26, 2010 at 5:45 pm
(527) Miguel in California says:

Everybody -

Here’s a great link to all senators contact info. Best on the web. Its easy. Just go down the list and contact the senator of your choice. If no long distance: 1-866-220-0044.

They all need to know what they have done to us.



May 27, 2010 at 12:14 am
(528) Miguel in California says:

Education Information in Real Live Time


May 27, 2010 at 12:32 pm
(529) Terri CA now in TN says:
May 27, 2010 at 4:31 pm
(530) Steve M in Michigan says:

Pelosi says No to more weeks of unemployment benefits.


I guess this means that all of you 99ers will be forced to go out and get a job. I reside in one of the hardest hit states in this country, I have no college background, yet I managed to find a job. I find it hard to believe that you all can’t find work. Start looking harder, stop blaming all of your problems on everyone else. If you have to work at McDonalds until something better comes along, DO IT. Dems and repubs alike Do not want to add to the deficit anymore than they already have become of the lazy, gimme gimme deadbeats that are collecting and not doing a darn thing to get out of their situation.

I would not be the least bit surprised that when there are absolutely no more extensions or handouts for the 99ers, that most of you will go out and get jobs. You will have no choice but to get out there and work harder to find work!

May 27, 2010 at 4:47 pm
(531) Miguel in California says:

NO Tier 5 or More Weeks per Nancy Pelosi.

May 27, 2010 from C-Span.org


Start watching at the 16 minute 42 second mark. This is where the reporter very clearly asks about additional weeks.

May 27, 2010 at 6:46 pm
(532) 1957 says:


May 28, 2010 at 12:08 am
(533) MIguel in California says:

Where is NELP ?? National Employment Law Project.


They sold out the 99′ers

May 28, 2010 at 12:56 am
(534) Monty says:

@2991 Steve M,

by, “the lazy, gimme gimme deadbeats that are collecting and not doing a darn thing to get out of their situation”, are you referring to Wall Street, AIG or, perhaps Greeks or Haitians?

May 28, 2010 at 3:35 pm
(535) mj says:

so.. what do you do when your government fails? just take it, or rebel? I guess we’ll find out

May 28, 2010 at 6:39 pm
(536) Miguel in California says:

We need Tier 5 today. If your on another Tier we still need all of your help. Everybody who comes on this blog/board needs to pitch in and do their part. Trust me, if your on another Tier this will benefit you also in the long run when you run out of your current Tier that you are on.



Senators and Congress #s here:


A link to all of the phone numbers and e-mails.


SEND 6 FAXES EVERY DAY FOR FREE – 2 each using these 3 sites:

http://faxzero.com ; http://www.gotfreefax.com/ ; http://www.myfax.com/free/

US Capitol Switchboard Toll-free Numbers

In Addition to calling the Senators and Reps in the US Senate, and US House, don’t forget about your State Senate & State House of Representatives, urge them to support you and the long term unemployed, ask them to stand behind the people in Congress in pushing for a tier V

Do not LET them IGNORE us!

May 28, 2010 at 7:17 pm
(537) Bewildered says:

I wish the Amero would hurry up and get here…

May 28, 2010 at 7:54 pm
(538) Miguel in California says:

@ Alison -

Where is my post that I posted on here about 2hours ago today?

It had links and numbers for Tier 5. Please look into this.

May 29, 2010 at 12:17 am
(539) 98452 says:

2991, you are unbelievable, why are you on this site, you obvious have a job, don’t you have anything better to do, then spread negativity, better worry about your own job and work hard to keep it, if you can, because it may not be there for you in the near future, the way things are going, and you might very well find your self in the same situation, so don’t throw stones, oh and you think Macdonalds is enough to pay the rent and utilities, food, expenses, along with families with kids etc. you are living in la la land, wake up and smell the coffee, we deserve to find a decent paying full time job with benefits like the one we lost through no fault of our own. We have to make rent or mortgage, believe me its not making us rich or giving us benefits, like 401k or dental, we want work, while we continue to look for work, we need this support, not negativity, we feel bad as it is that we haven’t found anything yet, until we find a job, we need support, many people are looking for work, they should post the real unemployment rate on the news, many have already dropped from radar and have exhausted all benefits, and looking hard for work, but are not included in this rate and should be. please keep this site to the unemployed with news of extensions only and added weeks, this is our life line. Bring back the jobs!!!!!!

May 29, 2010 at 1:42 am
(540) Brad says:


I am a hard working person in the state of Connecticut without a job.

At my last job I was a Mechanical CAD designer contractor (engineering design/drafter). They were happy with me and wanted me to go “direct”. But, they could not hire me due to the parent companies hiring freeze. When the parent company got wind of the economic downturn they laid off all the contractors in my division. At that time I was the only one let go where I worked….however 40 other contractors down the road at another company (owned again by the parent conglomerate) were also tossed out. They had work for me and were happy with me and “poof” it was all over.

I’m here to tell you that I have been looking for a job since then with no luck. I have a Bachelor of Science degree and my phone does not ring. I have 20 years of CAD experience.

WE have $ for aid overseas. WE have $ to subsidize oil companies. WE have $ to fight 2 strange wars. Do WE have $ to take on Pakistan war and N Korea war also ????? Why don’t WE have $ for our own unemployed without a fight??? End the wars and give the savings to the unemployed, job training ect….Oh yeah and plenty of $ to bail out big banks.

Unemployment benefits….its a “no brainer”. What do they say ….for every $ you give the unemployed it stimulates $1.61 in economic activity.
This country and it’s hard working people need tier V.
I have been out of work 2 YEARS come July.

P.S. – can we please get this country off of freakin oil?

May 29, 2010 at 6:18 am
(541) Jay in KENTUCKY says:

Pelosi is an idiot. Nothing she said in that unemployment segment made any sense to what the reality of the situation is.

But, if she is correct, there will not be a Tier V at least until the end of November. She hints at them looking at the situation again at that time to make a determination, but clearly states nothing will happen until then.

Unless she’s just blowing smoke up everyone backsides, if you’ve exhausted all benefits you’re basically screwed unless you can somehow hold out till the end of Nov. And even then there is no guarantee a Tier V will materialize.

God bless America!

May 30, 2010 at 5:28 pm
(542) Susan says:

I do not understand how the government is saying they are helping the unemployed, but are ignoring the long term unemployed…we are the ones that need it the most…we have gone through most of our savings, can’t pay our bills, are selling everything we own that is not nailed down, and are trying to sell our house if we still have one before the bank takes it…Now that the government has turned their back on us, what is going to happen to us?!?!?!?!?!

May 30, 2010 at 6:05 pm
(543) Dan says:

I wonder when Congress is going to wake up and grant a Tier 5 for the 99′ers?? They spent somewhere around $987 BILLION dollars on the war and they are worried about another 10 million to help out the hard working Americans of this great country. Several thousand of people are running out of their benefits each week! There’s somewhere around 120,000 people already unemployed…I’ve applied for countless jobs from IT to min wage jobs and still no luck!! It’s sad to think what will happen a couple months down the road if they don’t pass a 5th tier….stay focused and positive and pray they do!! Good luck everyone!!

May 31, 2010 at 1:57 pm
(544) Jeff in CA says:

We’re on the same team, Dan, but those numbers seem to be way off. You may be thinking of your county or something. The number of total unemployed persons has reached over 15 million, with the rate at 9.9% as of April. Another 10 million wouldn’t help many. At the end of March there were 2.7 million job openings. That’s more than 5 unemployed workers per job.

May 31, 2010 at 7:45 pm
(545) Chris says:

I’m curious to know what people think the number weeks a tier 5 would have? I mean what is your guess (provided they created it at all)? I look at tiers 1 through 4 and see 20, 14, 13, 6. It seems like given that progression that I wouldn’t expect it to be more then 4 weeks. Would 4 weeks really change people’s situation?

The world is really a mystery to me. To others it seems so cut and dry, but frankly I just wonder how the world works at all. Like in the depression did great numbers of people die of starvation? You hear of hunger, but starvation? But the government did less for them back then, then it does today (and is blamed at the same time for not doing enough, and not holding down the debt). How did people survive?

I hear over and over that they spent billions on the war, so they can spend on unemployment. But the truth is that it was a war the really ended the depression… And aren’t there a lot of people being employed in the military? Not mention all the companies that support it? I can at least see some of that money spent on somethings that are useful (even if you think the war itself isn’t).

I don’t see as much mentioning the fact that much more was given to banks, just so they don’t have to pay for their mistakes. And for the auto industry, which did keep some jobs, but also off loaded huge amounts of debt on the tax payer, in the form of bankruptcy, having the tax payer own the companies, and by raising the debt so that people are given tax incentives, to buy cars and homes, helping the same people that took risks they now don’t want to pay.

June 1, 2010 at 3:23 am
(546) lm185 says:

im new to the unemployment and have been receiving it since late feb 2010. i see comments on long terms of receiving and i was wondering how is that possible seeing that the set amount of benefits they are giving me is about to run out. How do you go about receiving more? im in the the state of tx any info would be helpful

June 1, 2010 at 2:51 pm
(547) Chris says:


Normally the max you could get would be 26 weeks. But because of the recession/high unemployment the Congress has authorized more money for unemployment, which came in different bills creating “tiers”. You can’t apply for the first tier until your 26 weeks are exhausted. You can’t apply for tier 2 until tier 1 is exhausted, and on and on up to the max 4 tiers (some states don’t have a tier 4, also some states have a ED/FED-ED programs that kicks in when everything is exhausted) The original cut off date for applying for one of the tiers was December 2009, but that has been extended several times, and is currently June 2 (which of course means it is basically past). But there is a bill in Congress to extend the cut off date till the end of November, but Congress will not be back from vacation until June 7, to take it up again (It has been discussed quite a bit because of its cost).

You might want to ask questions in this forum instead, because it is easier to see conversations:

You should also check out the description of the tiers:

For your information the talk about tier 5 and “99’ers” is that people that have got the max possible have received 99 weeks of unemployment (no on everyone is guarantee to get this). And they are asking for more tiers/weeks, and looking at the discussions in Congress it looks unlikely at this point for Congress to pass such a bill.

June 1, 2010 at 3:08 pm
(548) Chris says:

Alison I don’t know if you follow all these posts any more, but there are so many posts on this page that both IE and Firefox are consuming huge amount of computer resourses just to display them.

I really want to track the useful information you post at the top of the page, but I might have to stop coming to this page if the posts are not kept under control. These posts actually seem like they should be in the Forum, or at least only keeping say the last 6 months or something.


June 1, 2010 at 5:11 pm
(549) Unemployed in NY and Running Out of Benefits? says:

If you’re in New York City, running out of benefits, and are interested in interviewing for a TV program on unemployment please email me: jobsearch.guide@about.com



June 1, 2010 at 6:45 pm
(550) Crystal in CA says:

Hello All,

Don’t forget to vote in your state and let them know how you feel. Also keep writing and we need to take a day and march in our states to let them know we want jobs and need help!

June 1, 2010 at 8:04 pm
(551) Jessica Kluth says:

and what about the towns that have employers hiring like crazy, yet no one is applying to work for them?? Sorry 99ers, but you are getting lazy! Do you follow up on every single resume you send out? do you call the employer and ask to speak to a manager or hr to see if they will interview you? Are you going to every single business in your town and the surrounding towns, speaking to the managers and owners about possible work? Are ya’ll just applying for jobs exactly like the one you lost or are you will to set your pride aside and take a lower paying job?

if you can say yes to all of this than good for you, but if not STEP THE F@#K UP and take what you can get. Stop sitting around in Starbucks sipping coffee and playing whoa is me to anyone that will listen. Get off your butts and start looking for work instead of thinking sending a resume online is gonna get the job. Sell all of your tvs that are in every room of your house, your fancy cars and your ipods.

Back in the day people got by on a lot less and they made it through worse times than these. Take control of your life cause the government cant bail you out forever. Never witnessed so much laziness in my 50+ years.

June 2, 2010 at 9:36 am
(552) Tom in Fla says:

Source: Channel 6 News Orlando June 1


ORLANDO, Fla. — Job hunters are facing a new trend: businesses asking recruitment companies to keep unemployed people out of their job pools.

Peter May, of Atlanta, said he was hoping Orlando-based recruiter “The People Place” would help him find a job with Sony Ericsson. The company is moving its headquarters to Buckhead, which is located outside Atlanta.

May said he was mortified when he read the message on the website. In all caps, and bold type, it said, “No unemployed candidates will be considered at all.”

“To just totally leave those people out of the mix, it’s stupefying. I just can’t understand it at all. …To be honest with you, it kind of angered me. You know, I’m a good enough guy,” May said on Monday.

Sony Ericcson is supposed to bring 180 jobs to Buckhead, and was lured there with the prospect of a $4 million in state tax credits. But May said if the company is refusing to hire the unemployed, that deal should be rescinded.

During a phone conversation with Atlanta station WXIA, Howard Lawson, of “The People Place,” refused to discuss the Sony Ericsson listing specifically, but he did say that he has seen a trend of employers looking to hire employed applicants.

Recruitment experts say many companies are opting out of so-called passive job seekers for a number of reasons. First, it could take longer to get them up to speed in professions that require constant training. They also say people who have not been laid off are believed to be the best in the fields, therefore more valuable. “

June 2, 2010 at 4:34 pm
(553) Mike says:

I don’t know but it looks like Rome is burning. And I don’t think we can stop it.

June 2, 2010 at 8:55 pm
(554) Kat says:

Nancy P. should be voted out–go to change.org and sign the petition–Here’s a comment from reader regarding her latest statement denying a tier V.

Not only did she cut the 99ers off, but she LAUGHED and made a joke about the emails that had been sent to her. I am so glad she can find such humor of the MILLIONS of unemployed Americans who are suffering right now. She was totally disrespectful & had such great pleasure standing in front of the world like that with her BOLD FACE LIES! She should apologize for making such a mockery out of the ones who have exhausted all of their benefits…

Nancy Pelosi Laughed about the 99ers being out of benefits we need to
slam her with calls to tell her how shameful she is 202-225-4965 Email
her AmericanVoices@mail.house.gov
SF office # 415.556.4862

June 2, 2010 at 8:59 pm
(555) Kat says:
June 2, 2010 at 11:16 pm
(556) Miguel in Caifornia says:

Tier 5


PRESIDENT OBAMA FAX: 202-456-2461 Senators and Congress #s here:

SEND 6 FAXES EVERY DAY FOR FREE – 2 each using these 3 sites:

http://faxzero.com ; http://www.gotfreefax.com/ ; http://www.myfax.com/free/

June 2, 2010 at 11:18 pm
(557) Miguel in California says:


PRESIDENT OBAMA FAX: 202-456-2461 Senators and Congress #s here:

SEND 6 FAXES EVERY DAY FOR FREE – 2 each using these 3 sites:

http://faxzero.com ; http://www.gotfreefax.com/ ; http://www.myfax.com/free/

June 2, 2010 at 11:39 pm
(558) Miguel in California says:

Urgent…. We need Tier 5 NOW !

We need Tier 5 today. If your on another Tier we still need all of your help. Everybody who comes on this blog/board needs to pitch in and do their part. Trust me, if your on another Tier this will benefit you also in the long run when you run out of your current Tier that you are on.



Senators and Congress #s here:


A link to all of the phone numbers and e-mails.


SEND 6 FAXES EVERY DAY FOR FREE – 2 each using these 3 sites:

http://faxzero.com ; http://www.gotfreefax.com/ ; http://www.myfax.com/free/

US Capitol Switchboard Toll-free Numbers

In Addition to calling the Senators and Reps in the US Senate, and US House, don’t forget about your State Senate & State House of Representatives, urge them to support you and the long term unemployed, ask them to stand behind the people in Congress in pushing for a tier V

Do not LET them IGNORE us!

June 3, 2010 at 9:27 am
(559) NJ Unemployed says:

In NJ, our new Governor refuses to reinstate a expired tax on people earning over 400,00 and wants to cut unemployement benefits by 50.00 per week and delay unemployemnt eligibility for collecting benefits by one week……..while at the same time they continue providing charity to Very Wealthy Senior Homeowners in their NJ Senior Property Tax Freeze Program, that allows Seniors with incomes up to 80,000 to freeze their taxes forever. This bad progarm has no asset test and allows senior homeowners with millions of dollars in stocks, bonds, cash, home equity to qualify for this charity, as needy and pass their property tax freezes onto the backs of much poorer non-seniors. I have even seen a senior couple that own 5 homes qualify for the NJ PTR progarm. On top of this, the senior homeowners qualify for property tax rebates as long as their income is under 150,000. So, our NJ Politicians have no problem throwing charity to wealthy seniors, but draw the line when it comes to our Unemployed! What a State!

June 3, 2010 at 1:30 pm
(560) Tom in Fla says:


Just to be fair, those Seniors could get a much better property tax deal if they left Jersey all together and moved to Florida. IMO any incentive to keep them there is better for New Jersey than if they left all together. If you simply heap taxes on property owners they will ultimately move somewhere else where taxes are more reasonable. NY, NJ and Ca have suffered a significant population drain and the associated issues that it causes because of their high tax rates.

June 3, 2010 at 3:45 pm
(561) NJ Unemployed says:

Just to be fair, I know many Wealthy Seniors receiving up to 65 % in total property tax rebates in NJ and many of them have been spending it FL every winter for the last ten years. They are spending the money in FL, Not NJ, as young working families would and young families spending it in NJ would stimulate and create jobs in NJ. I am fully in favor of NJ creating charity programs, as long as they include asset test to prevent Rich people, based on age, from getting state charity at the expense of poorer citizens, based on age. When our NJ Governor trys to decrease unemployment benefits of struggling poor non-seniors, many with little or no home equity, trying to pay for health care, food, school tuition/loans for their kids and maybe for themselves, credit card debt, car loans, etc., while he cuts taxes for rich working people and rich senior home owners. It is time we stop Trenton’s bad PTR and Property Tax Rebate Programs, taking from the younger poor to give to the richer seniors!

June 3, 2010 at 4:00 pm
(562) Tom in Fla says:

Well NJ- I hope they all dont get mad and move away, then the state will really be hosed. There are a lot of municipalities up there that need those residential homesteads paying their taxes (instead of empty houses) . Raising taxes on them is NOT going to incentivize them to stay. The answer is to make the state more friendly to the property owner. Taxes arent the main problem here. The state/education employees that wont accept a 1% reduction in their benefits is where the problem originates. The tax payers have had enough of this. No taxpayers = no benny’s for anybody.

June 3, 2010 at 8:23 pm
(563) Miguel in California says:

I have listed a few telephone numbers, fax numbers, email address and links for contacts in regards to Tier 5.

We need Tier 5 today. If your on another Tier we still need all of your help. Everybody who comes on this blog/board needs to pitch in and do their part. Trust me, if your on another Tier this will benefit you also in the long run when you run out of your current Tier that you are on.




Senate Majority Leader Reid: (202) 224-3542

Senate Minority Leader McConnell: (202) 224-2541

Senator Richard Durbin: (202) 224-2152

Senator Max Baucus: (202) 224-2651

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi: (202) 225-4965

Rep. Jim McDermott: (202) 225-3106

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer: (202) 225-4131

Comments line: 202-456-1111
Switchboard: 202-456-1414


Senators and Congress #s here:


A link to all of the phone numbers and e-mails.


SEND 6 FAXES EVERY DAY FOR FREE – 2 each using these 3 sites:

http://faxzero.com ; http://www.gotfreefax.com/ ; http://www.myfax.com/free/

US Capitol Switchboard Toll-free Numbers

In Addition to calling the Senators and Reps in the US Senate, and US House, don’t forget about your State Senate & State House of Representatives, urge them to support you and the long term unemployed, ask them to stand behind the people in Congress in pushing for a tier V

Do not LET them IGNORE us!

June 3, 2010 at 9:14 pm
(564) Miguel in California says:

Tier 5: Pelosi Says No To More Weeks Of Unemployment Benefits


June 3, 2010 at 10:10 pm
(565) Miguel in California says:

IMPORTANT! JUNE 10th: House Ways & Means Committee Meeting on Responding to Long-Term Unemployment!


Advisories :: Chairman McDermott Announces Hearing on Responding to Long-Term Unemployment

According to the site: “Congressman Jim McDermott (D-WA), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Income Security and Family Support of the Committee on Ways and Means, today announced that the Subcommittee will hold a hearing on possible policy responses to long-term unemployment. In view of the limited time available to hear witnesses, oral testimony at this hearing will be from invited witnesses only. However, any individual or organization not scheduled to appear may submit a written statement for consideration by the Subcommittee and for inclusion in the record of the hearing.”

Remember, it seems that if Congress is going to go for a Tier V, they will have to first extend current EUC tiers to EOY or November before Tier V comes into consideration. Remember that to include both in your statement in order to cover all bases.


Post on twitter, facebook, etc. if you can. I don’t have a presence on those sites.

I’ll be working on my letter over the next two days and will post as soon as mine gets sent.

Advisories :: Chairman McDermott Announces Hearing on Responding to Long-Term Unemployment

We have until June 24th to submit comments/statements.

You have to submit your story on a Word or WordPerfect document and follow the “DETAILS FOR SUBMISSION OF WRITTEN COMMENTS”

You can also send in comments for those people who don’t have access to computers, if they give your permission. Groups and organizations may send in statements as well.


IMPORTANT! JUNE 10th: House Ways & Means Committee Meeting on Responding to Long-Term Unemployment!

June 3, 2010 at 11:53 pm
(566) Crystal in CA says:

Don’t give up continue to write we can move things along we have done it before and we can do it again! Even if we need to march in the street!

June 4, 2010 at 12:45 am
(567) Crystal in CA says:

Dear Congress,

I am an American citizen who has two degrees that are still useful in finding a job today, who has been long-term unemployed since 2007 after being laid off of my job through no fault of my own. I am very disappointed in you for acting like those who are unemployed just want to remain that way. Are you aware that we have been looking for jobs everyday and even those that are $7.00/hr and have been told we are too qualified, the position is closed, and that you do not qualify for the position even when we have done the exact same job for years? And my two most new favorite are being long-term unemployed and age discrimination. How dare you and the rest of congress sit there, while you have income coming in, act like we can make it till November with no income or resources. We are not making it now and some of us can’t even, after swallowing our pride, qualify for GA/or General Relief. How many families have you helped to become homeless since April 2010? Do these families need to camp out on your door steps before you do something? People want to work and there are not enough jobs for the demand. You are giving Billions of dollars to wars without worrying about our children’s future or our ability to pay for them and taxes cuts to yourselves and the rich, so why not start worries about them not having a future now? We need help and the longer you spend debating this crisis the more the crime rates, suicides and other horrible crimes and event will increase. You have an opportunity to do something for the American people and you are so busy fighting along party lines that you have forgotten the most important thing. The “We the people” instead of “We the party”! We don’t want a Tier V we need a Tier V due to the economy, things that are happening to our country, unfair NAFTA trade treaties, illegal immigrants being hired for lower wage jobs and just to be able to pay our rents, stop being homeless and to survive day by day until we can find a $7.00/hr job. So I say unto you “We the people” need our Congressional elected officials to do want we elected them to do HELP US!

End the discussion and pass the Tier V for all hardworking Americans who just want to get back to work! You have given so much money overseas without our permission and you won’t even help your own people?

Thank you

June 4, 2010 at 12:51 am
(568) Miguel in California says:

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June 4, 2010 at 9:31 am
(569) NJ Unemployed says:

If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck……..Sounds like more Voodoo Trickle Down Economics! Rob from the unemployed and millions of NJ struggling moderate to low income and unemployed families to provide lower income and property taxes to New Jersey’s very wealthy senior homeowners and people earning over 400,000. What’s nest, to compete with FL, TX, MD, we eliminate all taxes on the wealthy in NJ, so we can be honored that they would allow us to pay them to live here? Sorry, but NJ Politicians creating bad programs, mainly to persuade senior homeowners to vote for them, by bestowing huge tax cuts on wealthy citizens, of all ages is! If Trenton Politicians are so concern about helping the poor and needy seniors, all you need do is look at the table scraps they are providing our Poor seniors that rent apartments and do not have millons of dollars in NJ, FL and other state homes, huge investment accounts, stocks, bonds, cash, and luxury cars. Providing Charity to rich NJ citizens, atb the expense of our poorer citizens is a disgrace. Transfering their income taxes and property tax increases on working and unemployed NJ citizens, is making young people leave NJ and with them so goes our jobs! NJ does not have a 60 billion tourist industry as in Florida, ours being about 6 billion, so we can’t depend on Europeans and wealthy out of state retirees to bring money to NJ. We need to support the working class people in NJ, including the hundreds of thousands of public workers, making 25-50,000 a year, public workers that did not create this financial meltdown and NJ budget crisis. It was caused by deregulation of banks, outsourcing of millions of American jobs, allowing millions of skilled and unskilled legal and illegal workers into America and don’t forget how Politicians misused dedicated/earmarked trust funds, such as Unemployment/Disabilty, Transportation, to name two and deliberately withheld pension fund contributions for over a decade and loss millions in the first stock market bubble. It is wrong and destructive to rob money from struggling moderate to low income familes to pay wealthy people to live in NJ! If they want to leave, leave, we cannot continue on this path until our working class are all forced to leave. Bringing in new working families that will increase consumer spending and create new jobs, more then seniors living in NJ 8 months a year…..just count the growing number Florida plates in NJ, paying lower Auto insurance in FL, Not NJ, again robbing our NJ economy. Let’s get rid of bad tax programs for the rich and create programs that only help the needy people that live, work and consume in NJ 12 months a year.

June 4, 2010 at 11:22 am
(570) Tom in Fla says:

Well NJ-

I hope you dont lose it and accost the next blue-haired geezer (representing the evil rich people) that you see walking to the hardware store in NJ.

I think if you were a taxpayer and you understood that many Public employees in NJ get pensions for life while retiring in their 50s with full wages and no deductible health plans, you might think they are the “rich” people squandering all of the public money.

June 4, 2010 at 11:47 pm
(571) Miguel in California says:

Bryan Williams Tonight – covers jobs and a 99ner
June 4, 2010 Friday


See Broadcast

June 5, 2010 at 5:14 am
(572) Monty says:

In the other About.com blog, “New Unemployment Extension News”, (1232) Cheryl mentioned a hearing on long-term unemployment.

Thanks to Cheryl for her post!

“June 3, 2010

Congressman Jim McDermott (D-WA), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Income Security and Family Support of the Committee on Ways and Means, today announced that the Subcommittee will hold a hearing on possible policy responses to long-term unemployment.”

Here is a link to the full article, entitled, “Chairman McDermott Announces Hearing on Responding to Long-Term Unemployment”:


June 8, 2010 at 11:47 pm
(573) tangie says:

Fl here

you guys are complaing about teir 5 and I was told I couldn’t receive teir 1. I’ve been unemployed for 6 months my benefits run out June 15 and they say i will have to wait till congress pass a new bill

June 9, 2010 at 7:58 pm
(574) Janet says:

Of course they complain, they dont want to have to go out and get a job. there are people who are getting cut off from benefits when they’ve had them for a very short period of time. How is that fair? Why should the 99ers get more benefits when everyone else hardly get any help at all?

Start looking for jobs 99ers. Life isn’t a free ride! Let the recently laid off collect some benefits. We need them too!

June 10, 2010 at 11:52 am
(575) Linda says:

@tangie & Janet

We all are in this boat together, it is not matter of who gets more and who gets less. If they could have means to get through they wouldn’t be too much concern about extention or tier5. Unfortunately, the longer they were unemployed, the hard it is get a job. Also, you get what you put into the system, it is not matter of how many people get. It makes very difficult for us to get any extention with media and some congressman thinks we could get a job but just being lazy, and how can you who are unemployed thinks to tell us to get a job and don’t be lazy! How dare you!!! What do you think we do daily basis?? Just sit around and waiting for the checks coming in? Think about how it must be difficult for those who without benefit to get through each days. You and some of late unemployed are lucky to be honest, without those 99ers, you probably wouldn’t have extension to applied to! Be grateful for whatever you get and hope and pray to god some means of assistance will get pass through the congress soon

June 10, 2010 at 12:51 pm
(576) Janet says:


Your problem could be that you can’t spell or form complete sentences! I shudder to think of what your resume looks like. Your post is garbled and difficult to understand. I had to go over it twice to make sense of it. The local unemployment office probably offers free courses for futhering adult education, and you could benefit from it greatly.

I know for a fact that it is laziness because I see it everyday. It might not be all unemployed people, but it’s enough to make the powers that be start to question the validity of more extensions. I know plenty of people that are sitting around all day and collecting WITHOUT actually trying to find work. It’s everywhere you look, and the system is starting to realize this. You may have lost your job through no fault of your own, but that does not give you the right to sit back and mooch off the government. Ask yourself, where does it end? How long are you going to sit around taking benefits instead of getting a job? Work at freaking McDonalds if you have to for crying out loud!

This nation as stated by someone above, is a nation of whiners and quite frankly, spoiled rotten adults. No one wants to actually WORK anymore, and everyone thinks they are entitled to freebies.

You watch, the minute there is no money to go around, people will have no choice but to take any job they can get. I wish the government did a better job of monitoring each and every unemployed person’s job searches, but unfortunately they don’t have the money to do so. It would weed out all of the lazy people scamming the system.

June 10, 2010 at 1:58 pm
(577) Red Neck 99'er says:

Shouldn’t you be looking for a job and NOT wasting your time on this board. It seems that you have nothing better to do with your time than come on this board and bad mouth people.

How many resumes, email, in person, faxes and telephone calls have you made today and everyday since from day one you been unemployed. I bet ZERO.

It seems to me that you have a lot of time on your hands to be insulting people on here and not looking for work.

Get off the computer and look for a job yourself first.

June 10, 2010 at 1:59 pm
(578) Red Neck 99'er says:

@3037 Janet

Shouldn’t you be looking for a job and NOT wasting your time on this board. It seems that you have nothing better to do with your time than come on this board and bad mouth people.

How many resumes, email, in person, faxes and telephone calls have you made today and everyday since from day one you been unemployed. I bet ZERO.

It seems to me that you have a lot of time on your hands to be insulting people on here and not looking for work.

Get off the computer and look for a job yourself first.

June 10, 2010 at 2:44 pm
(579) jorge says:

Like Joe Biden tell one time that unemployees are in depression and the rich people are in recession. Someone here know to be in depression, it’s the worst state of a person and his family.

June 10, 2010 at 3:02 pm
(580) Janet says:

Resumes emailed- 5
Faxes- just walked to the drugstore and faxed 3
calls- made 10 calls, 1 is interviewing me on Monday
Locations I plan on visiting today to physically talk to a manager/fill out an app., 4

That is just from my morning hunt. I also have an afternoon hunt and an evening hunt.

I am up by 5am everyday and I do NOT stop hunting for work until I go to bed at 11pm. DAILY. Yes, even weekends.

Can YOU say the same thing? Probably not. And that is the problem. An interesting article for you, maybe this will get the point across


Employers themselves are now saying they can’t hire people because no one is applying! And you want more benefits? Really?

June 10, 2010 at 3:50 pm
(581) mike says:

The next bone head that tells me too go work at McDonald’s. Should be drug out in the street and shot. We the unemployed can tell you that they are not hiring. So please come up with some new material. I look forward too your NEW dumb comments.

June 10, 2010 at 4:18 pm
(582) Jay in KENTUCKY says:

For those of us who come here for actual information instead of silly, mindless arguing — there is some legitimate news to report:

Earlier today Chairman Jim McDermott held a hearing to focus on proposals of remedying the problems for long-term unemployed. Among the speakers there were several solid and undeniable points made that contribute to justifying our need for more benefits.

One speaker in particular, Michael Reich Ph.D. (Professor of Economics University of California, Berkeley) states and I quote: “UI benefits limits should be extended beyond 99 weeks– for at least 13 additional weeks in those states that continue to have double-digit unemployment rates.”

I’m not sure at the moment what the reaction is to the hearing of those in power to implement the benefits we need, but it’s clear that the people have not only spoken, but have laid down solid testimony that confirms the need for more benefits is necessary and needs to happen.

Anyone interested in video and transcript of the hearing from today, visit .

June 10, 2010 at 5:47 pm
(583) j11637 says:

Congressman Jim McDermott (D-WA),
Chairman of the Subcommittee on Income Security and Family Support of the Committee on Ways and Means,
Mr. President, Senators and Representatives:
Please, we are now begging of you, stop ignoring the American people who are reduced to poverty. We did not create this depression but we are living it, everyday. We need help. We need right now. Not in November. By November many people, like me, will be homeless and hopeless. People who were fully employed, paying taxes, and raising families are now paying the ultimate price. You are deliberately failing us by ignoring our most basics and urgent needs. As of today, there are still no plans to add additional weeks of benefit to existing tiers or/and a tier V to keep us from becoming increasingly destitute.
Hundreds of thousands people have lost or will lose all financial support in the incoming days. I, myself will receive my last benefit check of $275 by June 15, How long do you suppose my wife, children and myself will survive?
These benefits are simply meant to keep food on our tables and a roof over our heads. No luxuries, just the basics. How long will it be before we become part of the sad statistics and become another American homeless family when we cannot afford our electric, gas bills, rent or mortgage? How about food? What do I tell my wife and children when they are hungry? Yes, homelessness and suicide is in the increase, does anyone care in Washington? How many tragedies will you need before addressing this issue? Please, read the news around this country. This is the result of your own doing. You will have blood on your hands.

We have money to help the rest of the world when a catastrophe strikes, how about starting in our own backyard for a change and take care of the American people first? It is not only a national catastrophe, but a modern tragedy that should be getting your undivided attention.
I am an American citizen, 58 years old. My story is the common story of many people in this hard economy. In August, 2008, I was working in a good company. I was offered a good position as IT Desktop Support, but at the beginning of October, recession hit hard the company. About 20 people, 30% of the people working there, including myself, were lay-off. At beginning, I was not fear. I was struggling with this issue since I start to work in Information Technology in 2003, only getting small contracts and projects, just to survive to that date. But I did not see the wave, the terrible Tsunami that will hit millions of people across the country in just few months.
I started to receive Unemployed Benefits in 10/19/2008 and, at the same time I started my search for jobs, not for a good job as I had, instead for any kind of job. I will let you know what I got in all this long time:
-In 01/2009 I got one week of work with the Department of Commerce as Pc Technician, for the installation of the computers in Miami for the 2010 Census. I applied to be a Census worker without luck.
-In 04/2010 I got one week of work with Pomeroy for a small project.
-In 05/2010 I got two weeks of work with Tracfone, to replace a person that quit for another better job, for a small project of two months. Unfortunately the person was back, two weeks later, and I was layoff again.
That is all I got, just 4 weeks of work, in more than a year and half of unemployment. In the meantime from 03/09 to 11/2009 I was attending to school, yes with 57 years old, in order to get new skills, knowledge and certifications in the Information Technology field. I got them. Now I have more certifications, skills and knowledge than ever. But now I am feeling two things:
-First, I feel that I am been discriminated by my age. Well, I feel not, I am sure of that. As I told you before I am 58, almost in few days, 59 years old.
-Second, the most common answer that I receive when I apply to jobs in these days is: “Sorry, you are overqualified for the job”.
So, what does these two things means? Does that mean that I am useless as a person, because I am old? Does that means that I waste my time and money going to school to be more prepared for the job market? I do not believe that. I cannot believe that. I feel healthy and ready to work, but I think that the actual economy do not believe as I am.
I am telling you all this, in a way that you understand that I want to work, actually I been fighting to do it, to get a job. I need the benefits and the new Tier V, but I do not want it. All that I want is to work. But in the meantime I, and millions of people like me, need to survive in one way or another. That is why I am begging you:
Please, do not end benefits until there are actually jobs for us, any job. As of now, there is still only one job for every 6 unemployed workers.
We, the people, the unemployed, are begging you.

June 10, 2010 at 9:29 pm
(584) Linda says:


Nice try. Don’t be so bitter and blame others for your own shot coming and problems. I only have say one thing though. If you are that well educated and have no problem of finding employment, what are you doing in this discussion? You of all people shouldn’t judge other people of their situation. Good luck finding any type of job in future. Unlike you, I am working since April. However, I do come here and check the situation because I have friends who are still without job and I can give what information I have found.

June 11, 2010 at 5:47 am
(585) Monty says:

@ (3039) Red Neck 99′er and (3045) Linda,

You’re good people. Don’t waste your time acknowledging “Janet”.

She’s the type of poster called a “troll” who deliberately posts offensive and inflammatory comments because that is the only way she can get attention.

Don’t let her make any ripples in your consciousness. Stay optimistic and ignore her posts. They are not useful and are only intended to demoralize. When thinking of Janet, think, “There, but by the Grace of God, go I.”

June 11, 2010 at 4:21 pm
(586) Jeff in CA says:

Much thanks for the information and link, Jay in KENTUCKY.

June 12, 2010 at 8:52 am
(587) Kat says:
June 12, 2010 at 3:24 pm
(588) JD says:

Hi, I have an unemployment question in regards to continuing education.

I have been collecting unemployment in the state of Illinois. I have been on unemployment now over six months with no luck finding work. I was thinking of trying to go back to school to further my education, but not sure if this is possible while collecting unemployment. I have tried contacting Illinois Dept. of Employment Security but I either can’t get through or talk to people who don’t know how to help me. So. I’m looking for people who can answer a few questions.

1. Can I legally collect if I am attending college? If so, is it only for part-time?

2. Do I have to attend school in Illinois? Do the bordering states count, say if I found a school an hour away in Indiana, does that qualify?

3. Any helpful numbers or departments I can contact that will help me in regards to education opportunities?

Thanks to anyone who can offer advice. Good luck to all of you that are still struggling. I think a march to Washington is in order!

June 13, 2010 at 10:13 am
(589) lanah says:

I can’t speak for illinois but in NC you can go to college while you are on unemployment but you have to be prepared to accept a job if it’s available and quit school. I completely understand how frustrating it is to get information for the ESC. i seriously think that the people at the ESC want to make sure you are in the dark about policies. I had to find an agent online in a discussion forum who actually told me all of my options. if I didn’t I would be in trouble. I know every state has different rules but I would find it hard to believe that they would keep you from going to school.

June 13, 2010 at 1:39 pm
(590) Brian says:

I live in NC and was going to school when my my part-time job shut was lost due to the store closing. They actually pay me more than when i was working. But anyway they said i can keep going to school but i had to quit if i found a job. I am only 21 and school is more of a priority than work right now plus they give you financial aid for being unemployed and most of the time after school and books the send a check for $2500. I go to UNCW in NC right now so you probably want to check with your state.

June 14, 2010 at 8:58 am
(591) Crystal in CA says:

1. Rep candidate Meg W. in CA spent 100 million dollars on her primary election which could have went to creating more jobs or extending closing daycare programs.

2. Get off your butt and continue to write/fax/email and get ready to march to your local city halls and capitals. We need our voices heard.

3. For those of you who are not on Tier V just wanted to let you know the 99ers letters like mine helped get those extension and we know how you feel that is why we all need to band together.

June 14, 2010 at 9:40 am
(592) denise says:

I have been out of work since dec 09. It is not fun. It is very depressing. I have tried and failed to get any job! The other day I went to file for my weekly and was notified that was my last check! Are you kidding me! I called the 1-888 # and was on hold for over 45 mins. I got through and applied for my extension. I was told I was over paid $21 and that would have to be resolved BEFORE I could get another check. I was to call back on thur. and make sure it was all set. If so my check would be LATE which means so would my bills. The extensions I was told would only last till 6/26/2010 when Congress voted. If they approved I would have an extension. If they did not I would have to RE apply for Fed aid. Please could WE all have just one simply break!!

June 14, 2010 at 2:24 pm
(593) Miguel in California says:

@ (3052) Crystal in CA

so true to # 1

June 15, 2010 at 2:52 pm
(594) Lori in Ohio says:

I was laid off in December 09. When I filed this past Sunday, June 13, 2010, I filed my last claim of the original 26 weeks. Right now, there are no extensions for me, as I did not exhaust my benefits in time to meet the deadline for filing for tier 1. I get a SMALL amount of child support from my ex, but he has been working as a rigger in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana for the past year or so. Not sure that income will last much longer either! (Thanks BP) I really hope this bill gets through quickly. There are so few jobs to apply for here, and so many applying. I don’ t even get calls on my resume.

June 15, 2010 at 6:26 pm
(595) Miguel in California says:

NYT editorial confirms where the Unemployed stand on the Senate’s priority list:

June 15, 2010


June 15, 2010 at 7:52 pm
(596) Todd44 says:

Well – this certainly hasn’t been updated regularly enough! It’s now June 15th and lots is happening that isn’t being posted here. Waiting for Friday?

June 15, 2010 at 8:30 pm
(597) 99'er says:

@ (3057) Todd44

Feel free to post any updates that you may have for us that we are not aware off.

I am a 99′er. Any news for the 99′ers that you may have?

Please provide link(s) to back up your statements.

June 15, 2010 at 10:49 pm
(598) Unemployed WAY too long now... says:

So much for caring about the American people. If a senator was due to lose his/her home and their child/ren were about to be homeless, I am 100% POSITIVE this would have been passed LONG ago. Come on!… We, the people of this nation, did not CREATE this problem.

June 15, 2010 at 10:56 pm
(599) Unemployed WAY too long now... says:
June 16, 2010 at 4:19 pm
(600) Beyond 99 in Palatine IL says:

It’s over folks, I have lost all hope in our country and our rediculus politicians. They do not care about us and are never going to solve this situation so many of us are in.


