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What do the jobless do when the benefits end?
Wash. Post ^ | 02/11/2014 | By Ylan Q. Mui

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.

~snip~

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.

~snip~

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 they’re now struggling just to survive.” Six weeks later, he said, “what we’re hearing . . . is increasingly desperate.”

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: obamaconomy; unemployment
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1 posted on 02/12/2014 1:44:35 PM PST by Responsibility2nd
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To: Responsibility2nd

Not saying this is painless, but they will need to move to a place where there are jobs.

Like immigrants do.


2 posted on 02/12/2014 1:46:48 PM PST by sickoflibs (Obama : 'Any path to US citizenship for illegals HERE is a special path to it ')
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To: Responsibility2nd
What do the jobless do when the benefits end?

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.

3 posted on 02/12/2014 1:48:19 PM PST by Labyrinthos
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To: Responsibility2nd

Go to work.


4 posted on 02/12/2014 1:48:30 PM PST by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: sickoflibs

They go on disability ( crazy checks ).


5 posted on 02/12/2014 1:49:02 PM PST by Ed Condon (Give 'em a heading, an altitude, and a reason.)
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To: sickoflibs
Not saying this is painless, but they will need to move to a place where there are jobs.

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.

6 posted on 02/12/2014 1:49:05 PM PST by rjsimmon (1-20-2013 The Tree of Liberty Thirsts)
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To: Jim Robinson

(Maynard G. Krebbs) WORK!?


7 posted on 02/12/2014 1:49:16 PM PST by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: Responsibility2nd

It’s a trick question. They NEVER end.


8 posted on 02/12/2014 1:50:18 PM PST by Maceman
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To: Responsibility2nd
What do the jobless do when the benefits end?

They are then no longer considered jobless and are taken off the labor force, thereby reducing the unemployment rate.


9 posted on 02/12/2014 1:52:28 PM PST by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Blame the Republicans for not providing jobless benefits indefinitely, but never ask why there are no jobs.


10 posted on 02/12/2014 1:52:51 PM PST by the_Watchman
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To: Responsibility2nd

Bammy’s fault.


11 posted on 02/12/2014 1:53:02 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: sickoflibs

“they will need to move to a place where there are jobs.”

Southeast Asia?


12 posted on 02/12/2014 1:54:49 PM PST by dsc (Any attempt to move a government to the left is a crime against humanity.)
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To: sickoflibs

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


13 posted on 02/12/2014 1:55:08 PM PST by Gaffer (Comprehensive Immigration Reform is just another name for Comprehensive Capitulation)
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To: Jim Robinson

My first response to the title’s question as well.


14 posted on 02/12/2014 1:55:10 PM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Responsibility2nd
What do the jobless do when the benefits end?

They go to "Plan B".

PLAN B


15 posted on 02/12/2014 1:55:47 PM PST by Iron Munro ("Show me the man, and I'll show you the crime." - Lavrentiy Beria (& Eric Holder))
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To: Responsibility2nd

What do the jobless do when the benefits end...?
Here’s a novel concept...Perhaps, WORK???


16 posted on 02/12/2014 1:55:53 PM PST by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: Responsibility2nd

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.


17 posted on 02/12/2014 1:56:00 PM PST by Cruz_West_Paul2016
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To: Ed Condon

I hear BiPolar disorder is all the rage now.


18 posted on 02/12/2014 1:56:05 PM PST by Gaffer (Comprehensive Immigration Reform is just another name for Comprehensive Capitulation)
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To: sickoflibs; Responsibility2nd

Jobs in Texas
http://www.indeed.com/jobs?q=&l=76208

http://www.indeed.com/jobs?q=&l=75221


19 posted on 02/12/2014 1:56:32 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Jealousy is when you count someone else's blessings instead of your own.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Crime takes a sudden turn upwards....................


20 posted on 02/12/2014 1:56:40 PM PST by Red Badger (Proud member of the Zeta Omicron Tau Fraternity since 2004...................)
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To: Responsibility2nd

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.


21 posted on 02/12/2014 1:57:04 PM PST by forgotten man
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To: Responsibility2nd

We all know the answer. The benefits are not going to end.


