Number of unemployed Americans without benefits reaches 2 million, report says
According to the National Employment Law Project, as of this week 2 million unemployed individuals are without unemployment insurance, due to Congress’ decision to let extended benefits expire back in December.
The end of unemployment insurance is yet another stiff break for families that have been struggling with long-term unemployment.
According to the report:
“Families dealing with extended job loss have been found to experience significant increases in poverty during that period. Other research has drawn links between a parent’s job loss and a child’s performance at school.”
Millions of hardworking Americans are being penalized for a terrible economy that they didn’t help create. These people aren’t lazy, as evidenced by their previous employment, and they aren’t using government assistance as a solution to their problems, they simply cannot find work.
The number of out of work and out of luck Americans will continue to grow until Americans band together and tell their Senators to renew unemployment insurance.
Tell your Senator to end the games: renew unemployment insurance now.
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Being unemployed is NOT fun: it’s a time of depression, desperation, pain, and loss. I know what it’s like, firsthand, for I’ve been there many times.