This bill included provisions to extend unemployment. It failed miserably.

What are we going to do now?

June 16, 2010 at 5:33 pm
(601) Jeff in CA says:

There’s hope here, folks! Job referrals at last!


::rolls eyes::

Someone fooking shoot me, please.

June 16, 2010 at 6:20 pm
(602) Richard fr Ca in TX says:

So, Pelosi stated that the unemployed should just go back to work.. Would she have us commute to China or India so we can do that?

June 16, 2010 at 6:47 pm
(603) Richard fr CA in TX says:

Would someone who knows how to get the info find out which Senators voted against 4213 today and post the names on that list who will be running for re-election in November? We should try to vote them out-Democrat or Republican!!!

June 17, 2010 at 6:42 am
(604) Phnix says:

YEAs —45
Akaka (D-HI)
Baucus (D-MT)
Bennet (D-CO)
Bingaman (D-NM)
Boxer (D-CA)
Brown (D-OH)
Burris (D-IL)
Cantwell (D-WA)
Cardin (D-MD)
Carper (D-DE)
Casey (D-PA)
Conrad (D-ND)
Dodd (D-CT)
Dorgan (D-ND)
Durbin (D-IL)
Feinstein (D-CA)
Franken (D-MN)
Gillibrand (D-NY)
Hagan (D-NC)
Harkin (D-IA)
Inouye (D-HI)
Johnson (D-SD)
Kaufman (D-DE)
Kerry (D-MA)
Klobuchar (D-MN)
Lautenberg (D-NJ)
Leahy (D-VT)
Levin (D-MI)
Merkley (D-OR)
Mikulski (D-MD)
Murray (D-WA)
Reed (D-RI)
Reid (D-NV)
Rockefeller (D-WV)
Sanders (I-VT)
Schumer (D-NY)
Shaheen (D-NH)
Specter (D-PA)
Stabenow (D-MI)
Tester (D-MT)
Udall (D-CO)
Udall (D-NM)
Warner (D-VA)
Whitehouse (D-RI)
Wyden (D-OR)

NAYs —52
Alexander (R-TN)
Barrasso (R-WY)
Bayh (D-IN)
Begich (D-AK)
Bennett (R-UT)
Bond (R-MO)
Brown (R-MA)
Brownback (R-KS)
Bunning (R-KY)
Burr (R-NC)
Chambliss (R-GA)
Coburn (R-OK)
Cochran (R-MS)
Collins (R-ME)
Corker (R-TN)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Crapo (R-ID)
DeMint (R-SC)
Ensign (R-NV)
Enzi (R-WY)
Feingold (D-WI)
Graham (R-SC)
Grassley (R-IA)
Gregg (R-NH)
Hatch (R-UT)
Hutchison (R-TX)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Isakson (R-GA)
Johanns (R-NE)
Kohl (D-WI)
Kyl (R-AZ)
Landrieu (D-LA)
LeMieux (R-FL)
Lieberman (ID-CT)
Lugar (R-IN)
McCain (R-AZ)
McCaskill (D-MO)
McConnell (R-KY)
Menendez (D-NJ)
Murkowski (R-AK)
Nelson (D-FL)
Nelson (D-NE)
Pryor (D-AR)
Risch (R-ID)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shelby (R-AL)
Snowe (R-ME)
Thune (R-SD)
Vitter (R-LA)
Voinovich (R-OH)
Webb (D-VA)
Wicker (R-MS)

June 17, 2010 at 8:57 am
(605) Lori in Ohio says:

It is not just the “99ers” that are immediately affected by this. I am a “26er” and I am SOL. I keep hearing how we have 99 weeks of unemployment, which is NOT TRUE for those of us who did not lose our job until 6 months ago. We get NO EXTENSIONS. None. Not even Tier One for us. I suppose they think it will be cheaper for us to be on welfare, than to pay unemployment.

June 17, 2010 at 12:11 pm
(606) Justine M. in rhode Island says:

Lori I am a 26er myself, and while I feel horrible for the 99ers, it’s time that those of us who were recently laid off and cannot find work get a share of the pot also. I do not qualify for ANY extension, none, nada zip ZERO. The 99ers have had two years worth of benefits and I’m sorry you can’t find work but there must be SOMETHING you can find. I’m not going to get any help now because all of the benefits have been exhausted and went to the 99ers. Now I’m going to be homeless because I cant pay rent?? Not right, not fair.

June 17, 2010 at 1:46 pm
(607) lanah says:

They are voting as if the situation is better in our country. I actually think it’s worse.

Just today the firm that laid me off, laid more people off today. Architecture firms are going through two or three waves of lay-offs ,people who are laid off now are going to be in trouble.

I’m an Architect who took a part-time customer service work because no there aren’t any jobs in my field. I currently own my roommate loads of money for rent.

I seriously can’t believe this happening in this country.

June 17, 2010 at 2:28 pm
(608) Crystal in CA says:

For those of you who think that the 99ers should have already had a job by now. We have been looking and it seems to take the media quite a bit of time to realize what we already know:

1. Unemployed people are not being considered for all jobs that they qualify for
2. Age/race etc. discrimination is rapid
3. There are jobs posted that are not really hiring just taking applications
4. People were and are still being hired and then laid off before they are permanent
5. We 99ers were part of the 10,000 people standing in line for jobs at Job Fairs that were not hiring
6. Most companies who claimed to be hiring were not always hiring American citizens
7. The 99ers were the ones fighting for the Tiers that 26ers and such qualify for.


June 17, 2010 at 5:42 pm
(609) Scared in Ohio says:

Well like all of you out there I am unemployed. I was let go from a computer company back in april of 09. Prior to that I was on my tier 3 for unemployment. I was so happy to find that job. Then they let me go a few months later. Just short under the qualifications needed to get unemployment from them. It was short by one week. So I was qualified for the extensions. I had gone through my Tier 4 and now half way through my Ohio EB from the state.

I filed on sunday only to be denied due to the extension cutoff. I wasn’t aware of anything. No call,letters,nothing. I don’t have a savings anymore. I do have normal bills which are falling behind. This week is our first week without any income. I have 2 small kids under 4 and every penny earned goes to feed them and care for them. I myself don’t need much. I have been living off cheap soup packets. I have been busting my butt looking for work. I have applied to the biggest companies all the way down to the small jobs. Its amazing just how many people are fighting for that same job.

As I read post by people who say unemployed are lazy, I really think you need to live a day in our shoes. I have always been a working man and a firm believer that you are the man of the house and in charge for the families well being. However, When you go to a mcdonalds or a car wash for an application and they say sure but there are 850 apps besides this to go over you are just floored.

Its really not easy. People say companies are hiring. Like hell they are. Some yes but then they lay you off when their busy season ends. They also say the census is hiring – Well that is a temp which didn’t last long and people were getting let go after one day. People seem to believe when the numbers show unemployment droping.

That is a lie. Wait til everyone re-applies for it and see the numbers shoot back up. Its a shame that our president is sending government funding to another country soon but can’t help his own country first. I like many people didn’t ask to be let go nor are we at fault. Why should we suffer? People are losing their homes,their savings,and everything they worked so hard for. Its a damn shame.

So you see when you have a job and come onto this board trying to insult people who actually worked their asses off and tell them they are basically bums and to stop asking for a hand out. You should stop and think what would you do if it were you?? You would fill out apps everywhere right? But you are going for that position against hundreds of other applicants. So what now? Its a waiting game.. Praying they will interview you. Praying you get the job. Just think what would you do if you spent your last dollar and needed groceries and gas to get to those jobs. Could you honestly say you wouldn’t be in the same position we are demanding we get help like they help everyone else? This country is far over spending so why is that an issue all of a sudden when unemployment comes into play? where was that when the banks and car industry needed and were crying for help??? They gave them their bailout. Now thanks to that we lose jobs,and we are over spending. This is a crying shame.

I wish you all the best. Don’t let people come on here and get you down. Last I checked you can’t get unemployment for a fault you did right? so if that were the case we’d be on welfare..

June 17, 2010 at 10:49 pm
(610) Lori in Ohio says:

Justine – I am hoping something will still be passed. I hate to think of it as an US (26er) OR THEM (99ers). Something has to happen for all of us. I’m sure they, like us, would much rather be working, and have been looking just as we have. It is probably going to happen in different bills. I don’t see how no extensions at all can be given to the more recently unemployed.

Crystal – you are right, discrimination is worse than ever! They take your application, call you in for personality testing (or some other BS kind of screening) then never interview the ones who don’t LOOK like what they want. I know this for a fact. I KNOW I passed those tests with flying colors, yet was not called for an interview. Never even heard from them again.
I call myself a 26er because I only qualify for 26 weeks due to the deadline dates set for Tiers 1-4. So… your point #7 is not quite accurate, unfortunately.
(7. The 99ers were the ones fighting for the Tiers that 26ers and such qualify for. )
You fought for them, and got them, but we will not, unless Congress extends the dates for these tiers. To qualify for tier 1, regular UC benefits had to be exausted by May 22. To qualify for tiers 2-4, the previous tier had to be exausted by May 29. I exausted my regular state UC benefits on June 12, disqualifying me for any federal extensions. Ohio has a 20 week extension, after all federal extensions are exausted. The last payable week is the week ending June 5th. Out of luck again!

Scared in Ohio – The people that come on here calling us names are merely looking for attention, and a reaction. I ignore them.

Good luck to all of you!

June 17, 2010 at 10:58 pm
(611) Pete says:

The jobs bill fails again


Start selling your life away folks, because there is no more help coming our way. We are on our own now.

June 18, 2010 at 1:06 am
(612) Jay in KENTUCKY says:

I cannot help but hate this country more and more with each passing day. These idiots in power care nothing about us. “Proud to be an American” is an abomination. Nothing more than a sleazy tag-line on a rotten lie further marred by hypocrisy and blatant disregard for the hardworking citizens who paved the way for the rich and powerful to abuse and rape the less fortunate.

Washington DC should be erased off the map. Nothing more than lying, cheating, crooked, sorry excuses for human beings.

I apologize to those of you who love this country for the right reasons. The reasons it was founded on and was supposed to live long and prosperous for. Those days have their rightful place in the history books, as they are just that — history. Gone.

The people in power who are in charge of making the right decisions for the people who built this place and made it thrive for centuries are raping this country. They are no better than the corrupt government our forefathers drove away from here in the Revolutionary War, nor are they any better than the two anti-christs we conquered in the two World Wars. How do they sleep at night? Seriously, how in the hell do those bastards sleep at night?

“America — love it, or leave it?” Well, guess what? I would gladly leave but one problem……I don’t have the damn money! Thanks, Guys!

June 18, 2010 at 7:37 am
(613) Regina Alexander says:

Out-of-work job applicants told unemployed need not apply.cnnmoney

June 18, 2010 at 7:45 am
(614) Regina Alexander says:

Where are all the big time leaders who come out for causes? I’ve heard nothing from no one. But call someone a Ni**er, or a J**, unfair housing etc. etc. etc. and all you hear is mouth!! I’ve heard none of these so called leaders for the people talk about the millions who are starving and losing their home say a word. Lets remember this the next time we are asked to boycott or something to that affect.
This is a disgrace. I can’t believe how our own Government treats it’s people. the world needs to see what’s going on in The great USA!! It’s an embarrassment.But of course The Powers To Be have control over the media so this will never get out.The Millions who are starving and losing their homes. No we cannot let the World know this is happening here.Our Government is killing Americans daily.Birds and Fish are more important than The backbone of this Country,the middle class workers, who have put 20-60 years into this economy, is now treat like DIRT!! We need to hit the streets and make some noise!! we need to wake up the world and let them know what Obama and Congress are doing to it’s people. Enough is Enough!! We cannot let this garbage continue. We the people must always come first!!we must let this Government know that we the People will not stand for this any longer!!

June 18, 2010 at 10:38 am
(615) maliheh says:

i had to shoplift at wal mart last night cause i ran out unemployment benefits.so i could feed my family.maybe i will rob a bank later on

June 18, 2010 at 1:16 pm
(616) Worried in Ohio says:

@ Maliheh

I know how rough it can be. I am affriad that with this economy and our government not lending the help we deserve,we shall see more similiar cases like yours and even worse. I don’t blame you though.

I have never done a crime in my life. There are people getting held up for grocery bags outside of their cars when they come out of the grocery stores. Its so sad.

My brother works at a grocery store and said there are more people coming in and pretending to grocery shop. They put stuff in a cart and walk around opening up stuff and eating. The managers can’t do anything but ask them to leave. They can not be arrested or charged with theft because they didn’t leave the store with the goods.

I myself lost everything. I have approx. 11.29 in my account and we are about 2 days of grocery before we have nothing..We asked for help from family and nobody can afford it. We even tried food assistance but told it can take 30days and to be patient. How can you when you have 2 small children both in diapers and no funds to help.

I have lost my perfect credit. I can’t get approved for a cell phone or store charge card now. I feel so betrayed by our nation leaders. They put us in a big mess and now I have to listen about obama sending money to help the towelheads. Come on man. People are charging things and overdrafting acc to survive. Hate to say this but I lost everything with value in my life. ALL i have is my kids. I will protect them. Even if that means overdrafting. The banks got bailed out of their debt. Help us mr. President before this nation falls apart to worse crimes we see now.

I don’t care if i don’t have a dime as long as my kids are healthy and have food. Please… Do that and i’ll vote for you next term.. Sounds like a sweet deal to me..

Help the 99ers and the new unemployed people out there.Bottom line we are all in the same catagory. Unemployment is an insurance not a welfare. We all paid into this and now we need help.

June 18, 2010 at 2:45 pm
(617) Jen B., Chicago IL says:

Worried in Ohio:

So sorry for what you are going through. I myself am in the same position.

However, using racist terms like “towelhead” should not be condoned on this website. Your frustration is understandable, your racist anger is NOT. Please direct that attitude onto another message board.

June 18, 2010 at 7:03 pm
(618) Worried in Ohio says:

Jen B-

I would like to reply to your post towards me and what I had said earlier. Let me just say that I read alot of things on here and alot of people are upset and saying they give up on america and how they hate our president and the dems and rep of this country. They are expressing their frustration they have along with everyone else. Now I am not racist nor did I say anything about any race who is american or living in the USA. I myself have frustrations like everyone else. I was speeking on a country. Are you in charge of this site? Because there are people who say bad things about obama and senetors. Hell some even wish them ill from what i read. So do forgive me if I call another country a name. Can’t say we haven’t. Especially when they are receiving funds that should be used in our country. Right or wrong? If you are really offended by the term towelhead then I do apologize. Maybe you should find another message board to veiw because in this board people express their struggles,angers,and thoughts about the way this world is right now. Alot of people are mad,upset and hurt. Not to mention feeling betrayed by our own nation leaders.
I was writing on here about my thoughts and the struggles im going through just like everyone else.

Have a good day

June 18, 2010 at 7:47 pm
(619) Lori says:

To The man that said, “proud to be an American”?? LMAO>>>>>>>>>>>.
What the hell is going on, I am at the point where yes I may have to shop lift my self, as A perfect citizen, I have not commit a crime either.. But befor my kids, and Gran kids go hungry I WILL!
So extentions? where are they? and to the people that say, “there have nee enough”? who are you? that is ludicrist….
I am sick and tired of paying my bills LATE every money. I job hunt every day 99% on line apply in person..
So here in Ohio we have 1 electric Co.. last week they shut it off, over 89.00$ and yesterday they shut off my water??please this has to stop.. I am NOT on welfare, but I am 45 and if worked all my life just to be told that unemployment is well bascially GONE??
1st of alll I am sure that all the Gov. senates and president have FOOD, ELECTRIC, WATER. the bare necissaty’s? yea this is all I am asking for..
LMAO- to get my hair or nails done any more is a out right JOKE.. and I have a bacholer’s degree, and made 98k a Year!! Now i sold my home, car, and get 479..000 LOL a week. thanks yo Mr. President

June 18, 2010 at 7:57 pm
(620) Lori says:

again, to any1 in OHIO that is Clermont co. that knows of any where to get HELP please email me I would deeply app. it, dreamljc @gmail.com
I have 1 diamond ring probaly nor worth but my G-ma willed it to me,. when I went to the welfare they told me I had to sell it>?/ LOL yes please sit at your desk you B^^^H and collect your pay check and then to tell me if I want any help I need maybe to sell the only 1 ring that I own??
I am so damn sick and tired of people that say well get a job, and then you job hunt until your eyes go crossed on the comp..
People there are NO NO NO jobs in Ohio, I am telling you! Please listen to us, there are not any jobs here. i would leave but who has the money to just pack up and leave?NOT ME
Please STOP this nonsence@???????

June 18, 2010 at 11:49 pm
(621) Richard says:

I have a question (not sure if anyone can answer this before any legislation is passed). I have used up 86 weeks (4th tier) and now my benefits got cut off (86 was my max) – would the new legislation allow me to go up to 99 weeks? Or is this all? Thanks in advance for any answers.

June 19, 2010 at 12:12 am
(622) Dan says:

@ Richard

If you exhausted all of your tier 4 benefits that may be it for you. Now depending on what state your in you may be eligible for a state funded extension.

In ohio we have one called “Ohio Extended Benefits.”
This usually pays you the balance you received when you started unemployment in the beginning..

Example if you received 4,000 for unemployment then
the extended benefits would pay you the same unless there are funds that need deducted like child support.

Check this with your state or do a google search for State? extended benefits… Hope this helps.

June 19, 2010 at 7:14 am
(623) tiamo4ever says:
June 19, 2010 at 8:40 pm
(624) J in Cali says:

I finally got a job!! Though it’s only a part-time job. This should extend my life line a bit. I barely made it!! I’ve literally exhausted all my resources and received my last unemployment check 2.5 months ago.

Hope this inspires people to never give up! There are jobs out there, ya just gotta stay on the grind!

June 20, 2010 at 2:01 am
(625) vladimir says:

Well I am back and the *&^% the fan! here in Tx,I have no money coming in!cut out every thing so far! cant pay the bills anymore! the phone just rings!!! and when I tell them cant pay the bill their smart a&& questions is can u borrow from a family or friend. Yes I love the question! can i have my job back first! its all outsource. I was clothes and have to dry them on the line! I now wash all clothes and hand Iron! I dont have a problem doing , cut my own lawn! cell phone is cut out ! every day I am looking for a job and has not been called out! I just feel that hole getting deeper and deeper! but will try again Monday!!!!!!I was blessed today one of my sisters is going to help me out for a month!!!! but after this will be back again at it!

June 20, 2010 at 2:46 am
(626) Anthony says:

What do I do now that my final 4th tier extension has been exhausted? I lost my City job in Oct. 2007; lost my home of 22 years through foreclosure; had my SUV reposssed; and now live in a small shed in the rear of a house that I will not be able pay the rent. My wife lives in our poor running Ford conversion van we had bought 16 years ago and she now lives apart from me, since there is not enough room in the shed. I am having LA Works, a job career placement center attempting to help find work but to no avail this past year. I can not find work in my former profession in which I was making an annual salary of 75K. No one is hiring at all here in So. CA. I’m going to be 52 years old in July and I’m having to compete with the younger kids and with more experienced people in the private sector. I’m going to have to apply for public assistance for GR at $221 a month and FS at $200 to just stay alive. Desparate people do desparate things and I just hope I do not resort to doing something negative and counter productive that will end up causing me legal trouble in the long run. Maybe if I just do a sit-in on the steps of a UI office, I may get some assistance? I am a Republican but because of what I see as a total lack of regard or thought on the part of Senate Republicans, I have decided to switch parties. God help us all in our predicaments.

June 20, 2010 at 2:52 pm
(627) Sara says:

These are the Senators who voted AGAINST extending unemployment benefits and helping small businesses to create jobs. I don’t know, and I don’t care, if the are Democrats or Republicans, they should be VOTED OUT OF OFFICE! Contact them today.








Brown (OH)

































Nelson (FL)











Udall (CO)

Udall (NM)





June 21, 2010 at 5:00 am
(628) Monty says:

(3078) Jen B., Chicago IL,

Chill out.

June 21, 2010 at 7:29 am
(629) tiamo4ever says:

Sarah: Brown of Ohio is fighting harder then anyone to get us extended benefits ! Where the hell did you read that ?

June 21, 2010 at 11:15 am
(630) yodster says:

To everyone, ‘towelhead’ whenever used is a pejorative term. It should not be tolerated. (3089) Monty and (3078) Worried in Ohio please show more respect for your fellow human beings. I am now about to run out of unemployment after being forced to close my business by the banking crisis and have lost my entire life savings, but blaming the poor common man in another country for your troubles is not an answer. Most of those people have an even worse struggle than we do every day, and THEN they have to worry about getting shot on the way to steal their child’s next meal! Have some compassion, please.

June 21, 2010 at 7:47 pm
(631) Cindy says:

I am very distraught, have no luck in finding a job…I am watching everything I worked so hard for slip away from my family.I am worried about loosing my home.All the hopes and dreams I had for my children is going down drain please extend unemployment until families can put their lives back together…

June 21, 2010 at 9:11 pm
(632) Josie says:

Finally had an interview after 6 months of looking for an order packing job. Interview went great, they were very impressed with my experience, resume, etc. Scheduled me to come in for a “test run” to make sure I could handle the job. That went great, the job was a piece of cake and they gave me the impression I was a fit for the job. Didn’t hire me on the spot though, said they would let me know in a week.

I got the call today that they hires someone else, someone with “more experience”. Are you F&$%ing kidding me?? I spent almost two weeks chasing after this job. They had me so convinced they wanted to hire me, yet now they hire someone else?

What on earth do these people expect, the perfect employee? Why put me through all of that to turn around and tell me I’m not qualified enough? Not qualified to pack boxes, a freaking job a dang monkey could do??

I don’t know what to do anymore. They employers are insane. And if I see one more job ad that says “the unemployed need not apply” I’m going to spit. I am a highly intelligent and experienced professional who was actually OVER-qualified for that craptastic warehouse job.

It’s the beginning of the end.

June 21, 2010 at 9:54 pm
(633) Crystal in CA says:

(3071) Lori in Ohio, #7 at least gives you the opportunity if nothing else.

Everyone we really need to march in the streets with our kids to show attention to this problem and ask the senators to explain to them why we have no food, water, and electricity or why mom/dad can’t find a job and what is outsourcing? Put the kids on tv and people will start to think!

June 21, 2010 at 11:35 pm
(634) Mike in CA says:

Well just got letter that I am another one that bites the dust. Fed Ed extension (last extension) was cut off after just 4 weeks of the 20 week extension. They said that california no longer meets the unemployment rate required to file fed-ed extensions and pay fed-ed benefits for any individuals after June 12, 2010. What’s next….??

June 22, 2010 at 1:55 am
(635) Don in PA says:

Sara (3088) I don’t know where you got that list but it is incorrect on the senate vote of who voted yea and nay.

June 22, 2010 at 3:05 pm
(636) Susan says:

I am sick of the Government going round and round over helping the 99ers… I do not see the issue. We are hard working Americans who have lost our jobs…”by no fault of our own”… and now our own government is ignoring us saying that they have supplied enough help to us… Well I am tired of this…everything that I worked so hard to achieve all these years of working is slipping away… Why are they not helping us ?!?!?!

June 22, 2010 at 9:03 pm
(637) No Boss says:

racism and racist remarks are an act of frustration……and although I myself have had those similar thoughts, are just not acceptable now-a-days. I feel everyone pain, I’m living it myself…..and again……am guilty of trying to blaim someone,……anyone!
However, someday it may be someone of a different race than your own that give you a job to help you survive. Not to mention a countless amount of races and cultures that are in our very position……..who are Americans, and proud to be Americans……LET’S FIGHT TOGETHER…..
Funny thing it’s not even about being racially profiled…….everyone is being affected!


Stay focused! Hang in there! Your not alone! It’s not your fault….it’s nobody fault……..IF WE SHOULD BLAME ANYBODY, START WITH THE SENATORS SHOOTING DOWN OUR ABILITY TO SURVIVE W/O JOBS IN AN ECONOMY WHICH THEY CREATED!!!



June 23, 2010 at 1:23 am
(638) Jeff in CA says:


There’s no cause to be sick anymore. As much as it saddens me, the truth is they’re not “going round and round” any longer. It’s over. There will be no more weeks.

We can all commiserate if we want but we’re no longer accomplishing anything, but maybe giving one another a shoulder to cry on.

As much as it may hurt to hear, I truly believe that most, including myself, didn’t try hard enough. Let’s face it. Emails, faxes, online petitions, and the internet in general, is not the correct manner to get things done in Washington.

Our voices were not loud enough. As a matter of fact, most of them were unheard. I ask you, how threatening is an email? A fax? An online petition?

This surely isn’t the way my parents would have fought it. And it’s not the way most of you my parents age would have fought it years ago.

Times have changed. No one really cares enough anymore. One way or another, it’s how we all got here and it’s why we’re all staying. No one cares enough.

So let’s all go back to looking for work, reading online, listening to the radio, and watching TV like we’re told.

Good luck to us all.

June 23, 2010 at 3:09 pm
(639) Mike in CA says:

I was wondering why they want me to continue to mail in my claim forms, even though they are not paying anymore, if there are no chance of a bill being passed. I am trying to stay possitive for another week or two in hopes of them working something out with the bill.

June 23, 2010 at 4:36 pm
(640) KAT says:



June 24, 2010 at 8:19 am
(641) T in Cali says:

Bad news in Cali… Thousands of people with new claims, were mistakenly put on FED -ED..which ended… the back log to fix the problem and get checks coming again is 8 WEEKS!!!!

I was told I would receive a check for this week, then nothing for at least 8 weeks.

June 24, 2010 at 11:06 am
(642) Susan says:

There are many representatives that want more unemployment to be passed, but unfortunately there are many representatives that are fighting it. I was born in this country and have always been a firm believer in my government, but with what I have seen happening over these past years since the beginning of the recession, I must say that I am ashamed of my government. They caused this recession and now we the people are paying for it. I do not know how they can sleep at night knowing how many people are suffering…

June 24, 2010 at 12:30 pm
(643) Transition says:

I live in Illinois and I have been unemployed since May of 2008. In May of 2009, I was told my federal unemployment benefits had been exhausted. After literally tripping across some info online, I began to research the extension provisions and discovered that more “tiers” (a totally foreign word to me at the time) had been added. The IL UI web site is woefully and I believe, deliberately, devoid of any extension information. In late March 2010, I headed into the IL UI office and filed an extension claim. I was given 6 more weeks of UI. Okay….52 weeks of previous benefits plus 6 weeks do not equal 99 weeks. It’s as if they put me into tier 4 when I hadn’t yet filed for or received tiers 2 and 3. My understanding is that you had to file for and qualify for each tier in order to advance to the next. So either way, this is making absolutely NO sense to me. Not complaining, but more just confused.

Now with all of that having been said…Businesses should not be “required” to keep ppl on staff if they simply do not have the operating capital to make their payrolls (I could not believe my eyes when I read another poster here kvetching that their employer should not have been “allowed” to lay them off). If you want job security, go out and start your own company. If you work for someone else, you are vulnerable to their whims…if you rely on the government, again…you are vulnerable to their whims. I don’t know about anyone else here, but I am done with leaving my fate in the hands of other ppl. While I empathize with many of the posts here, as I am among your ranks…I don’t feel anyone “owes” me anything…what ever happened to the American spirit? All I really see any more are a collection of sniveling whiners who can’t think their way out of a paper bag while spending time online (who’s paying the internet bill?) demanding their ‘entitlement’. I do not live a comfortable existence, in fact, I am in the dire straits many others here are. However, I will not accept defeat and don’t think it was Pres. Bush or is Pres. Obama’s responsibility to keep my internet turned on, pay my mortgage or pay my car loan.

I have applied to the SBA for venture capital to start my own business and I have been interviewing recently, so the economy is starting to pick back up. Keep your chins up and stop letting circumstances defeat you…use that experience to strengthen your resolve and create a better you from it. The WWII generation went through a lot worse than we are and there was none of this caterwauling that I’m seeing here today. It’s embarrassing to read these posts and look back on all the sacrifices that generation made and for what? THIS?!

June 24, 2010 at 2:48 pm
(644) corey says:

It is not a matter of if they are going to pass the bill its just a matter of when. Both Democrats and Republicans want the bill to pass its just he Republicans do not want it to add to the deficit because the bigger the deficit the worse they are going to look to us because they are the ones that created the deficit. Plus they want people to panic and look for jobs harder to make sure no one is just not looking.

June 24, 2010 at 4:19 pm
(645) michele in ga says:

I have just finished up my 2nd tier and as of right now I am not going to get any more money unless they pass Tier 5. I have looked for jobs and went on 2 interviews and on one of them the girl that got me the interview told me they hired someone else that was more suitable for the other people that worked there, which means younger. I am 38 years old and have worked since I was 14 and now I do not know what I am going to do. I have probably sent out 300 resumes and talked to people but I feel because of my age it makes them think twice. Then I see were it said on the internet that companies will not hire people who are unemployed that really upsets me bacause I was not fired from something I did i was let go. I really need help and I have even said I will pick up garbage on the side of the road just to have a job but you know what nothing yet. We really need some help here because I have to have an income or I am done for.

June 24, 2010 at 4:30 pm
(646) Richards says:

I’m a 40 something year old professional who’s position was downsized. At one time I made over $82,000 yr now I cannot make nor have anything. Employers either say I’m over qualified or under qualified. I have even applied at McDonalds which said essentially I was over qualified. I’ve exhausted all my benefits and without a tier 5 I remain hopeless. I have lost my home. I have no medical care. I’ve had to file bankruptcy; I’ve sold most of my belongings (worth anything). And the final blow is; I’ve sent my beloved kids away to live with relatives because I cannot afford to house, care or even feed them.
For us; there is no hope. Waiting for extensions to be passed, bill’s to be debated or petitions to be signed are all out of our reach for us who have exhausted their benefits. I now wonder as I sit under a bridge how I could be worth more dead than alive. People may say more extensions only pass the burden onto our children in the form of the national deficit. But I wonder who will explain to friends, family members, co-workers, brothers & sisters, mother’s & fathers, sons & daughters why someone felt so hopeless that it had become easier to let go than it was to hold on.
That is a deficit I wouldn’t ask anyone to bare!

June 24, 2010 at 8:25 pm
(647) Jamie says:

We are all officially screwed! Our only options left are to march on Washington or starve. There is no help coming for us.


June 25, 2010 at 2:04 am
(648) The Boss says:

You all should have saved you net cash. If you had, we would not be in position that we are in now!!!
Learn to live on thrift stores, day old bread stores, dented can stores, drive a 25 year old car. You are spoiled. I have managed to save and invest over 2.5 million dollars which is now worth over 4 million dollars by being thirfty !!!!!!!
You folks spend too much money!!!!! I still pick up cans on the side of the road making me more money!! I have plenty of money because I DID NOT WASTE IT!!!!!!!

June 25, 2010 at 2:42 am
(649) JT says:

We need to send a message to Washington!!!!!!! This is total BS!!!!

If washington doesn’t do anything they MGHT have a civil War on their hands then an economic collapse!!!!!

An economic collapse would put us ALL ON A LEVEL PLAYING field!!!

This is serious!!!!!

June 25, 2010 at 3:08 am
(650) Unemployed says:


Are people really that stupid?










June 25, 2010 at 8:48 am
(651) michele in ga says:

Here is my problem, they sit there and talk about all their layoffs and cutbacks because of money, but yet we send money overseas and help whoever what happened to us, all the money we send over to buy oil needs to stop we have enough oil in reserves for about 30 years, stop fronting money for other countries to buy what they need and supporting them. Right now the main concern should be the U.S. and fixing out problems. I get tired of seeing out country letting in foreigners to open up businesses and take jobs away, oh and they also give them money to help them, we need to get our people put back in place before we worry about everyone else. There is people losing their homes, not eatting, no lights, no water but yet our government is more worried about what another country may not have to survive. Maybe all the people that make millions of dollars a year should help because really who needs that kind of money to live? Our governor here in GA bought property for over a million dollars while we are one of the highest unemployment states right now. My theory has always been if they are sleeping in a million dollar home every night with maids and butlers and food on their table the rest of the world does not matter.

I have looked for jobs until I am blue in the face, I hate being unemployed because I hate sitting at home, I want to work but yet people who complain about their jobs everyday or don’t care are set. I will pick up garbage on the side of the road or clean bathrooms in a school or business just give me a job!!!

June 25, 2010 at 10:21 am
(652) Susan says:

I agree with you Michele.

The governments main concern should be the American People. We need the help…

June 25, 2010 at 7:48 pm
(653) Jenny says:

And how exactly is this Obama’s fault? How exactly does he want the country to go down the tubes?

Obama SUPPORTS EXTENSIONS, but unfortunately the morons in the senate are too busy playing the blame game and are more concerned about upcoming elections than they are worrying about the american people.

Unfortunately, Obama cannot force these people to vote for a bill, and for those of you signing the executive order petition going around he does NOT have the legal authority to do so! Read the constitution, in Section III of Article II.

Can Obama put more pressure on the senate than he has? Damn straight he can, and I believe he needs to. I do not by amy means believe he is the perfect president, and he needs to get these pansy ass Dems to do what is right.

But if you want to blame someone, blame the ingrates that keep voting NO on this bill! You cannot put all of the blame on the president.

June 25, 2010 at 8:28 pm
(654) Another one Unemployed says:

Do I think obama wants to pass this bill? Yes and No! He has said already that the senate knows how he feels however he doesn’t want to get on their bad side. He is doing as much ass kissing as possible because there are other bills he wants passed. Don’t be fooled people.

Obama has already been talking about another billion dollars stimulus bill he wants passed. He met with russian
president Dmitry Medvedev where he pledged money to help the russian people. This just after he sent money to another nation. I mean what the hell is happening here?

It is making me sick to my stomach. I feel that the senate is doing this on purpose. They wanna see how many people will actually go out and bust their ass looking for work. Sorta like a scare tactic they are pulling. Then another thought that came to me was they could be they want to see if people will really riot the streets.

People need to understand that If they wanna pass a bill they will. They don’t want to and don’t care. Obama will not sign and overwrite the senate. Believe that. You can say Vote the bastards out but you know what most are retiring this year and the next group in the senate may be even worse. It’s time to start thinking. People always say that times will get really bad. I think it only gets worse from here.

I know alot of people are hurting and I feel your pain. People need to stop calling us welfare cases. This is insurance we paid in to and we deserve it. Or the people who say stop asking for a free handout. Sure easy coming from someone with a job and no freakin idea what its like in our shoes. We weren’t the ones who made the recession. We were normal hard working people just trying to get by. Our government put us in this crap. Hell I lost everything I had and you bet your ass someone is gonna pay. You don’t think the government officials would do the same if they were let go and no big checks to cash in? c’mon now.

Bottom line: I don’t get the extension I will be going on welfare while its still available. Say what you want. I paid into that with my tax dollars and by god i deserve it just like every other working citizen in this country!

Good Luck!

June 25, 2010 at 11:35 pm
(655) Jeff says:

I am a California resident who lost my job due to recession in the begining of the year. I have exhausted my 26 weeks of regular benefits and now I don’t have any more income. I am 40 years old, unable to find a job.

someone..please help me out..Everyday I am thinking about ending my life..shoot my kids in the head and end their life too..I don’t want to see them suffered like I do..Obama please extend my benefits so at least I can pay my rent and look for a job..Please..I beg you god..oh god…It is so depressing in California where unemployment is 20% (actual figure). I try to look for a minimum wage job, but they only offer to 18 years old kids…who is younger and more vibrant..I have a master degree in college in engineering..and willing to work as a pizza delivery boy..Please help me out..

June 26, 2010 at 12:34 am
(656) Mrs. Chang says:

Hi Jeff,

I’m sorry to hear that you’re going through a lot of pain. You are not alone, many of us are really quite depressed about the lack of UI. And many of us are really disgusted at the way Congress is playing with our lives.

It’s not over yet. If you are out of resources, go and apply for food stamps. You will get an EBT card that you can use at groceries like a debit card. And depending on your situation, you might even qualify for additional assistance. On Monday, do find out from your county what type of help they can provide.

I believe a food stamp application can be initiated on the internet from any county. Then someone calls you and tells you what day to come in. If you hardly have anything left in your bank account, it’s likely they’ll call you in sooner.

Please move around physically even if you’re feeling depressed. And don’t even think of doing anything foolish, and always keep your children safe! Remember, depression is a temporary condition, it’s anger turned inward. Once you get angry enough at the injustice of our situation, you’ll feel better and you’ll be able to do something constructive to help yourself and your family.

Praying for all of us.

Mrs. Chang

June 26, 2010 at 3:22 am
(657) IRMA says:


June 26, 2010 at 10:27 am
(658) Dave says:

@ Irma

You can’t put the blame on people who are labeled 99ers. It is not their fault and really they are the ones who are gonna suffer the most. They were the ones who first got let go from their jobs when the recession started and now are the ones who find it difficult to get work because the employers who do wanna hire someone doesn’t wanna hire them in fear that they will just leave when something better comes there way. Bottom line is everyone is still hurting and you can’t blame people for this mess. The Government is the problem.

They claim that there is jobs but in reality there isn’t. People are still looking and alot of places are actually telling unemployed not to apply. I have seen this in alot of companies in ohio. Its terrible. People want to work. The people who just got unemployed will have a better chance of being hired over someone they call a 99er. Its a fact. The employer will chose the newly unemployed because they won’t have to fear that the person loss their skill in the trade for which they are applying.

We all need help and pointing fingers at each other isn’t the way. You should be pointing the finger at our nation leader. Also, to people saying obama has been busting his butt and doing the best he can. That is a lame excuse for the man who gives billions to other nations while his own people are suffering. Its only gonna get worse. He is just trying to be liked by everyone. Its called kissing ass people!

June 26, 2010 at 11:48 am
(659) Jim McDonald says:

I am so confused. I am now at tier 2. Does a bill have to pass to give me access to tier 3 an 4? I have been drawing unemployment in California for 52 weeks. Do I still have 47 weeks before I have to worry about what Congress is doing? I can not find any answers. Please let me know.


June 26, 2010 at 12:39 pm
(660) TIRED OF IT!! says:

people!!! they are going to try again… the reason it did not pass is the republicans!!! i watched everyday, and everyday i saw the democrats BEGGING the rep’s to pass this. they read HUNDREDS of letters to the republicans from people like you and i, who will have to move out of our homes. who wont be able to eat!! and the republicans DONT CARE!! NOT ONE REP VOTED YES!!! if you have a REPUBLICAN senator CONTACT them BEFORE its too LATE!! we one need TWO reps and we cant get ONE!! i looked and there are so many states with such a high unemployment rate with REPUBLICAN senators. they are suppose to work for YOU! LET THEM KNOW HOW YOU FEEL!! believe it or not YOU ARE THEIR BOSS!! the democrats will tell you that all day. you can watch the meetings all day everyday on c-span 2. again we need JUST 2 REPUBLICANS to get a vote passed for us. if your senator is republican its VERY easy to call or write!! if you watch everyday its disgusting to see the democrats get up here and talk making complete sense and explaining the situation and asking for the bill go be passed. AND THEN the REPUBLICANS talk and talk and talk and at the end you say to yourself “what he heck did he just say” because for the of you who dont know what a “filibuster” is, its when you talk about absolutely NOTHING and just RAMBLE on and on trying to slow thing down so you cant vote o them. and that is what your REPUBLICAN senators have done ALL week. PLEASE get your republican state senators to be one of the two needed……..

June 26, 2010 at 6:00 pm
(661) anothersheep says:

@ Jim McDonald

when the tier you are on runs out, there is no more for you… unless they pass an extension. EDD told me last week that Ca. no longer qualifies anyway because our unemployment rate is now UNDER the qualifying
threshold!!!! good luck.

June 26, 2010 at 6:06 pm
(662) Frank says:

To Jim (3120)-

According to the state of California’s unemployment website, in order to qualify for tier 3, you would have had to exhaust your tier 2 benefits by May 30th, 2010. Since it is past that date, once you are done with however many weeks you have left on tier 2, you won’t receive anymore benefits UNLESS they pass the extension. If they don’t pass the extension, no more benefits. If they DO pass the extension, they are looking to move the cut off dates to November. If this does happen, you should be able to move on to the next tiers.

Hope that helps you.

June 26, 2010 at 9:38 pm
(663) M. from New York says:

I’ve read most of the comments and I am deeply sorry for you all. If you don’t mind responding I had a question.
I started claiming benefits on Dec – 09. Does that mean I am not eligible for no extensions ? Only the 26 weeks ???

Please help!! I am running low on my savings as well.


June 27, 2010 at 12:45 am
(664) Don says:

@ M. From New York.

As of right now you can collect your 26 weeks. However once that ends you will NOT get any other payments or extensions until this senate approves something. If not then that is all you get.

I am in ohio and was receiving the Ohio Extended benefits which was from the state. I had a balance remaining when they denied the checks. They said that is it until senate approves.

Today I went to claim my weeks and it won’t let me. Won’t let me veiw past pay stubs,says 0 balance,and no longer have weeks to claim.

I am scared. I have 2 babies to feed and despritely seeking work. Everyone says no sorry. Its all i hear.
I have only 1,000 left on my van loan from the bank. I can’t lose my only transportation. I already lost everything else and now living with a relative that cannot afford us. It has me in tears. My kids are both under 4 and this makes me feel as if I failed them. I am trying so hard to bounce out of this but it keeps sinking me in.

