Skip to comments.What do the jobless do when the benefits end?
Posted on 02/12/2014 1:44:35 PM PST by Responsibility2nd
The end to federal jobless benefits for nearly 2 million people has sparked a bitter debate in Congress about whether Washington is abandoning desperate households or simply protecting strained government coffers.
It is also providing real-time answers to a question economists have long pondered: How do people survive when they suddenly have no money coming in?
Studies show that about a third of the people cut off from long-term unemployment benefits will find help from Social Security or other government programs. Others will cobble together dwindling savings or support from family. But most baffling to economists are the people who appear to come up with more-idiosyncratic solutions, which are tough to identify and almost impossible to track.
Never in more than 65 years have so many workers been without a job and without a government lifeline. Congress cut off 1 million people en masse in December when it permitted a special emergency program for the long-term unemployed to lapse. Since then, their ranks have been growing by about 72,000 a week, according to the National Employment Law Project (NELP), which lobbies on behalf of the jobless.
Last year, lawmakers cut the maximum benefit to 73 weeks. Then, at the end of December, Congress let federal aid lapse altogether.
Mitchell Hirsch of NELP said people were thrust essentially overnight from a situation where they were struggling to make ends meet with their benefits into one where theyre now struggling just to survive. Six weeks later, he said, what were hearing . . . is increasingly desperate.
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Not saying this is painless, but they will need to move to a place where there are jobs.
Like immigrants do.
Many of them either (a) get a job; or (b) go back to college to get a worthless degree and then live off financial aid and student loans that they will never be able to pay back.
Go to work.
They go on disability ( crazy checks ).
Or do as I had to do. Take a position for 1/3 my previous pay rate. Until the market for your particular skill set recovers (which it may never do), you have to do what is in the best interests of your family.
(Maynard G. Krebbs) WORK!?
It’s a trick question. They NEVER end.
They are then no longer considered jobless and are taken off the labor force, thereby reducing the unemployment rate.
Blame the Republicans for not providing jobless benefits indefinitely, but never ask why there are no jobs.
“they will need to move to a place where there are jobs.”
SSDI, SNAP, SSI, EITC, Section 8 are pretty much forever. You may have to requalify every 6 months or year but they can go on a long long time. V
My first response to the title’s question as well.
What do the jobless do when the benefits end?
They go to "Plan B".
What do the jobless do when the benefits end...?
Here’s a novel concept...Perhaps, WORK???
yes! stay home, do nothing,become nothing,(like what they are saying now) but what the Liberals forgot to mention that if u choose to be a lazy bum, you wont be able to collect retirement and may wind up homeless.
I hear BiPolar disorder is all the rage now.
Crime takes a sudden turn upwards....................
Many of them take a job that pays less than the unemployment benefits. After a while they increase their job skills and make more money. That is what I did.
We all know the answer. The benefits are not going to end.
Should never have paid people for 99 weeks. Total insanity.
They sit at home and blame Bush.
They become Republicans.
Which is why the Washington Post has no idea what happens to them.
I suggest Washington DC.
Some of us would rather cut our throats than go after these benefits. Or save up our sleeping pills.
Yes, I know, the obvious answer is “they go to work.”
But seriously, the fact that the Compost had to go through such a tortuous hand-wringing answer in blind avoidance of the obvious answer is, in a nutshell, proof of everything wrong with our society.
My husband was on unemployment (after 40 years employment) and got about 6 - 8 months unemployment while we both looked for jobs. Who got those 99 weeks, I’d like to know.
Many do go to work in the pharmaceutical industry: meth labs and pill mills. Sadly there are countless communities across fly over country where the factory has closed and illegal drugs keep cash circulating in the county. Portsmouth, Ohio comes to mind.
I thought Obummer saved the economy.
Our production supervisor tells me that every opening in this plant he interviews for always has a couple of well-qualified candidates who turn down offers because (a)we don't offer union scale wages they get before or (b)their unemployment benefits haven't run out yet.
Our pay isn't that bad as you can judge by the vehicles which even our entry level production workers have in the parking lot.
