Long-term jobless eye end of line if federal benefits stop on Monday

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— About 200,000 New Yorkers will lose their unemployment benefits at the start of the new year if Congress and President Barack Obama fail to reach an agreement to avoid going over the fiscal cliff.

Unless the federal government acts, aid for the long-term unemployed is set to expire along with 2012 on Monday.

Earlier this month, the state Department of Labor sent recipients of emergency unemployment benefits, which are paid for by the federal government rather than the state, a letter informing them that their benefits were set to expire.

The letter directs them to programs that provide job search assistance, such as their local One-Stop Career Center. “We recognize that being unemployed is very stressful for you and your family,” the letter says. “We hope you will let us help you with your job search.”

The Emergency Unemployment Compensation program began in 2008 as a way to help people struggling to find jobs during a severe recession. It provides assistance to people who have exhausted state unemployment benefits. In New York, people whose unemployment has lasted longer than 26 weeks can claim EUC, which offers up to 53 weeks of benefits in four tiers.

According to the National Employment Law Project, more than 2 million unemployed Americans will lose their emergency jobless aid unless Congress renews the program this weekend. Another 1 million would lose access to the program in the first quarter of 2013.

“The impact on jobless workers will be immediate and severe,” said Mitchell Hirsch, an unemployed worker advocate at the National Employment Law Project. “These are folks who were laid off through no fault of their own and have been looking for work for longer than six months. For the overwhelming majority, EUC is the only source of income they have while they’re looking for work. The program has been a lifeline for millions of people affected by the economic downturn.”

In November, the national unemployment rate was 7.4 percent, down from 8.2 percent the previous year. In New York, the November unemployment rate was unchanged from the previous year, when it was 7.9 percent. Upstate, the November unemployment rate was 7.7 percent, a slight uptick from the previous year, when it was 7.5 percent, according to figures from the state Department of Labor.

Hirsch noted that when the EUC program was created, the unemployment rate was relatively low — about 5.6 percent.

According to the Law Project, about 40 percent of unemployed workers are long term. The Bureau of Labor Statistics considers people who have been unemployed for 27 weeks or longer the long-term unemployed.

Hirsch predicted that the expiration of the EUC program would cause “many people to rapidly slide into poverty, take on enormous amounts of debt and face years of difficulty.”

The term fiscal cliff refers to the combination of tax increases and steep, across-the-board spending cuts that will take place if Congress and the Obama administration fail to sign off an alternative plan to reduce the federal deficit by the end of the year.

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December 30, 2012
6:18 a.m.
cracker says...

The way the unemployment regulations are creates a problem. When people can get as much on unemployment as they can for a lower paying job, they will sit home and collect. My idea would be for those off for more than 1 year to have their benefits cut in half, and be able to work part-time. just maybe this part-time job could lead to full time with perhaps a better paying position with that employer.

December 30, 2012
8:58 a.m.

We need more jobs in our country cracker....that is the problem...if you have a are very blessed.....They are not out there....if you have a list of these jobs out there...please post this the 6th cycle of long term unemployment benefits running out since 2008?.....Not every can get a public sector position to hold on to for dear life....and will....

December 30, 2012
9:24 a.m.
cfield says...

Dec 30 - P/T - Clean Shop - (Albany NY) salon/spa/fitness

Dec 30 - Moving help - one day - heavy lifting - careful - (Delmar) general labor

Dec 30 - Marketing Assistant - (Saratoga Springs) real estate

Dec 30 - Real Estate Marketing Assistant - (Saratoga Springs) admin/office

Dec 30 - NEED DRIVER - (ALBANY) food/beverage/hospitality

Dec 30 - NEED DRIVER - food/beverage/hospitality

Dec 30 - LED Light Therapy Specialist Wanted - (Clifton Park, NY) salon/spa/fitness

Dec 29 - *New Receptionist & Clericals needed* - (albany ) admin/office

Dec 29 - Pizza Davinci - (Troy) food/beverage/hospitality

Dec 29 - Pizza Davinci - (troy) sales

Dec 29 - snow removal - (schenectady) general labor

Dec 29 - Math Tutor - All Levels - (Capital District) education/teaching

Dec 29 - Leasing / Rental Agent NEEDED - (Latham / Capital District) real estate

Dec 29 - Liberty "Entertainers" - (Watervliet, Colinie,Latham) marketing/advertising/PR

Dec 29 - $500-$2500 Weekly - Leads Provided - (Albany) img marketing/advertising/PR

Dec 29 - Independent Distributors Needed - J.R. Watkins Natural Products - sales

Dec 29 - Licensed Veterinary Technician - (Saratoga Springs, NY) healthcare


Dec 29 - Inventory Counters - (1524 Central Ave - Albany (back entrance)) general labor

Dec 29 - snow clearing - (schdy ny) et cetera

Dec 29 - Driveway Plowing Needed - (Northville) general labor

Dec 29 - Part Time Housekeeper Wanted - (Glenville, NY) food/beverage/hospitality

Dec 29 - *New Year New Jobs for Receptionist & Clericals* - (albany) admin/office

Dec 29 - Only 10 positions left. - marketing/advertising/PR

Dec 29 - Need video editor - (Saratoga Springs) tv/film/video/radio

Dec 28 - Work at Home - (U.S.) marketing/advertising/PR

Dec 28 - Counter Help-Driver - (Troy) food/beverage/hospitality

Dec 28 - Hairstylist good with updos needed to join our team - salon/spa/fitness

Dec 28 - Experienced Plow Driver Needed - (Schenectady) general labor


Dec 28 - Part Time Teller (Malta) - (Malta) customer service

The jobs are out there, may not be 60k a year, but there are jobs.

December 30, 2012
9:54 a.m.
tonijean613 says...

People pay for Unemployment Insurance out of their paychecks. Like car insurance or home owners or life insurance- you are promised a certain level of benefit to keep you from falling into poverty. Of course most professional people are not going to take a minimum wage job when they paid into Unemployment to give them a percentage of their salary- and as a society, we shouldnt want higher skilled people to be wasting their talent and brains delivering pizza- Those jobs are meant for the unskilled or for high school students. Our society cannot improve with skilled and smart people being forced into unskilled jobs. The rich have clearly not created one job with all the RECORD profits they took in these past several years. Its time the rich gave back to society and pay directly out of their pockets to bring down the national debt (which they/Wall St caused witht the banking corruption).
Stop the cuts to State jobs, stop cuts to social security, LOWER the medicare age so it allows the older workers to retire- opening up better jobs for the younger unemployed.

December 31, 2012
3:19 p.m.
gina99 says...

What are you complaining about Scott? Ray Gillen and Judy Dagastino working together have created one open County snow shoveling job! Your Metroplex taxes at work. No wonder Schenectady County always has the highest unemployment in the Capital District. Got high taxes?

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