I only pray that the lord will help us. I don’t want to lose my kids over this. I don’t even eat because i can’t afford it.
I make sure my kids eat and are cared for. TOp it off I am a type 2 diabetic on daily insulin. I don’t have insurance and prolly have enough until next thurs. Then thats it.

Pray everyone. There is a God and I know he will help us.

June 27, 2010 at 1:43 am
(665) mike says:

Everyday I wake up and stare in the mirror and wondering what is wrong with me, howcome I can’t find any job? I am living in California where unemployment is 16%. I have tried to find a job everyday for the last 1 year, but was out of luck.

I have 2 kids waiting for my support, they are both 3 and 6 years old. My wife does have a job, but with minimum wage it is hard to support the whole family. Can someone please write to the congress? I am trying to do my part to call the congress. Can someone keep call them..Hopefully everyone from this board will keep pressure them to pass the extension. Because, to us..this means life or death situation. I don’t have to eat, but my kids are still kids, they need foods more than me..Please help me

June 27, 2010 at 2:53 am
(666) M. from New York says:

@ Don

Thank you for your response. I really feel for you people(even though i don’t have kids). I understand how it must feel like. But I believe things are getting better and will be better. May the God feed the young ones, even if it means we won’t have anything to eat.

June 27, 2010 at 1:44 pm
(667) will work for food says:


I would just like to say that I think this is a great site. I recently discovered this forumn while doing some research. After reading some of the heart breaking articles and some of the most ignorant replies to the unemployed people out there I am shocked.

I find it absolutely un-american of our senators to vote down this bill. Especially in this time of need. Our own president says he cares for the unemployed and wants to see the bill passed but will NOT do anything in action. Saying something and actually doing something is another story.

This economy is still suffering and there are still no jobs. Yes there are some places who are hiring but what people don’t understand is that you are competing for this position with a ton of other potential applicants. I have applied to places either hiring or not hiring. In all trades. In positions i’m over qualified for and even some i’m not qualified for. Doesn’t matter. I need a job.

I will go to a company to fill out an application or to drop off a resume and they tell me, ” We either aren’t hiring or we are but there are a few hundred applications on our desk”. I have even walked into a company who said unemployed need not apply. Are people kidding?

See myself was laid off back in 08. I found work a few months later and then about 6 months in the new company I was let go. Now I don’t get to start a new unemployment claim. My benefits just continued where I left off. I don’t get to start fresh. When I started back up I only had a few weeks left of benefits. I have lost everything. I lost my profit sharing,401k,credit,home and auto. I fall below poverty line now. I can’t believe this.

Here are some of the replies I see on here and everywhere else that get me steamed. ” 99ers had almost 2 years of charity. Get a job. “I only got my 26 weeks and now don’t get any extensions. Damn the 99ers.” “You people need to get a job and quit looking for a handout. Let us 26 weekers get an extension. There are jobs go get one”…

These comments make me sick. Let me asking you something. You say you only got 26 weeks and there are jobs and the 99ers should go get one. Why aren’t you getting those jobs if they are there? Why do you want to go to 99weeks? is it cause you feel its owed to you like the people got when the recession started?? People or the 99ers have it alot harder. You don’t lose your car or home from being behind a month or two. Almost every 99er has lost their homes and everything else.

Unemployment is NOT a welfare,Period! Everyone pays into it with their paychecks whether you see it or not. You do. Its no different than car insurance. Example:
You get rear ended by someone being careless and your car is badly damaged. What do you do? You call your insurance company right? So what would you do if your insurance company said, Tough we aren’t gonna cover you. How would you feel knowing you paid them every month for reasons like this and now you find out you aren’t getting what you paid them for in the first place. How would you feel? Well unemployment benefits are similar.

FYI- Did you know that people who are freshly unemployed have a better chance at getting hired over someone who has been out of work like a 99er? Its proven. So really pointing fingers at another unemployed individual is really uncalled for. We are all in this boat together. It’s us working class vs the nation leaders. We have to fight for this.

Our president needs to extend unemployment to all
even the 99ers. They need to have these benefits until they show that there is jobs and more jobs are created.
Whether its a year or more. The leaders made this recession and they need to repair their damages they done to our economy. Stop foreign spending and paying trillions for this war. Close all gaps. Stop trying to make nice with every country by offering them billions to be liked. Take care of your people!

People who have a job and make fun of the unemployed. You can be next and then you’ll be here in tears as well. Your tongue is a weapon and you should watch what you say.

As the headline says. “Will work for food”.
I will take random drug test and whatever. Lets stop this mess before this nation get really bad. Crimes will skyrocket and suicides will rise. Some people killing themselves is sad. This is america and ive always been tought that its the best nation and you should be proud. I have to say I am no longer proud and this isn’t a fav nation with games they play. We need CHANGE and we need it NOW!

June 27, 2010 at 4:11 pm
(668) Jacob says:

Quit your whining and get a job. There are plenty of jobs out there, the problem is that the majority of people aren’t willing to take a lesser paying job and only look within their field. So, such it up, quit bitching, sell all of your useless materialistic crap and live within your means. You can’t blame it all on the government. We are a nation of spoiled, credit card for every damn store, ten tv’s in every house, kids with every damn toy, gadget you can think of kind of people and what did it get you? If people actually saved and invested some of their money instead of blowing it all on CRAP so they can be better than their neighbors, you might not be in such bad shape.

Sure, you worked for years and paid into unemployment, and guess what? That covers your 26 weeks. But after that, how can you say you earned the right to keep collecting? The government is the one paying for it now, NOT YOU.

You say to stop pay for a war, but the minute someone over here bombs us, all you hear is “why didn’t the government do something!” Well guess what the war if for! To get the bastards who bombed us. DUH! Would you rather the government say f$%k it and not protect us???

Seriously, enough is enough. You have had 2 FREAKING YEARS to find something, anything, so quit with the whining about how there are no jobs! Stop being p#ssies and suck it up, work two crappy part time jobs if you have to! Sitting around and bitching while your kids starve is YOUR FAULT. TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR LIVES AND QUIT EXPECTING ENTITLEMENT, QUIT DEMANDING THAT THE GOVERNMENT BAIL YOUR ASSES OUT. Because from the looks of it, THEY ARE NOT GOING TO.

June 27, 2010 at 4:18 pm
(669) Jacob says:

And by the way, I was unemployed, I got my 26 weeks and after that, I WAS ON MY OWN. I do anything, anything to make money to take care of my family. I wash cars, mow lawns, I work part-time in a greasy, 120 degree kitchen washing dishes! It’s a step down from my corporate job, but IT PAYS THE BILLS. How many of you can honestly say you get out their every day and find ways to make money?? Sitting at home sending out resumes doesn’t cut it, SORRY! How do you even afford the internet if you are so “desperate”??

Show some initiative and take care of your dang selves. I’ve never seen so much laziness in my entire life. Makes me sick to call be able to call you americans.

June 27, 2010 at 8:10 pm
(670) Pam says:

PLease do not listen to this Jacob person! He is just a troll, coming here to mess with people and make them feel bad. You do not need to listen to this.

Please stay strong and keep fighting for what is right! We lost our jobs through no fault of our own, and we have been working hard to find work. Things need to change in this country, and they need to change now.

PLease don;t give up! Please don’t listen to people that tell you negative things. We will get through this together.

I pray for all of you, and keep fighting!

June 27, 2010 at 9:26 pm
(671) michele in ga says:

All I have to say is I have applied to so many jobs, it didn’t matter what it was I would do it from collecting trash to bagging groceries I do not care but I have not had one bite in a year and I am scared. I have never in my life had a problem having a job for 24 years. I was told after one interview they hired someone that fit more into the others there which meant younger and probably prettier, I am not to proud to do any job that is given to me it someone would just give me a chance. I want to work I cry everyday because people go to work and I can not. I have worked since I was 14 and I am now 38 and I do not want to count on anyone to take care of me or support me when I can help. So for all of those that say get a job…well why dont you find me one and I would be glad to take it even if its making 7.50 an hour. I have been going back to school to get a degree in medical billing and coding so I can improve my life but the thing is they will not hire you until you have a degree. I have busted my butt to find a job so I am ashamed that you would even suggest that I am not doing my best. If they pass this extension then it will take me to where I can get closer to my certification and have a better life for myself and will help with food that is all I care about is everyone in my house eatting and me having a way to go find work.

June 27, 2010 at 9:48 pm
(672) Crystal in CA says:

Has anyone heard of a March on Washington and our state capitals? If not we need to do this so that they can see the number of people out of work. We also need to take our children and have them ask why mommy or daddy can’t find jobs or feed us or why we are losing our home!

June 27, 2010 at 11:49 pm
(673) Jenni in Missouri says:

I lost my job in a hospital cutback in June 09′. They say I can not get any welfare because my husband makes too much money…How is 1200 a month too much? To top it off, I have multiple sclerosis, and nobody wants to hire somebody who is 28 with a major medical problem. I ran out of benefits on June 2nd, where is the help for tax paying Americans???

June 28, 2010 at 12:20 am
(674) MARK says:


June 28, 2010 at 12:42 am
(675) Troy says:

I too ran out of unemployment some months back and didn’t know what I was going to do. While searching for jobs, I ran into a software engineer who was working on a system to easily make money from home. He started showing me how to post classified ads online and I started generating a little extra cash here and there. I started posting more ads and I started to generate more money every week than Unemployment was putting in my bank. It’s the era of free enterprise. Someone starts a home based business every 8 seconds. In this recession, I’m making more now than I ever did on unemployment or a job. I’ll personally teach you how I did it. To start earning $100 payments over and over so you don’t have to depend on our government go to:


I look forward to helping you on this journey away from the poverty that our government has put the American people in.

June 28, 2010 at 2:50 pm
(676) Jerry says:

We have made to the TOP keep this momentum!!!
To all fellow unemployed suffering in this economy:
There is a website called change.org where one can start a petition. Someone has started a petition on the immediate passage of unemployment extensions. Please follow this link at the end of this comment and sign this petition. By signing it an email will be sent to all appropriate politicians from you. Last time I looked there were over 7000 signatures on this petition. Word is that this petition has the attention of some politicians including the president. The writer of this petition recently emailed me and told me he received a letter from Republican Senator Olympia Snowe in which she said she would break the filibuster if the bill was presented as a “stand- alone” jobless aide bill.
See article: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/06/25/AR2010062504933.html
I have seen this petition gain a lot of momentum in the last 2 to 3 days. I am writing this as a word document so I can copy and paste it to every online article about unemployment extension legislation I visit. I know that (like me) there are many unemployed Americans who are frequently checking for updates on this legislation. What I ask of you is to do the following:
1. Copy, paste and save this into a word document.
2. Every time you visit a website with an article about unemployment extension legislation copy and paste this from your word document to the comment section of the article.
3. Follow the link below and sign this petition. http://www.change.org/petitions/view/we_demand_an_immediate_passage_of_bill_hr_4213_extension_of_unemployment_benefits
4. Ask for your friends and family that support your position to sign the petition by sending them a personal email with the link above attached. Ask your spouse or other qualified household members who will support you to sign the petition.
Note: If someone in your household decides to support you, you must logout of Change.org in order for the petition form to open for a new signature.

On a personal note I would like to say to keep your head up and do not let any negative comments from others on these sites get you upset. When you respond to them with anger, resentment and frustration you are just giving them exactly the reaction they want. Instead, spend your time getting this comment out there whenever you can. I have faith that our circumstances will motivate us to get the petition the attention it needs in order to get these politicians to listen. We are many.
Let’s “get the job done” and show those spoiled politicians who have made accusations toward us as a group that we are not the lazy drug addicts they have categorized us to be.

Once again here is the link to the petition.
Sincerely, Jerry

June 28, 2010 at 6:19 pm
(677) Crystal in CA says:

To all Unemployed keep those letters going to the senate so that we can get our two needed bills pass for both the recently unemployed and the 99ers.

June 28, 2010 at 6:40 pm
(678) Mike in CA says:

I have received 4 of the 20 weeks of FED-ED. My question is with the bill that is being discussed, will I be able to collect the rest of FED-ED if passed or the deadline dates only for tiers 1-4? Any info is greatly appreciated! Thanks!!

June 28, 2010 at 10:25 pm
(679) confectioner says:

I just lost my unemployment benefits, it’s tough and yes I was fortunate to collect much longer than the standard 26 weeks but it still put me in a state of despair.
I heard Petreaus talk about how we have no idea what to do in Afghanistan and how we need to try something different and I thought to myself, those SOBs plan on keeping us there forever, there is no intent to pull out in 2011. So many forces want war and war coffers- it’s never going away- we are spending trillions of dollars without any clearly defined objective but I am scorned for trying to collect on unemployment insurance I have paid into for over 20 years.
Money is great but really it’s just green paper, my family and I will make it but I won’t forget the boot that was put on my throat by ignorant, war-mongerers. Just remember payback is always a bitch.

June 28, 2010 at 11:28 pm
(680) TravisNC says:

Senator Stabenow is now introducing S 3520 to get unemployment insurance extended as a standalone. Sign your name to get this passed…http://www.change.org/petitions/view/tell_the_house_and_congress_to_pass_stabenows_s3420…search s3420…and sign! Now please before it is to late!

June 29, 2010 at 2:25 am
(681) Miguel in California says:

The Ed Schultz Show now has a Facebook page.

This provides us another forum to communicate with Ed Schultz and his production staff regarding the 99ers.

Here’s the link:


June 29, 2010 at 9:57 am
(682) michele in ga says:

What is the difference in extending what is already there and a stand alone bill. I am confused on this! Thanks

June 29, 2010 at 10:59 am
(683) Tammy says:

In southern California, where I live.. Employers are asking for “bilingual” (Spanish) speaking individuals. Now this skill is REQUIRED for many companies and not just “desired”. Those of us who do not speak Spanish are getting squeezed out by those who do. This skill is getting priority over more experience. I blame the companies that are doing the hiring. They can hire people at lower wages, because they are most likely less educated and or experienced. The population here in California where I live is overwhelmingly Hispanic/Latino. You have more of a chance of landing a job if you are Latino…Of course these companies would rather hire someone who speaks Spanish to “appeal” to the Spanish population, and bring more business in.. Fine these companies! Go in to their human resources dept. , go through previous applications, (if they haven’t shredded them), and see who was actually qualified for the job, and compare who was actually hired.

June 30, 2010 at 9:50 am
(684) micheleinga says:

I hope everyone here has a good 4th of July weekend, I know it will be hard knowing that all the blood sucking men and women who have voted no to the extension are sitting in their million dollar homes with tons of friends having parties and drinking the night away while most of us are wondering how we are gonna have enought money just to feed our families a meal for the 4th of July. I hope other countries can enjoy this weekend since we the United States having given them money to survive…Maybe we should move to another country for the US to support us and take care of us!!!

God bless you all and he is always there for you no matter what!!

June 30, 2010 at 10:42 am
(685) Tom in Fla says:

Thank you Allison for deleting some of those old posts from years ago. It makes the page easier to load.

Happy 4th

June 30, 2010 at 4:21 pm
(686) Crystal says:

” US educational philosopher Robert Maynard Hutchins summarized the concerns about political indifference when he claimed that the “death of democracy is not likely to be an assassination from ambush. It will be a slow extinction from apathy, indifference, and undernourishment.”

Congress is showing us apathy we need to voice our democratic rights by marching!

June 30, 2010 at 4:24 pm
(687) Crystal says:


Contact our elected officials asking for more weeks of unemployment for 99ers and passage of the bill to continue for those cut off


June 30, 2010 at 4:48 pm
(688) Crystal in CA to (3082) micheleinga says: says:

Maybe we should go to their houses and ask them to feed us and our children?

June 30, 2010 at 7:46 pm
(689) desperate says:

Bud Meyers of Bud’s BlogIf you like this …
Ed Schultz of MSNBC vows to stay on the 99ers’ story until help arrives
Ed Schultz asks Obama on air for Executive Order to save American Unemployed
Unemployed 99ers must inundate Obama, Media and key Capitol Hill members with cries for HELP
Unemployed from oil spill steal 99er media thunder-Ed Schultz to the rescue
View all » Every unemployed person with a phone needs to call Rep. McDermott’s office to encourage him to agree to hand carry the 99ers’ letter to President Obama. The letter and cover outline were written by various leaders in the 99er movement and ask the President for an immediate Executive Order extending vital UI benefits to millions of Americans who have exhausted them.

To reach McDermott:

Congressional Toll Free line 1-877-851-6437 ask to be connected with Congressman McDermott
Congressman McDermott’s office in Seattle by phone (206) 553-7170 or fax (206) 553-7175
Contact the Congressman’s D.C. office via telephone at (202) 225-3106 or by fax at (202) 225-6197
I myself wrote the cover outline that is referred to as the “Summary of our request” in the following excerpt from an email sent to Mr. Ed Shelleby, McDermott’s Press Secretary:

“The 99ers are skilled, intelligent and motivated people who cannot find work through no fault of our own. The Senate has lost all decency, and any grip on reality by turned it’s collective back upon America’s long term unemployed. Congressman Mc Dermott provides the 99ers with the hope, and the voice that we so desperately need right now. Ed Schultz has been our hero in this fight. He has taken this bull by the horns, and vowed to stand side by side with the 99ers until our politicians do the right thing.

The 99ers have a solution that will provide immediate relief on this matter. We would like to submit a request to President Obama, to immediately put in place an Executive Order which creates unemployment benefits for America’s long term unemployed. We are certain that this is the only way in which relief will be brought forth in a timely manner. We like to have our request hand delivered by Congressman McDermott to both President Obama and David Axelrod so they can address this matter with the utmost urgency. Also note, a plea for President Obama to make Executive Order addressing this issue was made by Ed Schultz on his show last Friday and again on his Tuesday’s Radio Show.

The communication we want delivered is the single most important thing Congressman Mc Dermott can now do to help America’s long term unemployed. This also provides a multitude of other solutions to this matter.

This takes the Senate out of the middle and brings forth an immediate solution. This takes the Democrats out of the hot seat, and appropriately puts the Republicans in the line of fire.
A few weeks ago the 99ers numbered 900,000, now we are quickly moving towards millions. Soon these millions of people are going to be looking directly at Congressman Mc Dermott and his committee for results. Congressman Mc Dermott does not deserve to become the focal point of negative media and criticism because this committee cannot provide change. Congressman Mc Dermott’s participation in delivering our request to President Obama and Mr. Axelrod, would demonstrate his true commitment towards a solution, and would affirm his level of commitment to America’s unemployed. This would also dissolve the possibility of Congressman Mc Dermott ever being tied into the problem, rather than the solution.
This takes all the politicians who are more concerned with their upcoming elections rather than doing the right thing, safely from in middle of this.
Most importantly this would bring relief to millions of Americans at a time when we really need it. Congressman Jim Mc Dermott would be forever remembered as a champion of the people.

Congressman Mc Dermott single handedly can deliver this good for the American people by carrying our letter to the President. We have attached both a summary of the request, and the formal request for action for your review. We are hopeful that Congressman McDermott will agree post haste to deliver this formal request to President Obama and do so this week.”

I encourage every everyone to call and tell Mr. McDermott to appear on the Ed Schultz TV show on MSNBC right away and commit to America’s Unemployed masses that he will indeed hand carry our recommendation “Communiqué” to President Obama this week. HIT THOSE PHONE LINES People!!!!

June 30, 2010 at 11:52 pm
(690) Miguel in California says:

“Senate GOP again kills jobless aid extension”

By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press Writer – 2 hrs 4 mins ago – June 30, 2010

WASHINGTON – For the third time in as many weeks, Senate Republicans on Wednesday successfully filibustered a bill to continue providing unemployment checks to millions of people.

But this time, since the slimmed-down measure attracted two Republican votes, its passage seems assured next month once a replacement is in place for Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., who died on Monday.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., a supporter of the bill, had to vote “nay” to take a procedural step that would allow for a revote. Even though the tally stood at 58-38, Democrats were in reality just one vote short of the 60 needed to beat the filibuster. Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska was the sole Democrat against the bill.

Immediately after the jobless aid vote, the Senate cleared for President Barack Obama’s signature a measure to give homebuyers an extra three months to finish qualifying for federal tax incentives that boosted home sales last spring.
The jobless aid measure is one of the last remnants of the Democrats’ jobs agenda, which has largely fallen prey to GOP concerns about the deficit. Although a hiring tax break passed in February, ambitious plans for new road construction, incentives for so-called green jobs, and, more recently, funding for cash-starved state governments and local school districts are languishing in the face of Republican resistance.
Save for GOP moderates Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins of Maine, Republicans uniformly opposed the $33 billion jobless aid measure because its cost would be added to the nation’s $13 trillion national debt.

“The only reason the unemployment extension hasn’t passed is because Democrats simply refuse to pass a bill that doesn’t add to the debt,” said Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.
The House is slated to vote on a companion jobless aid measure on Thursday, though the Senate’s action renders it a futile gesture as Congress gets ready to depart Washington for its cherished 4th of July recess.

Without an extension, 1.7 million of the 7 million people who have been without a job for at least six months will have lost their unemployment benefits by the end of this week, according to the Labor Department.

“We have a basic responsibility to help our constituents respond to emergencies,” said Reid. “We have a fundamental obligation not to deny them the help they need when they need it the most.”

Obama has urged lawmakers to spend about $50 billion to help states pay for Medicaid programs and to avoid teacher layoffs, but Democrats in Congress have been unable to come up with the votes.

Governors made another plea Wednesday for money to help them avoid layoffs of state employees
“This is crucial for America and crucial to the citizens of our states,” Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell said at a Washington, D.C., news conference with governors from New York, Maryland, Washington, Kansas and Michigan.
Rendell said Pennsylvania stands to lose $850 million in Medicaid money. Kansas Gov. Mark Parkinson said his state might have to lay off 3,600 teachers.

Many Democrats see state aid and unemployment benefits as insurance against the economy sliding back into recession. And most economists say extending benefits for the unemployed is a good way to stimulate the economy since the money is immediately recycled into the economy.
“It means they’ve got money in their pocket for the local grocery store, for the local gas station and the local hardware store,” Labor Secretary Hilda Solis said. “It means more money in local economies and more job creation.”
However, many Republicans and some Democrats worry about adding to the growing national debt.
“No one’s disputing the value of these very important programs,” said Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass. “But we also have to have tough choices and we also need to live within our means.”

Brown and other Republicans want to pay for the unemployment benefits with unspent money from last year’s massive economic recovery package.

The Democrats’ unemployment bill would provide up to 99 weekly unemployment checks averaging about $300 to people whose 26 weeks of state-paid benefits have run out. The benefits would be available through the end of November, at a cost of $33 billion. There are no offsets in the bill, so the cost would add to the deficit.

It’s a tough vote for some lawmakers who want to help constituents hit hard by the recession but are wary of being labeled big spenders.

Senate Democrats initially combined the unemployment benefits with the extension of the homebuyer tax credit. Once the combined measure failed, the Senate passed the homebuyer provision by unanimous voice vote.

Under current law, homebuyers who signed purchase agreements by April 30 must close on their new homes by Wednesday to qualify for credits of up to $8,000. The bill would give those buyers until Sept. 30 to complete the purchases and qualify for the credit. The House passed that measure Tuesday as a stand-alone bill.
Associated Press writers Andrew Miga and Andrew Taylor contributed to this report.

July 1, 2010 at 10:49 am
(691) Spinotter says:

To confectioner:

The individual employee does not pay a cent toward unemployment insurance. It is the employer who pays.

July 1, 2010 at 1:19 pm
(692) bob says:


Allow me to appologise to all of you. Since 1972 I have been a hard-line Republican. I have been stupid enough to blindly vote the party line each and every election.
Like so many Boomers, I voted the rich mans party, convinced I would grow up to be another Trump.

Now I see the Republicans for what they realy are, and I am ashamed. Never again will I vote Republican.

July 1, 2010 at 4:36 pm
(693) 99'er says:

1.3 million unemployed won’t get benefits restored


While they will be on vacation eating, drinking, driving, family, sleeping on their large beds we will be with NOTHING. How sick is this Congress and gov’t to let us out on the cold, like a old dog.

July 1, 2010 at 8:04 pm
(694) Keith says:

all I can think is that the republican party has no fear of the voting power of the unemployed. All we really have to show Washington that we are not unimportant and weak is our vote. Show in November the power of the people.

July 1, 2010 at 8:28 pm
(695) Jason says:

Aderholt (R, AL-04) all the people who voted No on unemployment
Akin (R, MO-02)
Altmire (D, PA)
Arcuri (D, NY)
Austria (R, OH-07)
Bachmann (R, MN-06)
Bachus (R, AL-06)
Barrett (R, SC-03)
Barton (R, TX-06)
Biggert (R, IL-13)
Bilbray (R, CA-50)
Bilirakis (R, FL-09)
Blackburn (R, TN-07)
Blunt (R, MO-07)
Boehner (R, OH-08)
Bonner (R, AL-01)
Bono Mack (R, CA-45)
Boozman (R, AR-03)
Boustany (R, LA-07)
Brady (R, TX-08)
Bright (D, AL)
Broun (R, GA-10)
Brown (R, SC-01)
Brown-Waite (R, FL-05)
Buchanan (R, FL-13)
Burgess (R, TX-26)
Burton (R, IN-05)
Buyer (R, IN-04)
Calvert (R, CA-44)
Camp (R, MI-04)
Campbell (R, CA-48)
Cantor (R, VA-07)
Cao (R, LA-02)
Carney (D, PA)
Carter (R, TX-31)
Cassidy (R, LA-06)
Castle (R, DE-00)
Chaffetz (R, UT-03)
Childers (D, MS)
Coble (R, NC-06)
Coffman (R, CO-06)
Cole (R, OK-04)
Conaway (R, TX-11)
Connolly (D, VA)
Crenshaw (R, FL-04)
Culberson (R, TX-07)
Dahlkemper (D, PA)
Davis (R, KY-04)
DeFazio (D, OR)
Dent (R, PA-15)
Diaz-Balart (R, FL-21)
Diaz-Balart (R, FL-21)
Djou (R, HI-01)
Donnelly (D, IN)
Dreier (R, CA-26)
Duncan (R, TN-02)
Ehlers (R, MI-03)
Emerson (R, MO-08)
Fallin (R, OK-05)
Flake (R, AZ-06)
Fleming (R, LA-04)
Forbes (R, VA-04)
Fortenberry (R, NE-01)
Foster (D, IL)
Foxx (R, NC-05)
Franks (R, AZ-02)
Frelinghuysen (R, NJ-11)
Gallegly (R, CA-24)
Garrett (R, NJ-05)
Gerlach (R, PA-06)
Giffords (D, AZ)
Gingrey (R, GA-11)
Gohmert (R, TX-01)
Goodlatte (R, VA-06)
Granger (R, TX-12)
Graves (R, GA-09)
Graves (R, MO-06)
Griffith (R, AL-05)
Guthrie (R, KY-02)
Hall (R, TX-04)
Harper (R, MS-03)
Hastings (R, WA-04)
Heller (R, NV-02)
Hensarling (R, TX-05)
Herseth (D, SD)
Hill (D, IN)
Himes (D, CT)
Hunter (R, CA-52)
Inglis (R, SC-04)
Issa (R, CA-49)
Jenkins (R, KS-02)
Johnson (R, IL-15)
Johnson (R, TX-03)
Jones (R, NC-03)
Jordan (R, OH-04)
King (R, IA-05)
King (R, NY-03)
Kingston (R, GA-01)
Kirk (R, IL-10)
Kirkpatrick (D, AZ)
Kline (R, MN-02)
Kosmas (D, FL)
Kratovil (D, MD)
Lamborn (R, CO-05)
Lance (R, NJ-07)
Latham (R, IA-04)
LaTourette (R, OH-14)
Latta (R, OH-05)
Lee (R, NY-26)
Lewis (R, CA-41)
Linder (R, GA-07)
LoBiondo (R, NJ-02)
Lucas (R, OK-03)
Luetkemeyer (R, MO-09)
Lummis (R, WY-00)
Lungren (R, CA-03)
Mack (R, FL-14)
Manzullo (R, IL-16)
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McCotter (R, MI-11)
McHenry (R, NC-10)
McKeon (R, CA-25)
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Miller (R, FL-01)
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Miller (R, CA-42)
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Murphy (R, PA-18)
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July 2, 2010 at 11:26 am
(696) Cat says:

I read a lot of these comments and my husband falls under the category of over 40 and his line of work has become practically non-existent. Now anything else he applies for, is either no expierience or over qualified. Basically, no one wants to give him a chance and he’s done everything in a year. We have saved our money as far as we can, but with 3 kids, its come down to him being a stay at home Mom and me making the money, while he still spews out the resumes and gets the occasional bite. I am sorry, but for those that have no compassion and think its that easy, they are wrong. I used to think that, but I also knew that once we hit 40, we are going to be in trouble if we lose our jobs. That is exactly what’s happened. My husband was sought after everywhere until he turned 40 and for some reason that seems to be the magic number that no one wants to invest in anymore. We saved and saved and saved, but you can only have so much savings when you have a big family and one income. There are always poeple that abuse the system, but many of us do not. I’m tired of hearing people leaving abusive comments on these sites for people that really are struggling and trying to do their best. We don’t have a luxury home, we don’t have luxury cars, we clip coupons, we buy from Goodwill or get things handed down from family and friends. In return, we do the same for our friends and family when our children grow out of it. Its unfair to say that we are all big spenders or that we all waste our money. I work 12-16 hours some days, my kids don’t see me at all anymore, my husband feels inadequate because no one wants to give him a chance. We aren’t the only ones and we are sooo lucky to still have healthy children and children that don’t expect much. We still have a roof over our head and food on the table, no matter how much we stretch it. Having had the unemployement benefits have been a godsend to us. We are so grateful. If we didn’t have that extension, I’d be working more jobs and never seeing my children or my husband anymore. I’m already exhausted at the hours I do put in. I’m angry that people make assumptions that aren’t in our shoes. If someone gave my husband a job, even working for minimum wage, he’d take it, but they don’t.

July 2, 2010 at 12:32 pm
(697) vladimir says:

We the people should put our foot down and start a email chain, NOT TO VOTE! COME NOVEMBER , support our family neighbors friends that we will not stand for this!Their is no jobs our there!

July 2, 2010 at 5:31 pm
(698) Dinky says:

Nothing is going to be done, i gave up a long time ago. If we don’t vote we will have the same morons in Congress elected and if we do vote what is to say that the next moron will help us out.

It’s all talk and no action from BOTH parties. It’s all about poll numbers and not a penny more.

If they can’t give the 99′ers an extension in over 3-4 months do you really “really” think they are going to care to give us one now. Come on now, think about. Wake up.

All those email, telephone calls, signings, faxes, letters …. Congress don’t give a crap about it. I see on this blog that even the unemployed are fighting among each others such as the new comers are mad at the 99′ers for getting 99 weeks. What is going on?

This great country is going to hell. There is no hope. That is my two cents if anybody cares and if don’t good for you.

July 3, 2010 at 12:44 pm
(699) A Concerned person says:

ok i am concerned as of last week i thought i exhausted all benefits from unemployment, but yesterday June 2nd i received another i do believe this equals to my 6 month for i have been on unemployment since Jan. But i am almost certain that when i read my last statement it said remaining balance $0 as of last week, but i received a a payment today, what should i do. I did read somewhere that unemployment ends June 2 so maybe this was the last but again i am not sure

July 5, 2010 at 11:49 am
(700) wrong place wrong time says:

To all those newly unemployed who want the 99′ers to get a job so that you can continue to receive extensions. How do you expect us to find a job when you just got lay off. If there are jobs you would still be having yours or would have found one by now. Pray that you don’t go through 99 weeks like we have.

July 5, 2010 at 2:11 pm
(701) Malinda says:

Well I am sure all of the Senate had a wonderful fourth of July not saying that for most americans. I am unemployed as well and looking for a job to I am with all you Americans. We are the little people but our votes in November will count, we are the backbone of the UNited States not the millionaires don’t care about senate only to have their tax cuts, it is the little people that count maybe one vote to win an election I do hope its my vote that will count I assure you everyone that said nay to unemployment will loose. Keep in mind the people who have made you suffer my American friends do nopt forget their names if unemployment is passed thank those who fought hard for you and remember not to vote for the ones who said nay. I as an American am very disappointed in our Senate to make people loose everything and not have no food I will agree there are some dead beats but there are people here who really do need help, they have children, homes, medical bills, and need food. If I was to win the lottery I would be the first to help all the people who needed help. It may not be much but i would spend it all on people who needed it.

I have a question Senate you want to save money I will tell you some ways. 1. welfare- people who have been collecting all their lives food stamps, medical, housing cuts, money givento them to spend every month child care for kids to were the parents dont work they take them there so they can have some peace and quite. If the United states was so concerned about saving money cap welfare for 1 year of collecting then make them get a job.
2. ADHD Social Security- Years ago there was no ADHD if was called discipline the child not beat them but give them time out we pay people who claim to have ADHD or BI POLAR. It’s called spare the rod and spoil the child.
3. Tax the Millionaires if the little people have to pay all kinds of taxes I dont see why they don’t.
4. WIC- If the woman is on welfare thenthey don’t need WIC they are already collecting from the state we just double their money with WIC and they already have medical for the child so why is there WIC.5. Stop sending money overseas for countries that could give a dam about us. Bring our troops home.6. Stop letting immigrants open franchise businessess off a visa make them become an American Citizen before they can open a business, charge them taxes and stop giving them money to start a business.
You won’t help the American people but you do this tell me is this common on saving money for the United States. Welfare was made years ago to help people who are unemployed, disabled, elders not for the common courtesy to have kids and dont know who half the fathers are and collect off the state. And then on top of that you see them wearing Nikies, brand name clothes and driving cadillacs, escalades, and wearing so much gold they look like Mr. T.
I say the workers of America should stand up and don’t stop fighting Senate will hear us one way or another because that is who we are the Working Americans.
I hope Senate remembers in November what they have done they have put a bitter taste in many American mouths I wonder how they feel if they sleep well knowing whatthey have done to the American People, I pray to God they hold this on their concious when children get sick and are hungry and families sleeping on the street, because of loosing their homes. Karma is a great thing and it will come back to the ones in Senate who said nay to all of the working Americans.
Stop outsourcing our jobs keep them in the UNited States we will have jobs. Moving our factories we would have jobs. I wish I was President I would straighten out half this mess.In a short time….
I also know there will be more jobs every state will be building more prisons because crime rate is going to rise muggings, burglaries, thefts, no one to blame but the senate then you can spend more money to keep everyone in prison, feed them 3 square meals a day, watch tv, lift waights and do nothing. How stupid is our Senate do they not see the repricussins of this bill?
That is all I have to Say I am use to getting the shaft from the US I am Native American Indian I’ll shoot a dear to feed my kids I can live off the land I was taught that. But the people who can’t I feel so bad for and I would help them if I can. Senate help these people already and stop playing games…you are playing with their health, life, children, homes stop and think what you are doing.

July 5, 2010 at 11:07 pm
(702) Dan says:

@ wrong place wrong time

Thank You for writing that. I couldn’t agree more with you. I hear that all the time from people. This government is turning the american people against each other and its just not right. In my opinion you say there are jobs and we 99ers have had almost 2 years and should go get a job and stop being lazy or asking for a free ride. Well if you know there are jobs why not get one yourself? Why risk the chance of losing everything you have?? Its because there are no jobs. Whether you been unemployed since this recession or just got laid off. Perid.We need to fight together.

@ Malinda
I agree with you on some points but I don’t agree with the financial aid stuff. Here is why.
You want them to put a cap on welfare and to cut people on wic who have children. See if the senate doesn’t pass this everyone will be going to be forced to get welfare. People with small children will also need wic as well. I don’t think they should cap anything. Who is to say you will have a job in a year? What if you don’t? then you are screwed. Wic doesn’t give much and its all based on the childs age. Welfare or Financial aid is what I like to say doesn’t pay you much. Its less than unemployment checks for some people. I have never collected welfare before but I am signing my family up tomorrow. We lost our home and live with my grandfather in his house. We are on the brink of losing our only car and falling behind on our bills very quickly.

See for a 99er this extension in the senate means absolutely nothing to them. It doesn’t help us out in any way. Now its only gonna get worse. See after people get their couple weeks of tier 4 then thats it. They will be in our boat.The government knows that the economy is terrible and its not showing any good signs. What they need to do is pass an extension for ALL.. EX- Say July-December 31. See where we stand and if no improvements do another. This 30day crap isn’t fixing anything. What is the difference if you get unemployment or Welfare?? People can get both and when the EUC runs out there is welfare and cash assistance. And this is money that comes with a hefty price so why beat around the bush here?

Makes no sense..

July 6, 2010 at 12:28 am
(703) Malinda says:

Dan I know a woman on welfare she has 2 kids works a full time job is adopting her brothers kid Now let me tell you what she gets.
She receives a full paycheck from her job, she receives 524.00 a month in food stamps, 326.00 from Wic and for the other son she is adopting she is receiving 242.00 cash another 236.00 food stamps free medical she has a three bedroom apartment she pays 25.00 a month and looks better than most. She is receiving 780.00 cash to buy a car from the state and was told to buy new furniture for her apartment and the state would give her a check. She hired a lawyer to get custody of her brothers kid and received 500.00 check from the state for the retainer. And gets free medical for all the kids and her. WHY GET A GREAT JOB SHE SAID WHEN I GET THIS FOR NOTHING… This is what i mean when i say welfare people. And they walk around like if they are better than you or I.
I am a worker an American worker and I have my pride and can’t bring myself to use the system like that. But I guess if you can why work. as she would say.

I would rather have a job and work and earn my own living. And I will find another job I have determination, and am very stubborn. I worked two jobs before and will again if need be. I may be unemployed but still hope I will not let the Senate put me down or make me look like crap and I don’t want their welfare just a job. But I will say I can’t wait til November …..I know what way I am voting.

July 6, 2010 at 3:11 pm
(704) kk says:

why not lat the people work for the state that there in for there unemployment payment .into other job’s open that why the state will get the help they need the people will get there money.this will help a lot of people keep there house,cars and to get food.this will help the state get the work that need done.sometimes we have to do things out the box.

July 6, 2010 at 3:30 pm
(705) Lyman says:

I am keeping a close watch as to legislature in KY. I will be running out of my last 59 weeks total and still unemployed and seeking work. I’ve moved to NYC to look for work and now doing In-State claims. The employment situation here is horrid. Some employers are taking advantage of the situation and are hiring professionals for basically minimum wage. I am hopeful that the Governor will act in our best interest. And today I find out that no claims are being process we still have RENT, BILLS, etc… I’ve been laid off for a yr and still looking hoping and praying something good will happen for me and all the rest of the people out here that’s waiting for them get back in office on July 12, vote to pass. Before people start acting out!!!

July 6, 2010 at 5:07 pm
(706) vladimir says:

Well I am hoping some thing will come through soon,Keep ur fingers and every thing cross! I was called today for a job in about 6months ! I only have been looking for work since Jan 20th2009! its w/ Target, and they are hard to get in ! but one question I was asked why do u want to work for Target if in the pasted you made 32,000 and 48, 000!!! U know what i want to say ! but could not! this job is to clean the toilets and gathering the carts! just applied for housekeeper Live-in since I am running out of other options!

July 7, 2010 at 9:05 am
(707) micheleinga says:

I see the impact this is having on me and I can only imagine the impact it is having on families and their love for each other. In the past week I have turned in and taken 25 resumes to places and nothing yet, not even a phone call. Hope is so hard to have when you do not get a glimer of hope at all. I try to keep my head up and stay positive. I did write Ga’s senator yesterday because he is one of the one’s that voted no I am sure, and told him how I felt but I really wonder does he care or pay attention to those emails.

July 8, 2010 at 12:31 am
(708) Miguel in California says:
July 8, 2010 at 5:22 pm
(709) Miguel in California says:

Database: See which California lawmakers carried bills sponsored by special interests


July 9, 2010 at 2:23 pm
(710) micheleinga says:

Just read this article and wanted to share..it might be a slight bit of hope…

West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin got clearance from the state attorney general that a special election to replace the late Sen. Robert Byrd can be held in November, reports the New York Times.

Manchin had said he wanted to know whether an election could take place this year or would have to wait until 2012 before he announced the appointment to take over Byrd’s seat.

Share Manchin is expected to appoint an interim senator who will hold the seat until the November election within days.

Manchin is being urged by Democrats to make the appointment quickly because they need the vote of an additional senator to advance legislation on extending federal unemployment benefits and financial reform. The Senate returns to Washington on Monday.

Once the West Virginia senator is appointed, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has said he will take another vote on a standalone bill extending eligibility for federal unemployment benefits through November to those who have been out of work longer than 26 weeks.

Three previous cloture votes on the bill in the Senate have failed due mainly to Republican opposition of adding the $33 billion cost of the bill to the federal deficit.

Although the last vote attracted the support of the two Republican senators from Maine, a no-vote from Nebraska Democrat Ben Nelson and the death of Byrd still left the vote one shy of the 60-vote super majority needed in the Senate. The newly appointed senator from West Virginia is expected to provide the 60th vote that will advance the bill.

July 9, 2010 at 8:22 pm
(711) Misrepresented says:

My unemployment benefit was cut after 26 weeks. Unable to find work, as the deadline came up I checked repeatedly and was assured that they would automatically file the federal extension; when they did not, they did not tell me. When I asked why my benefits were cut I was told “its not fair” and that they could not address my inquiry at the local level. I was directed to fill in the ‘comments, complaints and suggestions’ form on the state unemployment services website. I did this; I did not expect and did not receive any response from that internet black hole.

