03/17/2015 In a vote that may have surprised even the Democratic minority, the New Mexico House rejected an effort to reduce unemployment payments to newly laid off workers. Read Full Story
03/11/2015 The good news from last week's job report is that the U.S. unemployment rate—now at 5.5 percent—is at the lowest level since May 2008. (Some optimistic forecasters are even predicting that it might continue to fall to below 4 percent.)However, it's important to look at another measure, the length of unemployment, for a variety of reasons. Read Full Story
03/02/2015 Men are vanishing from workplaces of America, and Michigan workplaces are a prime example. The group of unemployed men between the ages of 25 and 54 has more than tripled nationwide since the 1960s. Read Full Story
02/10/2015 One of the recurring myths following the Great Recession has been that recovery in the labor market has lagged because workers don’t have the right skills. The figure below, which shows the number of unemployed workers and the number of job openings in December by industry, is a useful way to examine this idea. Read Full Story
02/19/2015 "Parents aren't working because there's no jobs. It's just very difficult."
Child poverty: a growing problem in Michigan. And it's proven on paper. The 2015 Kids Count Report ranked Lake County last in the state for child well-being. The Michigan League of Public Policy produces the report regularly. 9&10's Cody Boyer and Photojournalist Jeff Blakeman break down the sometimes troubling numbers. Read Full Story
Sen. Hatch Introduces Bill to Forbid Concurrent Receipt of Unemployment Benefits, Social Security Disability Insurance
02/14/2015 Sen. Orrin Hatch
, R-Utah, has introduced legislation (S. 499) to "prevent concurrent receipt of unemployment benefits and Social Security disability insurance." Read Full Story
02/09/2015 The article below outlines President Obama's proposals to change the way we finance the unemployment insurance system as well as tying unemployment insurance benefit extensions to the current unemployment rate.
From "New Republic": Over the past few years, Democrats and Republicans have fought vigorously over extending long-term unemployment benefits, which expired at the end of 2013. The issue dropped from headlines last spring, after House Republicans successfully killed a bipartisan deal in the Senate to renew them for another five months. But President Barack Obama is about to put them back in the news: In his budget for the 2016 fiscal year, the president will propose a major overhaul of the unemployment insurance (UI) system, a move designed to make UI both more efficient and more effective. Read Full Story
The Job Ahead: Advancing Opportunity for Unemployed Workers - A report of the National Employment Law Project
02/04/2015 America’s unemployment insurance (UI) program has not kept up with the needs of America’s workers. In the year following the expiration of federal benefits for people out of work for longer than six months at the end of 2013, the percentage of unemployed receiving any benefits averaged just 27 percent, a record low. While 2014 was the strongest year of job gains yet during this recovery, there are still near-record numbers of long-term unemployed, along with millions more on the sidelines of the labor market, still without work and without benefits. Many who have found jobs are employed part time, often in lower-wage retail and fastfood jobs, because there are not enough full-time jobs to go around. While the official unemployment rate is now 5.6 percent as of this publication, the percentage of people who are working, also known as the employment rate, is still among the lowest levels in three decades. Read Full Story
02/02/2015 President Barack Obama's fiscal 2016 budget plan calls for stepped up enforcement of wage and workplace safety laws by the Labor Department and would overhaul extended unemployment insurance benefits during economic downturns. Read Full Story
01/25/2015 Michigan’s rate of unemployment is down. Detroit’s is expected to continue to decline. However, Detroit’s rate is still about twice that of the state. Read Full Story
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