Well here is what I did. Back when husseins uncle Carter destroyed the economy I was a well paid carpenter. That ended for most construction people in early 1980. Of course it was blamed on Reagan because he had been in office for about an hour and a half.
I had no education, no money and no clue. The only thing I had was a strong work ethic. I started doing whatever construction work I could get my hands on.
I, like so many others, really struggled for a few years. Eventually I started doing specialty work that had nothing to do with carpentry. When someon would ask me if I could do a certain project I alaways responded that of course I could even though I had no clue what I was doing. Eventually I gained a reputation and a short list of customers who need my particular and unusual services.
I have never had a “real job” since. I make about a hundred grand a year, still have no education but have hired many “educated” folks along the way to shovel dirt and run a wheelbarrow for me. It is funny watching an MBA trying to figure out how to push a wheelbarrow. They must not have taught that in MBA school
My daughter’s company closed her division. She received unemployment checks and also found a little part-time job at a bank while searching high and low for a real job that would actually keep their house payments paid. She was getting discouraged.
WE prayed for her here. Her unemployment benefits ran out at the end of the year; her new full-time job started then. She’s one of the lucky ones. Though her new full-time job pays half what her old full-time job paid, they can still “make it.” But with a considerably lowered standard of living.
Many hardworking people are in similar circumstances, less lucky perhaps than Katy, less prayed-for. They’d love to go to work, but where’s the work? China?
File for “disability”?
The important thing is that they have escaped the dreaded “job lock”. Maybe they can write some poetry or learn to play a pan flute.
You mean JOB BLOCK?
God bless your daughter, Veto! I hope she can only go up and up and up!
We know what DC will do next about the problem...give green cards to at least 12 million illegal aliens. That will solve the problem with unemployment.
Until a million unemployed do show up and surround the WH and Capital with pitch forks and torches..nothing will change.
7 years ago my well paid job with terrific benefits came to a sudden end. After having work for 37 year I found no one hiring full timers, PERIOD. I went on long term unemployment. I took every temp job I was offered (all at half the rate I used to get). During this period there were many times no temp jobs were available. At one point I was working 3 part time jobs. No benefits and no insurance. Just prior to the end of my eligibilty for unemployment I got a minumun wage job full time with insurance. How did we do it? You cut back. Got rid of the house phone, got rid of the Sat TV, set the winter heat lower did not use AC at all unless it was 100> etc etc.. Oh and I ended up with a decent job but in the next city so now driving a lot more...
Looks like a young Pete Townsend in the audience LOL!
Back then if someone wanted to work someone wanted to make a buck off him.
But now the government has taken all of Americans’ investment money. I don’t know what will become of us.
Thanks so much for your good wishes, mm. Katy is one determined, focused woman, I’m hoping she does make a new career path in her new field of endeavor. Onward and upward!
God bless you and yours too:)
The right answer is to fix what's ailing the American economy. We need to raise the import tariffs and lower income taxes by a corresponding amount.
We lowered the import tariffs in the 1960's. We ignored the wisdom of the founding fathers and we've put our labor into direct competition with third world countries like China. And even made domestic producers tax disadvantaged relative to foreigners. Our stores are full of Chinese goods and Americans are sitting idle.
Your answer is wrong for a number of reasons including:
I knew a woman like this.. she was working for the Emmy’s (award show, here in Los Angeles)...making about 70k a year. She then was laid off, and looking for work. She turned down 2 different offers : one at 58k, and the 2nd at 45k. She had to walk away from her house.. I have no idea where she is now...too bad...she had this nice little Santa’s helper outfit she used to wear to Christmas parties in the neighborhood.... wifey did not like me enjoying that outfit..
so I guess everything worked out okay.... at least for me and the wifey...as for Santa’s helper, she probably wishes she took that 58,000 a year offer.
Far too few today are motivated to follow your path! I never had an unemployment check in 55+ years but did have a LOT of jobs which I didn't like (in order to move on to those I did). Probably just "Lucky" I guess but, my Dad always told me "You can MAKE your own luck!"
take this any way you want, you and the rest of you with this comment. Simple answers from simple minds. So easy, eh? Just work, and where exactly might that job be? Inquiring minds want to know, hell I want to know!
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