When I lost my job I did not immediately apply for unemployment, I waited until I got all the final paperwork from my former employer. If I had filed immediately and without complete information I would have been eligible for an extension, though not knowing how my severance was organized I would have also be guilty of falsifying the application documents. This ‘technicality’ is not a word game, its my life.

I have paid into this system for decades, in good faith that it would protect me if I needed it. An illegal once used my SSN and the IRS demanded I pay their income tax too; it cost more to fight it than to pay it, so I did; no choice. I’m losing faith, fast.

The right wing politicians are spinning me as a burden on others, when in fact it is their fiscal mismanagement of my funds previously entrusted to them which is to blame. I am not demanding others support me, I am demanding what I paid for, or for the justice department to its job and prosecute these crooks.

When I started looking to retrain to get an entry level job in another field I was told that the deadline for assistance with this had passed. Not that this will stop me, but its just such outrageous bureaucratic idiocy to reduce the options of the long term unemployed that I thought it worth mentioning.

The legislature is out of touch and not as wonderful as they think themselves.

July 11, 2010 at 1:02 am
(712) justmeinflorida says:

the reason they are doing this is because they want the unemployment numbers to go down. The way unemployment is counted is by how many people apply for benefits. So why dont people that run out of benefits just keep claiming weeks just like usual? Eventually wont they see that many people are claiming and not receiving? I think its a mistake when your unemployment runs out to stop claiming your weeks. Most people claim weeks online why not just keep claiming them?

July 12, 2010 at 12:51 pm
(713) Interview With Reporter says:

If you’re unemployed and have run out or are about to run out of benefits, a reporter is interested in interviewing you. You can email her at: mamisano@nationaljournal.com if you’re interested.

July 12, 2010 at 3:26 pm
(714) Mark says:


I would like to come on here today and share with you some of the stories and some person experiences I have been through regarding unemployment and the senates lack of care for the american people who are seriously hurting.

Today I have gone on a congress blog and found so many people who have been cut of their benefits because of the senate failing to pass an extension. There are Mothers and Fathers on there who struggle so much that its ruinning their lives. The lives they built are being whiped out by the days gone by. The marriages are being ended due to the stress and more and more parents are taking it out on their kids because they have gone short tempered. I have seen alot more moms and dads come on and talk about committing suicide because they don’t know what else to do. The feel they have fell into a hole so deep that without help they won’t be able to get out. These people are already killing themselves and their inocent children. This is sad. I realise that there are countries in far worst condition but that doesn’t mean that our majority leaders should turn their backs on us. I have seen parents give up their children for adoption because they can no longer care for them. I have 2 babies of my own and never could do what they had done. It would kill me inside. However I understand.

Now I would like to share with you something that has impacted my life and the loss I am dealing with. My best friend was the kindest person I knew. She was a single woman who has always had bad luck with relationships. Usually being cheated on. She worked 2 fulltime jobs and never had any free time but she never once complained. She also had health complications and lost her job due to them. She tried collecting unemployment and was turned down because her doctor made the mistake of checking the wrong box on her doctor sheet. She did everything she could to stay afloat. She would go days without eating a meal. She got lucky and found a job but then after a few weeks lost it because the owner fired her because she wouldn’t sleep with him. She tried fighting it but no proof. She was making 30.00 a day working only weekends and payed 18.00 a day for parking. She had nothing. She was starting to get behind on rent and would be forced to leave her home. She lost her car prior to that. About 3 weeks after being turned down for unemployment and the constant denies from companies and the lack of money she started talking down. She went from being so happy and giggly all the time and always helping someone no matter if she could afford it or not to being depressed and down. Long story short we had found her passed away. We know what she did and it tore us apart. I hope people understand that this is serious. You only get one life. It is up to you to make it what it is. I understand that people are trying so hard to find work. I don’t think you deserve to be made fun of or be told you are lazy.

I seriously hope our president and senators will take a hard look at what is going on today! People aren’t just losing financially but now they are losing their lives. All because they don’t want to vote on something that will keep these poor people afloat for a little bit longer. People like this make me sick to my stomach. My grandparents who have lived through the tough times in europe and russia can say that what our leaders are doing is basically no different they what they did back then. We need to put the politics aside and start saving lives. They say they don’t want to put the bill on our grand kids,well they keep this up and we won’t have grand kids. People will be killing for a few pennies. This isn’t what I want. My kids don’t deserve this,and neither do the people who lost their lives or the ones thinking about ending it all. Please stay safe. Please don’t end your lives. Think of your children. They need you guys! Fight this! Go to local medias. Call the president. Don’t count on voting. You need to do more!

Good luck to you all out there. To the peopel who come on here and say negative things you can shut up! You can thank the lord that you have your job. Because one day you lose your job you will be here just like us! remember that.

July 12, 2010 at 5:19 pm
(715) Dennis A. Bou says:
July 12, 2010 at 5:28 pm
(716) Dennis in NJ says:

All you 99ers out there, this looks promising …. keep your fingers crossed!! Frankly, I’d piss on a spark plug if I thought it would help!

July 12, 2010 at 9:26 pm
(717) Brent says:

Please sign the petition on the link listed below…

Im like so many others.. Was employed for 18 years since graduating high school. Started on the production floor working my way up to management then onto district manager. I actually have my first face to face interview tomorrow and “HOPE” I get the job. But so many others like myself (If I dont get the job tomorrow) need this to stay afloat. And Im like so many others
come November Senator George Voinovich Rep. for Ohio will not be getting my vote or a vote from my spouse. I will speak to every
individual in my family to help VOTE him out of office….



July 13, 2010 at 12:17 am
(718) 99'er says:

@ 2255 Dennis

Just wondering if that article was written by an blogger? If so, I wouldn’t give it much credit to what is written then.

I will say that I can’t look it up because I am at the library using the computer and my time us up on the computer.

July 13, 2010 at 4:58 am
(719) Dennis says:

I have read many comments on here, crying out MARCH!!



weather the bill is passed or not, we NEED to show this Country, the families that this limbo has, and will devastate!

The signing of the bill may be fast approaching, or still may be far off, or even temporary again, but the march still needs to be made, to really show what the vast numbers of PEOPLE really look like!!!
Not just numbers on the news, or in the papers,


A picture is worth a thousand words, RIGHT?

With the numbers of unemployed workers out there, it would create a picture NO ONE, NOT the press, NOT the media, NOT EVEN CONGRESS could ignore!! and many would never forget!!

Since I have heard of no date even proposed, SO I will suggest one.

We have a Holiday coming up, DEADICATED to HONORING our workers, and can NOT think of a BETTER day to demonstrate our dis-satisfaction with the way we’ve been treated by our own government!!

SO LETS CHOOSE A DAY… and make it a day with MEANING!!!


Let’s take our families on a “vacation” to see the Capitol of our states!!

Let’s set records for the largest LABOR DAY picnics EVER!!

LET’S show how creative and resourceful we, the unemployed, really are!!
Show off your prize winning dishes like:
Ramen pasta salad,
(where’s the beef) Bun Burgers,
Condiment Dogs
and any other favorites you can’t NOT afford to come up with

AND KIDS games like:
hungry hungry peopo
name that debt collector
pin the dollar on the shut-off
hide and go-repo
and everyone’s favourite… EVICTION
after all, we can’t let them forget… the KIDS are in this too!!!




IS any other day more fitting?

This IS one party we REALLY NEED to get started!!!

July 13, 2010 at 3:36 pm
(720) Jeff in CA says:


I’m all for it, but September? I think we need to take action much sooner.

July 13, 2010 at 7:20 pm
(721) Carol says:

I would like to see the senators lose thier pay for over a month, See how fast they would stop bickering and pass a bill to get their pay.

July 13, 2010 at 9:38 pm
(722) Miguel in California says:

MSNBC’s The ED Show talks about 99′ers on his show


July 14, 2010 at 10:13 am
(723) Bob Allen says:

The following list is of the Senators blocking the unemployment extension bill. Remember them at the next election.
Alexander (R-TN)
Barrasso (R-WY)
Bennett (R-UT)
Brown (R-MA)
Brownback (R-KS)
Bunning (R-KY)
Burr (R-NC)
Chambliss (R-GA)
Coburn (R-OK)
Cochran (R-MS)
Corker (R-TN)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Crapo (R-ID)
Ensign (R-NV)
Enzi (R-WY)
Graham (R-SC)
Grassley (R-IA)
Gregg (R-NH)
Hatch (R-UT)
Hutchison (R-TX)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Isakson (R-GA)
Johanns (R-NE)
Kyl (R-AZ)
LeMieux (R-FL)
Lugar (R-IN)
McCain (R-AZ)
McConnell (R-KY)
Murkowski (R-AK)
Nelson (D-NE)
Risch (R-ID)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shelby (R-AL)
Thune (R-SD)
Vitter (R-LA)
Voinovich (R-OH)
Wicker (R-MS)

July 14, 2010 at 11:04 am
(724) Disgusted In PA says:

I am in PA and since the extension ended on June 5, 2010 I have not received any deposits into my acct. The last one was 06/10/10. Yes I have rent, utilities, car insurance and copays for my daughters prescriptions and Dr. appts that she needs monthly and now we are running out of coal to heat our hot water. I called the unemployment office they told me to go to the welfare office, I called there and they told me to sit back and wait. They have jobs they don’t care. I have been searching for a job since November 2008 and still nothing. I can’t even get a job at the local Sheetz they said I am not qualified. I worked in offices for almost 20 years so I guess I am overqualified but anything at this point will keep food on the table and pay for my daughters medicine every month.

July 14, 2010 at 1:34 pm
(725) tiamo4ever says:

just called my (Ohio) unemployment office, just to make sure, IF, the extension goes through, how and when we file as I did on-line. She told me i should have been filing on the (TELEPHONE) since my benefits ran out and this extension was being hashed in Congress. She filed for the week of July 10th, and told me i could not go back retro-spect when my benefits ended on June 30. HUH ??? SHE SAID everyone was telephoned with a message to file by TELEPHONE until the extension was granted, IF AT ALL……received a confirmation code for the 10th.

July 14, 2010 at 4:01 pm
(726) Susan says:

I do not get it…We the people are in trouble. We have lost our jobs by no fault of our own, we are unable to find work since it has been proven that alot of companies are not even considering unemployed people during hiring, and we have gone through most of all of our savings to try and keep a roof over our families head and food on the table. The only place for us to turn is our government and many of them do not seem to care. We the people have paid into the system our whole lifes and now when we need the system to help us, they are calling it quits. What are the unemployed and most of all the 99ers supposed to do ?????

July 15, 2010 at 6:58 am
(727) vladimir says:

Well I did not get the job at Target :( what I did get was 4 rejections this week. I am so down. I was told in my pass history I made to much money your to over qualify for this job! All i want to do is work! I am stressing out, dont want to lose my house. checks keep bouncing! Called unemployment yesterday, they explained to me that since I live in Texas, our unemployment is low! so in this case we only have 3 tiers. after you exhausted your third tier! your no longer eligible for no more funds. even if congress passes it again. (unemployment is too low?) yes thats why I am still with out work! well its not here or there, I just dont know what to do! I know that I could do what every job. I was sitting in a agency yesterday, and need to make a call. No cell phone since I cant afford it. but all five people their! still have a cell phone ! well I guess I still have internet ! no different.what depress me was I was not good enough to work at Target cleaning the bathroom and pushing cart! but all the young people there, dressed w/there shirts are all out , hair all over the place! and I have over 20 yrs customer service :(

July 16, 2010 at 12:45 am
(728) 99'er says:

Any new updates or new news for the 99″ers of of today?

July 16, 2010 at 2:38 pm
(729) Liz says:

I want to know: What is up with the UNEMPLOYMENT EXTENSION on the SENATE plate, if it does not include a TIER 5 extension and a COBRA assistance plan. These people are in dire need of assistance. It is not their fault they got laid off and their families should not become homeless while we build in HAITI or other countries. DO NOT GET ME WRONG; I WANT TO HELP ALL; BUT WE SHOULD HELP OUR OWN PEOPLE FIRST

July 17, 2010 at 9:27 am
(730) Jay Stone says:

99′ers. On Tuesday, July 20th, everyone take the day off from job seeking and flood your representitive’s office with phone calls demanding passage of tier 5 benefits.

Be polite, but assure them that if tier 5 benefits are not passed immediately, you will vote against them in November, no matter who they run against.

Your representitives’ phone numbers are in the blue pages in the phone book. Remember, everyone do this on July 20th.

July 17, 2010 at 12:46 pm
(731) Michael Dane says:

If you have used up over 52 weeks of unemployment benefits then you are one lazy SOB. I’ve worked for over 30 years and in that time i’ve have maybe taken 2 months of unemplyment and that was over 25 years ago. You people who sit on your ass with your hand out for a year need to get off the government “tit” get your hands to work. Mow lawns, dig ditches, work at walmart, slop pigs, cleans floors or pick fruit. Do something…. it will give you back your pride and sense of self worth (the gov’t can’t) Remember… anything the government “gives you”, they took from someone else.

July 17, 2010 at 9:28 pm
(732) Hop says:

Just became unemployed on June 15, 2010. Ca said my benefits are good till June 11, 2011. Just recieved my 3rd check today. Getting $450 per week. Who are the 99′ers? Do I qualify for the 99 weeks or do I need to wait for Senate to approve extension? I’m 58 and never collected UI. Where do I stand right now with my claim. I hope to hang in there till I’m 62 but having hard time finding employment in my field where I never had problems finding work but nothing available. Do I qualify for federal extention right now if I can’t find work in next year?

July 18, 2010 at 1:02 am
(733) Everybody on this board says:

post from another site with a great idea…

Need Everyone’s Help – CALL LEGISLATORS STARTING Monday, July 19, 2010

From the group that created and signed the recent letter delivered to Pres O via Gibbs:

Good morning all…the 99er’s need your help please. As you all know, it is pretty conclusive that the bill will be passed next week sometime. We have been fighting to get an amendment added for a Tier 5 and have been told that isn’t going to happen. Now we have to move to plan B.

Starting Monday we need everyone to call Reid, Pelosi and Obama and let them know that NO VACATION until something is done to help the 99ers. Harry Reid 202-224-3542, Pelosi 202-225-0100, Obama 202-456-1111.

Also calls made to the following asking them to write up a bill and bring it to the floor to help the 99ers. These people have all agreed to helping but none of them are taking the initiative to bring legislation to the floor.

Chuck Schumer 202-224-6542 Sen Franken 202-224-5641, Sen Merkley 202-224-3753 Deb Stabenow 202-224-4822 Sherrod Brown 202-… See More224-2315 Shelley Berkely 202-225-5965 Dina Titus 202-225-3252 Sen Whitehouse 202-224-2921 and the 800 switchboard number if you don’t have long distance 1-800-962-3542.

Please do what you can to help, the 99ers have been without any income for almost 6 months now. many have already lost everything they own. We have been leading this fight of extensions for everyone since the fight for Tier 3 and 4. We went months without income, never given retroactive. never offered Cobra. The 99ers need everyones help desperately and quickly to stop Congress and the Senate from leaving until something is done to help. Thanks so much for everyone who is willing.


CNN takes phoned-in, emailed, & iReports on various topics not just the ones that they list. We can deluge them with requests to help the 99ers.


Scroll down to ‘Your Views’.

July 18, 2010 at 9:51 am
(734) vladimir says:

well i had s4 rejections this week! even Target. I did not qualified. I will continue to try and see what else is out their. Just found out that Texas has the lowest unemployment so I was informed that I will not qualified for any more extensions. no incoming coming in , no job, no one to hire me! I have medications i need to buy, no way to pay my mortgage ! not sure what I am going to do!!!! Wish every one best of luck!

July 18, 2010 at 10:21 am
(735) Daniel says:

Dear Senators

I am a 54 year old Mexican-American, Arizona State resident and United States Citizen, my ancestors, family and I have worked hard here, and I need you to vote for a Tier 5 Unemployment extension. I need this extension to pay my mortgage. Please note that of the 99 weeks I have been out of full time work that I have worked 26 of those weeks as a part time worker. During that time I earned as little as $200 a week (less money than I have earned in my whole life). My unemployment check (at that time) was $186 a week. This means I made $0 dollars in unemployment benefits for the 26 week period. Please also understand that if I could find a job I would work it. You on the other hand have a job (a good paying job) so do your job and pass a bill that will benefit not only me but millions of unemployed hard working and deserving Americans!


Daniel E. Reyes III, M.S.

July 18, 2010 at 3:23 pm
(736) Hop says:

Nope. The 99 weeks is a thing of the past now. I live in Ca where unemployment is still over 12% and my neighbor just informed me he gets no federal extenstion after full year of state benefits. Our county rate is at 14.6%. It will get very ugly soon. Even if your state is a high unemployment state no extenstion for us. If economy doesn’t improve in next 6-12 months and rates remain high I’m afraid to see how our standard of living will be. Thank God I saved the last 20 years with home paid off. I pray for all our young Americans who are struggling. Even with these low housing cost we can’t get mortgages.

July 19, 2010 at 11:22 am
(737) Jeff in CA says:

Well, moments ago President Obama spoke on behalf of the unemployed. He stood with three unemployed individuals, in the Rose Garden, and explained each of their situations. There was no specific mention of the 99′ers, but he did stress the importance of the bill, mentioned it was a time to put the election aside, and pushed for congress to have it passed.

July 19, 2010 at 12:59 pm
(738) Tina Macoubrie says:

All I can say is why is the government doing this to the working people! It isn’t our fault the wealthy got greedy which lead to the economy tanking! What about taking from the WELFARE – WOW WHAT A CONCEPT! these people haven’t had their checks stopped, what is wrong with this picture, anyone? anyone? They have never paid into unemployment, hell all the have done is take from the government! How about they get that under control before you start messing with the working people. WTF!

July 19, 2010 at 2:30 pm
(739) Crystal in CA says:


President Obama Speaking on the urgent need to extend unemployment insurance for the millions of Americans who are out of work. Watch live at 10:30 a.m. ET.

July 19, 2010 at 3:27 pm
(740) Keith says:

This is bad! no jobs anywhere people are stealing everything that is not nailed down. And republicans are stopping unemployment extension’s because all of a sudden rich people care about deficits. They did not care about deficits when they where running the show and there still picking what spending is paid for.What I would like to see is a poll a good believable poll of the unemployed. what do want from government? who do you blame for the mess we are in? A little help Alison?

July 19, 2010 at 5:41 pm
(741) Miguel in California says:

60 votes in place, Dems ready to extend jobs money


Yet, NOT a word about help for the 99′ers. I so sick of this crap.

July 19, 2010 at 7:08 pm
(742) Michael says:

I am currently a student in a jr. college trying to pay bills and keep food on the table. My unemployment now has run out. I would just like a little help. I have never asked anyone for help before.

July 19, 2010 at 8:15 pm
(743) ola says:

Screw the Republicans and their politics, playing with peoples lives. I hope all the republicans in congress and their families loose their jobs and investments (they are cursed!!!) and dont have jobs until this economy they screwed up in the first place gets fixed.

July 19, 2010 at 8:43 pm
(744) Tom in Fla says:

Ola- I dont think we should be wishing pain on people simply because we dont agree with them. I would offer that the Dems are not as pure as your post implies, there were plenty of Repubs that said they would vote for a extension if it was paid for. Scott Brown offered such a plan as recently as last week (per below). There has been room for compromise here for weeks. It appears to me the party in power wanted a issue instead of a extension.


July 19, 2010 at 9:16 pm
(745) Red Neck 99'er says:

@ (2284) Tom in Fla

Where were the Repubs when they voted for the two wars, Haiti’s and other counties aid, IF THEY CARE SO MUCH NOW if unemployment was paid for. They don’t give a hoot about spending money then and now when it is time to help one of our own in need they turn their backs on us.

Both parties suck and both parties needs to be voted out.

July 20, 2010 at 1:10 am
(746) Tom in Fla says:

You might have a point there RN, I would just add that prior bad behavior doesnt justify more bad behavior, the repubs havnt had a majority in Congress for almost 4 years, and both parties voted for the “wars” (those votes were more bi-partisan than the Health Care vote).

Also the “guys” in charge havent done anything to change the War footing, and the sausage king of Chicago campaigned on ramping up one war and he has done so, his chief lieutenant from Delaware said on a Sunday show that there was basically no deadline for withdrawl.

I think that it was unfortuante that the Prez’s teleprompter monday gave a inaccurate picture at best of the legislative predicment that EUC has found itself in.

I think EUC is on track to pass this week and Im glad that it is, but your government simply swiped the credit card when it had other options. As someone said today, the need for EUC extension is something everybody agrees on, if they cant agree to pay for it, how are they ever going to make progress on the remainder of the budget mess?

July 20, 2010 at 1:53 am
(747) Hop says:

I’m confused. If the senate approves the extension tomorrow what exactly does it do? Does it give an extra 12-20 weeks of UI? Does it add a Tier V? What about us just unemployed folks who are still on our state rolls. Will we be able to collect Tier’s I through V when our state benefits run out. They need to come up with a more permanate plan. I mean I hope to be at work soon but if not would I still be able to collect the federal extension next year???? I’m new at this.

July 20, 2010 at 2:40 am
(748) Hop says:

UI Benefits Provided This Recession UI Claims Maximum Weeks of Benefits Provided Deadline for Starting This UI Claim
Regular UI Claim Up to 26 weeks of benefits Once someone becomes unemployed
1st Tier of Federal Extension Up to 20 weeks of benefits May 23, 2010
2nd Tier of Federal Extension Up to 14 weeks of benefits May 30, 2010
3rd Tier of Federal Extension Up to 13 weeks of benefits May 30, 2010
4th Tier of Federal Extension Up to 6 weeks of benefits May 30, 2010
Separate FED-ED Extension


Up to 99 weeks of benefits June 6, 2010, last payable week is June 12, 2010

Here is an example of a potential impact without further Congressional action on the federal extensions:

A worker who’s been unemployed for about 15 straight months: After running out of regular UI benefits and then a first extension tier of benefits, the individual is now 12 weeks into a full 14-week second extension tier. The individual will be able to collect two more weeks of extension benefits if they remain unemployed and otherwise eligible. But there will be no further extension benefits available after that (no 3rd or 4th extension tier or FED-ED) without further Congressional action.
Impact on Those on a FED-ED Extension Claim
The FED-ED extension program operates a bit differently. Based on the laws governing this program, California does not qualify for this extension in the absence of further Congressional action. That means the last payable week of FED-ED benefits is the week ending June 12, 2010. EDD cannot issue any more FED-ED benefit checks even if someone may have a balance left on their full FED-ED claim. One example:

A worker who’s been unemployed for a few months short of two years: After running out of regular UI and four tiers of extension benefits, the individual is two weeks into a full 20-week FED-ED extension. They’ve received a check for the time they’ve spent unemployed through June 12, 2010, but no further checks can be issued even though there’s a balance of 18 weeks left on the FED-ED claim.
Until further notice, FED-ED claimants should continue to submit their claim forms as they normally would. If Congress eventually acts and remaining benefits can be paid retroactively, EDD will automatically pay claimants for any weeks for which they are eligible.

For Those Who’ve Collected Their Maximum Total of Benefits
As of July 12, 2010, more than 147,000 claimants in California have collected the maximum amount of unemployment benefits available. This number will continue to grow because at this time, Congress is not considering adding any further weeks of benefits to the 99-week maximum.

EDD is providing information about other resources and services that can help these unemployed workers if they need additional assistance. They are receiving information about local One-Stop Career Centers that provide job search and training assistance, state and local social assistance programs to help families with everything from cash aid to food stamps and child care, and WEConnect resources to connect families with other valuable services.

Employer Extended Benefit Cost
The Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) extended benefits, which consists of four tiers of benefits, are entirely federally-funded. This means California employers will not be charged for any EUC extended benefits paid to claimants. Payments made on the separate Federal-State Extended Duration (FED-ED) extensions, which are also referred to as Extended Benefit (EB) extensions, are currently entirely federally-funded for most employers. This means that most employers (mainly tax-rated ones) will not be charged for any benefits paid to claimants on FED-ED extensions filed with an effective date of May 30, 2010, or before. However, governmental entities, federally-recognized Indian Tribes, and a few other entities as outlined below, are always charged for 100 percent of FED-ED extension benefits paid. If additional federal legislation is not signed in June to extend the full funding of the FED-ED program, tax-rated employers will be charged for 100 percent of FED-ED extension benefits for the first week, and 50 percent for each week thereafter, on FED-ED extensions filed with an effective date after May 30, 2010.

View the Employer Extended Benefit Cost Web page for more information about employers’ charges on EUC and FED-ED extensions filed with an effective date of May 30, 2010, or before.

We at EDD believe it’s very important to keep our Unemployment Insurance customers informed of developments so they know what to expect with their benefits. You are encouraged to monitor this Web site for further updates. You can also sign up for our Twitter messages so you are alerted as soon as any new information is posted on our Web site.
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What in the heck does all this mean? If approval comes tomorrow what can I expect for future FED-Ed extensions once my state runs out on June 11,2011. Will I get all Tiers (or as you call it 99 weeks with new extension) Possibility of a Tier V too. How long does Tier V go for if approved? 12-20 weeks perhaps. That seems the problem with most folks who have run out. I don’t see even additional 20 weeks to fix the problem. I know it seems crazy but millions more still won’t find work in 3-4 months in this economy.

My regualar benefits run out June 11,2011. After that date I must relay on the FED-ED extensions Tiers. I think in my case I will need the senate to continue to approve these extensions every couple of months or I hope they stop making it so complicated.
Personally I say let the states pay for the year and feds to pay for max of 2 years. That should give us plenty of time to find something.

July 20, 2010 at 8:25 am
(749) vladimir says:

Just saw the news ! and the 99ers seems to be out of luck!in the news there saying that President Obama should cut cost some were else!!!! Well President why not start with the senators cut their pay for 2 years while we wait for US gets better. come Nov we should not vote!s. not sure what I am going to do. my phone ring with bill collectors and no jobs.

July 20, 2010 at 10:03 am
(750) Keith says:

Poll the unemployed!! for god sake even the Iraqi’s get polled and the media has never done a poll on the unemployed?

July 20, 2010 at 3:28 pm
(751) Janine says:
July 20, 2010 at 3:55 pm
(752) Hop says:

This is just peachy. But what happens in November? What about the newly unemployed who are still on regular state benefits and those who just started the most recent FED-ED tiers? I think anyone who has just become unemployed should get get all tiers as our older unemployed comrades. The republicans will take control of the house and senate most likely in November and they will never allow another extension once this one expires.

July 20, 2010 at 4:20 pm
(753) 99'er says:

@ 2291

Finally for you all folks, that’s great news. But nothing for us 99′ers that don’t have a dime.

I am happy for you folks but sad and down for us 99′ers that don’t have anything. There is no light for us 99′ers. Nobody and I mean Nobody cares for us 99′ers. LIfe really sucks.

July 20, 2010 at 4:31 pm
(754) Jeff in CA says:


That wasn’t the first time I read you mention not to vote in November. That’s what you DO NOT want to do. If you can vote, vote! Vote in favor of whatever action you want to take place.

If you have a voice, use it. That’s what the democratic process is about. By not voting, you are not voicing your opinion, contributing to the process and being counted. You want change? Let them know. You’re just sitting while the ship is sinking. Grab a pail.

July 20, 2010 at 4:44 pm
(755) Keith says:

Poll the unemployed let the unemployed have a voice!!

July 20, 2010 at 5:30 pm
(756) Long Term 99'er says:
July 20, 2010 at 7:13 pm
(757) Mike in CA says:

I have received 3-4 weeks of fed-ed when I was cut off. Does this bill allow me to continue with the fed-ed?

July 20, 2010 at 7:25 pm
(758) Hop says:

I haven’t read all the fine details of this new extension but I was talking to my neighbor who is also recently unemployed. He said this new bill will now give 126 weeks. I’m assuming a new tier will come. I know they are taking away the extra $25 weeks but I can live with that. I’m constantly searching on this and hopefully I will have some good news for even the 99′ers who think they are through.

July 20, 2010 at 7:30 pm
(759) Jeff in CA says:
July 20, 2010 at 8:56 pm
(760) Hop says:

Sorry. No tier V. No extra $25 per week. Extension only applies to people whose UI was stopped in June no matter what tier you where on. In other words if you have just become unemployed your benefits stop at end of your limit unless you are still entitled to FED-ED. This is only a short term bandaid. Unless another extension is approved in November it will not be a very Merry Christmas to most of us. Minumim wage jobs are hard to find as well. Hopefully someone has better news to post regarding this extension. The unemployed will really be backing up in 4 months. Although this is good news for some of you next year looks very bleak.
I was hoping that a more permanate bill would of been passed. In high unemployment states the state would take care of first year. Then the feds would pick up the tab the following 2 years. This only applies to high unemployment states. Allow only 1 year of FED-ED for lower state rates. I hope I’m wrong.
Do these Federal tiers apply anymore? I’ve seached everywhere and can’t find answers.
If you think it is bad now wait till Christmas time.

July 20, 2010 at 11:27 pm
(761) Miguel in California says:
July 21, 2010 at 2:23 am
(762) Jay in KENTUCKY says:

It’s nice to see the media acknowledging there’s ‘no hope’ for the 99er’s. Now, if someone in Washington would actually get off their cigar-stained asses and do something about it.

July 21, 2010 at 12:03 pm
(763) Dinky says:

No Tier 5 in this bill passed? Do we still have a chance for a Tier 5?

July 21, 2010 at 2:48 pm
(764) Jay in KENTUCKY says:

Not any time soon. November will be the next time they even take a look at things and consider it. By then, anyone still unable to find work will have been without a check for as long as 7 months.

You can talk about rallies and marches, and sending letters to your congressmen and otherwise — but the bottom line is they do not care and won’t be looking at the matter again till November. And even then, there is no guarantee anything will be done. There is some fantasy belief that jobs are coming back. BULLSH*T! My IT resume screams HIRE THIS GUY. I have applied at seven different staffing companies and have even applied for pizza delivery at five different places. My phone has yet to ring with an actual job offer. Just a bunch of run around hoopla. The job market is DEAD.

Anyone with the gall to disagree is either not paying attention, doesn’t have to work, or is an idiot.

July 21, 2010 at 3:41 pm
(765) MA says:

i just called the harrisburg republicans bout the delay, an she said if it passes tomorow an obama signs it friday it could take another month before the money comes in…

July 21, 2010 at 3:44 pm
(766) Jerry says:

I here ya. I’m in my 50′s. Getting a job is practically, impossible. When I first got laid off I went immediately to apply for re-training. They dropped the ball 3 times while I did everything I was supposed to do. They simply did not turn my paperwork in. 3 times! When I finally got into class I immediately realized that this school would teach me or offer me nothing for my time and money(yes…MY money. Almost 40 yrs worth). I told WIA this and they simply did nothing. Wouldn’t allow me to change schools or anything. They send you to schools without making any effort to find out if it’s worth our tax dollars. What does that tell you? When I finally completed my worthless schooling they cut me off. Now I’m so broke I don’t have money to go out to an interview in my car with no insurance and no brakes because I have no money to fix them, even myself (do my own repair). I even gambled my last check looking for work in a neighboring state. No luck. Good luck Kentuckians…you will need it.

July 21, 2010 at 4:06 pm
(767) Hyderabad jobs says:

Thanks for the latest update.

July 21, 2010 at 4:09 pm
(768) ola says:

Everyone should vote! vote! vote! vote in november. Make your voices heard, they don’t read these blogs. They dont care.They go home in their luxury cars (or private jets) to their big mansions, sleep in their expensive beds, they dont care. They all have investments in all the big companies and crap that brought this country to what it is today. All they care is about the $milions of dollars they make.See how they fought healthcare reform while they and their families have 5 star heathcare, see how they are fighting everything that will help the middle class survive. I started a group in my area to make people aware of whats going on, you can start yours too,SHOW THAT YOU ARE SICK AND TIRED OF THIS, MAKE SURE THAT IN NOVEMBER YOU, YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY MEMBERS VOTE!!! MAKE YOUR VOICES HEARD!!!

July 21, 2010 at 4:20 pm
(769) Jerry says:

I have been screaming that to the high heavens for years. Voter apathy in this Corporate – State (we are no longer a “Nation – State”)is absolutely shameful. If people don’t stand up and start voting out incumbents on both sides of the aisle this election I will never say another word. Just for the record…their are more than 2 political parties in the Corporate States of America.

July 21, 2010 at 4:25 pm
(770) Deb says:

I am not up for unemployment anymore – i took a job didnt work and i quit so i cant get unemployment but because the job was so short – i didnt get health through them and i am still on COBRA but its a challenge with them not even looking at extending the COBRA deduction. i will now have to pay 450.00 a month instead of the 167.00 im in massachusetts – if anyone knows if this will be coming up for a vote on extending COBRA – i dont understand why it wasnt considered in this vote this week. millions of people will be unable to afford the premium and taking meds and going to doc apmt will be in serious jeopardy unless they get instantly rich or they vote on extending COBRA – they usually vote on both unemployment and COBRA – weird?

July 21, 2010 at 4:29 pm
(771) T in MA says:

Congratulations for all of you who now have their benefits extended. But now it’s time to stand up and be counted. Remember how you felt when your benefits were cut off? Now imagine how all of us millions of 99ers feel right now because our ELECTED officials did not pass the Tier 5 unemployment extension. Guess what folks. It’s only a few weeks away for you who will also become another 99er! Only a fraction of you will get a job by then. Are you going to wait until you reach that point before you take action? Guess what, it will be to late by then. All unemployed need to demand a Tier 5 extension now. Tell your elected senators and congressman to implement this action now. After all, We elect these politicians to carry out what we wish our Government to do. The job market is not expected to become plentiful at all in 2010 or even 2011. So all Unemployed Americans, 99ers as well need to flood the white house with the demand for any and all extensions it takes to keep American citizens afloat until jobs are plentiful again. Demand the President to issue an Executive Order to pass a Tier 5 or even a Tier 6 and 7 and 8 if that’s what it takes to keep the American People alive and be able to keep their homes and feed their families. How are we going to pay for this the politicians ask? Here are a few suggestions. Have all the companies that our tax dollars paid to bail out give back 1% of what they received. Stop the war. Better yet, since we are already over there, take control of the Oil Fields and let the profits of the Oil Fields pay for the war so our tax dollars can pay to support all the unemployed US citizens! This is what Bush said would happen right from the start of the war! Take back all the money we have given to other countries as well as call in all the loans we have given to other countries. Interest free if that’s what it takes to get our American Money Back! That alone would reduce our Deficit substantially! Cut in half every politician’s money for travel expense, security coverage expense, campaign expense and Income and put it into a fund for the unemployed. Have all the bottle companies that have a surplus of income for bottles and cans not returned plus the interest they are making on that money sitting in an account. This bottle return policy was to help recycle and clean the planet. Not increase revenue for the bottle companies. Increase the taxes for the wealthy in this country that have received so many liberties for so long. I’m sure many other Americans can find and figure out ways how to come up with the money to supplement unemployment. Let’s have an accountant go through the White and Capital Hill books and see if our own Government is managing money just like the IRS would expect us to manage money? This country has been in a deficit since it started and that will never change. But for our elected officials to not do what it takes to keep Americans afloat is just what the President said. “Criminal Politics”. All of us who are unemployed right now, and even the employed as it won’t be long before you are unemployed, should make a note to remind themselves of just how our elected officials have acted right now. All of the unemployed, and employed since you could easily become unemployed as the economy gets worse, should be overwhelming the White House and Capital Hill daily with letters, phone calls and emails.

July 21, 2010 at 4:58 pm
(772) Martha says:

Republicans seem to be continuing their cruel tactics against the unemployed.
If you keep voting right winger they will destroy the middle class of America. !!!And finally they will destroy America!!
They are mean spirited, with the poor and middle class, we are not in their plans, and they only get the vote and salary from the ultra-right winger fanatic and the multimillions corporations. We, the people, the middle class, must and should stop and destroy the Republican Party, is our fight and our patriotic and civil obligation, they came for us, they already take away our job outside of this country. Please wake up friends!!!
Last night on the Ed Schultz show he was talking about us, the 99s



July 21, 2010 at 5:37 pm
(773) janine in ca says:

Im confussed. Do they consider 99 weeks even if you are on a new claim. I had a claim 9-08 my first. I do work temporary. Than a new claim in 9-09- 9-10 with a different mount of money. Do they add the claims all together or yearly. Anyone who knows please advise

July 21, 2010 at 6:06 pm
(774) Hop says:

I honestly pray for some of you struggling without benefits. I believe God will provide for your basic needs if you honestly seek him. I know most feel God has forgotton you but he is there and cares for each and everyone one us. You need to trust him. I know, I have gotton very angry at times thinking he didn’t care. Please just have a little faith. I pray everyday for those who are worried.

If your young or even in your 40′s please reevaluate your conditions if your working. Try to live on 50% of your earnings. This is what I did when I turned 30. I started with only $2000 a year then was saving 30% in my late 40′s and early 50′s. I didn’t have to but always planned for times like these. I never thought I would be unemployed with my qualifications but here I am no work and most likely no jobs. Friends and family thought I was a miser while they were out buying large homes and toys. Sure I could of too but loved my security. Now they are all saying I was smart doing what I did. We can’t turn the clock back but we can start fresh. Hopefully in 5-10 years America has learned its lesson. I don’t strive any longer for a big house and earthly possessions. This is not my home here on earth but only a preparation for my eternal life where we all must focus on.
Again I have all you on this site in my prayers that you will get through this.

July 21, 2010 at 6:31 pm
(775) Dinky says:

VOTE them all out in Nov. VOTE out both parities since they both are useless. I have no income and I am a 99′er also.

I am Not lazy but a long shot. Even Mc Donald’s won’t give me a job they told me they will call me which they never did. I went in and ask why they never called me and the manager said I am over qualified. I ask the manager how in the world would a person be over qualified to flip burgers. The manager didn’t have a answer to my question.

I just want a job any kind of job I don’t care what it is. I gave up my pride along time ago. I just want to work.

July 21, 2010 at 7:47 pm
(776) Surviver says:

Truly these are tough times. America has had its share of dark days such as these. The American people will prevail. We have such short memories. Just nearly 9 years ago I’ve never seen such a country pull together. It was very emotional time for me. I was actually flying to Kiev, Ukraine to meet a women on 9-11 and was shocked to see what was happening back home. I wasn’t able to call home for 3-4 days to let everyone know I was OK but knew I was coming home to a renewed country. I actually married that women and she believes in the American dream and somehow always finds work. She said she is so lucky to live here with all the opportunities. I was in the Navy during Vietnam and still glad to live here after seeing how others live in other countries. I know it’s tough now but I believe most of us will get through it. Lets not forget our past.


July 21, 2010 at 8:11 pm
(777) John says:

@ (2316) Surviver

With all respect to you, is blog/board is more of unemployment information and networking site.

Your post has nothing to relate to unemployment. Please focus on unemployment related issues and not other topics that are not related to unemployment.

July 21, 2010 at 9:00 pm
(778) Surviver says:

Sorry. I guess I didn’t mention I was too unemployed. Doubt if I can find a job soon also. Was trying to keep everything in perspective with the rest of the world.

July 21, 2010 at 10:05 pm
(779) Adam says:

I think Congress needs to get back to work on Thursday and Friday and use the rest of the 34 billion dollars of Stimulus money and use it for a bill for the rest of the unemployed 99ers. That is what should be used next to help out these Americans who have been out of work. Use this money for a Tier 5 or 6.

July 21, 2010 at 10:39 pm
(780) mathew says:

I give you kudos,but let your write up be more focus on unemployment. Thanks.

July 21, 2010 at 10:41 pm
(781) Question to you 99ers says:

If you long term unemployed are so desperate why don’t you join the military? Pay, insurance, pension… What else could you ask for? Suck it up and do it for your families if you really mean it.

July 21, 2010 at 10:59 pm
(782) Liz D says:

If they don’t include an EXTENSION FOR THE 99ers and FINANCIAL HELP with COBRA then they have left a WHOLE BIG BUNCH OF AMERICANS CITIZENS in a crunch. We can’t pay our monthly bills so we surely can’t afford $400.00 for Cobra health insurance. We are even at a point being homeless with nothing to eat, that we have to pay for city transportation to find a job while our spouse and children live in the car.

Also, I think that it is really sad we are giving money to Mexico, Haiti, Pakistan and other countries while our own citizens are out of work due to a recession in their own country and when they turn on the news they hear; Congress approved XXXX billions to go out of the country to help others. I just heard they approved 7.5 BILLION to go to Pakistan to assist with their economy and they won’t even help their own country.


July 21, 2010 at 11:26 pm
(783) Scared says:

There is a year waiting list for the military. Tier V must be extended. I am Tier one but it’s breaking my heart imagining what they are going through. Please keep writing to the President and write to Oprah and ask her to do a show on it. People may not like her but she has power.

