As Long-Term Unemployment Deepens, 99ers Look for Answers

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Thursday, June 10, 2010 at 6:00 am

Cindy Paoletti's home-state senators, Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, have indicated they might be willing to extend unemployment benefits beyond 99 weeks. (EPA/ZUMAPRESS.com)

For 23 years, 58-year-old Cindy Paoletti of Salina, N.Y., worked in the corporate accounting division of J.P. Morgan Chase, balancing payroll accounts in an upstate office of the Wall Street bank. In December 2007, Paoletti was let go in a wave of layoffs that eventually shuttered the entire Syracuse operations center. “My job went to India,” she sighs.

[Economy1] Soon after, she started collecting unemployment benefits and severance while searching for a job in earnest. “I apply for everything out there,” she says, estimating she has applied to hundreds of positions over the past 30 months. “But 95 percent of the time, the company you send your resume to does not even acknowledge that they’ve received it. The majority of the time, if you do get an interview, they tell you that you are overqualified. It seems like as soon as they find out your age, everything goes down after there. The age discrimination is horrendous. And everybody in that baby boomer age group is experiencing the same thing.”

For 99 weeks, Paoletti accepted New York state and federal unemployment benefits. This spring, they ran out. Now, she is drawing down her IRA to stay afloat, underwater on her mortgage and without health insurance.

She’s not alone. Indeed, Paoletti is one of a million 99ers, as the long-term unemployed who have exceeded the maximum number of weeks of benefits are known.

The joblessness crisis — in the average duration of unemployment, if not the absolute unemployment rate — is unprecedented in the postwar United States. Of the 15 million unemployed in America, over 7 million have been out of work for more than six months, nearly 5 million for a year and over 1 million for two years — the worst statistics since the government started keeping count in 1948. The proportion of the unemployed out of work for more than six months has doubled in the past year, to more than 46 percent. The jobseekers-to-jobs ratio, which tells how hard positions are to get, remains around 5.6 to 1.

Paoletti and other 99ers are afflicted by a constellation of problems. Many are underwater on their mortgages, meaning they cannot sell their homes and move away. Many are “structurally unemployed,” meaning that demand for their now-obsolete skills will not tick back up as the recession eases. And many have deep ties to their communities, and cannot or will not move for another job. For instance, Paoletti’s father recently passed away after a battle with Alzheimer’s; she helped care for him until his death. Her brother (also unemployed for years now) lives nearby, and her daughter — who moved home when she lost her job, and just found work decorating cakes part-time at a grocery store — lives with her.

The million 99ers like Paoletti do not just struggle with the immediate effects of joblessness — including, in many cases, the slide from the middle class into poverty. They also struggle with the lingering deleterious effects. The longer people are unemployed, the harder it is for them to regain a job. Their skills deteriorate. They tend to lose confidence, become depressed and suffer from higher rates of divorce and suicide.

Paoletti — and many experts — believe that only an expansion of emergency unemployment benefits or a similar intervention from Washington will save her and her cohort from abject poverty if employment does not rebound strongly, quickly. But Washington doesn’t seem motivated to fight for jobs — or for the 99ers. The Senate is currently considering a $100 billion jobs package that might include new money to hire workers for highway repair and to preserve local-government hiring of teachers, as well as tax breaks for employers. But none of the measures under consideration in the bill would keep the benefit checks coming in the mail for more than 99 weeks.

The senators from Paoletti’s home state — Democrats Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand — have both indicated they might be willing to extend unemployment benefits to 100-plus weeks. (This would create a fifth tier of unemployment benefits. Tier IV, created by Congress last year, brought the maximum number of weeks of benefits to 99 in states with high unemployment rates.) Schumer even wrote a letter that was published on the website of Paoletti’s local newspaper, saying, “Once I ensure that every New Yorker receives the full 99 weeks to which they are entitled, I will work with my colleagues to create a fifth tier of benefits. More than 25,000 New Yorkers have exhausted the full 99 weeks of benefits and I am committed to providing them further relief.”

But the Senate as a whole is less than willing. Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, has indicated that he will not vote for a fifth tier, as have others. “You can’t go on forever. I think 99 weeks is sufficient,” Baucus told Bloomberg News. Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) likewise dismissed the idea. “There’s just been no discussion to go beyond [99 weeks],” he said. And the Senate leadership, without explicitly shooting down a fifth tier, has nodded in agreement.

Paoletti argues that Washington recognizes the enormity and seriousness of the problem but is turning its back on some of the nation’s neediest. The recalcitrance has led her to go activist. She and some friends are currently lobbying for the final passage of the latest extenders bill, known in online communities for the 99ers as “4213,” its original bill number in the House. It would not help people who have exhausted benefits, but would prevent the expiry of Tier IV extended benefits for hundreds of thousands of people a week. Additionally, Paoletti and others meet up on listservs and websites, fax resumes to Washington and call congressional offices.

She hopes that a hearing on Thursday might prove the turning point for the 99ers. Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.), the head of the subpanel on income security and family support for the House Ways and Means Committee, is holding the first hearing on policy responses for long-term unemployment. “Our first step to respond to long-term unemployment is obvious — continue the emergency federal unemployment programs to prevent millions of workers from losing their benefits,” McDermott said in a statement. “If we can afford wars, tax cuts and bank bailouts, then we can certainly afford to maintain programs for workers who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own. An increasing number of Americans who have worked hard and played by the rules are now finding themselves with no job, no savings and no support. We must not abandon these workers and their families.”

Paoletti hopes that the hearing — where letters from her and thousands others might be read into the record — will gin up pressure for Tier V. Other solutions likely to be discussed are job retraining and emergency benefit programs. But it all might be too little, too late for 99ers falling into poverty at a rate of thousands per week.

“Out of all the people [I know] that got laid off the same time as me, I think only three have found jobs,” Paoletti says. “The rest are still all have exhausted unemployment or they’re getting close to the end of it. Someone’s got to do something.”

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mo money
Comment posted June 10, 2010 @ 3:25 pm

Man there seems to be a lot of people that act proud to be poor…they think it might get them some sympathy or another entitlement, but they like to use poverty when its convenient for them.

All that money lying around out there and you people have no idea how to get into it.

Fuck that tier 5, but you already knew that.


Ritarosier
Comment posted June 10, 2010 @ 3:40 pm

I agree with your letter,I lost my job of 26 years in 2006 and have exhausted all my unemployment,I have applied to more jobs than I can count,I have also had interviews,but with no luck,I just turned 54 years old and nobody wants to give me a chance,even cashier jobs at minimum wage.I have 21 years of management experience,and no one cares,the 99ers need help now,we do not have time for all these high paying republicans to say no,maybe they should br in our shoes,and when they get voted out in November maybe one day they will be where we are,and feel the effects it leaves on your health and your families,we need at least 6 more months,and I doubt then that there will be jobs available,and even if they had a million construction jobs avaliable who wants someone who is 54,where are our jobs.We need serious help.and we need it now,not weeks from now.


Mcbrei
Comment posted June 10, 2010 @ 3:43 pm

How easy it is, for those who were born into the “right” families to be able to get the jobs to pay their way through life” to look down on those less fornatute. Don't you think that if the less forrnatute was able to pay for insurance and to be able to save for retirement they would not have done so? Do you know what it is like to only be able to live week to week? No of course not. Why do we have to help pay for Nancy Palosi”s field mouse instead of putting these monies to help the poor and the handicapped. Why is it that no politian or our goverment ever has to sacrifice as the rest of us do? Cut the wasteful spending in government and then there will be enough money to help the needy in our country without having to feel any pain!!


Ritarosier
Comment posted June 10, 2010 @ 3:44 pm

wow I said 2006 I meant I have been out of work since 2008.


Guest
Comment posted June 10, 2010 @ 4:02 pm

I think the unemployed should NOT be taxed for taking out early withdrawals from their retirement account. Not sure how else we are supposed to get by.


Gregrosas5383
Comment posted June 10, 2010 @ 4:08 pm

Duly noted…………BUGSY is getting very upset!……….Cause he only wants enough money to buy some clothes for the purpose of job searching and showering even if it has to be at LAFITNESS…and sleep on the street!………’500.00 dollars’……..IS ALL IM ASKING ………Is this too much to ask – Baucus and other decision makers……..now lets be honest and this is not to sound ‘negative’ but truthfully as it is – I am always the last Architect chosen just because of my ‘cultural- differences – ethnic group’(x cholo tuff guy/intimidatin looking)wearing a pink shirt and fake eye glasses and even though I have been doing this type of work since 1980’s with an accumulated knowledge that reflects a solid 15 years of experience….I dont expect you to believe me so incase there is any doubt here is an example of my TALENT – designed SAN MANUEL Indian reservations hotel casino restaurant theater via Jalali Griffin Architects 43 Corporate ParkIrvine,CA92606-5137 (949) 752-0728 YOU CAN CALL THEM AND ASK WHO INITIALLY DEVELOPED THE CONCEPTUAL DRAWINGS for the said ‘12 ACRE’ project including difficult parking arrangement easement entitlement and occupancy load calculations pertaining to the ratio of parking vs the total allow sq footage permited and building code regulations ….
……After Jalali Griffin Architects was awarded this project I was surprised to find all the related files pertaining to this project on my desk in which I was actually honored to be chosen to design it ALL BY MYSELF!! I don’t do highways and have very little experience in this field!
For the past couple years my job search consisted of going to the edd/onestop centers and when I type in Architect/autocad via craigslist, cal jobs and other job web sites I only saw a big ‘0’ jobs available!!!and went home and waited for my 300 unemployment check minus child support and lots of SUFFERING …….now I finally see some ARCHITECTURAL positions for me. Yes, you OFFICIALS created more jobs in terms of highway improvements and I am dearly grateful at your efforts However. This doesn’t help me! Obviously there are too many people that can do that type of work with more skill than I. ……please consider the 500.00 ………and I promise to behave!…..on my end!


Devon Noll
Comment posted June 10, 2010 @ 4:10 pm

No one is proud to be poor, as you put it! They are not looking for handouts – they are looking for jobs which are not longer there! You say there is money just lying around if they don't know where to get it – well, genius, why don't you tell them? Your arrogance reflects your ignorance of what job loss is actually like, or for that matter what it is like to try to find employment when you have reach the age of 50+ or have a work/education background that means you have the experience and ability to make the guy hiring you look incompetent. For many of the unemployed, going back to school to retrain means that by the time we have retrained we are too old to be hired – that is what happened to me after an accident left me permanently disabled. My husband was laid off in 2008, and like most people has been sending out thousands of resumes with not results, while going back to school online to complete his Bachelor's degree. Both of us are horribly in debt for our education now (I will have to work until I am 80 just to pay off my loans), but we are now both over 50, so we may not be able to get hired, not because we do not have the skills, but because we do not have the youth! So come down off your arrogant little horse, and educate yourself instead of showing your ignorance on this subject.


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mo money
Comment posted June 10, 2010 @ 4:32 pm

The ones that post their pity me stories on boards like these are — its like a little badge for them. I know its a therapeutic exercise to spew on these boards, but it doesn't earn you any money. Where is this money? C'mon man you say you're educated and 50 and so called worldly, determined people figure this out every day. You mean in all of your years you did not make any connections that would make a difference in your situation now? Man thats survival 101, staying engaged and social networking or you just don't know the right people, but off course they're your excuses.

I guess people are tired sending you checks not to work. Our perception, your reality.


