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....................