July 21, 2010 at 11:48 pm
(784) Mikey in Cali says:

Can someone help answer my question? I received my last unemployment check on July 10, 2010. It said I exhausted all of my benefits but may qualify for additional benefits and it will be automatically filed for me. When I called the lady said that it depends on the date congress sets if I get to jump on to the second extension, as I was put on my first one late may of this year. She also said if it passes I should have over37 weeks left on ym claim but she couldn’t say as at the time the bill didn’t pass. I have been unemployed a total of 58 weeks but not straight, I took a job for 4 months and then got laid off, and I do meet the requirements to receive the 475 a week here in california. Any suggestions or help would be so appreciated as I am anxious as we all are…Thanks so much again for taking your time, I am praying for everyone, even the ones with jobs who say not to extend it, I think they just don’t get how hard it is to get a interview let alone a job…

July 22, 2010 at 12:04 am
(785) Regina Alexander says:

I’m glad the extension was passed, but don’t forget the 99′ers, don’t disappear, keep supporting the 99′ers
!!VOTE OUT THE REPUBLICANS IN NOVEMBER!! Please sign the petition @change.org http://humanrights.change.org/petitions/view/vote_out_the_republicans_in_november

July 22, 2010 at 2:44 am
(786) Miguel in California says:

Senator Debbie Stabenow from Michigan told Ed Schultz on the Ed show today they were working on something for the 99ers


July 22, 2010 at 3:10 am
(787) Linda says:

I have seen some very sad stories here as well as excellent suggestions. Illinois has already voted down any extensions. Additionally, Illinois is only one of two states that integrates Unemployment with Social Security.

I am going to take Comment #15 and follow those instructions.

Then I am going look at Comment #20 and all the others with some good ideas as well.

If you scroll back to top you can see that Alison provided a link to find your find your own reps/senators phone and email. Many people took the time include in their post even – thank you! I copied all of the blog and 2300 (almost 300 pages) of comments thus far (cut and pasted into Word Doc. saved it) and I am going to email this all my reps/senators and people Tony listed out in Comments 20. And have them take a look at JUST ONE BLOG.

Then I will call my own reps and remind them November, is just around the corner. If not this year, I am sure not going to forget at election time. One comment I read in the blog, said they were told “no one is complaining.” I can’t believe government employees! Oh, I forgot, they still have jobs, let us eat cake! Talk about out of touch. Let’s ask our reps just what are they doing about it. I know we can find out how the voting goes, but ask anyway, how do they justify this, are they about to loose their home, become another homeless statistic? What are doing for the people that elected them?

REMBER HOWARD BEALE in the movie, Network?

… It’s like everything everywhere is going crazy, so we don’t go out any more. We sit in the house, and slowly the world we’re living in is getting smaller, and all we say is, “Please, at least leave us alone in our living rooms. Let me have my toaster and my TV and my steel-belted radials, and I won’t say anything. Just leave us alone.”
…Well, I’m not going to leave you alone.
…I want you to get mad!
…All I know is that first, you’ve got to get mad.
…You’ve gotta say, “I’m a human being, goddammit! My life has value!”
…So, I want you to get up now. I want all of you to get up out of your chairs. I want you to get up right now and go to the window, open it, and stick your head out and yell,
…”I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!!”

July 22, 2010 at 5:13 am
(788) Mia says:

To the person that suggested the military. I thought of that. Unfortunately I don’t qualify because of my medical history. I bet others don’t qualify because of age limits : (
But it is a good idea for some. I know I would have tried to join if I could

July 22, 2010 at 8:39 am
(789) Brent says:

I’ve tried hiring 12 welders and general laborers in the last few weeks and ended up going through a temp service to find anyone. Once this was signed yesterday all but one decided not to show up to work. We need to stop extending this so that people will have to go back to work. Who are we kidding. 99% of the unemployed aren’t working because we keep paying them not to work.

July 22, 2010 at 12:32 pm
(790) Sean says:

what a dbag you are Brent, must be nice to have the luxury of being a boss/ owner of a company and sitting on your high horse looking down on all of us “people that are sitting around collecting another check”. Its people like you that I wish I could confront in the street, then we could see how critical you are in person

July 22, 2010 at 1:00 pm
(791) Robert says:

About post # 2329 Brent

Folks don’t spend your time on a right wing, tea party republican who has nothing to do but troll on blogs and boards.

We have to be focus and not taken away from those trolls that have no life and never will.

July 22, 2010 at 1:03 pm
(792) Peter F Lothrop says:

This is great for the people who have lost their jobs recently and they deserve the help that will get.

The problem is that this extension does NOTHING for the people who need it the most. The people who have been on unemployment for the longest period of time. These are the people who have exhausted all their savings, retirement funds, and may have drained all funds that their families have to help them with.

Everyone knows (With exception of the senate) how bad the job market is. If it wasn’t so bad these people who have been out the longest would probably have jobs by now.

So our wonderful leaders have done NOTHING to help the people who need it the most, big surprise. I guess if we were funding their campaign they would help us like they did the banks and big business, but if we could do that we would not need their help.

July 22, 2010 at 1:08 pm
(793) Dinky says:

The Washington Independent
White House: We’ll Push for Another Unemployment Extension in November
By Annie Lowrey 7/20/10 8:58 AM

Yesterday, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs indicated that President Obama might push for another unemployment extension in November, when the extension the Senate plans to authorize today expires.

The Senate is taking a cloture vote today, and hopes to push through a majority-rules vote as soon as possible thereafter. The House needs to then approve the bill, which finally goes to President Obama’s desk to be signed into law. The reauthorization of benefits will extend retroactively to June 2, when 300,000 people a week started to be dropped from the rolls, until Nov. 30. The benefits will aid people who have been unemployed for more than six months in states with unemployment over 8 percent, providing up to 99 weeks of benefits.

Sam Stein at Huffington Post writes that, at a daily press conference yesterday, Gibbs argued the unemployment rate will likely be no better in November, meaning that the White House might push for more benefits:

Gibbs defended the president’s approach, calling unemployment benefits “emergency spending” at a time when the unemployment rate is 9.5 percent. Asked whether that same mindset would hold true at the end of November, when the soon-to-be-passed round of unemployment benefits expire, Gibbs replied:
“I think it is fair and safe to assume that we are not going to wake up and find ourselves at the end of November at a rate of employment one would not consider to be an emergency.”
The press secretary did not offer a definitive number at which the employment situation in this country would suddenly become more tolerable. But he did arbitrarily note that a rate of 9 percent of 8.5 percent would not be “something at where [sic] you decide not to continue unemployment [insurance].”

8.5 or 9 percent is still very, very high. Never before has Congress let emergency unemployment benefits lapse with unemployment over 7 percent. But economists do not expect unemployment to fall to that level until around 2013.

99ers lost their benefits back in May and June , we should have been included in THIS BILL if they had really wanted to help us, it’s now obvious that they do not want to help the 99ers, they’ve abandoned us.

Obama and the Democrats are clearly to blame for this, they can’t pin this one on the Republicans. How does somebody with no money wait from May to November? They are heartless.

To them it’s as if we don’t even exist. Since we’ve been without benefits for so long, shouldn’t we have been the first to get help? Simply, when you hit the #99 down you go off the cliff.

But then again I still blame both parities. Both parities needs to be voted out in November.

July 22, 2010 at 3:08 pm
(794) dd says:

The endless unemployment extensions are hard to justify when I am scraping by having to do whatever it takes to pay my bills. As a “self-employed” / “freelancer” / “independent consultant” for the same company for 5 years I lost my income when the company went bankrupt. . I’ve cut down everything to the bone and beyond. Sold off personal property. Taken work way below my level, almost entry level. Moved downward in housing. But the “no-work pay” for others keeps getting extended and extended and extended supported by Federal Tax dollars. It leaves a bad taste. Either widen benefits to include the rest of us who did not work on staff or let us all stew in the same thin soup. Maybe more families hung out over the hairy, ragged edge will develop some political will. There is a difference between state and federal unemployment benefits. Federal unemployment benefits extend state unemployment benefits out to 26 weeks. They must be explicitly passed by Congress. They’re paid for out of our federal tax dollars we all pay. A law firm should start a class action suit for “us” who have paid taxes but don’t qualify for benefits including the 1 year worth of cobra subsidies.

July 22, 2010 at 4:39 pm
(795) Jeff in CA says:
July 22, 2010 at 5:26 pm
(796) Dinky says:

These elected officials are our target focus for Tier 5

[NOTE: Those of you without free long distance please call 1-888-245-0215 and ask to speak with the party named below and the call is free]

Senator Baucus 202-224-2651 Paul Wilkins paul_wilkins@baucus.senate.gov
Senator Snowe 202-224-5344 Ron LeFrancois ron_lefrancois@snowe.senate.gov
Senator Collins 202-224-2523 Rob Epplin rob_epplin@collins.senate.gov
Senator Durbin 202-224-2152 Dena Morris dena_morris@durbin.senate.gov
Senator Reid 202-224-3542 Dayle Cristinzio dayle_cristinzio@reid.senate.gov
Senator Schumer 202-224-6542 Katie Beirne Katie_beirne@schumer.senate.gov
Congresswoman Berkley 202-225-5965 David Cherry david.cherry@mail.house.gov
Congresswoman Titus 202-225-3252 Karen Agostisi Karen.agostisi@mail.house.gov
Senator Stabenow 202-224-4822 Kim Love kim_love@stabenow.senate.gov
Senator Sherrod Brown 202-224-2315 Eleanor Dehoney Eleanor_dehoney@brown.senate.gov
Senator Franken 202-224-5641 Ben Olinsky ben_olinsky@franken.senate.gov
Senator Whitehouse 202-224-2921 Sam Goodstein sam_goodstein@whitehouse.senate.gov
Senator Merkley 202-224-3753 Tamara Fucile tamara_fucile@merkley.senate.gov
Congressman Clyburn 202-225-3315 Danny Cromer danny.cromer@mail.house.gov
Senator Tom Harkin 202-224-3254 Derek Miller Derek_miller@harkin.senate.gov
Congressman Mc Dermott 202-225-3106 Toby Whitney toby.whitney@mail.house.gov
Congressman Doggett 202-225-4865 Michael Mucchetti Michael.mucchetti@mail.house.gov
Senator Levin 202-224-6221 Jack Danielson jack_danielson@levin.senate.gov
Senator Gillibrand 202-224-4451 Brooke Jamison brooke_jamison@gillibrand.senate.gov
Speaker Pelosi 202-225-4965 Dick Meltzer dick.meltzer@mail.house.gov

For those who like to send mass emails, here are the above email addresses in BBC format:

paul_wilkins@baucus.senate.gov, dick.meltzer@mail.house.gov, brooke_jamison@gillibrand.senate. gov, jack_danielson@levin.senate.gov, Michael.mucchetti@mail.house.gov, toby.whitney@mail.house.gov, Derek_miller@harkin.senate.gov, danny.cromer@mail.house.gov, tamara_fucile@merkley.senate.gov, sam_goodstein@whitehouse.senate.gov, ben_olinsky@franken.senate.gov, Eleanor_dehoney@brown.senate.gov, kim_love@stabenow.senate.gov, Karen.agostisi@mail.house.gov, david.cherry@mail.house.gov, Katie_beirne@schumer.senate.gov, dayle_cristinzio@reid.senate.gov, dena_morris@durbin.senate.gov, rob_epplin@collins.senate.gov,ron_lefrancois@snowe.senate.gov

July 22, 2010 at 5:27 pm
(797) rc7 says:

We also need legislation to stop companies from using credit reports as part of the background checks to assess a potential employees “character”. Many of us lost our jobs over a year ago and had savings that we went through in the first 6 months and our credit was affected. Also, I have read comments from people who seem to think people who receive unemployment checks don’t pay taxes. You do not know what you are talking about! We still have to pay taxes. They either deduct it from the check or you pay later! Oh yeah, many of us have been paying into unemployment INSURANCE for more years than you have been on this earth so p&ss off!

July 22, 2010 at 5:44 pm
(798) Miguel in California says:

Where and why hasn’t “NELP” National Employment Law Project helped out us 99′ers AGAIN ? They NEVER help the 99′ers. They only care about what benefits them in the news.

They have not done a thing for us 99′ers. They are a useless org. They should have stood up for us 99′ers in this bill passed yesterday/today. See how quite they are right now since they haven’t helped out the 99′ers.


July 22, 2010 at 6:00 pm
(799) Wondering says:

what if you received employment while waiting for extension bill to pass….would you still receive those retro weeks of unemployment $?

July 22, 2010 at 6:03 pm
(800) Oldtimer says:

I’ve been reading these post and was interested in the 50 yr olds struggling. What have you done in your life while you were working? I’m almost 58 just became unemployed and most likely won’t be able to find work. But during my years of working I took advantage of tax deferred savings from my income bought a moderate home which I paid off 5 yrs ago. Bought land investments 20 yrs ago and saved cash. What happened to you guys now your in trouble? Sure I would rather work and make my regular salary but I prepared for this.
Have 65K cash, 200K in IRA, land in AZ I could sell but elect not too now. What have you done to prepare for this all these years?

July 22, 2010 at 6:36 pm
(801) Mary says:

I am a 99′r and I just want a job! any job! I have had to dip into my savings to live and at the rate of unemplyment in this country I fear there will be nothing left for my retirement!

Also I think they should lower the retirement age, this in itself would create jobs!

God be with us because the US is going to hell in a hand basket! close the borders!

July 22, 2010 at 7:03 pm
(802) Kym says:

First of all, TO BRENT: Where are you? My husband is a fabricator/welder of over 20 years and has just lost his job. The 12 “no-shows” must’ve been very young and didn’t understand the importance of a job. If you’re close, my husband would LOVE to speak with you. Second, TO LIZ: I am WITH you! I feel the same! And finally, LAST AND MOST DEFINITELY LEAST, TO “MICHAEL DANE” AND “QUESTION TO YOU 99ERS”: What ignorant, unsympathetic, and most probably EMPLOYED, absolute DUMBASSES you obviously are!!! Stay the hell off of a website that obviously doesn’t apply to you and is a sort of “support group” of people trying to communicate. Personally, my husband and I live in a very economically depressed part of VA, where the most dominant line of work is coal-mining – and THOSE jobs are very scarce. Not to mention the fact that we are in our mid-40′s, so , no military career for us! Why don’t you find a website or blogging area that is just FOR people who want to throw more negativity on an already negative situation instead of wasting space? Maybe you’re taking up room that someone with a good idea could be using. Dumbasses.

July 22, 2010 at 7:10 pm
(803) Oldtimer says:

Your absolutly right about lower retirement age. This will open the door to millions of younger workers and get some older people off the disability roles as well.

July 22, 2010 at 7:16 pm
(804) Nameless says:

According to this article, extra $25 will still be continued but not for all people.

“The average weekly check is $300, plus $25 from the economic stimulus bill. People filing claims after May 29 will not qualify for the additional $25 under the Senate bill.”

From The Detroit News: http://www.detnews.com/article/20100720/BIZ/7200407/1409/metro/Senate-agrees-to-extend-unemployment-benefits#ixzz0uSKPkZYm

July 22, 2010 at 7:32 pm
(805) Codinqueen says:

Everyone angry with our lawmakers needs to go the website called: Kick Them All Out- just Google it. There are wonderful signs, tee shirts, and other ppl there who are also angry with our current lawmakers. I am plastering their signs everywhere public (these can be downloaded & printed from their site.I am voting them ALL out, and I urge everyone else let the polls sjow them who is boss! How could get any in that are worse than what we have had up to this point?? ALL incumbents are getting a “no” vote from me, and I am not following any party line.

July 22, 2010 at 10:52 pm
(806) Dave says:

Kym I just want to Thank You for your comment. It was well put. I agree 100% with you. I am sick of how people all assume that eveyone unemployed are lazy and just want to sit home and collect a check that doesn’t even cover all the monthly expenses. I have to say if you wanna make unemployment a career then you have some serious issues you need to address. This is not a way of life for anyone however it is an extra boost to help the people stay afloat alittle while longer.

I am sick of people who come on here just to start trouble like Kym stated. Also, Its funny how everyone who does talk negative is always something Corporate. Hmm. I am willing to gamble that some of them lie about there positions when they come on here to bash people. I will be the first to say that I was let go from a being a Warehouse Supervisor position that I held for many years. Some used to say I was nothing more than a box chimp. I say a job is job no matter what type. You punch a clock and pay bills and provide for your family that is all that counts.

I also wish the media would stop talking about unemployment people. You ever notice the ones they interview are black younger people who the poorest speech. They talk ghetto and act like it to. Now i’m not racist but I feel the only reason why people talk bad about us is because the media always shows the slums of the unemployed. Never the real ones. In my state they show the people who are sitting on the corners with pants sagging,hat to the side and talking something other than english. I mean it makes us look really bad. This needs to stop. Go into the suburbs and do a story. Believe it or not there are alot of unemployed who are well dressed for job fairs and interviews and know how to talk.

I hope you guys will agree. They treat us like welfare people. The kinds who walk around with iphones,new cars,new clothes and cash in their pockets. I have seen it too many times. I may go for food assistance but I see it like this. I paid taxes for 25 yrs plus and I am entitled to it
once in my life. I don’t abuse the system. I used to swear that I’d never go on a ebt card because I didn’t want people to judge me. Now I don’t care because what Ive seen and lost in my life . The looks and thoughts coming from someone in the checkout line wouldn’t add up to my troubles.

Bless you all

July 22, 2010 at 11:08 pm
(807) Gena says:

I am in the Tier 5 status and don’t know what I’m going to do. I have been applying non stop for jobs and have only had a couple of interviews from those applications. I lost my unemployment June 5th and am in a very scary position with my 3 children.
I’m not one to sit on my butt and do nothing while collecting benefits. I go to 2 to 3 classes a week that gives advice on interviewing, resumes, job searching, etc to help myself in this stressful process.
Please, include us Tier 5 people in this bill.

July 23, 2010 at 12:33 am
(808) Chris says:


Watch, listen and I hope you will be enlightened about the job market and the future of middle class.


July 23, 2010 at 1:45 am
(809) Mssy From California says:

Hello Everyone.. This is my first post.. I live in California and I’m extremely confused about all of this :-(
I know nothing about tier 2 – 3 – 4 etc or what an Unemployment extension is either…
Here’s my situation…

I was laid off work in 2004 and ave collected my UI for a few weeks (can’t remember how many weeks). I have not found a job since 2004 as I became disabled.. I have applied for SSDI (pending)… I recently applied for SDI and was denied because I did not work in 2009 :-(
My questions are…..

Q) Is there a way for me to collect my SDI since I never claimed it in the past? (I didn’t claim it because I wasn’t aware it existed until lately)

Q) Do I qualify for the new ” Unemployment Extension “?
Q) Are there any other benefits out there that I can claim in my situation?

I’ve been surviving all these years doing house sitting jobs (free rent but no pay)

Please Advice.
God Bless
Missy from California

July 23, 2010 at 10:52 am
(810) belinda says:

Now that the unemployed have some breathing room until the end of November,(all but the 99ers i’m sorry to say)shouldn’t we as a powerfull group prepare for the elections in november? As i see it what happens to some(the 99ers)happens to all of us eventually.

July 23, 2010 at 10:59 am
(811) Jen says:

What about the people who have supported Florida all their lives. When Florida’s children were lost we were there. In 2004 when four storms pounded Florida, we were there to help pick up the pieces! When there was a gubernatorial election; Christ, we voted for you! Now that we need your help most DON’T turn your back on us! Remember that the those who receive unemployment PAID into the system, this is NOT welfare. We were working and following the rules. Through no fault of their own, we lost our jobs.

Displaced workers have suffered enough! Is Florida only a fair weather state? Florida takes our taxes, but says to heck with you and your families? People balk at the fact that well educated legal aliens come to American with a Masters & Ph.D’s just to drive a Taxi! Soon Floridians will have the smartest people in the state taking McJobs just to survive! Crist, we may have lost EVERYTHING, our jobs, our homes, our children, our dignity; But we have NOT lost our RIGHT TO VOTE!!!

July 23, 2010 at 1:02 pm
(812) Hoang Nguyen says:

I just looked at the unemployment rate in Arizona, it is 9.6% and both Republic Senators from this state voted against the extension bill. Wow, how could they claim the are represent the people in Arizona.

July 23, 2010 at 2:22 pm
(813) Miguel in California says:

@ 2352 Hoang Nguyen

I bet and yet your local or state news still doesn’t even report that to the public in your state that both of your Republic Senators voted against the extension bill.

I still wonder how those two morons can sleep at night.

July 23, 2010 at 3:54 pm
(814) Regina Alexander says:

I’m glad the extension was passed, but don’t forget the 99′ers, don’t disappear, keep supporting the 99′ers
!!VOTE OUT THE REPUBLICANS IN NOVEMBER!! Please sign the petition @change.org http://humanrights.change.org/petitions/view/vote_out_the_republicans_in_november

July 23, 2010 at 4:27 pm
(815) Martha says:
July 24, 2010 at 4:54 am
(816) Debbie L says:

Here is the link for a breakdown on the votes in the House of Representatives to extend benefits:

If your representative voted no, vote them out the next time they are up for re-election.

July 25, 2010 at 12:46 pm
(817) Tony says:

@Hop says
I don’t strive any longer for a big house and earthly possessions. This is not my home here on earth but only a preparation for my eternal life where we all must focus on.
Again I have all you on this site in my prayers that you will get through this.

AMEN To That

July 25, 2010 at 12:57 pm
(818) javier f. says:

To Debbie , should be better put the call roll list when the House sent to Senate to be approved. They are representatives that change for political reasons.

July 25, 2010 at 1:02 pm
(819) David says:

To all the naysayers concerning the 99′ers. If there were jobs out there, they’d have them. Not everyone is young enough to get in the military whether they want in or not. It’s really easy to sit back and post derogatory and negative comments about the long term unemployed. It’s an entirely different story however when you ARE one of them and can’t even get job at a fast food place burning french fries. America is on the brink of another major depression and this one is going to be a real bitch kitty.

Republicans AND Democrats are both guilty of pandering to one side or the other. It would be great if all you supporters of either party would do a little research and get your facts straight before you shoot off at the mouth. Both parties blame the other one when votes don’t go their way. Republicans had the extensions funded WITHOUT increasing the deficit but the Democrats refused to allow it. The Dems. version puts all the costs of the extensions into the debt and the Repubs. refused to allow that. So, the voting takes place along party lines and whoever the majority happens to be at the time, things usually go that way. NEITHER party has your or my best interests at heart. All ANY of them care about is lining their own pockets, exempting themselves from the laws and taxes they impose on us, and keep printing money.

Wake up people. There IS no real money in this country and as soon as enough people figure that out, our total economy will collapse. What are you going to do then? What happens when you can’t run down to the grocery store and pick up a few goodies to eat?

Millions of jobs have left here forever and will NEVER return. If you’ve been unemployed for 2 years or more now, you’re NOT going to get a job in the future. The only choice you have left is figure out something you can do that people are willing to pay fiat money for. If you have a garden, sell your extra produce. If you can sew, run an ad in your local classifieds or on Craigslist. Think outside the box. We’re NOT going to get any more unemployment for the 99′ers, period. We’ve fallen off the charts because the state unemp. offices won’t let us file anymore. We don’t exist.

July 26, 2010 at 11:43 pm
(820) Regina Alexander says:

!!VOTE OUT THE REPUBLICANS IN NOVEMBER!!Please sign the petition @change.org

July 27, 2010 at 11:33 am
(821) michelle pesina says:

It doesn’t matter in the state of texas if we get a tier 5. We have tier 4 but are we getting that money NO Why do you ask because our unemployment rate for the 3 months is only 8.2% where it should be 8.5% so what is the rest of us going to do about keep our houses and cars. I already had a car repo becasue i couldn’t make the payment thanks to our government and our govener. Those people on the top of the hill they don’t care about us down here worried everyday, bearly having food to eat, and lossing everything. They have maids and food to eat and drivers to drive them around and not one worry. I can look in my cabinets and I have one package of meat and nothing to go with it. But do they care NO again. We need to get people in there that care about us people and not what they have.

July 27, 2010 at 12:59 pm
(822) bon says:

Has anyone in CA recd anything in the mail? A letter? A check or claim forms??????

July 27, 2010 at 1:21 pm
(823) Rob says:

That is so true on how employer are taking advantage of hiring professional peoples for low or minimum wages.

July 27, 2010 at 2:16 pm
(824) Tyrena says:

Has anyone in Illinois received payments yet ? I have been certifying on all my weeks but have not heard anything yet.

July 27, 2010 at 2:47 pm
(825) Suzanne in Florida says:

Florida, please tell me how I am ineligible for additional benefits on your Unemployment site?

I lost my job 8/18/08, which would put me at week 99 NOW. However, in that almost two years without a job, I lived off my tax refund for three months while you kicked around the idea of adding benefits, worked sporadically for the Census for another 10 weeks and then lived another 2 months off a small inheritance. At most, I’ve used 70 weeks of benefits-so why am I considered in the Tier 4 group?

This is so frustrating!

July 27, 2010 at 3:37 pm
(826) Sarah says:

@ Tyrena, I’m in Illinois and I haven’t received a payment yet. I haven’t been able to reach IDES by phone and keep getting letters saying they will determine if I am eligible for an extension and there is no need to contact the office right now. I just certified today again, and usually receive a check this thursday…keeping my fingers crossed (my current extension ended two weeks ago…) I’m 50 and this doesn’t look good..employers are very vicious asking me why I have been unemployed so long! They are looking only for younger employees and college grads to work for little more than minimum wage.

July 28, 2010 at 12:19 pm
(827) Ann-NJ says:

I am with the 99ers and get my unemployment check from NJ. Today the news stated that the President will be in Edison NJ one day next week. If anyone no where he will be please send me an e-mail I will make my way over to Edison if I am there all by myself. I feel that all the 99ers should be in Edison NJ if you can get there. I feel he is not doing anything for the 99ers. What we suppose to do. I want to ask him can I come and live with him in the White House or can he let me live in any other resident that he have. I need a job and right now I need some sleep.

July 28, 2010 at 10:36 pm
(828) lisa in illinois says:

Is there a reason that unemployment department leadership i all 50 states cannot be expected to provide claimants accurate, basic information online on a real-time basis? Why should millions of people who have already certified for weeks of eligibility be kept in the dark about whether and when they will recieve benefits on the new federal extension for 2010? I find it absolutely rediculous that they cannot have anticipated Obama signing the bill since it had been in the news for weeks, and then have a plan in place for payments to be made, and for informing claimants how long payments will take.

I got a form letter dated July 27th telling me that federal legislation was “pending” that might make me eligible for additional funds. Really? Obama signed it last week, bozos! Can they not put one person on the task of updating the letter that goes to millions?

I’d like to be able to tell my creditors WHEN I can pay them. They will be reasonable if I can give them a date – that’s all I want. I’m back to work now but won’t be paid for three weeks – I have less than $100 and will need $180 in that time for gas alone to get to my new job. This is nuts!

July 28, 2010 at 11:27 pm
(829) Miguel in California says:

MSNBC – Ed Shultz still plugging away for us 99′ers


July 29, 2010 at 10:03 am
(830) Tom in Fla says:

Suzanne- Did you receive Florida EB (extended benefits) ? You would distinguish these from the ordinary Federal (EUC) extensions due to the fact that applying for EB required you to input your job search data every time you claimed benefits.

July 29, 2010 at 11:19 am
(831) Debbie says:

I live in Texas. Okay to all the Texan. I have been on unemployment since May of last yr 2009. I was not sure If I was the one that did not make it for the new extension. Just found out this morning that I did. Just received a deposit from the retro into my account today. No letter no nothing. So it is coming just keep checking on your twc update. Hope this will help somebody. God Bless you and let’s put gas in our car and get back to work. This was way to close being in the hands of other to see if I can make the rent or move.

July 29, 2010 at 4:46 pm
(832) gary from indiana says:

People collecting Extended Benefits (aka tier 5 or EB) will be able to resume collecting whatever benefits they had remaining when the program ended on June 12.

so im tired of the run around i have nearly 3000 left on my eb and i have been told i will be able to collect what i have left but now i read this. so does anyone know will i or will i not get the remaning 3000 since they didnt renew tier 5

July 29, 2010 at 4:56 pm
(833) James says:

Q: When will Florida’s unemployed start receiving retroactive pay from the extension?

A: Florida’s unemployed will be able to certify for retroactive weeks by Monday, Aug. 9, Florida’s Agency for Workforce Innovation said Thursday.

Those eligible for the recently approved unemployment extension will receive a notice with an emergency unemployment benefit determination and how to claim their retroactive weeks. Once those weeks are claimed and determined to be payable, they will be processed for payment, the agency says.

Unemployed workers who exhausted regular benefits after May 22 or have exhausted federal emergency tiers I, II, or III after May 29 will be mailed notices and will be able to certify for retroactive weeks.

July 29, 2010 at 9:57 pm
(834) Miguel in California says:

MSNBC – Ed Shultz Fights On – He is my Hero

Ed sums is it perfect again today in his show in regards to the 99′ers.


July 30, 2010 at 9:22 am
(835) juan says:

i exhaust, my benefits 25 weeks, somebody knows if i qualified for extension, this is my first time and i lost.

July 30, 2010 at 11:19 am
(836) Miguel in California says:

Tier 5: Schumer Promises Legislation To Help The 99ers
Arthur Delaney – Wed Jul 28, 2010 5:08 pm ET


July 30, 2010 at 5:23 pm
(837) Jay in KENTUCKY says:

Well, at least that’s something. I appreciate people in the Senate going to bat for us along with Shultz, but I really wish this ordeal would get passed the ‘talking about it’ point and move toward actually getting some results for people who’ve exhausted everything and still can’t find work.

Another week of putting in apps/resumes, another week of ‘we should know something in a day or two’, and yet another week passes with nothing actually happening.

I’m sick of all the hollow talk and empty promises. Jobs, or another extension. It’s that simple. Let’s get it DONE.

July 30, 2010 at 5:43 pm
(838) DAWN says:

I worked (like a dog) away from home for almost 3 years
in WA and right when I was about to change over from standard Unemployment to extended congress decided to through a monkey-wrinch in everything. Now WA is telling me (in NV) ” IF YOU ARE CLAIMING FROM A STATE THAT IS NOT IN AN EXTENDED BENEFIT PERIOD I MAY NOT GET MY CLAIM!

All I need is 5 more weeks to travel afar to find a job!

What gives?!?! isnt Nevada an EB state?

July 30, 2010 at 7:00 pm
(839) Maria Perez says:

Life suck. soon or later, all these benefit if any, expires soon, then what? …by November of 2010, I do not expect any additional jobless benefit extension from the republican. I’m afraid that the hungers will raise a revolution. Read History, what happened to the French revolution, or the American revolution? …history will be repeating if we are not careful, specially the riches.

… I do not expect the economy to improve any time soon, specially after all the talk of the end of the world in 2012 that indirectly are influencing our way or someones way of making decision.

July 30, 2010 at 10:08 pm
(840) Miguel in California says:

Congress Ponders Extending Unemployment Benefits Beyond 99 Weeks



August 1, 2010 at 11:24 am
(841) Toni says:

Florida- I am hoping this is true
Thursday, July 29

Q: When will Florida’s unemployed start receiving retroactive pay from the extension?

A: Florida’s unemployed will be able to certify for retroactive weeks by Monday, Aug. 9, Florida’s Agency for Workforce Innovation said Thursday.

Those eligible for the recently approved unemployment extension will receive a notice with an emergency unemployment benefit determination and how to claim their retroactive weeks. Once those weeks are claimed and determined to be payable, they will be processed for payment, the agency says.

Unemployed workers who exhausted regular benefits after May 22 or have exhausted federal emergency tiers I, II, or III after May 29 will be mailed notices and will be able to certify for retroactive weeks.

August 1, 2010 at 3:11 pm
(842) Dinky says:

Found this one another site and hope all those in NY will attend and help out.

We had to cancel the Aug 2 rally due to permit problems. However, we have rescheduled for Aug 12 and this time it’s SET IN STONE. It WILL occur and we need YOU to be there, and if you can’t be there, we need YOU to publicize and promote it! If we appear weak at this rally it will not help our cause. If we appear strong with 50+ attending it will show that we are strong and are not giving up!


Press Conference / Rally: Keep the American Dream Alive – Tier Five!


12-1 pm
Federal Hall
26 Wall St.
New York City
(Take train #4 or 5 to Wall St, J, M or Z to Broad St, 2 or 3 to Wall St, 1 to Rector St – exit at Greenwich St, R or W to Rector St – exit at Trinity Place, A or C to FUlton Street – exit at John and Nassau Streets)

Can’t go to New York?
NO PROBLEM! You can still help us!
Just write Kian and tell her you want to help!
We need you to help make this a success! In fact we are counting on you to help!

But we need commitments from New Yorkers who will attend come rain or
shine, hell or high water!
Are you up for this?
Are you ready to give them our demands?
Thursday August 12th from 12 noon until 1 p.m.

We need commitments from unemployed workers from the state of New York
or surrounding areas, now!

Write the email address below to tell us you will be there!

Kian, our group coordinator, has already lined up colleagues to help out and she
will spend $100 of her money for permits, signs and printing, but she needs to
know how many people to expect. That is why we need commitments now. Now is the time to step up and take action!

This rally will be the beginning of a series of town hall
meetings and other actions to bring about a Tier 5.

Email Kian at

August 1, 2010 at 7:04 pm
(843) Sherry says:

I need to know about the latest extension. When I called KS, they said their State was not entitled to the extension because they do not have a high enough unemployment rate. Sounds weird. Does anyone know if this is true?
Seems like the extension would be a national, available to ALL claimants.

August 1, 2010 at 8:13 pm
(844) Hop says:

Prediction. Come November don’t expect anymore extensions. It will be left to the states no matter how high your employment rate is. Republicans will take control and they will not approve any extensions. Take heed and hope you will all find jobs. Millions of hard working Americans will be left out and become homeless. Come Christmas it will be very ugly. Obama already says rate will remain at 9.5%. God help us.

August 1, 2010 at 8:31 pm
(845) DAWN says:

I fear something is “amiss” at the federal and state level
and our government dont want to tell us the truth.

Im in Nevada with and Unemployment rate of 14% yet Im being told by WA EUC that Nevada not on some SECRET LIST for Federal Extended Benifits. I have to travel from home alot just to feed my kids and keep from being houseless.

Beware all you people who dare leave you home town to find work, something wrong with our State government when there telling us they dont what to dissperse Federal funds to it citizens.

The STATEs are going broke so there trying to keep those federal funds because their (the STATES) on the verge of bankruptcy themselves!!!


August 2, 2010 at 10:08 am
(846) Michael says:

I have looked for a job for nearly 2 years have been on numerous interviews my age and experience requires ana employer to pay me higher wages and now they strip me of everything I already have had to move into a shelter, exhausting ever thing I had worked so hard for. The government allowed all of this to happen and now I have to suffer more agony because I am considered an acceptable loss maybe I should just hang myself from the Zakim bridge in Boston to show the Government just how far they are driving millions of us

August 2, 2010 at 11:24 am
(847) Miguel in California says:

POLITICAL EYE: Berkley backs ‘Tier 5′ jobless benefits

Nevada Democrat to introduce bill to help unemployed in 16 states


August 2, 2010 at 7:25 pm
(848) Dinky says:

Found this on another site and wanted to share with the 99′ers


Check it out online, now! I just got the link from the reporter who I helped to find the person to interview!


We at UWAG helped the reporter find the woman to interview after he ran across our Media Packet posted at UWAG.org. He called me and I did the groundwork to locate Alexandra and ask her to be interviewed.

Unless Alexandra, the subject of the article, gets the job she just applied for today, and it starts right away, she will be attending our Rally on Wall Street in NYC on Aug 12th and we are now getting various Unions to join in with us there as well.

Let’s all hope she CANNOT attend because she got the job today!

August 2, 2010 at 10:04 pm
(849) Miguel in California says:

MSNBC Ed Shultz Challenges Obama to help the 99er’s!


August 3, 2010 at 1:12 am
(850) Hop says:

Recent extension does not help the majority of us who just became unemployed. The extension only allows you to collect benefits till Nov no matter what tier you were on. I just started my state benefit ( Calif) where rate is well over 10%.
I’m ticked off. I was able to find part-time work and when I filed my continuation form I informed them that I made $170 for the week. Instead of sending me my check I just recieved letter from EDD that now I need a new phone interview on Aug 12. No money till then. God, I tell the truth and now I’m being punished. Should of never taken the part-time job. Thought they would just deduct that money and continue my payments. Anyone had similar problems????

August 3, 2010 at 7:12 pm
(851) Crystal in CA says:

99ers don’t give up keep fighting. They want us to stop fighting we all need to continue to work together on this issue!

August 4, 2010 at 3:58 pm
(852) James says:

To: Toni

Yes it should be true it is posted right on the official florida unemployment site. here is the link: http://www.floridajobs.org/unemployment/EUC_09/index.html

August 4, 2010 at 5:54 pm
(853) Dinky says:

Found this one another website and I think it’s a great idea for the 99′ers.


(International negative publicity will push the US into providing additional tiers but everyone needs to help!)

August 4, 2010 at 6:30 pm
(854) r-cali says:

Has anyone received anything in the mail from EDD in california? I just reapplyed for the hell of it with all my old information to see if it would speed things up…or at least I get a letter denying the claim…

I still have another extension…and have not exhausted my 99…

August 4, 2010 at 6:49 pm
(855) Dinky says:

To all the 99′ers

The Americans Want to Work Act (S.3706)

This bill (sponsored by Senator’s Stabenow, Schumer, and Reid, among others) will be brought to the floor in September:

The Americans Want to Work Act provides jobs and security for the hardest hit Americans. Currently, over 14.6 million Americans are out of work, a national crisis. During this unprecedented time, we must incentivize business to create jobs and provide a bridge until job seekers can find work. The Americans Want to Work Act does both by:

Creating an additional tier of benefits for those who have exhausted their unemployment insurance;
Extending the successful HIRE Act payroll tax exemption through the end of 2011;

Doubling the general business tax credit to encourage businesses to hire the hardest hit Americans.

Tier 5 – Unemployment Insurance

What it Does: Provides 20 weeks of additional unemployment insurance for states with 7.5% or higher unemployment. This tier will benefit the people who have exhausted all of their benefits.

Retroactive Eligibility: Would apply retroactively to everyone who has exhausted all of their previous tiers in recent months. However, benefits would not be paid retroactively. (Example – If you exhausted your benefits 3 months ago, you would be eligible to begin your Tier 5 at the date of enactment. You would not, however, be paid out for the 3 months in which you did not receive benefits. If you are going to exhaust your benefits in 2 weeks, you will move right onto Tier 5 and receive your 20 weeks).

Requirements: People who are unemployed still need to meet current UI law requirements such as job searches.

One Year Extension of the HIRE Act Payroll Tax Exemption & Incentives for Businesses to Hire the Hardest Hit Americans

HIRE Act Background: The HIRE Act, signed into law earlier this year, provides two new tax incentives for employers to hire unemployed workers. Under the HIRE Act, businesses that hire Americans who have been out of work for at least 60 days are exempt from paying their 6.2 percent share of Social Security payroll taxes for all new hires up to the FICA wage cap of $106,800. To promote long-term employment, the HIRE Act also provides an additional $1,000 general business tax credit for each worker retained for at least one year.

Americans Want to Work Act Provisions: The bill includes two key provisions that apply to all states:

Extends the successful HIRE Act Payroll Tax Exemption for one year, through the end of 2011.

Doubles the general business tax credit, from $1,000 to $2,000, for businesses that hire (and retain for 52 weeks) someone who has exhausted all unemployment benefits. This is applicable to anyone who has exhausted all unemployment benefits or that is eligible for Tier 5. This would be effective at the date of enactment.

Evidence the HIRE Act Payroll Tax Exemption is Working: Recent reports from the Treasury Department show that from February to June of 2010, businesses hired approximately 5.6 million new workers who had been unemployed for eight weeks or more. Businesses have already received potential tax savings of $10.4 billion ($6.2 billion in payroll tax reductions, $4.2 billion in tax credits) from the HIRE Act Payroll Tax Exemption.

August 4, 2010 at 10:18 pm
(856) Miguel in California says:

MSNBC Breaking News

Aug. 04, 2010 – Ed Shultz – Tier 5 here we come!!!


August 5, 2010 at 10:44 am
(857) Miguel in California says:

Aug. 04, 2010 – Tier 5: Sen. Stabenow Introduces Bill To Help The 99ers


August 5, 2010 at 6:58 pm
(858) Miguel in California says:


Shelly Berkley only wants to give the 99er’s 13 weeks of benefits and only to states who have 10 % percent unemployed. That would leave many states like Idaho with an 8 % percent rate out in the cold.

Plus 13 weeks is chicken feed.

Blast this Berkley with phone calls and email and faxes.

Tell her the original proposal was for 20 weeks in states with a much lower than 10 %^ unemployment rate.

POLITICAL EYE: Berkley backs ‘Tier 5′ jobless benefits – News …

Aug 5, 2010 … POLITICAL EYE: Berkley backs ‘Tier 5′ jobless benefits. Nevada Democrat to introduce bill to help unemployed in 16 states.


August 5, 2010 at 7:05 pm
(859) Miguel in California says:

CNN list of state by state unemployment rates


August 5, 2010 at 10:34 pm
(860) Miguel in California says:

Contact Shelly Berkley.

Click on this link below.


Let her know we need more than 13 weeks benefits for the 99ers.

And 10 % percent or higher unemployment rate for every state to qualify will leave millions of people out who won’t be able to qualify for benefits.

August 6, 2010 at 12:05 am
(861) Jay in KENTUCKY says:

And the numbers are B.S. anyway. The unemployment rates you are seeing are only reflecting the number of people who are currently receiving unemployment benefits, not the actual number of people who don’t have jobs.

The rates have been on a steady decline because more and more people are exhausting their benefits and becoming 99ers. Don’t be deceived by fake propaganda. Jobs are not coming back.

Good news about someone finally stepping up and trying to enact something for us 99ers. I just hope it doesn’t take them 3 months to get it passed. We need it NOW!