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skull68
Comment posted June 10, 2010 @ 7:48 pm

If they would hire me at 59 yrs old I would work there. But they did not.
Wake up dude, the jobless crisis is for real!


skull68
Comment posted June 10, 2010 @ 7:55 pm

Dear Senate.
WE THE UNEMPLOYED NEED HELP. NOW. WHEN WE APPLY FOR A GOV'T JOB, HIRE THE OLDER WORKER TOO. IF WE CAN'T GET JOBS THEN PLEASE GIVE US BENEFIT EXTENSIONS. FRIENDS OF MINE ARE NOW EATING AT SOUP KITCHENS. THIS IS NUTS. FORGET THE WORLD, FOR NOW. IT WILL BE THERE WHEN THIS CRISIS AT HOME IS OVER. PLEASE HELP THE VOTERS WHO PUT YOU IN OFFICE! WE NEED YOUR HELP NOW!
p.s. Thank you Rep. McDermott for trying to help us!!!!
THANK YOU.


jburge
Comment posted June 10, 2010 @ 8:05 pm

We can help every other nation on earth with unlimited amount of money and any legal or other and now our own govt. turns their back on it's own people.Most of us have worked our whole life and thru no fault of our own find we are on the verge of catastrophy.We will remember you on election day.our Govt. and american corporations have stabbed us in the back for a buck…


Jburge1
Comment posted June 10, 2010 @ 8:17 pm

well mo-money why don't you try working in a lumber and paper mill for forty years and at age 58 for the first time in your life need help with what you paid into for 55 years. I've seen fukkin'pogues like you come into the mills and walk right out because the work was to hard.so don't look down your nose at us .look at your little mind in the mirror and go back sucking your thumb and stay out of what is obviously over your head to grasp…


Jackbnimble
Comment posted June 10, 2010 @ 8:31 pm

Please, people, write your Senators and Congressmen and the President to DEMAND a Tier 5 at least through the end of this year.
1) There is NO indication there will be enough jobs to keep up with the #'s of unemployed so they KNOW millions of people are going to remain unemployed. Stats show there is only ONE job for every 5.6 unemployed people
2) Economists say that giving $1 to an Unemployed person creates $1.90 for the Gross National Product. ALL the money given to the unemployed goes RIGHT BACK IN to our weak economy, so that's a good thing. The war and foreign aid, on the other hand, hurts us, takes $ out of our economy.
3) Many of the 99ers are over 55 and no one will hire them when they have stacks of younger applicants. We are a youth-oriented culture. If I was hiring, I'd rather hire someone mature, responsible, and reliable in their 50's but I'm not doing the hiring.


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AFLTU
Comment posted June 10, 2010 @ 9:02 pm

The National Membership of the AFLTU respectfully reminds you of the following:
Thirty three States qualified for the Federally enacted tier four unemployment extensions. The criteria by which a State triggered, and as such became eligible for the fourth tier, came as a result of a State's Unemployment Rate remaining at 8.5% for three consecutive months.

By enacting this important legislation, Washington set a precedent that it considered an 8.5% unemployment rate for an extended period of time to be unacceptably high, and as such warranted providing Americans with a much needed financial lifeline.

Given the aforementioned facts, would this not mean that with a current National Unemployment Rate of 9.9%, which was preceded by three consecutive months at 9.7%, would necessitate the creation of a tier five extension of unemployment insurance?

Josh Bivens of the Economic Policy Institute was quoted as saying that, “the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office projects a yearlong average of 9.5% percent (unemployment) in 2011”, and Goldman Sachs predicts higher unemployment in 2011 than in 2010.


Jmacomber
Comment posted June 10, 2010 @ 9:16 pm

I read somewhere that only those on the original 26 week state benefit are counted and constitute the official “unemployment rate”. If true that would make the unofficial rate much higher.

I also read that a lot of companies will not hire someone who has been on unemployment for the full 99 weeks. My wife asked an HR person at her job if this were true and she said yes they do skip over applications from the so-called 99ers. She had a long list of what I suppose are valid reasons, at least from their perspective, for doing that.

The dust from this recession is not going to settle for a long time and a lot of people that came right out of high school and spent 30 years working in the defense plants and factories are now in their mid-fifties and find themselves jobless.

For many re-inventing themselves at this point in their lives is not an option. Without a Tier 5 they are going to get left behind.

I don't know what the answer is but I don't think its as simple as raising or lowering taxes as many suggest.
Nor do I think it's as simple as ignoring these folks and hoping they go away.

Maybe some of the stimulus money should go to refurbishing some of our old factories and making them more energy efficient. That would put lots of people to work right now and maybe lure some manufacturers back.
Keep the big unions out so the guy that wants to work and earn a decent wage CAN work and the guy that wants to only coast and collect his paycheck can hit the street. I currently have a job so I don't have a dog in the fight but many of my friends and neighbors are not as fortunate right now.


Emmett Grogan
Comment posted June 10, 2010 @ 9:43 pm

There are moments when capitalist dogma and borgeois individualism combine and come vomiting forth, displaying and vibrating selfishness and ignorance with such nasty unearned hubris, it is worth pondering, reflecting, and signalling for remembrance, like this puke from appropriately monikered “mo money”. You punk.


Jgargyiconsulting
Comment posted June 10, 2010 @ 9:56 pm

I plan to vote out anyone who agrees with “I think 99 weeks (of unemployment insurance benefits) is enough”. This is a stagnate jobs recovery, destined for years of high unemployment. Those are the facts. And the problem goes way beyond just jobs. Its about redesigning our workforce to do relevant work to compete in a global economy. This moment in time requires those with the taxpayer checkbook to do the right thing for the unemployed and pass a jobs bill that puts American workers on track to be productive and secures their UI benefits in the meantime, no matter how long it takes. This is emergency, priority spending. Millions of us are watching how they vote on the jobs bill today and how they follow up for Tier V. If they don't support this painful recovery by extending both we'll make sure they join the millions of unemployed Americans who know there is no job for them in the future.


eric y
Comment posted June 10, 2010 @ 10:23 pm

Mickey, you need to get a life. This is no time to make jokes, maybe someday you will be in our shoes and we can laugh at you. Just be damn glad you have a job…..IF you do.


eric y
Comment posted June 10, 2010 @ 10:29 pm

I guess you really are as stupid as ur name on here….apparently you have NO idea what is even going on in this country and the economic situation. Maybe you should get out of your parents basement, stop spending 18 hrs a day on your computer, and see what the real world is all about. Until you walk in our shoes (the unemployed and 99ers), shut the hell up!!!!


TimOregon
Comment posted June 10, 2010 @ 10:55 pm

I am not one of the unemployed however see the need for Unemployment extensions…
… Congress needs to be held accountable for the their failure to create a jobs bill and a jobs market.

extending Unemployment is not the answer however it what is needed. the Answer is to create jobs, which will take Congress to place hire taxes on any company that out sources jobs over seas, higher taxes on any funds leaving the US and higher tariffs on imports.

Until then we have to pay out unemployment for the failure of our leaders.

Support unemployment here, it is one of Change.org highest all time petitions.

http://www.change.org/petitions/view/the_99ers_…


Dlh604ljn
Comment posted June 10, 2010 @ 11:03 pm

I honestly think the goverment should offer goverment jobs to the 99ers and all that are laid off through know fault of their own and I believe we will work for half of what they are paying the fat cat sitting on their azz collecting tax payer money for doing nothing but reading the paper and its true I know people who have Government & state jobs that brag about all the money they make and do nothing but read the paper and play cards, but the government continues to pay these people and even buy their homes and move them and all there belongings for 80k and you wounder why we will have a 20 thrillion dollar deficit, I even have people that have these government and state jobs have the nerve to tell me that I better find a job so I can pay their salary for them to sit on their azzes, We the people have to stand up and stop all this wasted spending once and for all, and just think our own government won't even extend unemployment benefits they think they are wasting money PLEASE EVERYBODY VOTE THESE PEOPLE OUT ONCE AND FOR ALL OUR CHILDRENS KIDS WILL BE PAYING FOR ALL THIS BULL OR CHINA WILL OWN THIS COUNTRY


Vegetoee
Comment posted June 10, 2010 @ 11:16 pm

People who have never suffered in this life will never be able to comprehend those that do on a daily basis. As Americans, we are all fucking ignorant, pathetic, and arrogant stains on humanity's ass. Let's face it, if you have money your life is good and if you don't your life will be crap in the U.S. I feel a deep sense of empathy for those going through all of this, not just because I am experiencing it also or have, but because I know that our fellow citizens could give two shits less about them. We already know our government only helps those with the highest common denominator, but to see our own countrymen turn violent against people less fortunate is bullshit. People don't spend years and tens of thousands of dollars in college to work at McDonald's and live with rats. Sorry, but that is not a sustainable life. Working for minimum wage does nothing to solve unemployment or help our economy, all it does is provide a false sense of comfort for most people. Mo money, if you are happy working at McDonald's without a degree and can live your ignorant little life without knowing what it means to be happy, then by all means go for it. If you are another idiot peer of mine that has been spoiled by his family and friends and has had life luck out for you, then you can lose your arms and legs and call me tomorrow about how much life sucks you twit. Fortunate people are lucky and they will remain that way because of their money, not because they are better than anyone else. Hope you realize this one day.


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Ramon
Comment posted June 11, 2010 @ 12:20 am

What the H…, my Mcdonalds only hires kids for 4 hours a week each. They see me, a great good looking 57 year old. The word is, hit the road you old dirt bag that's been collecting unemployment for 98 weeks so far. Your over qualified working as a Engineer for 35 years.


Tess
Comment posted June 11, 2010 @ 12:37 am

Mo Money, most of the people on here are sharing information to help each other and sometimes are sharing ways to try and fix this problem. Did it ever occur to you that the tons of “connections” we made over the years are also old, dead, or retired? I had lots of connections, and that's where they are when you are over 50. They are usually even older than you. And I have two degrees and cannot get hired in a supermarket, a job that will not pay my rent. After 35 straight years of working and paying 38% in taxes, I have no shame in admitting my current financial problems because I am not responsible for them. Unemployment is INSURANCE, not charity. Next time your car gets hit, why don't you just not accept the insurance to fix it since you are so special.


lsd
Comment posted June 11, 2010 @ 1:40 am

To mo money:

Have you always been a mental midget?


adam plumbs
Comment posted June 11, 2010 @ 2:37 am

wow this is crazy i've been wih same company for 12 years im journeyman plumber i had no idea the government isn't helping u guys, they should help u guys out not turn there backs on u, i thought they keep extending ur benefits, doesn't congress have any family members laid off or what! i always hear on the news u guys are takin care of, i watched ed shultz on msnbc something bout 99 ers i've heard of 49ers but had 2 google a 99er go figure so when are they goin 2 give u guys more money it was suppose to be june 2nd to november thats pretty good! well good luck 2 everyone i hope u all find jobs


english
Comment posted June 11, 2010 @ 2:49 am

I answered the door today and there was a young gentleman at the door.
He was dressed with a reflective vest low and behold it had F P L on it for people out of my area that stands for Florida power and light our power co.
he started to speak and not one word made sense , did hand waving and moved around and pointed to my electrical service. I said its fine that I'M
a electrician as well out of work yes you got it a 99er.He then went out to the street and came back with another guy who's English was broken and could
make out every third word,finally a neighbor told me that they needed to get in my back yard to check my electrical pole which only has a light on it.
Im 56yrs old and have worked as a electrician all my life'and there's no work to be had.As a matter a fact do one thing remember two years ago all the traffic going home from work all the plumbing trucks & electrical &cement
and roofing trucks you dont see them any more sure maybe one here and one there anyway back to what just pisses me off I speak english when a union shop co. sends out people who is illegal WOW here i'm just blown away from this in justice. just not me but the last app i put in there was about 26 electricians out of work and they were looking for one .
We meaning my family has droped blood on the ground for the great U.S.
My son has a plate in his head for his country. We will vote as well .it's
all we can do to get this high nose senate right.


