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Friday, July 24, 2009

Dept. of "The System is Broke in More Ways than One": Unemployment Benefits

Jason DeParle writes:

Years of state and federal neglect have hobbled the nation’s unemployment system just as a brutal recession has doubled the number of jobless Americans seeking aid.

In a program that values timeliness above all else, decisions involving more than a million applicants have been slowed, and hundreds of thousands of needy people have waited months for checks.

And with benefit funds at dangerous lows even before the recession began, states are taking on billions in debt, increasing the pressure to raise taxes or cut aid, just as either would inflict maximum pain.

link: NYT: Millions wait for delayed jobless checks - The New York Times-


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