August 6, 2010 at 5:49 pm
(862) Chuck D says:

Bad News!!! If you are on extended benifits in Florida and your balance is zero then you don’t get an extension. This extension dont apply to us, it only extends the dates and not the funds! We got screwed! I just got off the phone with them.

August 6, 2010 at 7:54 pm
(863) Dinky says:


Find a regional or national rideshare, vanpool, or carpool resource on the rideshare directory.



Here is something that could help get some of the unemployed to the Press Release/ Rally.

Click on the link above for listings in every state.

August 6, 2010 at 8:36 pm
(864) Tracey says:

Chuck D

I don’t understand. My regular benefits (not emergency or extended) ran out June 21. Are you telling me that I would not qualify for the extension? I have been waiting for my letter and I have talked to UE and all they tell me is to wait for the letter. It sounds as if their replys are pre-canned and they won’t give any further info. What exactly did you learn?

August 7, 2010 at 1:56 am
(865) Robert Harper says:

I was on unemployment for a year and then I actualy got a job in Az it only lasted 4 days but i was released due to lack of experience. That was at the end of july I got paid 300.00, and 6 weeks later the unemployment office has still not restarted my origional claim And i asked them “so since i actualy got a job and now i am being evicted and having to move because your letters of discharge are comming back undeliverable I am being pennalized for finding work?

August 7, 2010 at 2:46 pm
(866) 99'er says:

@ Alison Doyle, (Job Searching Guide) or Anybody out there…

Does anyone know the corresponding bill and sponsor in the House?

Legislation needs to originate there. A search of 3706 on thomas.gov in House of Representatives comes up with nothing to indicate that Senator Stabenow’s bill has parallel initiative or support in the House.

You can’t really lobby a Congressman with a Senate Bill numbers. Needs to be the HRnnnn that he/she will vote on.

August 7, 2010 at 3:54 pm
(867) RickN says:

Chuck D

I think you or the person you spoke to was confused. If your balance isn’t zero then you would still be collecting benefits and you would not need a retroactive extension.

August 8, 2010 at 11:56 pm
(868) Danny Liu says:

Join the Military if you need a job.

August 9, 2010 at 1:17 am
(869) Redneck 99'er says:

Hey, Post # 2408 Danny Liu

Are you in the Military? If not, worry about your self first.

August 9, 2010 at 1:08 pm
(870) Miguel in California says:
August 9, 2010 at 1:10 pm
(871) Miguel in California says:

Jobless extension proposed for 99ers

August 9th, 2010 Monday


August 9, 2010 at 1:13 pm
(872) Miguel in California says:
August 10, 2010 at 6:38 pm
(873) Just a Cheap Guy says:

You morons should have saved your money and you would not be in this position. How many of YOU 99ers shopped at thrift stores, dented can stores, day old bread stores, drove a 25 year old car, and never ran the A/C before this recession problem????? Until 2 years ago, I grossed over 150K a year with the wife’s income. My family of 5 lived on just under 30K a year in Upland, Ca. I OWN my home (worth over 600K) and my 25 year old car. My children (3) are all 4.0 students and have earned their way into Ivy league colleges on scholarships. I have managed to save over 1.8 million dollars and because I am a frugal investor, I am now worth over 4.3 million. YES, I did loose close to 1Mil, BUT, I still have over 4 million dollars. 95% of my friends lived well beyond their means and are now broke. IT IS ALL THEIR FAULT!!! One must learn to SAVE 30% of their income at minimum. If all of the country had done so and not bought new cars, boats, shopped at whole foods market, purchased clothing at Sax, take vacations, you would be in the same position as me. And BTW, I am DEBT FREE!!!! I am now purchasing homes in Riverside County, Ca for 25% of what they were 2-3 years ago. I will then rent them for at least 1300 per month (this is on the low side). SO, after I purchase 7 of these homes for appx 140K each, I will collect 91K per year in rent. After investing just over 1Million dollars, this will give me a return of over 9% for doing nothing but investing my hard earned money!!! If many of you had lived like I have, you could be doing the same thing. ALSO, after my 26 weeks of UI, I turned down any more payments as I paid into the system for only that 26 weeks. I don’t take what I have not earned.

Something you 99ers are not thinking of, the MAIN reason tier 5 will NEVER happen is according to my math, there are appx 1.3 million people who qualify for the 99ers situation. IF a tier 5 bill is passed, the unemployment rate will go up no less than .7%. This TODAY would have unemployment at over 10% and the election of our Dems would NEVER happen. This is probably a great thing so I hope you get your extension. Then the GOP will take over and get the economy going again with tax cuts for people like me, so I will invest my hard saved money to help business grow and I will benefit with more money in my pocket!!!

Please do not misunderstand me. I am VERY good at what I do and I have not been able to find employment for over 2 years. I have had 5 interviews out of state which the prospective employer paid for and I am still unemployed. My gripe is that people need to be more frugal with their income and quit trying to purchase things you can’t afford. For example, if you go on daily walks, bring a bag so you can pick up any cans or bottles you might see. Look for lost change and other valuable items on the sidewalk and street. I will bet I have picked up over 1K in the last 10 years on my walks. It also makes you neighborhood nicer to live in.

Just something to think about…………

August 11, 2010 at 5:11 am
(874) Just a cheap gal says:

@ Just a Cheap Guy: Shut your hole, you sound like a moron, if you’ve made so much money & have a perfect financial life then what in the world are you here wasting time rubbing it in others faces, you are no better then the next person . I highly doubt you live the way you say but if it is true then good for you hopefully one day you don’t experience the loss off all that reason being not in your control if that does ever happened you will eat your words & realize not everyone carelessly blows their money crap as you are predicting.

August 11, 2010 at 10:07 am
(875) Jax9042010 says:

If the balance in the UE account will only cover 1 week should we file for the first extention or wait until it zeros out and miss a week? anyone know?

August 11, 2010 at 5:29 pm
(876) Outsider Thinking... says:

I hope tier 5 is passed soon. But what happens after that also runs out? A Tier 6? A Tier 10? At some point, they will turn off the support and what will happen to us after that? Are we all destined to become homeless?

I suggest we start thinking “outside the box” for solutions. Watch this short video and see if you are a good fit:


Good Luck and God Bless!

August 11, 2010 at 5:37 pm
(877) Mike in CA says:

has anyone received a retroactive payment from UI yet here in ca.? I’m on fed-ed extension and have yet to receive 1 month lapse in payment? Regular checks have started coming in thou. According to edd’s website they have mailed out checks. Any info is appreciated. Thanks!!

August 11, 2010 at 7:04 pm
(878) Tom in Fla says:

House Tier 5 legislation (from The Examiner)

Representatives Shelley Berkley (D-NV) and Jim McDermott (D-WA) yesterday unveiled legislation that could add up to 20 weeks of Tier 5 unemployment benefits in states with an unemployment rate of 10% or greater. From Rep. Berkley’ site:
“Tier Five” Legislation Would Aid Americans Who Reach 99 Week Max in States with Elevated Unemployment Rates
Berkley’s legislation, The Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act, would create an additional tier of benefits for those who have exhausted their unemployment insurance. The bill would provide 20 weeks of additional unemployment insurance for Nevada and other states with an unemployment rate of 10% or higher. This tier will benefit individuals who have already exhausted all of their benefits, as well as those who are finding themselves near the end of their final tier without the prospect of employment.

“My legislation targets Nevada and others states where unemployment remains above 10 percent and would provide an additional 20 weeks of benefits for those who have reached the 99 week maximum. Providing this assistance will provide a bridge for those living in Las Vegas and other communities where the economy has yet to recover and jobs are as scarce as raindrops in the Nevada desert. These are not spoiled Americans; these are men and women who want to work, and I reject those who would question help for a parent so they can put food in the belly of a hungry child or to keep a worker who lost a job from also losing a home.”
The legislation will be referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, on which Berkley serves as a member. The bill’s cosponsors include Reps. McDermott (WA), Frank (MA), Lewis (GA), Schakowsky (IL) Richardson (CA), Hare (IL), Watson (CA), Cheeks Kilpatrick (MI), Kildee (MI), Doyle (PA), Linda Sanchez (CA), and Filner (CA).
You can also review a statement about the Tier 5 legislatiion at Rep. McDermott’s site: Rep. McDermott Co-sponsors Legislation to Provide Tier 5 of Emergency Unemployment Compensation Benefits
As many of you are aware, Senator Stabenow (D-MI) introduced the Americans Want to Work Act that would offer 20 weeks of Tier 5 benefits to unemployed in states with 7.5% unemployment or greater.
In the Senate bill, 34 states would currently be included for Tier 5 benefits, but in the further watered-down House proposal, only 16 states and Washington D.C. would qualify. From Annie Lowrey of the Washington Independent:
House Democrats Put Forward Tier V Legislation, Extending Unemployment Benefits for 99ers
Senate Democrats put forward similar legislation. Reps. Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.) and Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) cosponsored the legislation creating a fifth tier of benefits, extending the maximum number of weeks of federal and state benefits to 119 in states with unemployment rates over 10 percent. Currently, sixteen states and the District of Columbia would qualify.
LaDona King, San Diego Unemployment Examiner, was not impressed with the proposal that offers no assistance to 99ers in 34 states:
The new Berkely/McDermott bill for the 99ers – does not pass the laugh test
Instead of helping the 99er Nation, by introducing this idiotic piece of trash legislation, you may well cost all 99ers more valuable time. Time we do not have. What part of unemployment being a national emergency do you not understand?
Let’s say that the Senate passes the Stabenow bill, then sends it to the House. Will the House waste more precious weeks of 99er time trying to reconcile your lame bill with S 3706? No thank you. We saw that on March 10, 2010, HR 4213 passed the Senate. The House did not act with any sense of urgency with their attempts to reconcile that bill with their own, waiting until the end of May to pass their version. This is not the time to squander more lives of 99er families by wasting more time.
The House proposed The Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act does not provide for millions of 99ers – unemployment benefit exhaustees – in states with unemployment rates below 10%. It’s an inadequate bill that needs to be adjusted for all 99ers and not just a few. Why didn’t they introduce a bill that covered every 99er? Why do the Democrats start with a weak position and then through negotiations with the “Party of No” end up with even weaker legislation? The only positive is that something was introduced, but that something is weak at best in its current form

August 12, 2010 at 12:18 pm
(879) Juliana says:

I read this article in the Sun Sentinel: http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/2010-08-05/business/fl-unemployment-extension-confusion-20100805_1_extended-benefits-unemployed-residents-latest-extension to try and clear up some of the rampant confusion about the changes.

It frustrates me that this process is so convoluted, especially when people need the assistance so terribly.

August 12, 2010 at 9:37 pm
(880) MS says:
August 12, 2010 at 10:15 pm
(881) Miguel in California says:

Unemployed Workers Rally for Extension of Benefits
Demand Congress pass comprehensive jobs bill


Updated 9:15 PM EDT, Thu, Aug 12, 2010


August 13, 2010 at 6:24 am
(882) Larry says:

These rallies need to begin in each of our cities. Hang flyers. Organize. A little leadership goes a long way. It’s certainly not difficult to find the unemployed.


August 13, 2010 at 11:39 am
(883) James says:

Floridians: I noticed someone said that if your balance says zero you are screwed. Not true. It just means it has not been updated yet. My balance yesterday finally updated and I was able to claim weeks again and am receiving quite a large retro-active payment check. Thank God whew! You just have to keep checking once a day because they are updated once a day a certain amount of people to avoid a major server crash.

August 14, 2010 at 8:33 pm
(884) clem says:

hope tier 5 is passed soon. But what happens after that also runs out? A Tier 6? A Tier 10? At some point, they will turn off the support and what will happen to us after that? Are we all destined to become homeless?

I suggest we start thinking “outside the box” for solutions. Watch this short video and see if you are a good fit:


at some point you will have to get off your butts and go to work thats what

August 17, 2010 at 8:09 pm
(885) bob t says:

cant the republicans use the remaining $400 billion from tarp to fund unemployment?? We ll win

August 18, 2010 at 8:05 pm
(886) Mike in CA says:

has anyone received a payment for retroactive claim forms that was filed back in July (when claims were cut off before passage of last bill extending deadlines to Nov.30) here in california? If so, anyone that was on or still on fed-ed extension received re-tro payment? Thanks!!

August 18, 2010 at 11:06 pm
(887) Jeff in CA says:

Mike in CA,

A few weeks ago, to my surprise, I had received a continued claim form. It seems to have been for an additional 5 weeks. Is this what you’re referring to?

August 19, 2010 at 12:31 am
(888) Mike in CA says:

Jeff, yes somewhat but really I’m trying to find out if anyone in ca. who continued to mail in there claim forms that they received. (after being cut off in early July), have received payment for those claims yet. Basically, has anyone got paid for their retroactive claims yet?

August 19, 2010 at 2:35 am
(889) Crystal in CA says:

don’t forget to write to congress in support of a tier 5 you many not need it now but you may need it later!

August 19, 2010 at 4:24 pm
(890) coco says:

Mike in Ca,

I have recieved all of my retroactive payments as of today. I was cut off in June… and was just caught up. Hope that helps.

August 19, 2010 at 6:06 pm
(891) Jeff in CA says:


I, like coco, have received all of my retroactive payments. Technically, I’d recently sent the last claim form in and am waiting on my final week’s check. I had also been cut off in June.

August 19, 2010 at 7:40 pm
(892) Mike in CA says:

Thanks Coco and Jeff!!

August 21, 2010 at 3:06 pm
(893) Free Internet Services says:

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August 24, 2010 at 6:37 pm
(894) elise says:

I am n florida and claimed my last week of regular benefts (26weeks) today. I am curous on how long the transition into teir 1 will be and if my first check will be for one week or two. Any insight would be helpful, ty…

August 25, 2010 at 12:13 pm
(895) clem says:

elise, your automaticlly rolled over into tier one and you will receive bi-weekly checks

August 27, 2010 at 7:06 pm
(896) Miguel in California says:
August 28, 2010 at 6:22 am
(897) Jeff in CA says:

Any 99ers here living in the San Jose, CA (Miguel in California?), or Tennessee area, contact me at the email listed on the following website, if you’re interested in helping UWAG with a major media TV story.

I’m told “This story could give us huge positive publicity.”

Thank you.

Hang in there everyone.

Marches & Rallies:

Aug. 28, 2010: Detroit: March for Jobs, Justice and Peace with the UAW

Sept. 15, 2010: Nationwide: Jobs Emergency Day of Action

Oct. 2, 2010: Washington, DC: One Nation


August 29, 2010 at 3:53 am
(898) Crystal in Ca says:

99ers don’t give up we need to fight for help!

September 2, 2010 at 2:48 am
(899) Jay in KENTUCKY says:

Glenn Beck = just another ignorant retard not paying attention to the cold hard facts.

If you don’t know the issues, why run your mouth and look like a jackass?

September 3, 2010 at 4:12 am
(900) nuevaesperanza says:

Tier 5, please please everybody keep the good fight, we the 99ers need more than ever the help, after 24 years working hard and paying taxes I was laid off, lost my house, my car, and my family is falling apart, I’m ruined. If they bail out the big banks, why don’t us? Don’t we the People (working class) deserve a chance too? To those who oppose to a tier5, I say time to leave your self pride aside the ship is sinking! and all sooner or later will plead for help in one way or another. WAKE UP PEOPLE!

September 3, 2010 at 10:03 pm
(901) 99ersUnited says:

Glenn Beck’s “Restoring Honor” Rally – Interviews With Participants: http://bit.ly/96upEc

September 5, 2010 at 7:12 am
(902) Keri says:

You can support the Tier 5 bill at “Open Congress”


This is a congress site and you need to search for S3706

September 5, 2010 at 9:27 pm
(903) Jason says:

Hi all. I am on of the 99′ers, I have been unemployed for well over a year. I am going back to school to help get a job that it will be harder to be laid off from. But, I would really appreciate some more unemployment.

September 10, 2010 at 8:37 pm
(904) QUESTIONS in Illinois says:

HELP!!! I got laid off on 3-4-2010. I am at the end of my initial 26 weeks of benefits from Illinois. I cannot find ANY information anywhere (the IDES site for extended benefits has been “unavailable” for weeks) and I need to know if the new extension law applies to me? My last certification said I have almost exhausted my benefits and I do not need to call IDES – they will notify me “IF ADDITIONAL BENEFITS ARE AVAILABLE.” What does that mean???? I am scared! I think I should move onto the EUC benefits?

Can someone tell me if my benefits, based on my last date of employment, will be extended under the new law? Thank you SO MUCH!

September 12, 2010 at 12:30 pm
(905) Miguel in California says:

Congress returns to jobless bill for 99ers
September 10th, 2010


September 15, 2010 at 4:11 am
(906) department education says:

nice share

September 15, 2010 at 4:08 pm
(907) Miguel in California says:

Tier 5: Long Odds For Legislation To Help The 99ers
First Posted: 09-15-10 02:49 PM


September 16, 2010 at 7:16 pm
(908) Richard in TX formerly fr CA says:

*****SEP 22nd IS THE DAY***** All unemployed Please read the following article and be ready to make at least 2 contacts on Wednesday Sep 22****Not only must we tell our Senators that we will not vote for anyone who does not vote for S3706(the tier 5 extension) but we will urge all of our family and friends not to vote for that Senator or congressman also. Together we can make an impact!!!

Mark September 22 on your calendar! Our coalition sets Action Day

“Finally 99er Factions Unite to Strengthen Political Clout – Push Senate on S3706″”


I can’t seem to post this so that you can click on it but you can drag it or you can find this on the unemployed friends site. Lets put the fear of 15 million unemployed people and their friends into them– Republicans and Democrats alike


September 20, 2010 at 2:45 pm
(909) Rachel says:

@ just a cheap guy: Um… you have no right to call anyone a moron here. Actually, I think you are the moron for being so frugal with your money. What is the point of having money if you cannot spend it? Remember, money is only a way of maintaining order, that’s it. When it comes down to it, money is worthless. However, one must have a steady amount to live off of. Now, I never made 150K combined with my husbands salary. Combined we made about 45K. That is barely enough to live off of in today’s standards. Now, let me tell you something… the economy would be WORSE if there were more people like you. How do businesses grow when everyone is frugal and will not spend their money? Again, that is the POINT of money, to invest it back into the market and to exchange it for actual valuable things like tangible objects. If you have millions sitting in the bank I am sorry for you, really. If we have a nuclear fallout, which could very well happen being as North Korea now has nukes and hates our guts, and obviously Russia does not like us very much and they have twice as many nukes as us, you will be stuck with nothing. Those millions in your bank account will mean absolutely nothing. It will go down to Zero. And if you have cash on hand, you would be laughed at for trying to spend worthless paper. Go buy tangible things that are actually worth something so if you need to trade it, you can. I will only say this once again, I am glad there are not very many people like you. The economy would be 3X as worse if not more because no one would be spending any money on the market, and a gallon of milk would be $15 instead of $5.

September 21, 2010 at 12:00 am
(910) Faith says:

Keep the Faith, never give up. Thank u for this site

September 21, 2010 at 1:23 pm
(911) Dinky says:

99ers Union: 24 hours until big push for S3706
September 21st, 2010 9:15 am PT


September 21, 2010 at 1:26 pm
(912) Dinky says:

(This a repost that was 1st posted #2448 by Richard from Ca now in Tx.)

*****SEP 22nd IS THE DAY***** All unemployed Please read the following article and be ready to make at least 2 contacts on Wednesday Sep 22****Not only must we tell our Senators that we will not vote for anyone who does not vote for S3706(the tier 5 extension) but we will urge all of our family and friends not to vote for that Senator or congressman also. Together we can make an impact!!!

Mark September 22 on your calendar! Our coalition sets Action Day

“Finally 99er Factions Unite to Strengthen Political Clout – Push Senate on S3706″”


I can’t seem to post this so that you can click on it but you can drag it or you can find this on the unemployed friends site. Lets put the fear of 15 million unemployed people and their friends into them– Republicans and Democrats alike


September 22, 2010 at 8:31 pm
(913) Cindy in CA. says:

I am so confused! I was laid off in July 2010. Every time I tell my FIL that my unemployment runs out in Jan. 2011 (26 weeks) he tells me that I am wrong… that I will get an extension. I thought the current extensions in place were for people who already ran out of benefits. What happens when the recently laid off run out?? Why do some people get 99 weeks (or more if Tier 5 goes through) and the newly laid off only get 26???

September 24, 2010 at 1:30 pm
(914) Dinky says:


Shelley Berkley: Help For The 99ers After Current Benefits
Reauthorized. Sept. 23, 2010


September 25, 2010 at 3:27 pm
(915) Tom in Fla says:
September 26, 2010 at 12:33 am
(916) 99'er says:

99er and Tier 5 Unemployment Extension Breaking Updates: Are 99ers Pushing “No Vote”? (Blog)


September 26, 2010 at 12:20 pm
(917) Tom in Fla says:

Good post 99er, I would add a observation that the article fails to reconize in that the Democrats have had super majorities in both Houses of Congress for almost 2 years (not to mention the WH) , and they have not used their power to create a Tier V, before I predicted a monster movie if the other party takes control of Congress I would give a thourough critique of the Dems who control Washington today. Yes the Repubs are capable of obstructing in the Senate but several have said if a extension was paid for (and there are plenty of painless ways to pay for it ie: use remaining stimulus money or reclaimed TARP monies) they could support a new extension. Also it has been rumored in other reports that lame duck Repub Senators Lemuix and Voinivich may be on board to Support s3706 if it gets introduced next week. FYI

September 26, 2010 at 9:47 pm
(918) Richard in TX formerly fr CA says:

You said it right Tom! As much as I am upset with the Republicans for making it so difficult to get any UI extensions passed, all the Democrats had to do was pay for an extension one of the ways you suggested and there would have been enough votes to pass it. I really doubt tht it’s going to happen now.

September 28, 2010 at 11:30 am
(919) jj says:

It is really funny that we the american people think that republicans suddenly are conservative when they spend just as much as democratics. Then thay use tax breaks, cutting taxes , budgeting, spending always around election times never fails same old same old. The key issues is the democratics tried to work for the working and work with republicans if you kept up. If we as american tax payers wanted them to take control were was we to tell them to forget the republicans and go? Also you can hide the true issues but no one knows more than the unemployed who caused the delays, blocks, Nays and issue not moving forward it was the republicans check the Bills if you forget what has happened the past 20 months ! It is funny when it comes to you the Unemployed now the republicans say now things have to be paid for. You better wake up and start paying attention to real numbers, how our politicians vote and what they are voting for and when they vote. We have been ingoring this for years!

September 28, 2010 at 2:16 pm
(920) I left CA for a job and found none says:

To Cindy in CA – Post 2453

You wrote:
“Why do some people get 99 weeks (or more if Tier 5 goes through) and the newly laid off only get 26???”

Let me point out that while you were earning a paycheck in 2008, 2009 and half of 2010, those who have exhausted benefits were earning a pittance of their former pay in the form of UI benefits. It almost sounds like you’re complaining that you feel the 99ers made out better than you did. Please reconsider that philosphy.

September 28, 2010 at 2:38 pm
(921) Man with the answers says:

Cindy, dont feel bad! you will get an extension in january, 2011. its just people like (I left CA for a job and found none) have been milking the state and federal governemnt for the last two years, be glad you have integrity and a job

Cindy in CA. says:

I am so confused! I was laid off in July 2010. Every time I tell my FIL that my unemployment runs out in Jan. 2011 (26 weeks) he tells me that I am wrong… that I will get an extension. I thought the current extensions in place were for people who already ran out of benefits. What happens when the recently laid off run out?? Why do some people get 99 weeks (or more if Tier 5 goes through) and the newly laid off only get 26???

September 29, 2010 at 5:13 pm
(922) In California says:

Does anyone know the law in UIB CA about… ..?

I originally was laided off in October 2009. So my claim start date is 10/18/2009. I received UIB payments for 3weeks, when I was called back to work for 1 1/2 weeks. My claimed stopped because I received a paycheck for those weeks and I was back to my claim that wa dated 10/18/09. I received those checks until the 26 weeks ran out the first week of June. At that time, I was placed on the first federal extention that was for 20 weeks. So that has now given me 46 weeks. As of last week, I received my last week of the 20week extention. This should bring me to tier 2 of 13 additonal weeks starting on 9/26.

in July, the news stated that extentions were passed if you start a new extention before Nov 30, 2010. If you have only 2 tiers before that date, oh well! You don’t qualify for any others because its passed that date.

This is my question?

As of 9/26 I am to start tier 2. I was told it’s for 13 weeks. This should bring me up to Jan 2011. BUT, my claim ends on 10/18/2010. Will they still use the same date that I started my claim in 2009 (that’s what they mean by extention?) OR does it mean on Oct 2010, I have to file a new claim? And if I have to file a NEW claim will I get it?

September 29, 2010 at 5:47 pm
(923) Mike in CA says:

to ca. when your anniversary date of 10/18/2010 comes you MAY get a letter saying your claim has expired, if so just call edd and tell them this is just your 1 year anniversary date. You may also get a letter denying benefits which if you call them at edd they will tell you to just ignore the letter that you are fine to continue. Basically, in the past our annniversary dates have triggered something in the system. You should be good till xmas. Hope that helps!!

September 29, 2010 at 6:28 pm
(924) kl says:

GOP blocks another effort to help exhausted unemployed lifelines again today. Wake up America

September 29, 2010 at 11:22 pm
(925) speed says:

Florida: Can someone explain this to me?
I live in Fl. and my tier IV just expired on 9/15/2010. (Actually I only had 53 dollars availalbe on 9/15/2010 reporting date)

I recieved a letter from Agency for Workforce Innovation stating; “This is the Final Payment on your UC claim. The week beginning 11/21/2010 was the last week of EUC eligibility could be established under the Federal Law. No additinal benefits are available at this time.”

I thought there was an EB after the Tier IV, is there NO EB availalbe? I just do not understand the 11/21/1010 date, since it is 7-8 weeks away.

Thank you

September 30, 2010 at 12:50 pm
(926) Kris says:

Hi All,

I have some questions similar to Cindy’s in CA. I am in CO and was laid off on March 31st, 2010. I had severance pay for 3 mos. of that, ending on July 1st, 2010. I started collecting UI in July 2010. It’s been 3 mos. and I still have not found a job and am getting worried. Here’s why: I am a perfect fit for a job 10 min. away at the IBM plant. It’s the job I was doing for over a decade. This was not as an employee, but a contractor, and was willing to work for less pay, no benefits, no vacation, etc. My previous job was moved overseas and don’t think they want to hire American’s even at such reduced rates. Additionally, I’m willing to work every other weekend handling after hours IT changes. Still, cannot find a position and there are very few here. I am limited in my ability to move due to guardianship/child custody arrangements with other parent. Any way, I figure, if I cannot get hired for a job for which I am perfect fit, am willing to accept far less in compensation, work weekends, alternate shifts, etc–who else will consider me? I am on a wait list for a local nursing school bc am willing to retread, change careers, but still need a job in the interim.

My question to all is: will UI benefits be extended for those of us who started collecting in 2010? I would not be eligible for an extension until Jan 2011. Again, I live in CO and am a laid off IT worker (Unix sys admin, 16+ yrs.)



September 30, 2010 at 4:44 pm
(927) Mary says:

We live in Kentucky. My husband draws unemployment. His claim began in September 2009. After his regular UI benefits, he applied for an extension (I believe it was 20 weeks). When it was almost ended, we got a letter stating that he was eligible for another extension and it would be automatic; he didn’t have to apply for it. He received 2 checks and still had a balance equal to 10 weeks, but his next check didn’t arrive. He checked online (where he applies bi-weekly) and it said his claim had expired. He went into the office and they said it had expired (not quite a year total) and started another claim. They based it on new quarters (which included $0 because of UI) instead of the original quarters… Is this correct? Or should it still be based on the same thing the old one was? There has been no lapse in UI, and he has not temporarily worked or anything. Any help out there?

September 30, 2010 at 10:46 pm
(928) In California says:

Mike Says…Thanks for the info. I appreciate your info so promptly. I was thinking the same thing. BUT now….

Today, we received our last check and it said the same thing “Mary Says… Letter on September 30, 2010 at 4:44 pm” It said last check and not to do anything. He qualifies for the next extention (13 weeks) but with reading Mary’s experience, I am now worried because he only went back to work for those 1-2 weeks and the rest of his quarters will be $0 because of collecting UIB.

I’m interested in finding out if they won’t accept the anniversary date and start a new claim.

Anybody out there fall into this category where your past your anniversary date and just about to start tier 3?

October 1, 2010 at 9:56 am
(929) Tom in Fla says:

On the Mr. Ed Show last nite he had a 99er lady on (Mignon Veasily-Fields) who seemed to have a objective view of what went on in the Senate this week. You can watch her exchange with Ed @ minute marker 9:09 on the video from Ed’s site titled “99ers Still Need Help”


October 1, 2010 at 12:32 pm
(930) frank bocklet says:

i thought deb stabenow was gonn a tier 5 their so full of crap there eyes are brown the only thing debs gonna do is figure out where to dine so that she may rub noses with dumb rep and dem 99s wake up here it is our goverment is saying no money for american unemployed but money for isreals weapons aid 20 billion pay for holy war allied what do we get the bill the enemy the blame iguess jews in isreal are priority over american jews but they thanked us by fixing wall st stealing every 1s money then bailout after big fix then finally tax cut on what they stole i guess u know y lord flooded earth kept noah and beutiful animals i wish we could drown out filthy lying piggg

October 2, 2010 at 12:50 pm
(931) Miguel in California says:

“Watch the One Nation March Live TODAY” Sat., Oct 2, 2010


October 2, 2010 at 12:53 pm
(932) Miguel in California says:

Watch it in this space on Saturday, October 2, from 11:00am to 5:00pm EST.

“Watch the One Nation March Live TODAY”


October 3, 2010 at 7:33 pm
(933) Tom in Fla says:
October 5, 2010 at 1:06 pm
(934) LaShae says:

I have called the DC Unemployment office for two days (I am on hold as I type).I was approved for benefits but was told online that there was an issue with my claim and I was given two #s to call.I called three times.Each time,I was on hold for 2+ hours.I dozed off while on hold and woke up only to still be on hold.I am amazed that a better system is not in place.Ive worked for 9 years and all I ask is to be compensated while in transition to a new job…and for someone to answer the dang phone!

October 5, 2010 at 6:25 pm
(935) 99'er says:

Next Rally in DC: Sat.,10/30: DEADLINE to sign up: This Friday, October 8.

1. Sign up for free buses from NYC to DC for 10/30 Jon Stewart “Restoring Sanity” Rally:

*Please note: General sign-up at Huffpo is for a seat on a bus only; they make no distinction between who is/is not a 99er. You MUST sign up at Huffpo for a free seat on a bus. DEADLINE: THIS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8.

2. Let us know you are going so we can include you in the 99er group:

*Please note: FlashMobs4Jobs sign up is NOT for a bus seat, but to be included in the 99er group and receive special information and instructions for 99ers only. Unless you also sign up at FlashMobs, the 99er group will have NO WAY of KNOWING you will be there. For the next few hours, the FlashMobs site may still say 10/2 Sign-up; we’ll be updating it very soon. Sign up anyway; it is time-stamped, so we’ll know which list to put you on.

You must sign up at BOTH sites to have a seat on a bus and to be included in the 99er-only group. All information is kept strictly confidential.

October 6, 2010 at 2:00 pm
(936) Crystal in CA says:

99ers and those who are about to lose their benefits in Nov need to combine their efforts to vote the reps out and to make the dems vote a bill in. We need to march together on one day in our own towns and cities and bring news attention to this issue all around the world that is about the only way to get this done!

October 6, 2010 at 7:19 pm
(937) 99'er says:

…. found this on another site and wanted to share it on here….

Tier 5 Unemployment Extension Needed Members,

This may help you to decide who to vote for in this November 2nd Election.

U.S. Senate Roll Call

Here we can look up every bill that was either passed or voted out of existence. And see exactly who voted yes and no.

Check out the bills and then to the far left click on the link that shows how the Senators voted.


October 6, 2010 at 7:20 pm
(938) 99'er says:

Least we forget:

This is a good reason why we should not vote straight across the board for Democrats.

This is why I am thinking Non-Partisan is the best way to go.
Regardless of Party vote for the candidates who will pass unemployment benefits.

And most important of all a Tier 5 or S. 3706 or we are not going to make it.

Don’t forget it takes a certain amount of votes to get the bills we need.

17 Democrats Vote Against Unemployment Benefits.
Some people say that the economic recession has ended, but experts warn that the economy is almost certainly not improving. Profits for big corporations are up, but ordinary Americans are still suffering from extremely high levels of unemployment.

U.S. Representative Jim McDermott offered legislation this week to help. He introduced H.R. 3548, the Unemployment Compensation Extension Act, a sensible bill that extends unemployment benefits for 13 additional weeks, but only in those states where unemployment remains above 8.5 percent. It’s the right kind of economic stimulus, intelligently targeted to people who need it most, and who will spend the money instead of stashing it away.

McDermott said after the roll call vote.

Sadly, a few Democrats couldn’t be bothered to offer a hand of assistance to people who are still suffering under the bad economy. Even though 66 Republicans crossed the aisle to vote in favor of extending unemployment benefits in hard hit areas, these Democrats refused to help. By voting against this legislation, the following 17 Democratic members of the House of Representatives have told the American people that Congress will abandon them at a time when hard-working Americans are still struggling.

Thats My Congress:


October 7, 2010 at 9:16 pm
(939) 99'er says:

Jon Stewart’s Rally to Restore Sanity : another 99er opportunity to be heard



October 11, 2010 at 6:14 pm
(940) md4434 says:

I am still on my state unemployment and have not yet needed a federal extension i hope it will be there when i need it.I will vote for only those who voted for it.I am happy to pay taxes for these services that the government supplies people.If people want cuts why don,t they talk about cutting our defense budget and stay away from unemployment.

October 12, 2010 at 12:14 pm
(941) James says:

Not just the “99′ers”, but ALL of you should be active in writing to Congress, the President, everyone…it could benefit YOU too if your time comes to be a “99′er” yourself. Be active and write an email…just do it.

October 12, 2010 at 3:37 pm
(942) Richard fr CA in TX says:

I have finally found a job. Hard to believe, but after 32 months I am employed again in distribution. Not a facility manager like I used to be and at a lower rate of pay for certain. My wife and I have learned to live differently during these tough times so we will be ok. Good Luck to all of you. I will continue to pray for you everyday.

October 15, 2010 at 5:24 am
(943) Crystal in CA to Richard says:

Hi Richard,

Congrats on your new job. I am happy that you were able to find something. You give hope to those of us in CA who are still fighting hard for jobs. I am sure we will all find something soon, I hope so!

But I still pray that they pass an extension for those who have not been able to do so!

October 15, 2010 at 7:56 am
(944) Blue Lady says:

My benefits also will run out October 30, 2010. If there isn’t any extension for myself, my family will be eating peanut butter sandwiches! I have been laid off since December 2009. It is not fair to be, I have only been of our work 10 months! The 99ers have been of for over a year! I know this unemployment is getting worse more and more! Please help us!!!!

October 19, 2010 at 2:00 am
(945) Resume objectives says:

Recently i got a response in a Forum regarding job hunting tactics someone replied to check the local online classifieds. but how many people are there who like to apply on monster or other job sites. what the use of high qualified people if employer doesn’t give chance to Freshers?

October 19, 2010 at 8:22 pm
(946) BigCat says:

Ms. Doyle, what is the constitutionality of an unemployment extension law which grants additonal weeks/Tiers to those who exhaust current Tiers by a certain date, but not to those who don’t meet that date deadline? Example: Person “A” is scheduled to exhaust Tier I in early December, 7 days after the cut off. Tier I means person “A” has recieved 46 weeks (total). That’s it, no more assistance for person “A”!!! Yet other Americans have collected up to 99 weeks (and still complain there isn’t more for them). Just because they met an arbitrary DATE deadline, they are eligible to CONTINUE to collect in to the next Tiers (up to 99 weeks)? I am surprised some really smart lawyer hasn’t taken this one on as class action case by now. Thoughts?

October 19, 2010 at 9:05 pm
(947) mimi says:

Dear Kris, #2466. If the government does not pass another extention by 11/30/10, no, you will not get an extention of benefits. So the people who are really benefiting from all these extentions are truly the ones who have been unemployed for over the last 18 months. I just got off the phone with a rep from the unemployment office and she said if no extention is done then you only get the beneffits that you currently have coming to you, but once they run out, then basically I’m screwed. My last check is the week of December 11th. I miss the deadline to file for an extention by one flipping week!!! And all becuz in July whenI filed my first extention I couldn’t get on the website that Thurs-Sat and it wasn’t until Sunday the 18th that I was able to file for the extention so my new benefits didn’t start until 07/18/10. They wouldn’t change the date to the week ending July 17th. It isn’t my fault that their website kept going down. What a load of crap.

October 19, 2010 at 9:50 pm
(948) mimi says:

Kris, #2466, let me elaborate. You have until 11/30 to file for an extention. The onlly way you can do that is if you’re benefits run out that week and your claim shows that you have no funds avail. So if that week is your last check then you need to file for the extention by that Tuesday, Nov 30. If you wait until Dec 1st, Wed, you will be too late. If the legislatures, whowill be once again on vacation/leave, approve another extention b4 then, then we will be fine for a few more weeks.

October 19, 2010 at 10:09 pm
(949) mimi says:

Kris, #2466, let me elaborate. If you don’t file for your extention by 11/30 then it will be too late to do so unless the legislatures approve another extention. And the only time you can file for an extention is after your funds have been depleated. So if the week of Nov 28th is your last check, then you will need to file no later then 11/30. Dec 1st, though falling in that same week, will be too late.

October 19, 2010 at 10:34 pm
(950) mimi says:

Writers #2467 and #2468, regarding your question- when your benefit year is up, you have to file a new claim. If you haven’t worked since you files your original claim, then they will deny the new claim and then re-activate the original claim. (This is what happened to me) You will need to keep certifying, but the one thing you will need to be aware of is that if it is a state extention that you”re currently on, they will not transfer your certifications to the original claim. You will need to call them and have them manually redo your cerifications to reflect the correct claim. (I found that out when I checked my certification weeks and noticed they were under the inactive “new” claim, and not under my original one. Lets face it everyone, the government, state and federal, is not making this easy for us!

October 20, 2010 at 11:25 pm
(951) 99'er says:

Bailouts are the richmans welfare checks

October 20, 2010 at 11:27 pm
(952) 99'er says:

Just wanted to say ………..

Bailouts are the richmans welfare checks

October 26, 2010 at 8:38 am
(953) Ron says:

Isn’t it strange. the nations unemployed are being targeted as the lazy ones, the ones living off the sysyem. They are the scape goat for cutting the deficit. but we may not mention or bring up the carreer welfare rolls. I’m not talking about the few who actually use this as a stepping stone back into a productive society, but rather the norm of the welfare rolls. the generation after generation of people who have their grandmother, daughter and granddaughter all living in section 8 housing, collecting welfare and WIC and driving new cars and wasting their money on lotteries. A class of people who can’t even pick up their own trash or help themselves in any way. This, unfortunatly is the basis of the Democratic party, buying votes with nore hand outs, knowing the more they give them the more their vote is assured. And god forbid if anyone speaks out on this because they will crucify you as racist and a biguit to save their votes and their free ride. That is one reason the tea party is so haited by the left. It isn’t that they are racist they are just in favor of people being responsoble for their own lives and not livin off a mith that they are in some way still connected to something that happened to thei ancestors 150 years ago. but it works for them and they know the tea party movement is a thretat to that way of life. Because fr the most part that is their way of live. It isn’t a stepping stone as intended, but rather a carreer path. Why not get control of this situation and then perhapps we would have the money to help those who just need a job and some help getting their. I am not a racist, I just believe we a responsible for our lives and can’t live off the government taking care of us our entire life. The stimulous would have done wonders if it had been funneled to help the unemployed and used to pay for medicad programs for the welfare rolls.

October 27, 2010 at 8:03 pm
(954) frank sekach says:

Because you lost your job thru no fault of your own do you like being called lazy,shiftless a drag on the decent people of this country? Do you like being called a drug adict? You must be all you do is lay around all day doing drugs at least that’s what the t-party says about you, if they they win they willl force all unemployed to take drug tests. You are worthless they will do away with unemployment(see jim miller alaska)they want to privatize social security (see O’Donnel Delaware) yeah give the wall street bankers your money and 3 years before you retire there will be another crash and all your money will be gone, hope your body holds up till your 90. If you like all these things I suggest you vote GOP this year. after all dignity is overated!! Did I mention these tea partiers want to do away with minimum wage? $7.56 an hour is way to much, that cuts into the $35 million salery of the CEO!! You do have a way to fight back VOTE DEMOCRATIC!! Put the tea party on the street so they will have more time to smoke their tea leaves!

October 27, 2010 at 9:22 pm
(955) heather says:

Hi Everyone…
This is my first time posting here..
Im hoping one of you out there may be kind enough to help me out with my latest EDD predicament.
I live in CA…and i was laid off in sept. ’09.. my claim started 9/9/09–ended 9/19/10..i was told i had to file a new claim…which i did. then i was told by EDD that my claim was inactive due to being unemployed that entire year..
but the guy on the phone with EDD told me it looked like there had been earnings reported. I explained to him, that i had NOT earned any monies while being unemployed. sooo long story short…
He adjusted my claim, and i started recieving my benefits again same amount, no change.
its been about 4 weeks and my extension is running out it seems…i will be getting one more week i believe..
yesterday, i recieve a letter titled “notice of status of wages” says some dollar amount, then says something about vacation pay is not earnings. i kinda thought i was in the clear, and was kinda just brushing off the notice…
then today i recieve a new award letter! My benefits are decreased by a significant amount, and its got new claim dates on it…
what the heck is going on noooow? lol.
uggh…I cannot wait to find work! I am soo tired of the EDD rollercoaster…as im sure you all are too.
Any advice you have would be greatly appreciated…I plan on trying to place a call to EDD tomorrow..but you know how that goes…

October 28, 2010 at 10:31 am
(956) Scott says:

I don’t understand so many people got 99 weeks of unemployment. Before this fiasco started, in my state at least, one was almost always assured an entire year of unemployment.