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David
Comment posted June 11, 2010 @ 3:57 am

It's about time that someone stood up for the 99ers and is willing to help us out! There are millions of people out there that are falling off the unemployment every week- and no one is doing anything about it. I have been all over the Internet and I check the status on this whole Tier 5 thing every day. I have been unemployed for more than 2 years and my wife for the last 18 months. She actually had a job that was a temp job-then the company could not afford to hire her full time…in short she gets LESS unemployment benefits THAN she WAS getting. In the last 2 months we have gone without food, gas for the cars and we have to fight to keep our utilities on with those companies that really don't give a crap if a person is alive or dead. Neither one of us sleep at night any more. We go to bed and toss and turn to the worries that we can't seem to escape. Then I recently broke out with a nasty case of shingles- and it's been really bad. My arm still isn't healed yet and I'll be honest with you- when I went to the emergency room to figure out what this rash was- I was floored to find out it was shingles. The doctor told me that it was from stress and that I needed to calm down. I can't calm down. We need help!!! I'm not looking for any sympathy- I'm an adult and I can handle the things that life throws at me- but how much more can we take? I know that there are people out there in worse shape than we are, and I feel for you all I truly do. This country needs to change. The “haves” have more- and the “have nots” are losing ground quickly! We have this oil spill and that mess- boy what a mess that is. Wars- and so many other things that are out of our control. It needs to change!!! How are we to keep moving forward if all we do is stand still. People need the TIER 5 To SURVIVE!!!! PASS THE TIER 5 !!!!!! America wants to go back to work! But we need to have the support of the GOVERNMENT that WE ELECTED INTO OFFICE!!! WE ARE TAXPAYERS AND WE SHOULD COME FIRST!!! HELP US NOW PASS TIER 5 TO SURVIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


David
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Iamme99
Comment posted June 11, 2010 @ 8:02 am

I have written to my Congress people in Calif. numerous times on this subject. I've told them in no uncertain terms that incumbents in both parties may find themselves out of a job, like we, the long-term unemployed, if they choose to throw us to the wolves. I will vote against the incumbents if they fail to extend a benefits via a Tier V extension.

This is an example of the form letter I received from Senator Feinstein twice (I received no replies at all from Senator Boxer or Representative Speier!).
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Thank you for writing to urge Congress to introduce a 5th tier extension of unemployment insurance (UI) benefits. Your correspondence is important to me, and I welcome the opportunity to respond.

I understand the difficulties that many Californians face when their UI benefits expire. UI benefits are crucial in providing assistance to unemployed individuals while they search for employment. California has been particularly hard hit by the economic downturn and faces an unemployment rate of 12.6 percent.

Since the economic downturn began in 2008, Congress has enacted a number of measures dealing with UI benefits, and extended the number of weeks for UI benefits to a total of 99 weeks, which I have supported. Most recently, the Continuing Extension Act of 2010 (Public Law 111-157) was signed into law on April 15, 2010. This law extended UI benefits through June 2, 2010, and the COBRA health insurance subsidy and the National Flood Insurance through May 31, 2010.

The “Tax Extenders Act of 2009″ (H.R 4213), passed the Senate on March 10, 2010. This bill would extend UI benefits, the COBRA health insurance subsidy, and other tax provisions through the end of the year. This bill must now be considered by the House of Representatives, and likely by the Senate again, before it goes to the President for a final signature.

Currently, no legislation has been introduced in Congress to expand UI benefits beyond 99 weeks. However, in an effort to stimulate job creation, the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act of 2010 (Public Law 111-147) was signed into law on March 18, 2010. It provides $15 billion for payroll tax forgiveness for employers hiring and retaining new workers, and expands the Build America Bonds program to help state and local governments secure funding for infrastructure projects. Please know I am doing everything I can at the Federal level to create job opportunities.

Again, thank you for writing to me. Should you have any further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact my Washington, D.C. office at (202) 224-3841. Best regards.

Sincerely yours,
Dianne Feinstein
United States Senator


Iamme99
Comment posted June 11, 2010 @ 8:18 am

I'm with you on the idea of the Federal government being the employer of last resort in today's world.

People with real jobs pay taxes and buy things, helping the economy to recover and grow. A large number of unemployed do not help the economy in any way. This is simple logic. So why doesn't Congress get it? Because most everyone in Congress is quite wealthy, that is why.

A replay of the French revolution is brewing and heads are going to be rolling among the bourgeoisie!


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Djceee
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Thank you for support. I have been unemployed for 2 years and things are tough. Many have lost everything and have suffered dire consequences. What I find that helps is to tell others what this country is putting us through. Best wishes to you.


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Rbombace
Comment posted June 11, 2010 @ 9:22 am

Here is the letter that I recieved from Senator Charles Schumer:

Thank you for contacting me to express your support for a fifth tier of unemployment insurance (UI). I wholeheartedly agree that Congress should extend these critical benefits, as well as take further action to spur job creation.

Tens of millions of Americans are looking for work and a record 6.5 million have been unemployed for more than six months. That is why Congress has acted several times since this economic downturn began to extend, expand and improve UI. In November 2009, Congress extended UI by 14 weeks in all states and 20 weeks in high-unemployment states such as New York. Because of this legislation, out-of-work New Yorkers can now claim a maximum 99 weeks of UI. In December, Congress passed a two-month extension of the unemployment provisions included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (commonly known as the stimulus package), which were set to expire at the end of 2009. These provisions include a vital emergency tier of benefits, expanded eligibility, an extra $100 per month in benefits, and an income tax disregard on the first $2,400 of UI. These provisions were extended again in March, but briefly lapsed in early April due to filibustering by the minority party. Senate Democrats were recently able to overcome this obstruction and pass another one-month extension, which included retroactive benefits—a first in the history of UI.

This extension presents some comfort to the unemployed, but it is certainly not enough. The American Workers, State and Business Relief Act, which I vocally supported and which passed the Senate in March, would extend the 99 weeks of UI through the end of 2010. The House of Representatives passed a slightly different end-of-year extension; the two bills are now being reconciled. Once I ensure that every New Yorker receives the full 99 weeks to which they are entitled, I will work with my colleagues to create a fifth tier of benefits. More than 25,000 New Yorkers have exhausted the full 99 weeks of benefits and I am committed to providing them further relief.

Helping unemployed workers make ends meet is only part of the equation to put America on a path to economic recovery. Congress is also working on a robust job creation agenda. The centerpiece of the H.I.R.E. Act (Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act), which the President signed into law last month, was a provision I authored with my colleague Senator Hatch (R-UT). Our provision stipulates that any business—large or small—that hires a long-term unemployed person in 2010 will not have to pay FICA taxes on that individual for the rest of the year. Economists of all political stripes predict that this law will spur hundreds of thousands of new jobs. The Senate is also working on a number of other pieces of jobs legislation, including proposals to eliminate the capital gains tax on small business investments and make it easier and more affordable for small businesses—the engines of growth in our economy—to get loans. Another legislative proposal currently under consideration would make a sizeable investment in our nation's highways, railways and aviation infrastructure. These public works projects will be designed to get started as quickly as possible to get Americans back to work.

Again, thank you for contacting me on this important issue. Please do not hesitate to contact me again if I can be of further assistance on this, or any other, matter.

Sincerely,
Charles E. Schumer
United States Senator


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Comment posted June 11, 2010 @ 12:17 pm

How can our government give money to banks, wall street, auto industry, health care etc etc. etc., but not help the long-term unemployed? It seems to be illogical, but it's happening. It is our same government who created this recession by these bailouts who are now turning there backs on us. How unfair is that?


CYNDI
Comment posted June 11, 2010 @ 1:08 pm

maybe they should take the billions that AIG owes the taxpayers and apply those funds for all of us that have reached the 99 weeks


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Comment posted June 11, 2010 @ 1:35 pm

yep, and toll road plaza fast food joints, and pizza hut,taco bell. Be 50 with only manufacturing positions on your resume and see how fast your phone does not ring, must have money transactions with these positions. Because I am 50,also a 99er, I have had 4 interviews in the last 2 years. All that experience 4 jobs in over 30 years, and that was due to companies closing down. It just sucks. And then you have companies like Monaco Coach that gets all these tax abatement's, closes doors years later and in the last 2 years reopens a division with Navistar as a backer. Not the first time Kay Toolson has got away with this with his Monaco Coach company, but twice. Where do they get off screwing people and cities this way. You shut doors to take 1800 plus jobs away to reopen under another name/company and then only hire about nan 1/8 of that back. But because of the company backing them, they now get government funding instead of county tax abatement's. Many companies play this game. Because of it, they should be paying the full iu ext. to extend beyond the 99 weeks. It is because of them we are without a job


Blackwell2002
Comment posted June 11, 2010 @ 2:26 pm

My husband officially became a 99'er in March. He was told today by a temporary service (Aerotek, Mason, OH) that he was PERFECT for a job but they wouldn't hire him because he had been out of work for too long. They didn't want anyone who had been out of the job market as long as he had. So I guess if he can't scrape up enough money to pay his child support at the end of this month, the taxpayers will have to pay for him, when they put him in jail!


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Comment posted June 11, 2010 @ 3:13 pm

American People! Don't Vote At All! That will speak loader than anything! When the American citizens stop voting, this country will really come to a stand-still. What will the Rich and ELITE politicians do then? When they FINALLY REALIZE they no longer have any FANS at all. Remeber Inauguration day? What a party!!!! All those people gathering PEACEFULLY!. My God! The President's head had to have swelled beyond proportions for him. Well, just wait Mr. Prez! The next gathering will NOT be that peaceful. Not even close! If you want to destroy us by letting us starve, then you will have to pay the consequences! STOP PARTYING AT THE WHITE HOUSE! The condition this country's citizens are in right now does not warrant you having WHITE-HOUSE PARTIES. This IS NOT what we want to see on the news! Start working for us like we worked for you! Approve additional Tiers of unemployment beyond Tier IV until you have DONE YOUR JOB FOR US!


Devika
Comment posted June 11, 2010 @ 3:19 pm

I am 61 years old, prior to being laid-off in January of 2008 I worked for 42 years. I paid into Unemployment Insurance for a total of 2,194 weeks. Yet I am being told that I can only collect unemployment benefits for 99 weeks, this is crazy. I just need help until 2011 at which time I can collect Social Security Benefits at age 62.

Sincerely

Devika Crowell.


J Lee Mccann
Comment posted June 11, 2010 @ 3:24 pm

Sad part is, is that even when we vote them out, they just go back to their affluent homes and positions. The only thing they get hurt by is their egos. Did you see how much money these politicians who are running make?!?! Therein lies the problem. They are making these decisions for us and they think “enough is enough” as if it was THE MIDDLE-CLASS who caused the huge DEFICIT in this country. They are making THE MIDDLE-CLASS pay for it. Not Big Business, Not Wall Street………… THE MIDDLE-CLASS (Now of course called THE POVERTY CLASS) When we had nothing at all to do with what happened. They will not pass this (TIER V) and I know it. WE ARE BEING THROWN TO THE WOLVES! And that is that!


J Lee Mccann
Comment posted June 11, 2010 @ 3:31 pm

Thanks for caring. I'm beginning to see a lot of folks that are still working, jump on this bandwagon with us. It helps in our hearts. Really. Because we, who used to be such proud Americans living the American dream are so down and out right now. Just shows that you are not walking around with your head in the sand like so many of our Government Officials who were put in office for the good of the US citizens. THEY ARE NOT WORKING FOR US, THEY ARE WORKING FOR THEMSELVES! We all know this now.


J Lee Mccann
Comment posted June 11, 2010 @ 3:44 pm

Don't let this idiot (Mo-Money) get to you. He's a drug dealer. That's why he says “there is money lying around out there”. I just can't figure why he is on these web-sites. Must be HIS form of entertainment because he's SO HIGH ALL THE TIME!


J Lee Mccann
Comment posted June 11, 2010 @ 3:48 pm

I'm putting a Hex on you today. Just got a new JOB! FULL FLEDGED WITCH!
Look over your shoulder buddy, check for pink slips at work! If you are self-employed, well, NOT FOR LONG! Man that would be so great! The best therapy ever! To spew vile all over the likes of an IGNORANT AMERICAN!


