The 99ers want a Tier 5 unemployment extension amid a weekly unemployment claims decline. The metric, used in part to determine how bad the unemployment situation is in the United States, could be used to thwart efforts for a long-term unemployment extension bill that goes beyond the 99 weeks in place.
You may think that we do not need a Tier 5 extension right now; after all, the jobless claims are decreasing! That is not the case. In order to use the numbers to make decisions, you have to consider the situation surrounding the figure as well.
First, ask yourself this: Why are the jobless claims decreasing? The figure is based on the number of people who apply for unemployment benefits. There are three things that can cause someone to be excluded from this figure: getting a job and no longer needing benefits, exhausting available benefits, or giving up looking for a job.
It’s not good to assume that people are finding jobs. This is not the case, and if you need proof just spend an hour or so surfing the Internet. You will find comments on message boards and blog posts pointing to the severity of the situation that many people are in.
Many people have exhausted benefits. Many have simply quit looking for a job. Most are growing skeptical that Washington is concerned about their needs.
The two politicians that have openly claimed to be working on Tier 5 legislation are largely absent from the bill landscape. Charles Schumer (D-NY) was quoted as saying “There are a number of people who have maxed out, they’ve been looking and looking for work but haven’t found it, and there is a separate act that would extend those benefits to them,. Extending this was really important. There are some people who go beyond the 99 weeks and we’re gonna try to do that next.”
Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) has also been vocal as well, saying “I wish that the bill we passed helped those who have been looking for work the longest – the so-called “99ers.” I’m working on a bill to help them because, when there are five people out of work for every one job opening, it’s the right thing to do.”
The senate is breaking for their summer recess starting tomorrow, and it doesn’t appear as if a Tier 5 legislation bill will be placed up for discussion before that time. I have an inkling that a Tier 5 for the 99ers won’t even be discussed until AFTER the mid-term elections.
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