US contines to ‘pull the rug out from under the unemployed’
– Common Dreams staff
According to the National Employment Law Project (NELP), 230,000 more Americans in eight states suffered extreme cuts to federal unemployment benefits over the weekend. Now over 400,000 total people in 27 states have lost federal unemployment insurance due to Congressional cuts.
As unemployment rates remain near record highs, “A growing number of long-term unemployed workers are being left behind…Job openings are not taking the place of these cuts,” said Christine Owens, executive director of the NELP.
More than 100,000 people lost benefits in California alone, which maintains one of the highest unemployment rates in the country.
More unemployment cuts lay ahead as another seven states will lose federal benefits by September bringing the total to 34 states facing reduced federal assistance.
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