J Lee Mccann
Comment posted June 11, 2010 @ 4:07 pm

This is so sad. This is what we have been reduced to. I go on line everyday looking for some new news on the Unemployment Extensions, and end up blogging my fingers off. I know it's just venting, but it's good to hear other people's stories and how they feel. Maybe misery loves company? I really don't think so. We are starving for information about the “Jobs Market”, and there just isn't any. Till there is, we still need unemployment assistance. This is not what we WANT, it is what we NEED right now. What we WANT is JOBS. Good jobs. Like the jobs we HAD, before our Government helped them to go away by catering to the FAT CATS OF WALL STREET, BIG BANKS, AND CORPORATE AMERICA! Trust me, “We the People” have heard the Government Officials LOUD AND CLEAR! We are not the ones to be catered to. All those unbelievable BAIL-OUTS spoke VOLUMES to us. We will all act on those facts. If we are left out in the cold to die like this, the good ole USofA will go DOWN with us too. There is no GOVERNMENT without us!


Andcor
Comment posted June 11, 2010 @ 4:52 pm

lets face it . THERE ARE NO JOBS, and they will not come back. Yes i am a middle class professional who was laid off 3 years ago, i struggle to get contract work ( at 1/2 price) struggle to get paid and am horrified that i am being aged out in my late 40's. if we cannot get tier 5 maybe congress better rethink retirement age and social security? as i feel like i have been forced into it.
and how real are these unemployment figures? 250,000 got temporary positions working on the census, i know of 2 people who signed up, did the orientation then never heard a thing…they became a 'now employed' statistic but never earned a penny
the USA has gone down the drain, its obsession with greed and power has eaten itself up. I know it is bad in other parts of the world but it does all stem from here


Andcor
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that does not sound legal


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Comment posted June 11, 2010 @ 5:27 pm

Ironically, both Senator Dorgan's home state of North Dakota and Senator Baucus's home state of Montana receive more in federal dollars than either state pays in federal taxes.

As of 2005, North Dakota ranked in the top ten (#6 to be exact) “moocher” states (receiving .68 over every dollar paid in federal taxes) and Montana was #11, receiving .47 more than every dollar paid in federal taxes.

I'd suggest that perhaps we should consider paying down the debt by cutting subsidies to states that aren't paying their fair share of taxes, but of course Nancy Pelosi recently dismissed a fifth tier of unemployment benefits, and her home state of California receives only .78 back in federal spending for every dollar paid in federal taxes, and continues to have double digit unemployment.


Prtfvr
Comment posted June 11, 2010 @ 5:57 pm

I have been out of work since April, 2008. I come from a financial background but that hasn't helped me to find a job because it seems that no one has any finances for me to manage.

I'll admit that at first I was snobby and only applied for jobs that I was qualified to do. Now? I apply for everything – and either get rejected or not responded to at all.

I've never been out of work before and I'm 49. I've paid much more money into unemployment insurance than I've received but I'm a bad guy for needing the help?

This has been my first taste of ageism in this country as well. Who do you think they'd rather have at the front desk? Me or some young 20 something? Not to mention that after having been out of work for over two years, the chances of me being chosen over people younger and/or newly unemployed is slim to none.

I have no experience as a cashier, waitress, stock person, yet these are all jobs to which I've applied and been rejected. I guess they don't want to train a 49 year old former budget administrator to flip burgers. Just because McDonald's has job openings doesn't mean that I have a snowball's chance in hel l of being hired there.

So if you're implying that we 99ers think we're too good to work for McDonald's, think again. And let's not forget that with kids out of school for the summer, most of those jobs will be taken by them. They have a ridiculous amount of people to choose from now and the inexperienced 40+ person isn't one of them.

I love when people say that there are jobs out there if you're really looking. Yeah, there are but with 6 to 1 odds and no experience in the areas that are hiring, they won't even entertain hiring you.

Oh, and any time that I have been fortunate enough to get an interview I'm told that I'm over qualified and that they want someone who'll stay in the position because I might get bored and leave. What? I've been unemployed for two years, exhausted all of my savings, and apply to any job out there. Where would I go?

These kinds of flippant posts make me so angry!


Prtfvr
Comment posted June 11, 2010 @ 6:12 pm

How old ARE you? Guess what I'm doing in between reading your asinine comments? Looking for a job. The days of just walking into a place and asking if they're hiring are just about over. Everything is online now. Lowe's, Home Depot, grocery stores, Hallmark Cards, they all direct you to look on their sites for jobs.

When you can actually find a job that you can do in the newspaper, 9 times out of 10 it just tells you to email your resume and doesn't provide any other contact information. I've gone around that and looked up their company and called. Guess what? They don't like that. They have so many people to choose from that they don't even consider you a go-getter if you call. Just desperate. Which is pretty accurate, actually.

And as to enjoying being poor. Are you crazy? Even when I had unemployment benefits coming in it didn't pay a quarter of what I actually made in real life. Don't you think I'd like to fix some things around the house? Buy something besides cheap things from the grocery store? And vacation? What's that?

I miss money. I was never rich but I was middle class and that was fine. Now I worry about keeping my house, the lights on, the phone connected.

What are the odds that millions of people would rather be unemployed than be able to go to the grocery store and buy things that you want, not just need? Or hey, go to the dentist instead of trying not to chew on one side because it hurts too badly.

What are your qualifications to so cavalierly say these things to people who are truly hurting? I suspect you're a troll in your 20's and it saddens me. Perhaps you should take your skateboard out and enjoy the sunshine instead of poking sitting ducks with sticks.


Listen
Comment posted June 11, 2010 @ 6:19 pm

My unemployment runs out in 1 week. I've interviewed for over 500 jobs with no offers. I also will not be able to pay child support. (Hey guys, I'm a woman, but had a job traveling to support my family). The Texas Workforce Commission representative laughed when I told her I just want a job and stated, “We are all in the same boat”. No we are not. I will be homeless in a month, my children will not receive child support.


Lborrego178
Comment posted June 11, 2010 @ 6:30 pm

The Texas Workforce Commission told my husband to keep filing that they had no idea what was going on, he is currently at the end of tier two and has been unemployed for a year I am the only one working and barely making the bills we will have no choice but to give up everything that we have worked for, there are no jobs in Texas, he also has a master's in education, now what is wrong with this picture? Overly qualified!


Tess
Comment posted June 11, 2010 @ 7:12 pm

So true. And how are we allowing the whole AIG bonus situation while war veterans and children are becoming homeless.


JaySin420
Comment posted June 11, 2010 @ 8:20 pm

It may not sound legal but it's happening all over the country right now.


listen
Comment posted June 11, 2010 @ 8:29 pm

After hours on the phone and PC today received a call from a recruiter that stated that his client was looking for candidates between 26 and 36 years old but would try to push me through. Oh, and could I send him a current photo!


Prtfvr
Comment posted June 11, 2010 @ 8:31 pm

What is this? match.com? “Send a picture”?! Are you kidding me?


IBawtMyGold@460
Comment posted June 11, 2010 @ 8:33 pm

I support the concept of a Tier 5. Also a Tier 6, 7 ,8, 9, 10… Why not? The government is giving money to everyone else, why not the hopelessly unemployed? At least they have a valid excuse for needing financial assistance.
This nation is going down anyway, so I say pressure and threaten the corrupt bureaucrats to get some of the gravy to the Royally Screwed of this society while China is still stupid enough to give it to us. Print — Mo' — Money! Wheeee! It has been a great ride…
God Bless the Former Middle Class.


listen
Comment posted June 11, 2010 @ 8:36 pm

No kidding, this is serious business, but congress and corporate America have theirs. I actually have made millions in sales for these folks through hard work and integrity. I don't post my photo because I AM attractive but do not want that kind of attention.


Haught22
Comment posted June 11, 2010 @ 9:20 pm

I also support tier 5. What is wrong with this country. We spend billion on wasted projects. Two wars and bail outs for Wall street. We help other countries but we can't help the American People. The money that we have wasted giving tax breaks to the rich and big companies is the reason this country is in this shape. Politicans can give themselves a raise with our money but don't want to help their own.. It is shameful. But what can we expect? If they are not in the same boat then they could careless. That's why we still have 2 wars going. If it was their loved ones we would be out. I thinkuntil they help the poor American who have lost their jobs becuase of the terrible job they have done to protect us then they should take a pay cut to what they would get on unemployment plus lose their healthcare. See how they would feel if they were on the other end. I will not vote for anyone who was or is willing not to help our fellow Americans. We need to stick together. Remember together we stand and divided we fall. Well we are on the down. God help these people who are trying to survive.
help.


Robert j. Sutton Jr.
Comment posted June 11, 2010 @ 10:39 pm

US Marine Corps veteran who has paid into the Unemployment system his entire career was laid off in 7/08 and has yet to find any jobs. With all my unemployment extensions now exhausted I find that our Congress is putting these folks to the “way” side. It simply puzzles me how the government can report job growth over the past 5 months when those are simply “Census” jobs that will diminish in Sept. 2010. Then watch the jobless numbers increase yet again in Q4 2010. Furthermore, the jobless claims have dropped because those people that have exhausted all their available benefits and can no longer claim, but somehow government translates this into “Economic growth/recovery”… Wake up people, the time to act is now!! Any elected official who deliberately stands in the way of adding a Tier5 for those Americans who have exhausted their benefits and have yet to find work should certainly be out of work themselves come Novembers' elections. Its becoming clear that America is no longer a government “By the people/For the people”; more closer to “By themselves/For themselves”… Something needs to be done!


Roger
Comment posted June 11, 2010 @ 10:47 pm

Pleas click on the following links about the census hiring fraud:

Look at this, click on links:

http://the-raw-deal.com/?p=2372

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Oldebutgoode
Comment posted June 12, 2010 @ 12:51 am

It's ironic that Congress caused this poor economy/loss of jobs and is now turning their backs on those of us who need help. Maybe we should go to Washington to let them know how we feel about it!


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Ctcb05
Comment posted June 12, 2010 @ 1:39 am

99-weeks of unemployment is nothing more but a new 'welfare system'. While it keeps millions barely surviving it also addicts them to government paysouts.

You might read that new book about a small town in America that stands up to a corrupt Washington. It's a great read.
http://www.booksbyoliver.


Prtfvr
Comment posted June 12, 2010 @ 1:41 am

Can't be addicted to something you aren't getting.


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Comment posted June 12, 2010 @ 2:58 am

Older workers are the most affected by this huge unemployment problem and the same ones that have probably paid in the most. I am so ashamed of our leaders and can only hope everyone of them are thrown out of office. This country needs real leaders and a vibrant economy again. Unfortunately, we will not find it with this group of politicians.

Vote them all out! And let's pray for those waiting for Tier 5 and their well being. Congress and the Senate has let them down. Let's hope one day we see leaders again that make America first. To all the GOP that brag about family first and America. You should be leading this cause. As a Republican, I can honestly say we need a 3rd party much like the one Ross Perot led. We need “real” American's that stand up for America.


Tess
Comment posted June 12, 2010 @ 3:22 am

Ctcb05, I don't appreciate being compared to a welfare recipient. I paid into the system for over 35 years. Do the math. How many weeks do you come up with? I wish I had it back because it's more than 99 weeks. Do you understand the concept of insurance. Unemployment is insurance when something goes wrong. Next time your car gets hit, don't take the “welfare” check to fix your car.


listen
Comment posted June 12, 2010 @ 3:50 am

I agree with Tess.

If you are trying to sell a book, go to another website! We are drowning and don't have the money for books, much less anything else.