Now with this bullsh%t legislation, I only get like 40 weeks and end up getting cut off.

Congress better pass another extention. If some people get 99 weeks, all people should get 99 weeks.

November 1, 2010 at 4:46 am
(957) James says:

Your unemployment is a percentage of your wages for a certain period. If you make x amount dollars that is half of what a 99er makes you should get about half the weeks. Since you only qualify for 40 weeks then your income

A) Your earnings weren’t sufficient enough.

B) You weren’t employed for a long enough period of time.

So if you didn’t even make half the earnings that a 99er made then why should you get what would work out to be twice what you made when you actually the job you are claiming benefits from.

The entire purpose of unemployment is to help people “try” to maintain their lifestyle until you find another job. So you should work for 1 year and collect unemployment for 2 years???

Come on people we can’t blame all our problems on the system just because we don’t full understand the system.

It makes me furious when people have so much to say about something that has been a complete blessing to most but it still isn’t good enough.

November 3, 2010 at 2:22 am
(958) Crystal in CA says:

We all need to get on both the house and the senate to pass an all inclusive extension before the end of this month or else we all will not receive anything, be homeless etc. Whether you are a 99er or not we all need to work together to get an extension pass now that the elections are over!

November 3, 2010 at 11:47 am
(959) Dave says:

The sad truth is that neither political party has much influence over the state of the economy. But we can at least be honest about it. The real unemployment rate here in Florida is closer to 20% and it is not getting any better. We should stop saying things like the recession is over when the people no better. We are not stupid. Call it a depression and let us have a honest discussion about how to solve this problem. The first question to ask is how did we get in this situation. What are the underlying reasons for the poor economy and how can we help people survive this. Stop exporting jobs over seas. It seems to me that our standard of living began to decline over thirty years ago when this countries manufacturing base began to decline. And with that went good paying jobs. Government and service jobs will not bring back our standard of living. Hate to say this…but think we are all screwed. And you can include the wealthy in this group because if the middle class goes down everyone else will follow.

November 3, 2010 at 1:08 pm
(960) Paul says:

Might not be a bad idea to email or get in touch with your senators and congressman and ask them to continue unemployment extensions for a little while longer.

They can vote on it during the lame duck session while we still have a democratic majority in the house until the switch in January.

I’ll be running out of unemployment soon myself.

November 3, 2010 at 2:12 pm
(961) Rebecca says:

I lost my job to overseas in the philipines, very nice people, not their fault the corporations are greedy and want to hire people for cheaper labor. The same thing happened to America in the industrial age when china and other countries mass produced cheap knock offs of the american items and put american businesses out of business, but we solved that, it is written in history our answer to this crisis. They tariffed imports to america, extremely, to give americans a chance to recover. However, we hit the technological age at that point and decided to scrap the industrial age and start fresh anyway, but we had a choice, we could have continued to in the industrial age because they solved the issue. This issue is the same now as then, just with a different name, instead of cheaper items, it is cheaper labor. These corporations need to be taxed hourly for the labor that is overseas. This will get them to bring the labor back to american soil. This will solve our problem. Because my theory is that when the jobs went oversea, these workers had to begin living frugally so that made american business slow, then they had to lay off people, then they lived more frugally and all of them couldn’t find jobs because they are overseas! The trickle effect was in fact working in reverse due to greedy corporations who wanted to save money by hiring over seas employment, and in turn destroyed our economy. Here it is in a nut shell people, now what are we going to do about it? Wait until every one loses their homes? Until everyone can’t feed their familes? With no jobs, there is no hope, America needs their hope back, the government needs to step in and slap the corporations silly with taxes. Thanks for listening.

November 3, 2010 at 8:09 pm
(962) JEN says:


Can somebody please answer my questions. I am having a hard life right now as I am sure we all are….my background sucks….I paid $50k to go to college just for an ASSOCIATES degree….landed a $14/hr job….did tons of overtime just to pay for my school. I have a bunch of private student loans totally $550.00 a month that I MUST pay before I eat or else I will never be able to buy my dream home because I will get horrible credit on 1 missed payment of a student loan. I have a 7 year old daughter and I can barely afford to keep up. If my unemployment gets cut off completely I will have nowhere to go. My family will not help me because they are selfish and all they want is for me to help them with everything. Now I know this sounds irrelavent, but thats the story of my life. Christmas is almost here and still no job. I have applied everywhere and anywhere even applied to be a janitor as much as I can’t even use a public restroom because I am afraid of germs, therefore I would rather hold it for 8 hours. —-ok—-you can laugh a little—
Oh and I forgot to add that I also have to pay taxes…instead of getting an income tax refund like many I have to pay taxes. I am making monthly payments until paid and if I have no money to pay that as agreed it will go in default as well and I will be penalized….I can’t take it anymore!!!!!!!!!!! This is too much for me!!! I THINK I’M JUST GOING TO JUMP OFF!!!!

November 4, 2010 at 8:09 am
(963) Terri fr CA in TN says:

I haven’t been to this site in quite a while, but tuning in today I was so happy to see Richard fr CA in TX is now employed!!! Congrats my old friend!!

I see Crystal CA and Miguel in California are still here – we’re still fighting and we still have access to computers and I see the two of you are still giving good advice and inspiration. I hope jobs are are on the horizon for you both :-)

I haven’t been coming to this site lately as I just can’t deal with surprising number of posters who display contempt for those of us who have exhausted benefits – aka the ’99ers’. I would expect this from trolls, far-righters and those who enjoy kicking folks when they’re down just for the heck of it – but coming from fellow unemployed Americans is just too much to stomach.

Feeling bitter and apparently jealous that there are those of us who have collected 99 weeks in incomrehensible! If you’ve only collected 20 weeks – this means you HAD A JOB while others were forced to live on small unemployment checks for years! This means you probably qualified for the COBRA subsidy while folks like me had to pay the entire COBRA premium out of my unemployment. For me, the COBRA was over $700 a month – half of my monthly unemployment! This means you have a better chance of still having some of your retirement accounts left – us ’99ers’ used that for rent and food and heating bills. This means you have a better chance of getting hired as you havn’t been out of work long enough to be considered ‘out of touch’ by potential employers. Can’t you people see that??

I moved from CA to TN a year ago, hoping to find a job and have still had no luck. The last application I filled out had the question “Have you ever been laid off?” This is a new one and so unfair I could just cry.

I pray for all of our sakes that something is done – FOR ALL OF US.

November 4, 2010 at 10:07 pm
(964) Miguel in California says:

@ Terri fr CA in TN,

Thank you for the kind words.

We all will make it soon. Never give up. I wish you and all of us the best.

Take Care.

November 5, 2010 at 7:36 pm
(965) Steve says:

Everyone who voted Republican in the recent elections has voted to destroy America and crush any possibility of a recovery. Good job people! Don’t blame me, I did not vote for anyone Republican. Remember back to the late 1920′s and how the Nazi party rose to power? Tea Party and Republicans. Deja-vu?

November 7, 2010 at 12:02 pm
(966) Tom in Fla says:

Well Steve- Im not sure what your post has to do with a Unemployment Extension. The same Democrat supermajority will be in charge in Congress next month as was last month (until the new Congress is sworn in next year). There is a deal out there if they want it, they can get Repub votes if a Extension bill is paid for. Since they only need 2-3 Republican votes in the Senate Id bet even a compromise between paid for and not paid for would pass. If the guys and gals in charge today want a bill they can get one.

For the record, the NAZIs took over Germany by truck loads of Brownshirts riding around the cities in Trucks beating and intimidating people and generally causing mayhem culminating with the burning down of the Parliment building (Reistag). (because they couldnt win a plurality in a honest election) I fail to see the analagy to the election that just occured.

November 7, 2010 at 1:26 pm
(967) Denese says:

To everyone out there. Don’t feel bad I was in the middle of Tier 2 and as of 10/16/2010 Wisconsin had no longer qualified for the federal extension so I have been without and so has my husband. Yet Koehler who makes home faucets etc, just laid off 700 people. I am hopeing this is re approved and quickly or I wonder if those people in Washington want to give up part of there income to cover everyone’s bills that are out of unemployment. I mean all over the country. It will be a grimm Christmas and all they want us to do is spend to keep the recovery going how does that work if you have nothing coming in and are living on your savings which will be nothing if they do nothing.

November 8, 2010 at 1:19 pm
(968) Crystal in CA says:

(997) Terri fr CA in TN thank you for your kind word and I hope that we all find something soon.

(999) Steve you are absolutely right and this is what I have been seeing on the rise its said but yes the tea party is the new Nazi party in the way they operate and discriminate!

(1000) Tom in Fla causing pain to others is not the new way of doing things. Lying to the public about the state of affairs, how we have a solid plan to fix it and who the cause is is the new way to influence people. First blame the illegals and minorities then go from there. When in fax corporate greed is the problem and all government officials and people who let people come to America illegally to work for them. Don’t forget the corporations who shipped jobs overseas to make an extra buck.

Anyway, we need to bad together and get them to pass something as a unit no more divide and conquer strategies!

November 8, 2010 at 1:21 pm
(969) Crystal in CA says:

Advice if you want something passed complain about it to the congress and tell them that your friends and family are committed to not buy anything for the holiday until they do!

November 8, 2010 at 2:59 pm
(970) Antoinette says:

First time commenter; long time unemployed here……I’m facing the reality that I, along with millions of others, will be cut off from my EB as of 11/30. The majority of republicans are old, stinking-rich, white men, who do not give a rat’s ass about the 1 out 6 unemployed American. I will bet my last unemployment check that the nation’s deficit or the expiration of the wealthy man’s tax cuts are not a concern for the millions of us who are trying to pay the mortgage and buy groceries and just plain survive. We could all thank that smirk-faced buffoon from texas, that put us in this mess causing unprecedented numbers of unemployment.

Good luck fellow 99ers.

November 9, 2010 at 2:44 pm
(971) Steve says:

Its nice and sad at the same time, to see all the comments about this unemployment crisis. Why is it that this government will not pull the trigger. Its bad enough we can’t find a suitable job to pay our bills, now we are waiting to see what we should plan for. Should we plan for foreclosure, and bankruptcy, or should we plan for a couple more months of help? This is a very stressful time of year, my good ol less than $9/hr job isn’t gonna get me far. Without unemployment compansation, this country is gonna see horrible things. Foreclosures will flood, bankruptcies will become rampant. All will be hurt by it, just just us. Cost of products have risen, why? Not everyone is buying the stuff they could almost 2 years ago. So big corp. needs to make up for that so they raise the cost so they can sleep at night knowing they can afford their lavish lifestyles. While we go for store brand items, yet even they are expensive right now. Theres jobs out there but I would have to get a loan to pay for schooling, and who is gonna give me a loan knowing I don’t have money to pay for it? Also who will hire an almost 40 year old to do something a 20 year old can do. This country is in a mess, and no one in a $1000 suit really cares. They prove that everyday, when they sit and do nothing.

November 9, 2010 at 11:00 pm
(972) MARKY says:


November 11, 2010 at 11:39 pm
(973) Ridiculous says:

Your comments sound ridiculous, and this person sounds very young with no responsibilities to begin with, you can’t judge the whole system based on this person. You have to look at the whole picture, and watch the news and research web sites. Read peoples stories, check out the employment rate in all states, etc. millions have already exhausted employment benefits since last April. more and more each week lose benefits and have nothing to live on. People with children to take care of. real adult responsibilities, have nothing, selling all possessions, losing homes, unable to pay rent, buy food, still cant find work anywhere, all hope lost, no income. lost everything and still are out of work. Complete depression and now winter is upon us. Don’t judge till you have walked in shoes. This money isn’t saved, it is put right back into the economy to buy food, pay rent etc. I really don’t understand how people can be so cruel when they know how tough it is for people.

November 12, 2010 at 11:17 am
(974) Dave says:

We live in a consumer driven society. What happens when discretionary spending stops because people are unemployed and can not find work? They stop spending. It will be interesting to see what happens this Christmas if the unemployment extensions are not passed. Pass the tier 5 and all extensions now before everything comes to a grinding halt.

November 14, 2010 at 1:00 am
(975) Crystal in CA says:

Many of you who are losing your benefit are now going to be where the 99ers were and still are back in April this year. We have been fighting all this time to get an extension for all of us. But the government divided us between the 99ers and not so that they could not pass an extension. As a result many of us 99ers are still looking for pt-and ft jobs and many of you are now just about caught up with the governmental crap that we all are. The best result is for all unemployed to band together to put pressure on the government. So what are they waiting for? Well they know that some of the numbers will go down and that will be their excuse because retail will be hiring temp workers for the holidays. Of course we all realized that these job are for a few weeks only and are better than nothing. But after that we are right back where we started. I suggest that we start to make our voices as one loud and to pressure the media to get involved in our cause. We have allowed them for too long to stand by and brush us under the rug along with the government officials who are still getting paid while we all suffer. Nov. 30th is right round the corner we all need to get started now!

November 15, 2010 at 4:43 pm
(976) dave says:


I have some scary news. Millions of America’s unemployed job-seekers will be cut off from federal jobless benefits starting Nov. 30 unless Congress takes urgent action to renew and extend those benefits through 2011.

For administrative reasons, states actually need to shut down their extended unemployment programs in advance of the federal government’s Nov. 30 cut-off—which means some people will be spending Thanksgiving without food on the table unless Congress acts next week (and they’re only in town for a few days).

I just signed an emergency petition, and the deadline for signatures is Monday. Can you add your name, too? Just click here:



November 16, 2010 at 12:26 am
(977) Chris says:

The sh&t will hit the fan in the summer when this next wave of unemployed exhaust their unemployment benefits. I hope there are riots in this country soon!

The Dems and President whom I voted for in 2008 have been spineless in their dealings with the Reps. Gridlock bulls@iT! Our elected leaders need to learn negotiating skills. Give a big welcome to Palin and her gang or some other morons in the Whitehouse in 2012 if this crap continues!

November 17, 2010 at 9:19 pm
(978) Anonymous says:

I’m in Kentucky and qualify for extended benefits, but a computer problem has prevented me from getting check for over a month. I’ve had to borrow rent money and am out of food. The unemployment office just says they will email Frankfort, and that Frankfort also has other problems. What other problems? Some politician wants a new mouse for his computer? It’s crazy that they don’t prioritize for someone whose benefit check is more than a month late.

November 18, 2010 at 1:09 pm
(979) Anonymous says:

Civil unrest is coming in 2011. The numbers of unemployed, underemployed and those who have just giving up continues to grow. No one seems to have any answers and nothing changes. Something has got to give.

November 19, 2010 at 7:51 am
(980) CindyS says:

If you are among those still unemployed, please send me your name, email address, state and county. Let’s organize and DO SOMETHING.

November 19, 2010 at 10:58 pm
(981) Beth says:

Well, those who are raging at the ones who are still unemployed have not been in that position. Some people never get any compassion for ANY situation until they are in it themselves. Just wait – your turn WILL come. Maybe not in this recession, but the next one. Then you’ll have a little sympathy, I hope.

Meanwhile, we’ve lost everything. Both my husband and I were laid off shortly after 9/11 in the wake of the hiring freezes, oil and gas (O&G) freezes, etc etc. (My job was outsourced to India, supposedly in the cost-saving measures of using EDI to do my job!)

We lived in a city build on the O&G economy, and NO ONE was hiring. We were both laid off only months apart. After trying to sell our home for a year (but no one was moving to the area any more and companies didn’t need to relocate emps), we ended up losing our home. (We were on a 4-month waiting list just to talk to HUD for help on our home!) We still had not found any new jobs, despite having been gainfully employed our entire lives.

We moved to another state to try to find more work. We found little bits and pieces – minimum wage only. It was pathetic. We didn’t make any headway, used every dime of our savings and were broke. Then I hurt my knee badly (tore the ACL) in a fall. I couldn’t get any medical care at our area hospital, because we had no insurance and it wasn’t “life threatening”. No, only life-changing! I couldn’t even walk for a couple months, then on crutches for several more months, and even now have to use a cane. It changed my life forever due to lack of simple medical care.

November 19, 2010 at 11:01 pm
(982) Beth says:

Cont –
I tried to work from home for a while selling online. That doesn’t really pay the bills. If you have something large enough to turn a profit to pay the bills, you have to have a fairly substantial amt of money to invest in your inventory most of the time. The rest is pocket change. When I finally gave up and tried to file for disability (I can’t drive any more either, which really hinders all mobility), I was turned away! I had plenty of work “hours”, but there wasn’t enough in the time frame I needed! OMG!! I didn’t file for unemp though. We continued to eek by on my husband’s min wage job.

Then he was laid off in Jul 2009. That’s been a nightmare. We are on extended unemployment at the moment, because there just are not hardly any jobs in our area. What is worse – he is 52 now. The dreaded age prejudice is in full swing here. Of course, in our area, my college age son could not find a job for over 6 months, so it is the economy too. My son recently found part time work (2 days a week), which beats nothing. My husband? Not so lucky. He was in a career-retraining program to go to another career at his age (hard enough!). Despite having over 20 yrs experience in maintenance, companies want younger workers now (not sure if it is perceived energy levels or cheaper labor). He’s had two interviews in over a year now, and did not get either one. He was called back on one of them, and still did not get the job, with no explanation whatsoever of why not. It is highly frustrating.

So, not sure if we’ll be getting in under an umbrella of the “tiers” in our state, or if we’ll just be cut off like so many others, right before Christmas. (Hey, thanks guys in Washington! Your hearts are showing! Wish you had to live by the same rules you make for everyone else!)
We have no idea.
Cont -

November 19, 2010 at 11:03 pm
(983) Beth says:

Continued – When we lost our home, it was at the beginning of this big recession. Family members shunned us, thinking we’d overspent or otherwise mismanaged our money. Some friends disappeared, as though joblessness was contagious and they might catch it. We’ve been without a permanent home, little family, few friends, little health care, and continually go without while we hope to outwait the downslide America has been in.

Meanwhile, our governor wants to again raise taxes on the citizens to bring in funds. NEWS FLASH! Create some jobs, then more people would be paying in to the tax base! Raising taxes is NOT helping, just like raising the min wage did not help get people back to work. It caused the part time jobs to screech to a halt!
(Jesse White – you are horrid. We just had to pay $99 to get the little 1″ sticker for our 21-yr-old car’s license plate! You are greedy and don’t care a bit about your state or the people – only your own pockets!)

Now that so much of the country is in the same boat we found ourselves in a few yrs ago, not so many people are throwing rocks any more. However, it does not eliminate the problems we now have. We are both in our 50′s. We lost our home, our life ins, health ins, dental ins and retirement fund. We’re broke. I have no clue what we are going to do. We have 15 more years to work, but need a job first. We didn’t lose our knowledge and experience – just no one wants to pay for it any more. It is like living every day in a bed of quicksand, and it isn’t pleasant. I’ve needed dental work for over 5 years. My son needs a CPAP machine we cannot get, and every day seems to be another one to just get through.

(Just a little bit more!)

November 19, 2010 at 11:04 pm
(984) Beth says:

On the positive side, my husband has been at the top of his classes for the retraining program. He went into his avocational field of culinary. I joke that now he can not only cook a great meal; he can serve it and repair the stoves when needed too (from his maintenance background)! But, that still isn’t a paying job yet. We still need that. Anyone want to help a family of four relocate to Texas? We want to go back there. Sure we lost everything while there, but it wasn’t the state – it was the economy. There are more jobs there than here. Someone needs us!

It is a huge shame cast upon our current administration that so much money was thrown at corporations in the first leg of all of this mess. If they mismanaged (and overpaid the management), then it should close. The ones who need the financial lifelines are the regular citizens, but we’re the ones getting the short end of the stick, and being told to “just go find a job” or “just hang in there”. Well, would you like to tell our landlord to “just hang in there” for us? I don’t think they’ll have a bit of a problem tossing us out if we can’t come up with the rent. (And if we don’t get unemp, that’ll be the case.)

This is a truly sad time for America. I don’t ever remember jobs being this scarce for this long.
But, let me conclude by saying that if you know of a family that the husband is out of work, please don’t ignore them. It isn’t catching. They probably need a friend. Most people already know you can’t write a big fat check, and they aren’t going to ask you for one. But maybe you CAN listen and help them de-stress once in a while, or stop by with a package of hamburger and a pack of buns. Just caring goes a long way to restoring hope. Don’t disappear, please. Be my friend. This won’t last forever, but I’ll remember if you pretended I didn’t need a friend for a long time.

November 20, 2010 at 1:55 pm
(985) Doe from N.C. says:

I guarantee you will see MORE tent cities in every state then you ever seen before. Dont have to worry about x-mas or anything. Walmarts profits are not gonna be good this year. Because everyone will be in a tent city. Being Broke. Read this website and watch the videos. This is where everyone will be by New Years.

November 20, 2010 at 4:19 pm
(986) trevor says:

Federal employees will be getting their pay raise. Those raises could pay for the unemployment extension. Another 100,000 plus foreclosures are on the way, retail sales down for x-mas,cut some damn pork for once in your life and fund this much needed program. Swallow your pride dems, cut some pork!The Avg policitican don’t give a rats ass about their people and it shows.

November 20, 2010 at 10:03 pm
(987) John says:

I have thought, tried, prayed and now sad, exhausted, depressd and over whelmed. I have searched, called, applied, rewritten, and lowered my standards lower and lower. Looked out of state, under my bed, in my pockets and have run out of time, passion and understanding. I am educated, love working and always an opportunity seeker. Love challanges of any type or condition. I have (2) minors i support and now have another child who lives with us. (1) is in college.
The money, my livelyhood, my confidence and compassion is slowly gone.
However I still thank GOD ever day for everything i have and his unconditional love for my family and his grace which has been shed for me and my family!
I know he has a plan and i expect him to take care of me. Because i know he will if i remain patient and trust him to lead me!
May the Lord bless his family’s and fill your cups too!


November 21, 2010 at 11:20 am
(988) Dave says:

There are to many people looking for work and not enough jobs. Telling people to just go out a get a job is no answer. Tent cities are appearing everywhere. No easy answers to get us out of the economic mess we are in and the problems did not happen over night. The frustration and anger is building as demonstrated by many of the comments on this board. If our political leaders cannot come together and stop the gridlock we are all going to suffer even more. All signs seem to indicate that 2011 will be no better than this year, possible worse. Civil unrest is a real possibility. We need to find solutions and even though I am over 50 and a 99er I agree extensions can not go on forever. Let’s begin by stop exporting our jobs and when we go to war pay for it. This is called shared sacrifice. Assume some people will always be greedy and enact laws that will protect us from them. There have been so many stupid decisions made by our political leaders over the past fifty years that none of this surprises me. Hope we as a nation pull together and help one another before it is to late. Thanks for the opportunity to express my thoughts on this crisis.

November 21, 2010 at 5:38 pm
(989) neva001 says:

This is why I will never vote for another Republican. We need strong leaders to take care of American citizens. Why do we continue to give money to other countries when we can’t take care of our own? The Republicans only represent the “Big Businesses” not the “People”. I would have thought the nit wits that voted for Bush would have figured that out by now. And BLAH, BLAH, BLAH keep it to yourself okay. Obama is doing a good job with the disaster that was left behind for him to deal with.

November 21, 2010 at 7:32 pm
(990) Drew says:

Some of you people sound like you have been on unemploment for a while.The extensions and all the tiers of unemployment have been going on for over 2 years now. extension after extension and tier after tier. When are you people going to get jobs. I hear all you complaining about making 65 thousand a year and now you cant afford food or an apartment.What have you been doing with all the money you were making? oh,thats right,you were driving Hummers and BMW’S and living in a 300 thousand dollar house. Sorry to hear you cant make ends meet now. I guess you should have driven Fords and Chevys and lived in a 150 thousand dollar house.Sucks to be you.Maybe you should have lived a little beneth your means. My wife and I bring in about 60 thousand total and we have 2 cars that are payed off and a house that is almost payed off. My kid has an xbox and 20 games and I take the family on a 2 week vacation every year. How do I do it on only a measly 60 thousand a year. IT IS CALLED A BUDGET.GET ONE AND STICK TO IT. STOP WHINING ABOUT HOW YOU CANT AFFORD THINGS. IT IS YOUR OWN FALT FOR NOT BUDGETING YOUR OWN MONEY.WAKE THE HELL UP AND TAKE SOME RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOURSELF WE HAVE 2 CREDIT CARDS THAT WE USE OCCASIONALLY AND WE PAY THEM OFF WITHOUT DIPPING INTO OUR SAVINGS ACCOUNT.JEASUS PEOPLE,WAKE UP.

November 22, 2010 at 9:37 am
(991) Don says:

@ Drew.

Anyone who actually believes your bs story is dumber than you. You act as if people unemployed wanted to be and let me tell you that the people who are didn’t receive a timely warning either. WHo cares what people were buying with their hard earned money because they were paying for their items and their bils. I don’t even know why I bothered. You are prolly some young punk with nothing better to do and living with your girlfriend in your parents basement for FREE! People need jobs and alot of companies aren’t hiring. Hell some won’t even hire you if you been unemployed over the standard 26wks. Then you have the employers who won’t hire you based on your credit now. Can you believe it?????? Most 99ers have screwed their credit just by staying afloat and in order to fix it we need a job. How can we knowing they won’t let us have one because of our 99er status or our credit which was ruined by the recession? Before you come on here running your mouth and typing out a bunch of BS. Just remember that you can be next. You think your job is so secure that it won’t happen? Think again,someone is always better and willing to take that pay cut to get your job. Karma baby. This goes for the other bashers out there. Keep your nose clean and be thankful you have a job unless you are in the same boat or too young and wanna start fights. GET A LIFE!

November 22, 2010 at 10:07 am
(992) jack says:

this is what happens when people run their mouths……should have voted differant………or you just should have voted period……..stop crying…..and act….cost the states….in any way possible………if taxes go way up……the rich pay either way……street lights……more people sign up for food stamps….. $200 in food stamps for single person…familys get far more……go get it….. sign up for free health care….they can not turn you away…..make them spend money..FOOOOOLS

November 22, 2010 at 1:25 pm
(993) someone says:

WOW what a jack@ss drew stop posting here if you dont anything good to say.Congress needs to extend the deadline this will not be good for us americans, tons of problems will occur stealing, robbing tons of violence. I am sure most of us are hard working americans and these jokers in the house and senate need to do what is right. I hope all goes well its not easy for us unemployed but stay tough and god bless!!

November 22, 2010 at 3:08 pm
(994) tim bragg says:

democrats running scared , 4 jump ship today, in alabama , i want to be a republican, they should be kicked out of office,

November 22, 2010 at 4:43 pm
(995) who says:

get rid of OBAMA!!!!!!! Get rid of CONGRESS!! FIRE ALL THOSE A$##%^$ and start over with a clean slate!!!!

November 23, 2010 at 5:31 pm
(996) To Tim Bragg says:

Tim, you must not be unemployed. People seem to forget who got us into this economic mess. Rebublicans can say all they want about helping the unemployed but when you look what their actions are its the total opposite. They want to cut unemployment and yet they want to give tax cuts to the richest americans. Millions of people should be cut off so Bill Gates should get hundreds of millions of more dollars. Something is wrong with that in my book.

November 23, 2010 at 5:53 pm
(997) Homeless in Penna. says:

Even if there are no more extensions, our government
or even locals offer no help or advice on what to do.

I want to know when they will make it illegal to ask how
long you have been unemployed and evoke penalty fines
for asking?

I want to know when companies will lose EOE status
for discriminating against long term unemployed, age,
etc., and be fined for not hiring them or enough of them.

Part of this mess we are in are due to failures of companies
to help the economy get back on track due to these factors.
All along, our own government should have prevented this
from happening. Now they are cowards in evoking laws
against this type of discrimination.

November 23, 2010 at 8:37 pm
(998) cyndi says:

don’t count on your unemployment benefits to be extended. You idiots voted for the Republicans and now they have blocked the extensions. At least the Democrats are fighting for us and what we are losing. I don’t feel sorry for anybody that voted Republican and are now losing their benefits. Some people are so dumb that they don’t think of the consequences before they put their foot in their mouths. Vote Republican again and I guarantee that you will never see any more then 26 weeks of benefits.

November 24, 2010 at 7:09 pm
(999) To Cyndi says:

Cyndi, I totally agree with you. Some people like to do themselves in…

November 24, 2010 at 9:39 pm
(1000) francisco chang says:

100% agree with Cindy, Democrats are for the needy republicans are for the greedy!

November 25, 2010 at 9:00 pm
(1001) Tom in Fla says:

Lets remember, the Repubs have said they would consider a extension if it was paid for. (There are plenty of easy options out there that would accomplish this, like unspent stimulus monies or reclaimed TARP funds) .

The Dems are in control of the House until January. If they wanted to help us they could, (some Congressmen like Sen Harry Reid, who’s election was saved on the margin by the votes of the Unemployed, would seem to owe us some consideration here) . So far nothing but suggesting more deficit spending (which obviously wont fly after the voters spoke on it at election day) . …..

November 25, 2010 at 10:52 pm
(1002) John Doe says:

I’m about to start robbing banks….

November 26, 2010 at 5:29 pm
(1003) To Tom says:

Tom, if a dem majority was all that was needed unemployment would already be extended. They need 2/3 for a quick resolution and they won’t get it because of republican stoppage. Tarp funds are already marked for spending. Maybe no extension of the tax cuts for the rich can pay for it. Sorry Bill Gates and Ted Turner…

November 28, 2010 at 10:08 am
(1004) Annie says:

I cant believe the nasty comments on here about other american people who lost there jobs or who just lost there homes or cant make it.

I am one of those people who lost my job of no fault of my own, ALL because I had TWINS! Yes children. I had my twins in October 2009 and lost my job December 2009. Now both my kids were in the hospital and could not return to work. My son came home in January and my daughter in Feburary. Being home now is not fun, both my kids need doctors care and every month we have atleast 10 or more visit. My husband has a very good job and makes $50 yr. Now is that enough for a family of 4 who needs medical attention? I have been denied everything that is out there for HELP. Its terriable I have been in the medical field for 15 years and have helped people over and over; and where is my help when I need it! I am one of THOSE people who needs the unemployment right now. Now that is cut off, have no idea what we are going to do? Cant pay the copayments that are $20 each, and doulble for other visits. I have been looking for night jobs since April and have not found one. We cant put them in daycare, 1 cant efford it, 2 due to there medical needs. My bills; my rent; my car?

We will loss everything, all because the government dont look into the eyes of the real american people!

Have a nice hoilday all! :0(

November 28, 2010 at 5:30 pm
(1005) Tom in Fla says:

No major spending bill is going to pass in this environment with a 2/3 (via the fast track) vote in the House. The House just changed hands for next year by a record 60+ members, and one of the main issues was spending. (This is a warning shot the Dems cant even ignor) Despite its appearance, the present majority in the House can move quickly if they want to. Speaker Pelosi can put a bill on the agenda and she (in the current Congress) can get a majority vote to pass it. (she has rammed thru much more complicated legislation). If they wanted to do it they could.
(to say the Repubs are blocking it by not contributing to a 2/3 vote when they are not in the majority is misleading)
Aside from that, the Repubs have offered to pass a extension if it is paid for (unused stimulus monies or reclaimed TARP funds could do this)

In the Senate there are several lame duck Repubs that would probably be sympathetic to a extension if the Dems wanted to work on it.

IMO they just want to get out of town and get this Congress over with, despite what they say, their actions imply they dont give a darn about us.

November 28, 2010 at 6:45 pm
(1006) Char says:

Tommorow is the day will they pass extensions I think it will be blocked start educating yourself about history to start with start here


Leave the matrix its a game called circle good luck to the unemployed it will be hard but many need to wake up from their slumber.

Try to not buy from the big retailers for the holidays they do need us even if we spend small amounts. Give up ur cell and go pre-paid have all ur friends on mobile to mobile then its all free all carries have mobile to mobile on pre-paid

Lets all try to save $$$ apply for free benefits u know that will cost more!! I took the red pill

November 28, 2010 at 10:13 pm
(1007) Crystal in CA says:

Hello All,

I tried to warn everyone to get out and vote, march in the street and people have been sitting on their butts and complaining. Time to swallow your pride and get out there 99ers, 26weeks etc. together and do something before its too late. On black friday we should all have been at the malls on tv asking for work with signs that say we can’t shop because we don’t have jobs! Congress is more worried about that than us! Anyway, we need to organize and get out there before we all are homeless. I am a 99weeker myself. I applied for a retail job, went on an interview and guess what. We don’t have any jobs right now, but we may be hiring next year. What kind of B.S. is that? We need to push for tougher laws and taxes on those who export our jobs to other countries or hire illegal workers! We need to push for anti age, race, and unemployed laws to be implemented and enforced! We need to get out there with our signs in the streets pick a day any day and do something about this. If we march in the street in our own cities, on Washington, all together at the same time this will show the whole united states how many people are really out of work. We need to do this together and ask for an tier 5 for all! and we want jobs for those of us out of work!

November 29, 2010 at 2:10 pm
(1008) Frank/Wisconsin says:

I don’t care who is in office Dem. or Rep. Why can’t the Goverment take care of us here.I paid taxes all my life,my 26 weeks of unemployment is going to run out.So how do I pay my bills.Ho! did I forget about food.Pay for gas to go to an interview, if I get one.Boy it must be nice to take a break for thankgiving,paid $1,000′s of dollars and come back to your job not to wait for some one vote if we should give extended unemployment help.Just another little person looking for help from my Frderal Goverment.

November 29, 2010 at 2:46 pm
(1009) Dawn says:

As someone who has prided myself on having a job from the age of 16 till now at 35 I am appauled at our government. I have been unemployed since Jan of this year. I exhausted my regular unemployment and now have only 2 weeks left in my 1st tier. If an extension is not granted I will be in alot of trouble! I am the only income supporting myself, 2 kids & hubby. He has been out of work for 3 years due to severe health issues. If I loose my check I will not be able to pay my mortgage, buy groceries, pay electric etc… How does the government plan to deal with what happens after Nov 30th.. I don’t think they are thinking clearly all the people who will loose their benefits will just end up overtaxing the system in the way of food stamps and welfare. So why not extend the benefits so at least we can keep our dignity!!

November 30, 2010 at 3:24 pm
(1010) Mike says:

It’s sad that a lot of Americans don’t see past the politics of the Republican party. Why did they start a war or two that were not paid for and rebuild Iraq, all while increasing our deficit, yet they are now concerned about the deficit when it’s time to help unemployed Americans at home? To date, I haven’t heard of any proposals from the Republicans on how to fix the economy and create jobs, except for tax cuts for the rich. Instead they “rode the discontent wave” againts Obama and got a majority elected without any concrete plan of what they were going to do differently. Well, this is what we expected–a stand-off, and it’s going to get worse. I’m currently employed but I could lose my job any day and I feel for everyone on here diligently looking for a job. We need to become more educated when it comes to issues and vote for those who will represent our interests. I voted for Obama and don’t feel that the dire situation we were in could be turned around in 2 or 3 years. I still support him as President as I think he’s trying and don’t think the alternative would have done any better.

November 30, 2010 at 3:30 pm
(1011) man with the high IQ says:

Well no more handouts after today!!! looks like you will all have to go to work now and stop playing around on this website

December 1, 2010 at 12:01 am
(1012) Tom in Fla says:

Tax Cuts Panel May Handle Jobless Benefits After Senate Blocks Reauthorization


December 1, 2010 at 7:52 am
(1013) Kevin Quinn says:

Dear Jesse,

This is a blog that you will want to see. “FEMA Camps for the Homeless.”


December 1, 2010 at 9:40 am
(1014) Elizabeth says:

So this will be known as the Christmas of suiciides and violent behavior.



December 1, 2010 at 12:52 pm
(1015) dan says:

with ALL the money the federal Goverment it blowing, it seems strange to me that the ONLY time i hear calls that a bill “Be Paid For” in advance is about extending unemployment benefits. the time to debate whether bills are paid for in advance should have been 2 years ago, before the Government blew Trillions of dollars in bailouts(that ARE NOT WORKING!) Why should those paying the price for the Governments Stupidity pay the price with a loss of Unemployment benefits? having said that i think a bill WILL eventually be passed, i don’t think the politicians want to see ANGRY people (and Voters) in two years, or tomorrow in the streets camped out at the White House. CAN YOU SAY OBAMAVILLE?

December 1, 2010 at 5:15 pm
(1016) To Dan says:

Obamaville Dan and camped out at the white house? The president wants an unemployment extension. You should do some more research as to why there isn’t one.

December 1, 2010 at 7:40 pm
(1017) Joe says:

We vote for? Nov the 2nd?

December 2, 2010 at 9:19 pm
(1018) Tom in Fla says:

CNBC Washington correspondent John Harwood opined tonite on the Kudlow show that there is a deal in the works to freeze current tax rates in exchange for a Unemployment benefit extension. (minute marker ~ 5:40). The Hill article mentioned in the clip is at the link at the bottom. They are reporting a 1 year unemployment benefits extension is on the table. Stephanopoulos speculated on the same outcome yesterday.

(I have to assume that this is funding of current Tiers only)



December 3, 2010 at 3:04 pm
(1019) EP says:

I’ll spare all the ranting that people like to do, and provide some useful information. Imagine that!

I found a really informative article on Obama’s speech to newly-elected governors yesterday:


It also includes a link to a REALLY informative PDF:




DECEMBER 2, 2010″

It has an appendix at the end with good information on all the tiers, and states affected, also.

May our extensions go on forever, until we all find the great job we’re looking for!

December 3, 2010 at 4:24 pm
(1020) mkocevar says:

well, no money…no taxes paid..if i gotta suffer…so can they

December 3, 2010 at 4:58 pm
(1021) Tom in Fla says:

Chuck Todd of NBC and the Morning Joe gang make some good observations on how the people in charge of Congress have procrastinated on these issues all year and defaulted to the lame duck session:


December 4, 2010 at 10:26 am
(1022) Flyover says:

mkocevar(1054) said:

“well, no money…no taxes paid..if i gotta suffer…so can they”

Only problem is they can take everything else you have then put you in jail.

December 4, 2010 at 10:48 am
(1023) Flyover says:

man with the high IQ(1045) said:

“Well no more handouts after today!!! looks like you will all have to go to work now and stop playing around on this website”

I did have a initial phone interview yesterday (12/3).
And I am continuously looking for work.
Maybe we as a group can help by showing what sources you use in your search. I have been using:
* Indeed.com
* Search.twitter.com
* Local news paper websites
* JobsInLogistics.com (my field)
* Jobs.com
* Monster.com (just an exercise)
* BlueRidgeHelpWanted.com (regional job site for VA)
* Snagajob.com
* Careerbuilders.com
* JobFinder.com
* BusinessWorkForce.com (only in VA?)
* Craigslist.com (job section)
* Contacted most temp firms (keeping in touch)
Anyone else have anything else?

December 4, 2010 at 11:01 am
(1024) Flyover says:

Maybe if some of you would stop watching MSNBC with the likes of Mr. Ed, Rachel Maddow, Chris Mathews, Keith Oberman you might get a clearer perspective on what is actually happening in the government debates. This is why polls continuously showed Republican voters (include Independents) were consistently more aware of current events and government activity than Democratic voters

No wonder so many of you are disillusioned, unaware, mad at “the Right”. You are being fed only the view of the Far Left.

Its the tried and true method of operation used by organized labor. “Feed them propaganda to hate ‘the boss’ and they will stay so angry they will follow you anywhere”.
Watched it happen for (18) years.
This the MO of MSNBC. And it is obviously working.

December 4, 2010 at 11:29 am
(1025) To Flyover says:

Yeah Flyover…its really working. Thats why the dems lost the house back to the repubs. All them people you listed are lying while Hannity, Limbaugh and the rest are telling the truth. Yeah I hear you…explain how tax cuts for the rich help our economy. I have to hear this one….

December 4, 2010 at 11:31 am
(1026) Flyover says:


You are right (and not so right) about pay as you go.
The Republicans have consistently called for pay as you go. (albeit the Middle east cleansing wars were separate)

Pelosi said at the start of her Queendom, that spending bills would be pay as you go. And since the financial meltdown began well in advance of her assuming “leadership”, she knew what she was spewing. She has done everything but since being in “power”.
The Stimulus Fund STILL has enough $$ to cover this extension but is used a slush fund for backers of Pres Obama.
* GE got billions. Profitable GE. Of course GE backed Obama. So they got their “bail out”
* The US is underwriting hundreds of billions for Europe. Did MSNBC tell its views about this. CNBC and Fox did.
* Banks you have not heard about.

* So this is not the only occasion that pay as you go has been used. MSNBC will not inform its viewership.

December 4, 2010 at 11:49 am
(1027) Flyover says:

“Tax cuts for the rich”
It is amazing how the NEA/AFT has failed to do their jobs.