22 posted on 02/12/2014 1:58:16 PM PST by Williams (No Obama)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Should never have paid people for 99 weeks. Total insanity.


23 posted on 02/12/2014 1:59:03 PM PST by Williams (No Obama)
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To: Responsibility2nd

They sit at home and blame Bush.


24 posted on 02/12/2014 2:00:08 PM PST by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: Responsibility2nd

They become Republicans.

Which is why the Washington Post has no idea what happens to them.


25 posted on 02/12/2014 2:00:42 PM PST by Fido969 (What's sad is most)
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To: sickoflibs
Not saying this is painless, but they will need to move to a place where there are jobs.

I suggest Washington DC.


26 posted on 02/12/2014 2:00:52 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: Gaffer

Some of us would rather cut our throats than go after these benefits. Or save up our sleeping pills.


27 posted on 02/12/2014 2:01:17 PM PST by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

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.


28 posted on 02/12/2014 2:02:03 PM PST by henkster (Communists never negotiate.)
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To: Williams

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.


29 posted on 02/12/2014 2:02:55 PM PST by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: Jim Robinson
"Go to work."

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.

30 posted on 02/12/2014 2:04:47 PM PST by buckalfa (Tilting at Windmills)
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To: Responsibility2nd
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.

I thought Obummer saved the economy.

31 posted on 02/12/2014 2:04:53 PM PST by Fido969 (What's sad is most)
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To: sickoflibs
Maybe they could try doing what the rest of us had to do when we needed a job or were marginally employed: take a job they consider "beneath" them or move.

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.

32 posted on 02/12/2014 2:05:14 PM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: the_Watchman

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


33 posted on 02/12/2014 2:05:25 PM PST by shelterguy
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To: Jim Robinson

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?


34 posted on 02/12/2014 2:05:49 PM PST by Veto! (Opinions freely dispensed as advice)
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To: Responsibility2nd

File for “disability”?


35 posted on 02/12/2014 2:06:24 PM PST by Howie66 (John Wayne McCornyn...he's just like US! Honest!)
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To: Howie66

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.


36 posted on 02/12/2014 2:08:02 PM PST by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: hal ogen

You mean JOB BLOCK?


37 posted on 02/12/2014 2:09:16 PM PST by Howie66 (John Wayne McCornyn...he's just like US! Honest!)
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To: Veto!

God bless your daughter, Veto! I hope she can only go up and up and up!


38 posted on 02/12/2014 2:09:30 PM PST by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: Fido969

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.


39 posted on 02/12/2014 2:09:48 PM PST by Oldexpat
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To: Responsibility2nd

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...


40 posted on 02/12/2014 2:10:16 PM PST by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I go to sign up for the American Revolution 2014 and the Crusades 2014?)
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To: Responsibility2nd

End?


41 posted on 02/12/2014 2:10:26 PM PST by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Vote Democrat.


42 posted on 02/12/2014 2:12:15 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: Responsibility2nd

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SzWkqfQ17Eo
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.


43 posted on 02/12/2014 2:13:37 PM PST by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: miss marmelstein

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:)


44 posted on 02/12/2014 2:13:59 PM PST by Veto! (Opinions freely dispensed as advice)
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To: sickoflibs
"Not saying this is painless, but they will need to move to a place where there are jobs. Like immigrants do."

Wrong answer.

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:


45 posted on 02/12/2014 2:14:16 PM PST by DannyTN
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To: Vigilanteman

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.


46 posted on 02/12/2014 2:14:40 PM PST by Chuzzlewit
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To: shelterguy
"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"

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!"

47 posted on 02/12/2014 2:14:54 PM PST by ExSES (the "bottom-line")
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To: Yo-Yo
Your chart updated

Per Cent Population Employed
48 posted on 02/12/2014 2:15:16 PM PST by Paine in the Neck (Our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor)
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To: AngelesCrestHighway
What do the jobless do when the benefits end...? Here’s a novel concept...Perhaps, WORK???

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!

49 posted on 02/12/2014 2:15:38 PM PST by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: sickoflibs
23% unemployment tells me this is a nationwide phenomenon. And your suggestion that they just need to relocate to where there is jobs is not a valid solution.


50 posted on 02/12/2014 2:16:26 PM PST by DannyTN
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