Michael Z
Comment posted June 12, 2010 @ 5:01 am

I'm so proud of my fellow unemployed American. Honestly, I am. And I, like most of you, am also unemployed. I frequent these sites, again like many of you searching, hoping, praying for good news. I have yet to hear any good news, but what I am seeing is the heart and soul of real Americans. Hard-working, thoughtful, caring, good-hearted, insightful, intelligent, funny people who have for one reason or another been left out, or let down, or dismissed for reasons none of us can truly explain much less understand. I find my own situation to be no worse, nor better than the rest. I have truly run out of words to explain my disgust and for the shame this situation has caused me, and still it continues. In addition I find that the lack of coverage, be it local, state, national, paper, magazine, et al, is beyond shocking. Certainly without a doubt there has been manipulation of our media engine that equals the censorship the USSR was once maligned for. I wish I was wrong, but I'm not. Please explain, anyone please how a national crisis of this scale has gotten so very little coverage, if any at all, if it hasn't been engineered. Something is very wrong folks, and it frightens this ex- US Marine. There are some strange forces at work. But alas, I applaud you all for being so strong and resilient. Brave, stoic and broke. But not broken. I'll keep all of you in my prayers. WE ROCK! Don't forget to vote my friends. And don't forget.


Rosie
Comment posted June 12, 2010 @ 7:34 am

Ctcb05
How old are you? Forget it, it doesn't matter. Did you know that when people lose their unemployment and if they have kids, they can apply for welfare? Did you know that welfare costs the taxpayers more money? Do you honestly believe that people who were earning enough to put money in a 401K or IRA, stocks, money markets, ETFs, etc are low wage earners? These are professional people who made decent money. Do you think for one second, honestly, that they'd prefer to get poverty level benefits for the rest of thier lives? Your logic is grossly flawed! These people are educated; some with two Master's Degrees, MBAs, Bachelor Degrees and you believe they don't want to work and they are addicted to government payouts? Wow!


Jonathan
Comment posted June 12, 2010 @ 3:18 pm

This country shouldn't have to even think about it,
1. the money comes right back
2. spending money is the economy
3. It takes money to look for work.
4. If this doesn't happen nothing will.


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visionary
Comment posted June 12, 2010 @ 5:49 pm

I hope all of you who are suffering will become politically active. Capitalism must go. The US must become a nation that cares for all of its citizens.


Khodge24
Comment posted June 12, 2010 @ 6:32 pm

It blows my mind that Congress thinks 99 is somehow the magic number!
I have spent my entire life savings to stay affloat since I lost my job. The
unemployment BARELY keeps me with a roof over my head and I am a
month behind in even paying the mortgage. Since I was forced to take
out retirement money before age 59 and a half, I had to pay HUGE penalties to
the IRS. Many are in the same boat and we need and deserve HELP NOW!!


listen
Comment posted June 12, 2010 @ 8:44 pm

In agreement with Michael Z. I missed the last election due to being on a job interview which did not pan out. But I'll walk to the polls this year in my worn out tennis shoes. It is amazing that the media is not covering this at all. I guess it's old news and they flat out do not care. If long term unemployment does not get media coverage then Congress will do nothing. They did just pass a bill to spend $150mm to market the health care law that was already passed, and convince the American people that this was in their “best interest”.

Graft, deceipt and lies. We'll tell you what you need is the order of the day in Washington. I didn't earn a college degree and work for 30 years for my government to pay off Wall Street and leave me and my family behind as a result of both institutions greed.


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t1mesup
Comment posted June 13, 2010 @ 3:36 am

“Once I ensure that every New Yorker receives the full 99 weeks to which they are entitled, I will work with my colleagues to create a fifth tier of benefits. More than 25,000 New Yorkers have exhausted the full 99 weeks of benefits and I am committed to providing them further relief.”

This may never happen because they keep extending the dates people can apply and Schumer knows that. I ran out of Tier 4 back in March. Just when exactly does he think everyone will receive the full 99 weeks if they keep extending the dates people can apply for them?
His resposne is bullshit!


Liz
Comment posted June 13, 2010 @ 3:41 am

I decided to ask one hiring manager on one of my interviews if he knew about the hiring incentives and he said no, he knew nothing about it.

Ask any employer and I bet they will tell you the same thing. If the money does not get used what will happen to it? It will disappear just like the stimulis money disappeared into thin air.


Liz
Comment posted June 13, 2010 @ 3:48 am

Obama got healthcare passed. Now why doesn't he mandate that all government jobs be given to the long-term unemployed first? By long-term unemployed I mean longer than two years to start with and not six months. Once they get the 99ers back to work then can work back to six months and then open it back up to the general public.
I do not understand why he doesn't make them do this. It could be a simple answer to getting a lot of people back to work soon.


Iamme99
Comment posted June 13, 2010 @ 6:43 am

I would expect that HR departments have let their managers know that hiring an unemployed person would save the company money in 2010 as the company would be forgiven from paying certain payroll taxes.

As to why this (or other managers) may not know about this bill, that would be a function of a poor HR dept.


Matt
Comment posted June 13, 2010 @ 11:46 am

No doubt! The people at TWC don't seem to know what is going on. “over qualified” I am so tired of hearing that. I have worked for 35 years and been VP of a print company in Austin for 12 yrs. Now I can't get a job at walmart.
Really??? what happened? Like most folks, I have worked hard all of my life,paid my taxes and now what? Am I going to live under a bridge? I mean really, why did I pay all that money to go to school?


roger
Comment posted June 13, 2010 @ 12:22 pm

I am very grateful that we can vent on this website about all of our long term unemployment problems. But we must keep calling and pressuring our Washington politicians to create a Tier 5 unemployment extension and job creation and to stop this age bias discrimination with the older long term unemployed. If we can have people on welfare for many years without ever working then we can have longer term unemployment extensions for the people who have worked hard all of their lives and paid their taxes. Keep the pressure on Washington PLEASE.


TerriB
Comment posted June 13, 2010 @ 5:04 pm

We have worked for the very companies which support congress for 20 – 40 years. They (big greedy business, banks) destroyed our economy and were rewarded for this with billions in cash. What is wrong with this picture? If there were jobs we would take them. Need money? Get the crooks to pay or give back our jobs! They stole our jobs, they stole our retirement funds and they now campaign to stop helping us? WE ARE THE VICTIMS AND WE ARE BEING PUNISHED. THE CRIMINALS ARE IN CHARGE!!!


Denise
Comment posted June 13, 2010 @ 5:19 pm

You'd think it was a no brainier.. But they must be thinking that we're just a bunch of lazy people looking for a hand out. I'm just looking to stay afloat and put food on the table for my children. I can do without, but they can't! What is this teaching our children about our government? Not good..


Tess
Comment posted June 13, 2010 @ 6:11 pm

Roger is right. I have been writing letters faithfully to my congressman and senator. I have also written to the media and the White House. We have to write and keep writing. I am now contacting my congressman daily. Sharing information here is nice, but we have work to do to keep this moving.


Atlenta
Comment posted June 14, 2010 @ 12:22 am

http://www.ireport.com/docs/DOC-444770

Barack Obama’s real crisis in America isn’t his healthcare reform but going to deal with the millions of Tier V unemployed Americans. For those thousands of university graduates from coast to coast and from sea to shining sea, without work, the crisis is very real, especially if they have been trying to find work after 99 weeks after being out of the workforce. These staggering numbers or Tier V unemployed workers are larger than anyone previously predicted.

While the First Lady Michelle Obama encourage higher education, there is no study that shows what happens to already highly educated college graduates who cannot find employment by no fault of their own.

Is it just supply and demand? There isn’t an infinite amount of jobs so there will always be unemployed individuals.

Our leaders in Washington, including President Barack Obama, our Senators, & Congressmen need to wake up and smell the coffee. Once they come to their senses, they need to take ACTION on voting for Tier V Unemployment Benefits!

As an auditor of 19 years for The Volkswagen Group, when a group didn’t feel comfortable with my findings they would change the subject or try to divert the attention to other unrelated topics. They would even sometimes attempt to play dumb hoping the problem would go awayThis strategy works on a temporary basis but the problem never goes away until it is addressed.. Events like the BP’s oil spill crisis in the Gulf of Mexico is doing just that. It is taking the attention away from the millions of Americans who are becoming distressed because they are running out of monies, savings, and patience while not finding employment.

The millions of Americans who cannot find meaningful work or employment to support their families aren’t going away.

While others scream “Job Creation” this takes time. In the meantime Tier V Unemployment Benefits must be a priority for our leaders to pass in Washington. Not Tomorrow but Today! Please listen up Nancy Pelosi and stop playing high and mighty after you passed raises for yourself and your colleagues in December 2009.

Our government helps everyone in other countries when they need our help but are now turning their back on those that make America, America.

I love America but don’t feel the love back.

Len Pasek
http://www.atlantaphotographer4hire.com
Tel: 770.751.5942


Len
Comment posted June 14, 2010 @ 12:24 am

http://www.ireport.com/docs/DOC-444770

Barack Obama’s real crisis in America isn’t his healthcare reform but going to deal with the millions of Tier V unemployed Americans. For those thousands of university graduates from coast to coast and from sea to shining sea, without work, the crisis is very real, especially if they have been trying to find work after 99 weeks after being out of the workforce. These staggering numbers or Tier V unemployed workers are larger than anyone previously predicted.

While the First Lady Michelle Obama encourage higher education, there is no study that shows what happens to already highly educated college graduates who cannot find employment by no fault of their own.

Is it just supply and demand? There isn’t an infinite amount of jobs so there will always be unemployed individuals.

Our leaders in Washington, including President Barack Obama, our Senators, & Congressmen need to wake up and smell the coffee. Once they come to their senses, they need to take ACTION on voting for Tier V Unemployment Benefits!

As an auditor of 19 years for The Volkswagen Group, when a group didn’t feel comfortable with my findings they would change the subject or try to divert the attention to other unrelated topics. They would even sometimes attempt to play dumb hoping the problem would go awayThis strategy works on a temporary basis but the problem never goes away until it is addressed.. Events like the BP’s oil spill crisis in the Gulf of Mexico is doing just that. It is taking the attention away from the millions of Americans who are becoming distressed because they are running out of monies, savings, and patience while not finding employment.

The millions of Americans who cannot find meaningful work or employment to support their families aren’t going away.

While others scream “Job Creation” this takes time. In the meantime Tier V Unemployment Benefits must be a priority for our leaders to pass in Washington. Not Tomorrow but Today! Please listen up Nancy Pelosi and stop playing high and mighty after you passed raises for yourself and your colleagues in December 2009.

Our government helps everyone in other countries when they need our help but are now turning their back on those that make America, America.

I love America but don’t feel the love back.

Len Pasek
http://www.atlantaphotographer4hire.com
Tel: 770.751.5942


Jsr72748
Comment posted June 13, 2010 @ 11:44 pm

A little late to be upset.

Many have said, felt, and been affected by America's capitalistic economy prior to this last wave, great recession.

And did any white collar work complain, did anyone rally to the NE textile work being displaced overseas, NC/SC furniture work moved overseas, Ohio Valley manufacturing work moved overseas, etc. Unfortunately I don't think so, and so unfortunately the same fate will fall on others.

They can continue to extend unemployment benefits until the State, or country goes bankrupt. It doesn't put people back to work, and therein lies the deeper issue. Americans need to live on less, a lot less to survive. The great age of over indulgence ended, and every American lived in opulence when you consider 52% of the world's population lives in poverty <$2 per day.


Richard_in_Ohio
Comment posted June 14, 2010 @ 2:10 am

I will simply echo the thoughts of many here are say that we cannot give up — no matter how bad it may look!
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It is important to keep in mind that most of the current 99ers are just the first wave of UI recipients who have lost their benefits, most of which started in March. It is projected by the Goldman Sachs Group (I know, imagine that) that about 400,000 UI beneifiaries will be exhausting their benefits *every month* going forward, with the number steadily ramping up.