Economics 101: Money is always in flux (moving) unless you put it in your mattress. The transferal of money from one entity to another always helps someone. The receiver because they now have money/value that can now be used to acquire what they need.
* Money in a banks is loaned out to recipients that build, buy, or reinvest that then helps their standard of living.
* Money in the hands of small/large corporations is used to retool, raises, paying returns to investors who if do not receive these returns take their investment capital to a firm that is prospering.
* Money in the hands of investors (most of which are the very funds handling your 401k – Vanguard for example) pay YOU in development of your retirement plan.
* Money in the hands of “the Rich” goes towards these investments. Do you really think “the Rich” put their $$ in their mattresses?
* Or they buy big ticket items: purchasing a plane helps Gulfstream workers and all their vendors. Buying a yacht helps keep the Hatteras workers and all their vendors.
Money in movement helps everyone involved.
Now it is up to YOU to believe that money in the hands of people (ones that have earned it) is a better investment than in the hands of bureaucrats that use it to stay in power.
* Philosophically, its a no “brainer”. The money YOU earn is yours, not mine. And the reverse. The money any other individual on earth earns by their own effort/thinking is theirs. Sorry, no matter if they are Rich or not so, the money is theirs.
* Also, “the Rich” will place their investments that stand the best possibility to prosper by servicing their customers.

December 4, 2010 at 12:04 pm
(1028) Roxanne says:

2 years is plenty of time to get a job, sorry get back to work. Your welfare is over. 2 years was enough time to get re-trained, use the internet and learn a new skill. Unemployment is a catch not welfare.

December 4, 2010 at 12:13 pm
(1029) Flyover says:

* Fransisco Chang: “Republicans for the greedy”, the gov teachers have short changed you as you have NO understanding of economics
* Homeless in Penna: Whose/where did you obtain the internet connections to post?
* Jay in Kentucky: “Beck a retard”? Where do you get your information? Mr. Ed?? Beck says: check these things out for yourself, does Maddow or Mr. Ed?
* Miguel in California: If a single dime of the money goes to bail out California it will be lunacy as CA cannot live within its means. CA is a failure.
* Kl, Tom, and 99′er: apparently you get your news from comedians (Jon Stewart). The joke is on you and unfortunately the rest of us.
* 99′er: “Bailouts, welfare for the rich”. You ought to sue the NEA/AFT for not teaching you any economics. You have no clue. Government does NOT create jobs, the so called rich does.

December 4, 2010 at 6:31 pm
(1030) sarasueron says:

99 wks. is enough time for anyone to get a job and rejoin the work force. Perhaps not at the same status or pay scale, but hey jobs are out there. Quit milking the system and milk the cow.

December 5, 2010 at 11:08 am
(1031) Emma says:

This Country is heading for tragedy if unemployment is not extended…robberies, thefts, burglaries will all be on the rise…there are starving families out there due to lack of jobs and 40 applicants to one job opening. Unemployment is still at record high levels.Tax the weathly making over 1 mill a year and don’t let the middle class working men/women suffer anymore…OBAMA helped a lot of families, god bless him, and I have faith he will continue to keep food on our tables. My little heart can’t take it anymore…our people will suffer greatly if unemployment is not extended.

December 6, 2010 at 8:39 am
(1032) weneedtier5 says:

I recently became aware of The Nationwide Rally to Extend Unemployment Insurance after reading a comment to a post on another news website. Curious, I goggled the term “The Nationwide Rally to Extend Unemployment Insurance” and was directed to the rally’s page on a website dedicated to the unemployed, the under employed, and the working poor. The website http://www.fromthetrenchesworldreport.com, has a “think tank” where visitors go to come up with ideas to improve their circumstances. The idea for the rally was actually hatched there. If you can, please sign up for this rally. I really do believe that if we come together, we can change the agenda of our congress.

December 6, 2010 at 11:40 am
(1033) ant says:

wow…Roxanne and sarasueron, you two have to be the dumbest people EVER. Think before you hit that keyboard…in fact, do everyone a favor and don’t ever comment again. It’ll save us from wasting our time reading your retarded and stupid rants.

December 6, 2010 at 12:24 pm
(1034) Mike in CA says:

does anyone know if the deal congress is working (extended unemployment benefits) will help the people that have already ran out of benefits? Basically, does the bill have anything in it to add any weeks to the 99 weeks in high unemployment states, like possibly another tier? Any info is greatly appreciated. Thanks!!

December 6, 2010 at 4:37 pm
(1035) Sofia says:
December 6, 2010 at 7:47 pm
(1036) Jim says:

Well…looks like the “99′ers” got left behind …again…

December 6, 2010 at 9:18 pm
(1037) Dan says:

Yes it seems us 99′ers got left out again…I wonder what it will take to wake up the government? I know Obama wants to help the unemployed, but it’s Congress that blocks everything. I’ve been out of work since May 2008…I just gave up completely and really could care less anymore…some of you are turning down jobs that are paying $9 an hr…I can’t blame you I would do the same. It cost you money to go to work at that wage with the price of gas. I’ve turned down $15 an hour jobs why? Because I am worth more than that and I’m not going to spend over an hour in traffic each way to hump some grind…I was homeless for 8 months…that was fun..sleeping in parks, staying up all night in casinos or bars…oh well..I lost faith in the government and I think they all have their heads up their a – - so what can you do? Tomorrow is another day and I wish you all the best

December 6, 2010 at 10:38 pm
(1038) MandiP says:

I get a kick out of those folks who say 99 weeks is enough for Unemployment. It’s not as “cut and dry” as you think. Here’s a few facts you need to know: many people who have run out of unemployment won’t be seeing your message, they’re on the street. For the few that do, they wonder what kind of a job YOU have and can you get them a job at your place of employment. If you cannot help these people get employment, then you know why they aren’t working now. For the minimum wage jobs available, there are thousands of applications, so employers are inundated to hire one person, which means 999 applicants are applying elsewhere. There are more unemployed than there are jobs. As far as “re-training” is concerned, the new trainees cannot realistically compete against the highly educated who too are in the job market. Think of it this way: many unemployed people ran for the Congress and Senate this year in each state, and I bet you never heard of them. Why? They didn’t have any money to promote themselves and get their name in front of you. Those that did, you heard of. Funny thing, who were those folks? Mostly folks you already knew of friends of friends or candidates backed by Senators and Congress people who ALREADY had a job and corporate sponsors. That’s how you get a job. And I haven’t even started writing about those employers who are paying wages “under the table” as not to pay taxes on new hires. That’s illegal, but big business for employers today. That’s another reason why people aren’t “working”. So, if those who have worked for years and are unfortunately out of work for more than 99 weeks and need one more life line, I say, throw it to them. Unemployment is NOT welfare, it is NOT a free ride. You get it if you are actively interviewing for jobs – and that’s the way it should be. An ex-worker shouldn’t have to BEG for what they helped pay into. NO, it should not go on forever, but we are n the WORST economic times ever. All people want is LEGAL employment.

December 6, 2010 at 11:35 pm
(1039) Silly Girl says:

I’ve been unemployed for a year and I honestly think that there should not be any extensions. 2 years is too much unemployment. Mine is running out but I am willing to go look for a job and really it’s not that bad. If you’re willing to work, there are jobs. All you people out there collecting unemployment know that you would not work because this is free money. Oh and of course before you accept a job, you will think, hmm does this job pay me more than unemployment? No, okay then I’m not taking it. So who takes these jobs? Immigrants that we accuse of taking all our jobs in America.

Maybe you unemployed should work out and improve your image because your appearance will help you get a job. Instead of sitting at home and watching TV all day, contribute back to society.

December 7, 2010 at 2:49 am
(1040) WorkerWithNoWork says:

To Siily Girl. It sounds to me like for the last year YOU sat at home and watched TV all day. Well then, you should return all your unemployment benefits because these benefits are not payable to someone like you. The benefits are intended for job seekers.

And to you and others’ here who say they are plenty of jobs out there, realize this: What makes you think that those lower skills jobs are available to us who are more educated or skilled? Those employers will not hire us.

Employers want to hire someone who is going to stick around for a while. So they will not hire an over-qualified person in fear that he/she will quit the moment a more appropriate job becomes available. I mean, if you could, would you hire a Financial Anaylst as a bookeeper; or a chef for a line cook at McDonalds? If you have any sense you would not; employers will not.

In addition, just getting any job is not as simple as you think? Or to do so, one may have to not dislose his/herr experience and skills. In other words, lie….that will not go well, surely.

Roxanne, some of us 99ers are professionals with one or more college degree that took years to complete, certainly more than a year or two….people like us cannot just “retrain” in such a short order….we cannot just take some six month technical school training as you imply….in any case, who would pay for that? Do you think we have idle funds lying around to pay for such training?

I cannot believe the person/s who is defending the Republicans in saying that they do want to extend benefits, but only if it can be funded…this is absurd! Why won’t they take the same stance with regards to extending the Bush tax cuts to the rich? How will that be paid for? They are inconsiderate hypocrites….I cannot believe that they won many seats in Congress….this really amazes me!

Good luck to all here and elsewhere!

And to

December 7, 2010 at 11:06 am
(1041) alliey in pitt says:

im 1 of the 99ers & i have 2 college degrees & still cannot get a job. i have a 3 yr old at home that only i soley care for. now i have applied to everything from dollar general to macys to target to anything i can possibly get but every place i have gone to says that i am over qualified or they’ill call me if they’re interested i have gone on nearly a million interviews & still NOTHING
now for those of u that dont know that after a certain amount of weeks u claim via phone u’re then required to provide information via mail for the jobs & places u have gone to for work they require the company name, the persons info u spoke with along with the #s to which the info u provide can be verified. they require a minimum of 2 different searches a week every week & u cant get ur check until they receive the info & verify it.so those people on here stating we need to get off our ass, well i havent sat on my ass, Ive been busy looking for a job & a way for my family to survive.my daughter isnt gonna understand why i cant buy her presents or even afford to put up a tree. my unemployment has run out & welfare will only give u $101 per person in ur household. so ya im riding the system for $202 thats supposed to keep a roof over our head, pay the bills & put clothes on my daughters back?? nevermind buy food, come on people
b4 i lost my job i was renting a 3br house now its just me & my daughter & we live in the projects bcuz thats all i can afford at this time.pretty soon the office here will get fed up with me not having the rent money & ask us to leave. what are we suppose to do then? my family lives on the other side of the country & couldnt afford to help us even if they lived next door….my mom is a public school teacher who just had to file bankruptcy 2 months ago & my dad has been mia since i was my daughters age…. im ashamed that i cant even support myself nor my child its embarrassing & not something i enjoy or want for either or us!

December 7, 2010 at 12:40 pm
(1042) carmel says:


December 7, 2010 at 4:53 pm
(1043) Mark says:

Obama bent on extending the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy…the GOP will now bend and help to extend unemployment benefits. Your expired UB funds will be advanced pro-rated back to where they expired. Hang-tight we haven’t forgot about you, it’s in the works.

December 7, 2010 at 5:52 pm
(1044) DBarnett says:

I am new to all of this. I was laid off from a Florida state job in July and drew my first UE check in August. I was told today at the unemployment office that as of Dec. 4, I will no longer receive any more checks! I haven’t even drawn 6 months and the little town I live in has no jobs available. I guess I would be considered in Tier 1? So, does this mean I will not be eligible for the federal extensions, either?

December 8, 2010 at 4:58 am
(1045) Alan says:

The politicians in Washington have loss touch with the people they are supposed to represent. Republicans only care about the rich because they give to their campaigns. Dems are nearly as guilty by not making the unemployed and jobs the number one issue for the last 2 years. It’s partly due to the system in general. In washington, everything is run by lobbyists and big corporations with big money. They are running the show and everyone else are just puppets in the play! In the end, big business and the elitists always get what they want and the rest of us just get “used and abused”. If the wealthy needed the tax breaks to create more jobs, WHY AREN’T THERE MORE JOBS NOW, when they already have the tax breaks? Duh! They have been taking their money offshore and shipping the jobs overseas to make more money. The trickle down theory where the rich make more money and pass it down to the rest of us is pure BS. That theory was probably created by the rich as an excuse to get more tax breaks and screw us out of more money, again! You see where that has gotten us over the last few years.

I believe the unemployed need a tier 5 quickly so we can get our economy back on it’s feet. However, don’t rely on the government to be the answer, forever. I mean, what would happen if the economy takes another 5 years to recover? OMG! We would need a tier 17 by then!!

I came across something that might help. It provides an income and free groceries if you are willing to work. http://budurl.com/2tx4

God bless all of us and God bless America!

December 8, 2010 at 8:41 am
(1046) sandy nc says:

Why won’t the senators consider senator stabenows ” americans want to work act” and give those who have exhausted all ui benefits (including extended benefits) so we can pay our bills and live
and the 5th tier is part of her bill giving 20 weeks of benefits
i am currently homeless and if it were not for the kindness of someone i would still be living in my car
please help us if the republicans can get tax breaks for the millionaires why can’t we get the ui extension for everyone
we are alll hurting financially at this time please email your congressmen and senators hopefully they will start listening to us
god bless america

December 8, 2010 at 10:05 am
(1047) TommyFromVegas says:

99′ers cast away~ No support at the worst time of year, or anytime soon for Millions of Americans that believe in their country. The country doesn’t care about them, even when the rug was pulled out from under them, crashing our economy for bailout billions. The only “Extension” is for the people that they just screwed and shut off, after the money had already been spent on them~ Just turning them back on, after they were shut off arbitrarily~ An “Extension” would be for the people that ran out, and still can’t find work~ Under an overpass with the kiddies for the holidays~ Warms the C0CKLES of one’s heart, doesn’t it?
And then they have the unmitigated balls to call it an “Extension”~
Merry Christmas, America!
Looks like you’re gonna get exactly what you bought into!

December 8, 2010 at 11:37 am
(1048) Jim says:

Obama…you have the power to do something about this…
I don’t know how these people sleep at night.

December 8, 2010 at 12:19 pm
(1049) Jim says:

Everyone…please write to your State Senators…and even President Obama…don’t just sit there…tell them how you feel about being sold out.
It only takes a few minutes. DO IT! NOW!

December 8, 2010 at 2:27 pm
(1050) james o'brien says:

Daniel – you already received 93 WEEKS. That’s 57 more weeks than most people received up until the extension went into effect. How long do you think the govrnment should fund any individuals unemployment?
At some point the incentive to find work disintegrates. Time 4 u to take something that you didnt really want.

December 8, 2010 at 2:30 pm
(1051) James O'brien says:

Just how long do the unemployed think they should be funded?

December 8, 2010 at 2:47 pm
(1052) Checkless says:

I drew my last check from Mississippi in October 2010. I was on Tier IV. I am confused about the new unemployment proposal. I’ve read that the 13 additional months are for Tiers 1 – 4. Does anyone know for sure how this will work?

I called the MS unemployment office and was told that the 99′er rule did not apply to that state, they only had Tiers. If that is true, I am trying to figure out if adding 13 months to tier 1 – 4, will I be able to resume receiving checks?

Most states have EB. For some reason Mississippi does not. This is so sad, I, including everyone else who is unemployed want to work and there are no jobs! They want to take away everything. It’s not our fault that there are no jobs. If the country is spending 900 billion and I’m sure we’ve all contributed then it looks like we ALL should benefit. There is no harm in passing 20 more weeks for people who have been long term unemployed. It’s only a life line that they are extending and an answer to many prayers.

December 8, 2010 at 3:19 pm
(1053) Mike in CA says:

I believe (and I know a lot of people will disagree) that the 99ers should get help along with the others until the national rate falls below 9%. And yes, I am a 99er.

December 8, 2010 at 9:43 pm
(1054) Al says:

I can’t figure out why the revolution hasn’t started yet??? We need to rise up and dispose of “our leaders” and turn this country around. if all the downtrodden grabbed a gun we could have this cleaned up in weeks…

December 8, 2010 at 10:49 pm
(1055) Claire says:

Gee I guess we better throw the bums out of Washington. Oh, yeah. The voters think they just did that. NOT!!

December 9, 2010 at 10:18 am
(1056) Nobody says:

To all the 99ers out there,

There will NEVER be an extension to give you more money after almost two yeays of not working!


It is very unfair to take money from people that are working to pay people that are NOT working.

99 weeks is more than generous to pay people not to work.

You can go on with any excuse you can come up with but it irrelevent at this point.

December 9, 2010 at 10:34 am
(1057) Tom in Fla says:

From the Unemployment Examiner Dec 8:

Immediately following the 99er story, (when asked about the 99ers being excluded), V.P. Biden’s Chief Economic Advisor, Jared Bernstein, told CNN host Ali Velshi that the “those who have been out of work for two years and more obviously need more training and job skills,” – not more U.I. benefits.

December 9, 2010 at 10:38 am
(1058) Brandi says:

I am sorry but there are plenty of jobs out there, and people are turning them down because they don’t want to have to work for what they want. Yes I have interviewed and actually had people say I don’t want this because I wont be able to get my unemployment. Or mothers who think they should get paid to sit at home with their children becaue they are “owed” this. I am a mother of 2, and I don’t think anyone should get paid government money which is our tax dollars to sit at home for any reason like that. As far as I am concerned the ONLY way you should get unemployment past the 6 months is if you apply for jobs weekly. I was unemployed and found a job right away, both times I was laid off. People are looking for an excuse to get paid for not working. Let me repeat myself, I am not saying all should lose it, just the people not looking for jobs. And you should have to prove this weekly.

December 9, 2010 at 12:07 pm
(1059) Kim Desantos says:

Unemployment extensions can be great, but if you are ready to be proactive and seek employment then do what I did. Go to http://www.Uvisor.com and sign up for free to become a member and put them to work for you. They will help build your resume and match you with potential employers based on your personality, skills and interests.

December 9, 2010 at 1:15 pm
(1060) Philip Inuhoff says:

@Brandi. To qualify for the Fed extension you must list at least 3 places you applied to each week.
Your post comes off as an attempt to be condescending, but actually comes across as ignorant due in part to your lack of knowledge of the subject, as well as your obvious lack of experience job hunting for anything other than a low wage entry level type job.

We are all happy for you that after being laid off from Circle K, you were able to land a job a 7-11, congratulations.

As you mature in life, you will someday realize that asking a career accountant, architect, business executive, teacher, doctor, lawyer, police officer, etc. to go work at Taco Bell and buck up, and just forget about their current lifestyle situation, social status and debt load, is ignorant beyond belief! You should be embarrassed, if you were wise enough to know you should be…

December 9, 2010 at 1:24 pm
(1061) Philip Inuhoff says:

@ Kim Desantos

Kim, what type of a low life comes here to spam desperate people with some BS resume service? These folks have sent out 1000′s of resumes, you ambulance chaser! I dare you to put your money where your mouth is. Guarantee them a job if they use your super special resume service or you will buy their family groceries for one year! Hmmm? How about that? I am sure your service is free, right? You tick.

December 9, 2010 at 2:04 pm
(1062) Philip Inuhoff says:

The bickering on this board is ridiculous.

The people coming here to kick the unemployed are disgusting. I am sure you will get yours in due course, as karma has a way of leveling the playing field…Keep those seat belts tight!

Unemployment Insurance is exactly that, INSURANCE. Those claiming that the unemployed are somehow stealing from taxpayers are fools. It is not the policy holders fault that the insurance company has no money. If your car was totaled and you had been paying premiums for years, you would demand your claim be paid wouldn’t you?
If the company was unable to indemnify you (fix your car), you would then demand they cover your costs (pay for a rental) until they could, wouldn’t you?

In case the majority of bashers on this board have had their heads inserted, searching the nether regions of their small intestines, for the last 20 years, our government has shipped our jobs and industry offshore, then relied on boom and bust cycles to drive our economy! A fools errand!
This current crop of displaced workers are directly tied to the failed housing industry, those jobs are GONE FOREVER! Where are the new jobs you genius, know it alls? Hmmm? What is the new boom economy? Autos? Healthcare? Prisons?.. I know! Leash holders and drool cup tenders for the nation of IDIOTS that think unemployment is the fault of the unemployed!

How many jobs would have been created with the TARP instead of using it to bail out the unions and europe?

Where is the outrage that 30 TRILLION dollars were stolen by corporations and foreign countries under the guise of saving our economy? Do you feel saved fool? Our economy would be a whole lot better if we had that 30 trillion back.

December 9, 2010 at 2:06 pm
(1063) Philip Inuhoff says:

No, you would rather kick a fellow American because his government mismanaged his “contributions” , destroyed his industry, and now has to have emergency extensions until they can figure out what the F to do…Way to go you minimum wage patriot, way to go.

I would recommend that the people reading this learn gardening, animal husbandry, metal working, farrier, weaving, etc. That’s were the jobs will be in the “new” economy..

December 9, 2010 at 9:29 pm
(1064) 99er says:

is this really happening… I am gonna be in the cold…. starving hungry with nothing….. but i didnt do anything wrong all i did was work all my life .. there are no jobs what more can i do?

They are talking about tax cuts when people are in serious need?! I think we should form a new government. One that cares about its people. to my fellow unemployed warm wishes and best of luck to you all…

December 10, 2010 at 12:19 am
(1065) jeremy says:

To this Brandi woman good for you you found a job both times when you were laid off. When was this likely not recently. If you live in an area like I do where nearly 1 in 5 people who want to work that aren’t working because there just isn’t any. When there is there are so many people off work the jobs are taken as soon as they are available. I have almost run out of unemployment, have put in apps for the few jobs I have seen. This thus far has been to no avail. I the part of Michigan I live in there just isn’t any worthwhile jobs. By this I mean ones that will pay my bills and for fuel and insurance on my vehicle. There is no point in a job that wont do this. The people on here that are complaining about the unemployed would be the ones begging for help if their situation was reversed with mine. They need to get a life and stop putting others down that are less fortunate than themselves. This is were I end my comment before I really get upser\t.

December 10, 2010 at 1:13 am
(1066) WorkerWithNoWork says:

To Brandi: You are very ignorant of the situation. To make just a blanklet statement like “they are plenty of jobs” out there is indicative that you do not grasp what is going on and understand the 99ers.

You are obviously a low skilled person who can work just anywhere accepted. There “are plenty of jobs” for you, but for most 99ers, these jobs are not for them, for one main reasons: They will not be even be offered these jobs. Most 99ers (I suspect) are just too overqualified for these jobs and would not be given an offer.

There are more reasons, but I’ll leave it at that.

I second what Kim Desantos, Philip Inuhoff, and Jeremy have stated…

December 10, 2010 at 10:36 am
(1067) KarenB says:

Well now, regarding unemployment. About 4 weeks ago I had two full time employees resign from my marina business on the space coast in Florida. These positions starting at $10/hr plus benefits (ins, vacation, holidays) So I put an ad out. It was listed for 5 days, and I had 12 applicants. I guess it’s just easier to sit home and collect unemployment for two years. What an eye opener. It sure was a disappointment considering I keep hearing about people losing their homes etc etc.

December 10, 2010 at 6:35 pm
(1068) WorkerWithNoWork says:


Is $10/hour a wage everyone should be jumping at?

Most 99ers out of work (I suspect) are more skilled and educated and were accustommed to much higher paying positions. As a result, their unemployment benefits, after taxes, would yield just about this very same wage. So I have two questions for you:

(1) As an employer, would you hire one of these 99ers who has a higher resume, especially in regards to education? If you say yes, wouldn’t you be afraid that this person would quit on you the moment a more suitable opportunity (to his/her qualifications) presents itself?

(2) If you were one of these 99ers, would you accept this $10/hr position (you are offering) if you could obtain the same amount and instead dedicate yourself to searching for a more suitable position, one that more closely matches your training and education?

December 10, 2010 at 9:05 pm
(1069) Dan says:

Agreed…as someone that came from making over 60 grand a year, to making nothing…it just doesn’t make sense for me to take a job that pays me less than unemployment does, while looking for a job…

December 10, 2010 at 9:17 pm
(1070) I WILL BE HOMELESS says:

I worked for human services for 20 years determining eligibility for food stamps, Medicaid and financial assistance (TANF)
I’m sorry, what about the rest of the Americans who’s unemployed with no money. I will be HOMELESS next week. I used to work for Human Services for 20 years and lost my job-so I know what resources are out there- nothing except for shelters and they are full. This is winter! How is a homeless person supposed to go to an interview with no shower? Explain to potential employers that sorry I am living in my car? I have filled out countless applications and have only gotten 6 interviews-each time to be told I was second choice. When my phone is turned off next week how a potential employer would contact me? l I received my last payment last month. Now I hear others are receiving benefits for another year. The economy is supposed to be getting better! What am I supposed to do about my child? Turn my baby over to the father whom I was granted a permanent restrains order against because he almost killed me? Our government is leaving people with 3 choices
prostitution, stealing or God forbid SUICIDE.
Also how about the part that people who received 86 weeks of benefits will get benefits extended for another year I have received 88 weeks so to bad for me-I looked for a job when I lost mine with no luck so I was forced to file for unemployment after 6 weeks of looking -I should have starved and been homeless for the first 2 months and then I could get help!

December 10, 2010 at 11:19 pm
(1071) alliey in pitt says:

these people bashing us unemployed is unthinkable…if you people have jobs and think us unemployed are lazy or whatever you wanna call us…what the heck are you doing spending time reading a blog about unemployment extensions and not working like you so claim you do?

my unemployment has run out, and i was only receiving $243 a week…that comes out to roughly $6.07 an hour for a 40 hour week…so if there was any job out there that paid more than that i would take it…i havent refused work at all and any place i apply to says i am over qualified or they will call me if interested…then when i dont hear from them and i call them to see whats up i get the, oh we already filled the position, sorry….sorry whats that gonna do? sorry doesnt put food on the table or a roof over my familys head!

i have my resume with every temp agency and work a day place plus i have applied at a million stores, restaurants, warehouses and all others possible…and not a damn thing yet…

how do these people expect us to survive, if my phone gets shut off, how will i get calls for possible jobs or how will i be able to call for help if i get mugged living on the streets because i couldnt pay my rent…once you sell all your possessions and you have pretty much nothing left but the clothes on your back, how do you go to interviews? shelters are over packed and under funded…where do we go? what do we do?

December 11, 2010 at 12:36 pm


(1092) Brandi says:

I am sorry but there are plenty of jobs out there, and people are turning them down because they don’t want to have to work for what they want. Yes I have interviewed and actually had people say I don’t want this because I wont be able to get my unemployment. Or mothers who think they should get paid to sit at home with their children becaue they are “owed” this. I am a mother of 2, and I don’t think anyone should get paid government money which is our tax dollars to sit at home for any reason like that. As far as I am concerned the ONLY way you should get unemployment past the 6 months is if you apply for jobs weekly. I was unemployed and found a job right away, both times I was laid off. People are looking for an excuse to get paid for not working. Let me repeat myself, I am not saying all should lose it, just the people not looking for jobs. And you should have to prove this weekly.

December 11, 2010 at 5:39 pm
(1073) debbie says:

I’m sorry, what about the rest of the Americans who’s unemployed with no money .I will be HOMELESS next week. I used to work for Human Services for 20 years and lost my job-so I know what resources are out there- nothing except for shelters and they are full.This is winter! How is a homeless person supposed to go to an interview with no shower? Explain to potential employers that sorry I am living in my car? I have filled out countless applications and have only gotten 6 intreviews-each time to be told I was second choice . When my phone is turned off next week how would a potential employer contact me? l I received my last payment last month. Now I hear others are receiving benefits for another year.The economy is supposed to be getting better! What am I supposed to do about my child? Turn my baby over to the father whom I was granted a permanent restraing order against because he almost killed me? Our goverment is leaving people with 3 choices prostitution, stealing or God forbid SUICIDE.

Also how about the part that people who received 86 weeks of benefits will get benefits extended for another year I have received 88 weeks so to bad for me-I looked for a job when I lost mine with no luck so I was forced to file for unemployment after 6 weeks of looking -I should have starved and been homeless for the first 2 months and then I could get help!

December 12, 2010 at 12:36 pm
(1074) OverTaxed says:

If you guys would spend half as much time knocking on doors or learning a new trade as you do complaining about your UI benefits being cut off after multiple extensions…maybe you could get yourself out of this position. What a concept…getting YOURSELF out of that position. You can’t complain that the country is “turning its back on you” if you’ve been collecting a check for a year and you have done nothing to make yourself a valuable commodity to the free market. You are NOT guaranteed a job…a house…or even food. You are guaranteed the right to pursue these things without being inhibited by your government. You have every opportunity to succeed that Bill Gates, Warren Buffet or Donald Trump had. Stop blaming anyone but yourself. We ARE all in this together…and I don’t mean to sound unsympathetic…but the unemployed people I know care only about doing the minimum necessary to keep getting their checks. They are not learning a new trade…or even sending resumes at this point. Times are tough all around. I don’t consider myself “lucky” that o have employment any more than a person who studies all week for a test and gets an “A” was lucky to get it.

December 12, 2010 at 5:38 pm
(1075) WorkerWithNoWork says:

So you are suddenly and unexpectedly out of work. What do you do? Most of us would begin looking for another job. So, Mr. OverTaxed, when is it that you think one should start this “retraining” you seem to think is so easy to do? Oh, and who would pay for this retraining anyhow?

Mr. OverTaxed, you must be a low skilled worker who can easily make such a statement about retraining. Many of us 99ers are professionals with college degrees and more. I, myself, was half way to a Master’s degree but had to discontinue because I could no longer pay tuition. But I do have a bachelors degree and somehow managed to obtain prefessional certifications in my field while searching for work.

In addition, I have a background in a completely different line of work, yet, I cannot even get an interview.

So Mr. OverTaxed, with all my training and education, in two completely different fields, am I do go to some vocational school? And who would pay for that?

December 12, 2010 at 8:45 pm
(1076) Jim says:

Hey Overtaxed…
Enjoy your blissful ignorance…

December 13, 2010 at 12:59 pm
(1077) Aqualung says:

This is ment to happen. They let the mexicans flood in, we make nothing in this country anymore. Nobody wants to pay more for anything than what Walmart charges. Our standard of living is being lowered. Jobs and salaries are gone forever, and in their place are jobs like: Target, Meijer, Walmart, the crappy little franchise places at strip malls. Mexicans have been used by our gov’t to help make the hole in our economy bigger. This will eventually lead to the complete destruction of the American way of life…And…drum roll…A cashless society with one currency for all countries!! Hooray!!

December 13, 2010 at 1:42 pm
(1078) @Aqualung says:

I did not realize this was a racial topic. Someone as narrow minded as yourself would only be able to come up with such a response. First of all nobody is “letting the mexicans flood in” If you knew what you were talking about you would realize that immigrants only take the jobs that YOU don’t want. Second, instead of being envious that a Mexican can even come into this country and start a proprietary business as well as not just having their hand out and asking for free money, you should maybe try to follow their example. Remember that your ancestors had to come across an ocean to get here while all the Mexicans and Canadians only had to walk. It’s a shame that you are blind and can’t see why were here in the first place. Next time before you think of sharing your thoughts, get a clue.

December 13, 2010 at 1:49 pm
(1079) Roland says:

I went through all the tiers of unemployment last year, then finally found temporary employment which lasted only 2 moths (March through April 2010). Now I am unemployed again. I filed a new claim in October, based on the 2 months that I worked.

I am receiving benefits again under that new claim. It isn’t much ($185 for 17 weeks), but it helps.

Does anyone out there know if I will be eligible for an extension again, even though I have used up all the tiers on a previous, seperate claim?

This is very mysterious stuff!

December 13, 2010 at 2:32 pm
(1080) cbfull says:

Anyone reading these posts should beware of a post that begins with anything like, “I such and such so therefore such and such” you should most likely skip reading it and save yourself the annoyance.

How ridiculously closed minded is it to state your own personal experience and then post it as though it should serve as some kind of standard for the rest of the country. This poster must intimately know every single American and how they should be treated. It is so unbelievably arrogant there are no words to describe. Get a clue. You can’t know what’s right for everyone in the whole country just because you know how things are for YOU.

Not that it matters, but I have been unwillingly thrown out of my house after being unemployed for a year, I have been trying to find work so I can move out of my parents house for another year, sending resumes out for jobs that seem like I am a perfect fit and getting “not hiring” replies. I thought having a degree in engineering would make me less affected. Boy was I wrong. “Go back to school” is the advice I am sick of being given. I hated school terribly and have no plans to attend grad school. The govt approved tuition for me to get some certification that would really help but what they didn’t tell me was that it would be at least six months before I can actually attend!

Hang in there people there’s a lot of is in this boat. My benefits were not exhausted yet but because of some Dec. 4 crap mine got yanked. I am not giving up, don’t any of you.

December 13, 2010 at 3:05 pm
(1081) Mofoco says:

Looks like there’s not going to be a tax break on the first $2400 of Unemployment collected this year? Man, that would be nice to get some of that money back.

Anyone know if a Tax Break is in any of the packages?

December 13, 2010 at 3:28 pm
(1082) mofoco says:

@ Roland; As I understand it, you only get the EUC once. If you went through all the tiers and exhausted it, I think you’re truly done. Does your state qualify for EB?

I qualified for EUC on one claim, and used 4 weeks of EUC Tier 1. I worked since then, and was laid off again, so I had to file a second claim one year after my first claim date. I then had 16 weeks remaining from that first EUC tier (instead of 20).

Fortunately the EUC was at my older, higher benefit rate. I believe that was called the “EUC Fix” or something like that and it became active in July 2010 or so. The Govt. wanted people to get jobs and not be worried about their EUC benefit levels dropping if they were laid off again.

You raise a good question. I’d call my local unemployment office and find out.

@ cbfull, the whole ignore anything that starts with “I such and such” is good advice. I wish these comments were filled with more useful info, and less rants and raves.

Hope my $.02 helped someone!

December 13, 2010 at 10:20 pm
(1083) 1 of 2,000,000 says:

This is a link to a petition hoping to reach 50,000 signatures.


December 13, 2010 at 10:40 pm
(1084) OverTaxed says:


If it brings you comfort, or some sense of self worth to call those of us who are advising you to retrain yourself “unskilled workers”…go right ahead. I will gladly compare educational background, degrees and/or skill sets any time. However I am not here to get into a proverbial pissing contest.

My point is simply this. We live in a free market economy. Supply and Demand plain and simple. If you are only able to provide a service that is not in demand by any employer…what in god’s name do you want the government…or anybody for that matter to do about that? Should a company simply create a position because you need one? Honestly.

I was unemployed after being laid off from my law firm. I collected UI for 6 months while looking for another law job. Being unable to find one…with a wife and a 2 year old daughter…rent…car insurance etc etc etc…I contacted old HS friends for work. I mowed lawns and delivered pizzas…and anything else I could possibly do to bring in money…all while being licensed to practice law in 2 states.

I ended up taking a full time position with an entertainment company which I was also doing part time work on the weekends…and now own the company and employ 15 full-time and nearly 100 part time.

Had the Congress not extended the Tax Cuts…as of Jan 1 I would have been employing 14 full time employees instead of 15…plain and simple…and there would have been one more worker with no work.

Again, I know I will be called unsympathetic for writing this…but I don’t understand how you think your situation will improve taking more capital from the people who would otherwise invest it in a workforce. You are digging the hole deeper and deeper. You are sacrificing long term recovery for short term handouts.

Question…is there a point where you would agree that UI benefits should expire…or should the go on in perpetuity?

December 13, 2010 at 11:57 pm
(1085) William Eames@att,net says:

I have not been out of work for 20 years. The one time I need it, they put me through stress always wondering if I will get my check. I apply for work everyday. The Government needs to revisit what they are doing to us. I also have high blood pressure and have ti live on that medication. To top it all off I believe some of the companies discriminate against old age.This is very hard to prove so I guess I will just have to live with it. William Eames 12-13-10

December 14, 2010 at 1:46 am
(1086) @ @aqualung says:

@aqualung, yes Mexicans are being allowed to flood in here, and don’t call someone ignorant and then claim that Canadians are indigenous to North America. Your post was semi-retarded.

August 23, 2011 at 9:40 am
(1087) Really? says:

I can tell you who is indigenous to North America… ME

I was born here raised here and this is where I live. I am a Native American to the same degree our Native American Indian brothers are. No more no less.

Their bloodlines did not start here and neither did yours or mine. However I am native here just like they are. If you are going to consider history consider all of it not just the part that seemingly makes you right. It might not matter to you but history goes back farther than just 2000 years…

December 14, 2010 at 1:52 am
(1088) Gathering Storm says:

@overtaxed…You are right, people are not guaranteed sustenance and shelter. Do you expect the 100,000′s of soon to be starving Americans to just accept their fate and stand on the corner watching you BBQ, as their children starve?

You are naive.

Soon, you will need to change your name to “overrun”

good luck holding on to “your” stuff…lol…fool.

December 14, 2010 at 2:26 am
(1089) Old Dude says:


I agree Sir. Guys like you and I are a big problem with no solution.
We are part of the perfect storm, and our kids are afraid and unprepared.
The largest generation of retirees coincide with bankrupt social security…. Why not just starve us and try to pretend we don’t exist.

Good luck

December 14, 2010 at 9:18 am
(1090) OverTaxed says:

Old Dude,

I agree with you and am very sympathetic toward our seniors who were scammed by our government with the Ponzi scene known as Social Security I think everyone over the age of 45 should receive their full benefits upon reaching the age of 65 and everyone under that age should forfeit what they have contributed and we put an end to this failed program.

It is another example of the government promising safety and security and then pulling the rug out from under you. I cant understand how the people most affected by government’s failure keep wanting the government to come up with the solution.

December 14, 2010 at 9:02 pm
(1091) PIG STEW says:

I agree with Aqualung…he is right. Get rid of all these damn Mexicans…they are filthy people and all they do is flood our communities living 10 to a house and offer nothing. They treat the communities like a toilet leaving their shopping carts up and down the streets. Enforce and secure our borders at all cost and shoot any dumb ass that tries to cross…the only thing that Mexicans are good for is screwing things up and picking potatoes off the side of the road. Also get rid of the dumb ass president we have!! He is the most useless piece of crap there is…a black man in a white house …go figure!! I also say fire congress and get those politicians to take a 80% salary cut!!! Bring on the F’ ing REVOLUTION!!!!!!!!!!!!!

December 14, 2010 at 9:09 pm
(1092) Christine says:

Washington is kicking the can down the road regarding the 5 million+ unemployed who have exhausted their 99 weeks. Once this next group of 2 million on UE exhaust all benefits and are added to the current 5-6 million, the government will be faced with a huge problem. We are fast becoming a third world. If nothing is done by summer 2011, you can be there will be unrest in this country! Both parties are a disgrace. Obama could have been more vocal about the long term unemployed!

December 15, 2010 at 2:39 pm
(1093) Rednecke says:

I don’t think anybody is suggesting 99ers go without, but the taxpayers have a right to ask some hardhitting questions about it. What about the people that have yet become unemployed? Where will the funds be for them? I posed that same question in unemployed “friends” and was immediately banned from the forum, and that sums up the issue pretty good. 99ers, like the welfare recipients of yesteryear, like our current illegals, just expect hardworking American taxpayers to keep forking over money indefinitely, no questions asked. And we’re sick of it!

December 15, 2010 at 3:35 pm
(1094) WorkerWithNoWork says:


For starters, you should feel fortunate that you were able to obtain the pizza delivery or entertainment jobs….I have tried for lower level jobs that do not even require resume, per se, and cannot even get those….and needless to say, congratulations to you for having the resources to acquire the company you know own.

I do not get any thrills in calling you an “unskilled worker.” Based on your comments, it seemed to me that was the case. If you are indeed educated and skilled as an attorney, are you saying that our country no longer needs lawyers because you could not find a job in that capacity? Why would you have to retrain (using your remedy)? Why would I have to retrain?

I have a minor in Accounting; a major in IT; with certifications and experience. I am, have been, looking for work in these capacities, and in lower level ones as forementioned. Would you still insist that I need to get off my butt (or whatever your wording was) and retrain?

Believe me, all I want is to find gainful employment and surely, my skillset is very much needed in this country. I think many millions are in this same position. What are we to do if the jobs are not there? No jobs, either the more suitable ones or not? Suppose you did not get your part time jobs? What advice can you offer? We are desperate!!!

December 15, 2010 at 4:01 pm
(1095) WorkerWithNoWork says:


You contradict yourself in saying that you do not want the 99ers to go without but then also say that they should not get extended benefits. You should note that many of us unemployed have most likely paid taxes into the system, and will someday likely pay into it again.

You asked where the funds will come from? Well, the same place the funds for the Bush extended tax cuts will come from; the identical place where Billions to foreign aid come from. Talk about a free handout.

At least further benefits would be immediately spent and pumped right back into this economy, so this will certainly help our economy. I am not convinced that certain tax cuts will do the same.

Certain tax cuts to those who are not necessarily in great need of will simply go into savings by way of further Wallstreet investments, which I am not convinced will aid out economy.

You should also note that in order to receive further unemployment, questions are being asked. In order to obtain extended benefits, one has to detail their job search efforts (company name, person contacted, results, etc).

It really is cruel of you to classify us into the same category as welfare or illegals. Shame on you!

If we are all honestly and diligently looking for work, what more do you want us to do? Aid, continuous aid, can be provided to foreigners, who never paid into our system, why can’t struggling (desperate) Americans not get some continuation of their own (and paid into) aid?

December 15, 2010 at 4:04 pm
(1096) cake eater says:

Government is broken, economy can not recover.

Hope for despair

rednecke is sick of paying for you.

December 16, 2010 at 1:01 am
(1097) Derek says:

There are so many comments on here there is no way i am going to be able to read them all. I just exhausted my 16 weeks of unemployment ben