Additionally, the long-term unemployed now number even more than they did in the Great Depression. Hiring and the economy are expected to be flat for the rest of the year, and very possible well into next year.
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It is important to arm yourselves with facts and reasonable arguments, as well as relate your stories to Congress. Over the past three weeks, more coverage about this issue is being provided by the media. When Pelosi took a question about this issue recently, it was clear by her response that she knew exactly who “the 99ers” were. She needs to hear more from us so that she can't just throuw us under the bus without comment, as I'm sure she is ready to do, given her strategy for the midterm elections.
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Here's one site to help argue the case: http://www.nelp.org/page/-/UI/DisincentiveUI.pd…
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Rep. Jim McDermott seems to be our best hope, but I think that the Senate needs to hear from us too. Sens. Reid, Baucus, both of your home state senators and anyone therewho influences the core legislation needs to get an e-mail and a follow up phone call. As our numbers continue to grow, they will have to hear us, but the time is NOW — this week — b/c Congress is getting ready to go on summer recess. Once that happens — fuhgeddaboutit! (LAte September will be the earliest that Congress gets back on it.)
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Good luck in this effort and in nailing down that job which I know most of us desperately want.

– Cheers, from Ohio


Thompson
Comment posted June 14, 2010 @ 2:29 am

I don't know what planet you live on, but telling Americans that we need to live like the poorest of third world nation citizens is not rational. What we need to do is put representatives in Congress that stop American companies from taking gigantic tax write-offs for dumping American jobs overseas — maybe pay a tax for each job off-shored — and see if the jobs keep goinfg away!!


Tess
Comment posted June 14, 2010 @ 2:52 am

Richard, you are right. Every day we have to contact Congress and the Senate. It takes only a few minutes to send emails to our local representatives. They have to keep hearing from us. It's actually a little break between job applications. We have to keep fighting for jobs and against layoffs, but that will take some time. We need emergency help in the meantime so we can keep going. Please don't give up everyone.


Richard_in_Ohio
Comment posted June 14, 2010 @ 3:28 am

I'm not sure what planet you live on, either, since it doesen't seem like you are addressing anything that I said.
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Leslie
Comment posted June 14, 2010 @ 3:28 pm

I am getting close to being one of the 99ers, I have friends that have been out longer than me. It is just sad that we work all our lives and when it comes time that we need help…well you all know what that is like esp. if you are like me and your kids have grown up…you can't get nothing as far as help from Job/Family services, so all I have is my unemployment. I have sent letters out to the senate/house, gov, and anyone else I can think of that needs to know and not forget that we are out here.


Momofgirls
Comment posted June 14, 2010 @ 4:02 pm

As the wife of a long-term unemployed, I am so confused. How are the members of Congress not concerned about re-elections this Nov and the number of us families that have been and will be left out to rot? Isn't the threat of voting them out enough? I just don't understand how they can be so callous and uncaring when we have the power to make THEM jobless!


Kathleen
Comment posted June 14, 2010 @ 5:40 pm

I echo the sentiments of others who have posted here. If the goverment can bail out Wall Street, the Banks and auto companies and foreign countries, If the goverment can send money to ACORN, the Unions, pass universal health care, cut Medicare, I think they can find some money for those of us, who have been affected by this recession. I count myself amoung the 99rs. I have been in my career for 20 years and unemployed for two My benefits will soon be exhausted. I am a baby boomer and close to retirement and I agree, age discrimination is so rampant, and once employers see I have not had recent job experience, it does not bode well for conintined interest. I have decided to return to school to change careers, I am hoping that I will be able to find work in the new choose career. But there is still the uncertainty, if the job outlook does not improve. Congress must act to help the millions of families who are struggling, if you can not create jobs , then please extend our benefits.


Brilliantblues
Comment posted June 14, 2010 @ 6:16 pm

I'm diabetic my benifits ran out in april got foodstamps in may emergecy stamps that were to reload on june first but this is NJ 14 days have gone in june and I finnally found the courage to call social services[you don't want to rock the boat]got the runaround about new hires blah blah,Our Govnor Christy creme has stalled all payments I never thought it would come to this.I have no criminal record….yet.


Danfree333
Comment posted June 14, 2010 @ 6:46 pm

GOD BLESS YOU REPESENTATIVE MCDERMOTT..I AM 43..LOST MY JOB OF 17 YEARS IN THE AUTO INDUSTRY AND AS I HAVE WORKED SINCE THE AGE OF 16 I DO BELIEVE MONEY WAS TAKEN OUT OF ALL MY PAYCHECKS FOR THIS NOW MUCH NEEDED LIFELINE..IF NOT I AM CLOSE TO LOSING THE HOME I RAISED MY 3 GREAT KIDS IN AND PUT THROUGH COLLEGE,AN THAT I CANNOT LIVE WITH ! WE NEED TO HELP AMERICANS WITH THIS TIER 5 NOW NOW NOW UNTIL THIS ECONOMIC MESS IS TURNED AROUND SO WE CAN GET BACK ON OUR FEET . MAX BAUCUS AN OTHERS LIKE YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF TURNING YOUR BACK ON US HARDWORKING AMERICANS,HOWEVER I KNOW AS YOU GO BACK TO YOUR CUSHY MANSIONS YOU DO NOT CARE ABOUT US TRUE AMERICANS,TO THOSE OF YOU THAT DO SUCH AS SENATOR SHUMER GOD BLESS YOU AND PLEASE GET THIS TIER 5 LIFELINE APPROVED NOW ! SICERALLY DAN F.


Listen
Comment posted June 14, 2010 @ 7:44 pm

I have been writing Congress and the President for months. Did find a website that makes it easier to do so on a daily basis:

Congress.org

It will send your coments to the representatives for your area.

Please make your voices heard!


pevangel
Comment posted June 14, 2010 @ 10:40 pm

What is most frustrating other then exactly as all of you no job, is the fact that they are taking their sweet time bickering about the cost as we starve and become homeless this is america and i am proud to be an american but I am drowning looking for that lifeline from the politicians, senators and congress and representatives. I to have applied to so many jobs I can not begin to tell how many, I have lost track, I never hear a response not even from mcdonalds or burger king. This is so sad, help us please I am begging help us people who have lost their jobs due to no fault of their own. Stop procrastinating Senators Represenatives and Congress, Pass this bill quickly Please.


vickie bailey
Comment posted June 14, 2010 @ 11:00 pm

Rep Mcdermott thanks for helping the 99ers. We sure do need you. I live in Macon GA and there are no jobs here. I took pharmacy tech while receiving unemployment. I cannot pay my taxes because I don't have any money coming in..If we had a tier 5 I could pay my taxes and so could a lot of other people. I hope we will vote some of the people out of office this year that does not care for their own people. We are really hurting!! All we need is just a little more help. I hope congress will remember not caring about people,that they swore to help are the ones that decides their fate.


eevee
Comment posted June 15, 2010 @ 3:11 am

Both 79er & 99ers (those done with Tier IV) in New York are in same bleek situation. FYI on UI EB, depending on when someone was laid off, a claimant may only be receive 79 weeks & not 99.

The Long-Term Unemployed need a Tier V to survive.

Signed,
Tiered Out & Still Looking for a Job


S.FAULKNER
Comment posted June 15, 2010 @ 5:47 am

I HEAR YOU…..NO CRIMINAL RECORD YET…THIS ISSUE OF THE UNEMPLOYMENT IS SAD. THESE PEOPLE OUT HERE ARE NOT HIRING, I JUST WONDER WHY ???????????????


hard working ukrainian
Comment posted June 15, 2010 @ 6:54 am

I've worked for more 2/3 rds of my life! I feel the goverment should help in this time of crisis for people who want to work just like me. All the money I recieve from unemployment goes to paying bills and taking care of my epiletic signnificant other. Pass bill HR 4213.


Atlenta
Comment posted June 15, 2010 @ 6:28 pm

I did the same thing you did and am in the same place. My home is going on the auction block at the beginning of next month. Here is an article I wrote about the same subject.
http://www.ireport.com/docs/DOC-449560


Bootsy520
Comment posted June 15, 2010 @ 2:46 pm

What is 99 weeks uf unemployment to someone that has served their country and worked for over 30 years? Tier V is a necessity and should be passed. To all of you who still have your GOD bless you, but take a look in the mirror, you could be next. To Congress and Senate just remember you too are American citizens and the same applies to you, just put yourselves in the shoes of millions that are unemployed, or better yet close your eyes, now open them, guess where you are, no not on Capital Hill, you are in the unemployment line. I read somewhere to 'do unto others as you would want others to do unto you', we the public voted to put you in your positions, now what would the world be like if those millions and millions of unemployed workers did not come out and vote for YOU. Just think if all of the unemployed were working for the Federal government we would all be paid a higher salary than what is received from unemployment, now that's a deficit, not unemployment monies. Have a heart and vote for Tier V. May GOD BLESS AMERICA and all the unemployed families, for I also heard, 'YES WE CAN'.


Bootsy520
Comment posted June 15, 2010 @ 3:16 pm

What is 99 weeks uf…uf = of
your GOD bless you…missing word after your 'job'
YOU….punctuation mark should be ?

Now if you think I am anal for punctuation, misspelled word…just think about the numerous interviews that I have been on for the past 2 years when all I am being told is that I am over-qualified…please someone help me understand the meaning of over-qualified when you are changing careers. Bottom line is I am a highly educated 99er who had been in higher education for over 25 years, serving yes, Congress and Senate your children, relatives or people who voted you in office. I have been paving the pavement looking for a job for over 2 years, but to no avail have I been successful…WOW that over-qualified word again. In the interim of looking for jobs or should I say more closed doors, I have furthered my education by utilizing and incurring more debt, student loans to broaden my skills for a career change…gee now I have learned another word not-qualified.

I say this in good faith, either pass the bill for Tier 5 or create jobs for the 'over-qualified' and 'not-qualified' unemployed. It is my belief and from reading concerns from others the bill should be passed NOW, while creating jobs are forthcoming.


Daveandjen1998
Comment posted June 15, 2010 @ 4:29 pm

As a 99'er I have applied for hundreds of jobs to no avail. Dayton Ohio's economy was first hit hard in 2007 with closings of all the General Motor's plants. This started an immediate downfall of our city and that's all she wrote! I was layed-off in June of 2008. My son has cystic acne and I can't afford a Dermatologist for him because congress dosen't care about the people who trusted in them to put Americans first! All I can say is ” Shame on Them!” My God, I am so scared for my son because of the future of this country. We are Americans and we are doing our best with nothing! Help us out here! Congress has a strong disillusion of priorities. They need to realize someday it could be them and they too would have to beg and plea for help. How would that feel Nancy Pelosi? We aren't proud of the fact we have to beg for this. It crushes your self esteem and makes you sick to your stomach wondering everyday if tier 5 will pass. I have been without funds for 4 weeks now. It is the worst thing telling your child you have no money! Now another company in Dayton is planning a lay-off of one thousand people. Future isn't looking too bright here Nancy! Why can't you get it? Would if you didn't have a penny to your name and it wasn't your fault. What if you worked almost thirty years of your life and now needed a little extra help from your country, wouldn't you expect it! God Bless all the 99'ers as I pray we all find either jobs or tier 5 approval. I'm praying for all of Congress as well, may you have a blessed life. JO


Lolie123
Comment posted June 15, 2010 @ 4:52 pm

For the last comment posted! That is why my husband and I decided years ago not to have children. The U.S. is not the land of opportunity anymore. It is a sad, disorganized time we live in. Government is too worried, butting in and having their handfuls on bailing out other countries. Tier V needs to be passed, unemployment is just too high. Once probably in the distant future when or if the economy picks up and there are jobs then of course benefits should be cut off. But till then we need help! Charity should start at home……sad!


ZiZi321
Comment posted June 15, 2010 @ 5:28 pm

This feels like some kind of nightmare. Like I woke up in another country. This doesn't feel like the America I joined the Marine Corps to defend and die for if need be. The lack of coverage locally and nationally in papers, tv, etc is embarrassing. How could such a national crisis be so under-reported and recieve so little attention, unless it's being engineered by stronger powers and influences. I know some of you will think thats crazy, but I don't. I reiterate that this situation feels like a nightmare. For all of us. To add to the shame and embarrassment of being laid off f/t for over two years I (we) are being made to feel like beggars and wards expecting largesse. Again, I repeat I DID NOT LAY MYSELF OFF! What are they thinking in Congress? How can they not hear thousands upon thousands of voices crying, in pain? Don't forget this my friends. In the meantime, keep fighting and DO NOT EVER FORGET THIS. EVER. Pray, keep fighting, stay strong and stay classy.


Michelle in Michigan
Comment posted June 15, 2010 @ 5:33 pm

Lolie123-

I have one child and she asks for a brother or sister everyday. I too have decided to just have one child as times are tough and getting tougher by the minute. I am 30 years old and have been laid off for over 6 months. No job in site!!! I have applied to hundreds of positions, Congress needs to pass the extension. This is pure bull shit!!!


Atlenta
Comment posted June 15, 2010 @ 6:23 pm

I will never stop praying, fighting, and staying strong. This is an article I wrote about the same issue.

http://www.ireport.com/docs/DOC-449560


Atlenta
Comment posted June 15, 2010 @ 6:25 pm

More help is definitely needed for sure. I wrote a similar article.

http://www.ireport.com/docs/DOC-449560


Atlenta
Comment posted June 15, 2010 @ 6:26 pm

I agree with you on so many fronts.

Here is an article I wrote about the matter.
http://www.ireport.com/docs/DOC-449560


Atlenta
Comment posted June 15, 2010 @ 6:30 pm

I agree with you on so many fronts. Here is an article I wrote about the same subject.
http://www.ireport.com/docs/DOC-449560


Atlenta
Comment posted June 15, 2010 @ 6:32 pm

At 53 I've exhausted all of my 401K Savings and have penalities amounting to 50K and more to the IRS. This is not right.

Here is an article I wrote on a similar topic.
http://www.ireport.com/docs/DOC-449560


Chris
Comment posted June 15, 2010 @ 9:25 pm

I'm officially going to be a 99er in a week. When I first got laid off I was applying to all the jobs I would normally be looking for. As time went on and things got bleaker I lowered my standards. Now I cannot even get a call back to work at a department store. I owe a ton of money in taxes and managed to lose my car last year. This year I broke my hand and because my insurance was tied to my job I have no insurance and owe over a thousand dollars to the hospital. I wrote to my representatives and to the President about our plight weeks ago. I'm still waiting for a response. What happened to America?


Lu
Comment posted June 15, 2010 @ 10:43 pm

As with alot of people out there my husband is a 99er too. He just received his last check. He worked as an electrician, here in California. We have a mortgage to pay and three children, a 9 yr old, 4 yr old and a baby. I'm the only one working right now and its very hard. I just hope congress does pass another extension, or will be out in the street. My husband came from Mexico and now says what happened to the American Dream?


Michael
Comment posted June 16, 2010 @ 2:35 pm

Ctcb05….It is not our fault we lost our jobs you idiot! Unemployment barely puts gas in my car. To be compared to a welfare recipient is a huge insult to thousands. You sure you dont work for the senate? Why dont you pay attention to whats going on in the world and get a clue! One day you will need some help for you and your family, (wait…you probably dont have one.) I and others have paid into unemployment for 15 years. Its my money jackxss. We dont pop out extra babies to get a bigger welfare check. Check your info before you say retarded comments. If you had a life you wouldnt be talkin shxt on here. You sound stupid!! God Bless everyone, and may we all find jobs!!!!


dancer
Comment posted June 16, 2010 @ 4:21 pm

Did you ever consider that maybe they want it to look like the president has failed?? There is so much hate out there for this president.


dancer
Comment posted June 16, 2010 @ 4:22 pm

They can afford it, we can't.


Kevin
Comment posted June 16, 2010 @ 4:52 pm

I too, like Ms. Paoletti, have applied for 1,000's of jobs in my state of SC (unemployment rate is 11.9%). Almost one year to the day that I was laid off, I was finally offered a part-time job paying $8.75 per hour (20 hours). I accepted the job and have worked now for 7 months making $700 per month. Much to my disappointment I still have not been asked to interview for any of the 1,000's of resumes that I continue to send out. My state's unemployment law allows me to continue to collect $207 per week in UI Benefits if working part-time. That $207 per week is what is keeping me and my 10 year old son, off the welfare rolls and in our home. It's going to cost the government more than $207 per week when I head into that welfare office on Monday morning ($323 in food stamps and HEALTH CARE, something we haven't had since December of 2008) and I don't think I will be the only person in that line come Monday morning. The Senate is cutting off their noses to spite their face. Mr/Ms Senators we are looking for jobs, there's just none out there. I would encourage everyone to read the report recently released by the National Employment Law Project. http://nelp.3cdn.net/2e73fd99708056efc1_r8m6i6j…


Avidan
Comment posted June 17, 2010 @ 8:03 am

I have been unemployed since June of 2008 and my benefits have run out. I have always been a hard worker, and always proud of my work. All I really want is a job. I've applied in so many places so often that when I walk in the door to check on an application the Manager/Supervisor just looks at me and shakes his or her head before I can even ask. I'm on a first name basis with half of my prospective employers.

It is why I get upset when told “you just don't want to work”. Buddy, I want to work more than anything else at this point! I don't feel right when I'm not working, I don't feel complete. I was raised with a very strong work ethic, that a person who earns their dollar values it far greater than those who take it from others. I'm not certain if that work ethic carries over to other people of my generation (I'm 30), but for me, my job is part of who I am.

I once had faith in the system, that the people who represented me were competent and fair minded, but the more I see their actions, the more I wonder just who is really paying attention to what goes on in the halls of Congress? I would wager that most people don't want a handout, they want work, yet this doesn't seem to sink in for most of them.

I have worked hard all of my life. I graduated from high school, but wasn't able to finish college due to home and health issues among other things. So now I spend hours every day writing resumes, filling out applications, updating online job searches, applying to just about anything that doesn't require a 4 year degree in something, and even then I've been known to take a shot at applying.

This really is a different America. Even being as young as I am, I can see it. What happened to honor, integrity and pride? What happened to ethics? Where is our collective will? Our resolve to help our neighbor? Instead of taking on the root of the problem, we affix bandages to gaping wounds.

I digress, but my point stands. Where do we go from here?


Doug
Comment posted June 17, 2010 @ 7:17 pm

Take a close look at your own Senators people. Are they doing the right thing for you and your loved ones? Do you remember how quickly they voted for TARP support to the wealthy? How many are being thrown into poverty because of their stonewalling?


Nylyn57
Comment posted June 17, 2010 @ 10:27 pm

doesn't the government see,how much this will damage the economy without this extension?how many people will be forced to go for welfare or crowding the areas because they've lost everything and are now homeless.i cannot believe they are that dense,because they would have to dip into federal funds.


Ebills5
Comment posted June 18, 2010 @ 2:37 pm

You soudn like a complete dope


CJ
Comment posted June 18, 2010 @ 5:45 pm

I am stunned, stunned that our government is driving our country into a third world status. Like so many here have said, What's happened to the U.S.? There is more passion and protest over protecting the rights of undocumented workers than our own citizens. There is more assistance given to wealthy finanacial institutes who drove our economy into the ground. Jobs that are so desperately needed continue to be shipped overseas. Not even the talking heads are paying attention to the citizens, but rather staging online/televised war of words between the parties while nothing gets done. Some politicians/candidates are spewing hate messages while laughing all the way to the bank and preventing any real solutions to our problems. BP gets an apology from one of our congressmen for a “shakedown” by the administration. I guess congress would rather the Gulf coast folks join the rest of us in the bread lines. What happened to U.S. and by the people and for the people? It is all just becoming a distant memory!!


Seriously!
Comment posted June 19, 2010 @ 11:06 am

You must be employed then because you wouldn't be saying this if you were about to be homeless. We don't want a payout; we want a job. I think 99% of 99er's would totally agree with this one. Get educated by “real” facts, because you sound pretty ignorant.


Kartsie
Comment posted June 19, 2010 @ 4:31 pm

The 325,000 99er's are dropped from the National Unemployment figure. As a group, since they are no longer getting a UI benefit, they are out of the Work Force. Add this number to the newly announced unemployment figure, June 18th, of 9.7%, the figure is slighted by about a third, adding the percentage of nearly 4%. So here we have the first ” spin “, a blatant lie to the American people. Obama's Summer work program, another distraction, isn't helping either. The untold stories of people who have lost their regular employment and value, is FIVE FOLD since 2007, the bulk occurring beginning in 2008. Shortly the 93's that round of surge in unemployment eligibility will also lose their stand to have UI under the emergency measure. The Emergency Extension is halted this week and millions are without funds to continue to live. So what is next? Will the government concede it's lies and rightly report that the jobless and the creation of jobs has begun another crisis? Will we all see the spending come to a halt, driving the retail economy into the pits again. Remember the Seasonal buying in 2008 and 2009 when the buying was so scant, the Malls echoed! Well, I see more. I see the Counties and States turning away people Welfare as they are bankrupt. I see Migration to city centers were the dusty homeless and destitute will go for some help, gov't cheese, bread lines. I see Foster care orphanages created. Oh, this country has Senators who are protecting the Rich but asking Americans to foot the bill for the Banking and Realestate greed. Whoever has savings will now have to spend it away while jobs have not been created and Congress plays POLITICS as usual. Whatever happened to Obama's promise. The weeks long Senate drama is proof, that Obama has no clout, is not our leader and is on his own campaign trail while the unemployed are really paying for the financial and economic crisis that began in 2007. Joe Biden spoke up only lately and yet is it too late?
March on Washington begins June 20, goes officially to June 22, but it may take longer for groups of people to make the necessary visits to 1600 PA Blvd, The Capitol and our Representative offices. Can't afford to go to DC, then take your group to local reps. Getting organized is easy, just make some calls and bring out the children, the youth, the disabled and your parents… WE CAN BE HEARD. Don't let the dismal press coverage stop you…. We can't afford to be silent and obscured.


Kartsie
Comment posted June 19, 2010 @ 4:41 pm

If Senator Schumer is reading this, you haven't answered your emails nor do we hear you being vocal about the skewed statistics. You know that 9.7% isn't a true percentage of unemployed. The 325,000 99ers are not included. They didn't magically become employed just because a due date has passed. WE ARE NOW SPENDING OUR SAVINGS IF WE HAVE ANY< to pay for the financial disasters of the banking and realestate in 2008. Why should we disappropriately pay for the “bailout” when the government which is supposed to prevent such fraud. Why should the fifty somethings deplete what they have saved toward imminent retirement, until they can get Social Security? Why are you ignoring this problem. I can't afford the health insurance that i have been paying for, nor the prescriptions, nor the copays, nor the property taxes, nor my food bill, nor the meager expenses. I am not retirement age, I have five years to go. So what is supposed to happen to me, I am expected to pay for the mistakes of our government, when it deregulated the banks and allowed realestate fraud, the lobbyists to buy my future? What are you going to NOT say when the fifty somethings can survive any longer? I doubt you have an answer and that is probably why you aren't answering your emails. You have been elected and we need you to open your mouth for us. 325,000 people need to have their reps, speak out. It was outrageous in 2008 and it still is today. No jobs for us. Shame, Shame, Shame on you.


Hardlaborer
Comment posted June 20, 2010 @ 12:59 am

I can't help but wonder how many 99ers voted Republican all of there voting lives or if they were non-voters, enabled the GOP with lip service. Just saying. Those sold out Republican politicians care more for their pet dogs than they do for the workingman. I wonder how many GOP supporters are on food stamps? The very food stamps they begrudged everybody else. Again, just saying. . .


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Marielrobitaille
Comment posted June 20, 2010 @ 9:34 pm

I wonder if the camps that are being built are going to house those of us who are no longer able to survive without jobs and money. Anyone with any info on the governments plans for these camps?


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Patsy Lynn
Comment posted June 21, 2010 @ 2:11 pm

You can't go out and expect to find a job when there are no jobs out there. Since 2008 I, just like all of you, have sent out 1,000's of resumes to which many are not even acknowledged. If I'm correct (the numbers may have changed slightly) there are 5.8 people qualified people for every one job that comes on the market. I consider myself one of the lucky ones when I landed a $159.00 (net) per week part-time job, but it took one year from December 2008 to get an offer. My UI Benefits of $207 per week (prorated due to part-time job) was just enough to keep food in the house, pay the utilities, and make the monthly mortgage payment. Between 2008 to present, I've cleaned out my savings account, that money is gone. I now have $698.00 in my checking account and in 10 days the mortgage and utilities are due. My part-time job is with a local church and I know firsthand that the food banks have nothing else to give and every church in the association has already spent every penny set aside for benevolence assistance. To those who have really fallen on hard times due to no fault of their own, the churches have opened up their doors and each church in the community houses 20-50 people per week so these families have a safe place to sleep each night. Members of the churches come in with their own groceries and cook for the people, provide child care while people go to the unemployment office or a job interview. Many of these “Good Samaritans” are two or three missed UI Benefit checks away from being in the same program. Is our government that blind?


Kevin
Comment posted June 21, 2010 @ 2:28 pm

Here is what we are facing. The government has been able to shift most all focus of our nations recession on to the oil spill, as it's on the TV 24/7. Great! The area(s) needs all the help they can get and my heart goes out to the people of the Gulf Coast. But while the US President is out pretending that “he's” in charge of the oil spill, the keystone cops are back in the Senate playing chicken with our lives (homes, family, and other obligations we must meet).

Did the President himself not address the nation about the state of our economy on February 24, 2010 and state:
“And Americans — and Americans who have lost their jobs in this recession will be able to receive extended unemployment benefits and continued health care coverage to help them weather this storm. Now I know there are some in this chamber and watching at home who are skeptical of whether this plan will work, and I understand that skepticism.”

I guess I'm a skeptic, and Mr. President, I didn’t catch the cutoff date of the recession would be June 19, 2010 in your speech. Thursday morning of last week following the numbers that were released (NOTE: these are numbers coming from the same government who cut out 79+ weeks UI benefit recipients):
”Initial claims for jobless benefits rose by 12,000 to a seasonally adjusted 472,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. It was the highest level in a month and overshadowed a report that consumer prices remain essentially flat. First-time jobless claims have hovered near 450,000 since the beginning of the year after falling steadily in the second half of 2009. That has raised concerns that hiring is lackluster and could slow the recovery.” The extended benefit program expired this month. The House has approved an extension of the benefits through November. The Senate has yet to act. On 06/16/2010, Senate Republicans and a dozen Democratic defectors rejected a catchall measure combining jobless aid for the long-term unemployed, aid to cash-strapped state governments and the renewal of dozens of popular tax breaks. Despite the loss.”

Let’s see, more people lost their jobs last week, so in the Senate’s mind people who have been on unemployment benefits for 79+ weeks should NOW be able to find employment? Do Senators go to school to learn this “new math”?

Note the wording “Senate Republicans and a dozen Democratic defectors”. I guess being a Democrat is not as “cool” as it once was, especially considering the results in the voting polls. Seems having the letter (D) after your name in government for some is the kiss of death (or MORE importantly the end of your political career).

Could my family and your family be suffering the wrath of disgruntled and non-reelected senate members? Since when did the Senate give a damn about spending money? Do we need to remind the Senate that UI Benefits ARE NOT WELFARE? The new proposed bill also has a line or two in it that will cut tax breaks from small businesses. Isn’t this the sector that is supposed to create all the “new” jobs that will save our nation? I guess we can forget about that.

Where’s our news reports, why aren’t we picketing Washington?

God help us all.


Chbradburd
Comment posted June 21, 2010 @ 4:01 pm

I am a 99er I have not rec check si nce 3/28/10 do you think because we got 99 weeks we can live on thar=t now that paid rent food medicineuts not our fault we cant find job its wall street i am sure you all have millions of dollars all we want is unemployment or the economy will surely fall and people will get desparate. I wieh you all could live like this for a week you would be crying


JOW
Comment posted June 22, 2010 @ 6:09 pm

i wish the congressmen and woman would give up there pay till they give us unemployment


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[...] Washington Independent article: As Long-Term Unemployment Deepens, 99ers Look for Answers features 58-year-old Cindy Paoletti of Salina, N.Y who was laid off in December 2007 from J.P. [...]


You're Next
Comment posted June 23, 2010 @ 12:24 am

I IHAVE SPENT MY LAST DOLLAR, HAVE NO SAVINGS LEFT, MY HOUSE IS ABOUT TO BE FORECLOSED. Ii HAVE WORKED ALL MY LIFE, AND AM SHOCKED THAT AT THE AGE OF 61, I MAY BECOME HOMELESS. NEEDLESS TO SAY, THE ANIMAL SHELTERS ARE FULL OF SAD STORIES OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE NO MONEY FOR FOOD OR NO HOME LEFT IN WHICH TO KEEP THIER LONG-TIME FAMILY MEMBER PETS. NOW THAT THERE ARE FEWER AND FEWER MIDDLE CLASS, THERE WILL BE MORE COMPANIES CLOSING BECAUSE THERE WILL BE NO PEOPLE WHO HAVE MONEY TO SPEND ANYWHERE. YOU LETTING US SINK, BELIEVE ME, YOU WILL ALL SINK WITH US.


Nickels
Comment posted June 23, 2010 @ 12:29 am

Tell that to the very wealthy.


Nickels
Comment posted June 23, 2010 @ 12:35 am

If you think voting and contacting our representatives will change anything, you are still in the early stages of your hardship. Those who have been suffering can say this:

We need to group together and find a way to overthrow the greedy wealthy criminal running this country!


roger
Comment posted June 23, 2010 @ 12:42 am

http://www.allyourtv.com/tier_5_unemployment_ex…


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[...] the end of March, she received her last unemployment insurance check, becoming one of the million 99ers who have exhausted federal and state benefits. The family went into survival mode. They sold their [...]


ItsYourFault
Comment posted June 24, 2010 @ 10:27 pm

One thing that stood out in this article was the note that 99ers are either unable or unwilling to relocate. Yes picking up and moving to a more stable economy might seem a little extreme, but these are pretty extreme circumstances don't you think? The point is, when the rules change, you have to adapt – make lemonade out of lemons. Even at boomer age, there is always the ability to learn new skills and attempt new careers. Yes, you'll have to start at the bottom of the ladder, but better there than the gutter. Those who make the adjustments and figure out ways to find work (WalMart, Oracle, and Home Depot are all hiring Stateside) will have a shot at boosting this country back into economic productivity. Those who proclaim, “I can't – I won't – I don't know how” will likely be left behind.


vickie bailey
Comment posted June 25, 2010 @ 5:19 am

Who do you think you are telling me what to do? I cannot relocate. I have a mother to take care of and a house that is paid for. Walmart is the reason I'm unemployed by no reason of my own. Don't tell me its my fault, you don't know me and my circumstances. I went back to school on my unemployment and I can't find a job. KEEP YOUR NOSE OUT OF OUR LIVES THAT YOU KNOW NOTHING ABOUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Otiummann
Comment posted June 25, 2010 @ 5:29 pm

Gee, Vickie, the problem is, like it or not, I am involved in your life because MY tax dollars are supporting you. But it looks like you are getting your wish: your unemployment benefits are going to run out.


Starrredwing
Comment posted June 27, 2010 @ 2:25 pm

we sinking no we have been sunk months no income, no jobs when you are 50 and even tho you look great and can work, jobs yea jobs none available and over and over let downs….help us Please pass the 99ers jobless benefits retro…please please we are 5 months in arrears….I am just at the end – so where to go ……


concerned
Comment posted June 28, 2010 @ 8:32 pm

very unfair that the long term unemployed are left out with no help.husband is 51 yrs old worked all his life and can't get help since april 2010. its time for everyone to pull together and lets vote them out of georgia office


Tabby
Comment posted June 29, 2010 @ 1:27 am

It's funny how no one ever complains about the deficit when we are doling out billions on a fruitless war and/or sending money overseas to help other countries deal with their problems. I feel so much for the many folks who cannot find work. I lost my job in early 2009 and was lucky enough to find something 10 months later after an incredibly exhausting search. I can personally attest to the incredible age discrimination that exists out there. Now that I am blessed to be working again, I will gladly fork over my tax dollars to help my fellow citizens because I know what it feels like to walk in their shoes. To those of you who would deny this kind of ongoing assistance to Americans in need, shame on you. I'm guessing you haven't suffered one iota during this crisis, but your time will come, believe me. I sincerely hope that Washington does the right thing and finds some way to continue to support the 99ers. if not, here's one voter who will be voting AGAINST all incumbents (R or D) next election. God bless to all those who are seeking work.


New Paradigm
Comment posted June 30, 2010 @ 4:57 am

If you run out of unemployment compensation, KEEP REPORTING YOUR STATUS with your state as scheduled. This way, the “unemployment rate” will begin to reflect the extent of the problem.


New Paradigm
Comment posted June 30, 2010 @ 8:30 pm

Agreed. It adds insult to injury and was one of the campaign lies told by Barack, the man for change. Perhaps he meant it when he said it but since taking office, he learned that allowing hardship withdrawals of IRAs would hurt the elite corporate owners’ opportunity to suck out the remaining wealth of the middle class.


New Paradigm
Comment posted June 30, 2010 @ 8:31 pm

I think Mickey was being sarcastic. Working even 2 shifts (80 hours) a week earns a measly $600 a week, leaving no time for life or to seek reasonable wages.


KDI0767
Comment posted June 30, 2010 @ 6:07 pm

By all means lets bail out other countries {Brazil} but leave our own twisting in the wind. How Sad! Will not be forgottin' in November.


monica kinslow
Comment posted June 30, 2010 @ 6:26 pm

monica from ky

the company i was with for 12 long yrs went bankrupt in 2008 i stayed with them thru the end it broke my hrt ive worked since i was 8yrs old and now its been 2 yrs searching for a job with no luck, then my unemployement was stopped 6 wks ago because i was at my 99 weeks, i have no savings , no health ins, soon no car or home, im not just setting back an drawing unemployement im actively looking for work up until last week when i was dn to my last $10 and it was buy food or put it in the gas tank, i put $5 in tank an $5 on food, now im down to crackers an no gas to look for work, when will i and ppl like me be helped???? to you that have all of what im about to lose or have already lost, DONT SET BACK AN EAT YOUR NICE MEALS , RIDE IN YOUR PAID FOR CARS AND SLEEP IN YOUR NICE HOMES and let us who have or will soon lose what we've worked for all our lifes go without!!!!!! PLEASE HELP US .


New Paradigm
Comment posted June 30, 2010 @ 7:36 pm

Minimum wage does not pay even modest, middle class mortgages, much less food, health insurance, utilities, gas etc. Working 80 hours a week is still insufficient and eliminates time to seek gainful employment, raise the next generation or start a business, much less live a balanced life. Walking away from upside down mortgages and failing to pay debt obligations affects credit, now often verified prior to extending employment offers.

WalMart is not likely to hire middle-aged, overqualified people due to recruitment costs when/if the worker finds a job that provides reasonable pay. There is active age discrimination. Middle aged workers with skills and experience can not start at the bottom. Corporations are more likely to hire young workers who have no concept of equitable employment and more years of exploitation available. Hiring managers are also cautious about hiring someone more experienced for fear of losing his or her position. Besides, if all of the entry level jobs could be assumed by experienced workers, what would be available for young people? There would still be huge excess capacity of workers because there are far more people looking for work than work available.

These concepts are not difficult to understand if you do your research and have the ability to critically think for yourself. It is simple math. The official statistics, often slanted to establish an inaccurate perception of reality, say there are 5 workers for every 1 job, that means out of every 100,000 job seekers, only 20,000 positions are available. Those can be experienced workers or entry level, but 80,000 people are out of work.

Real estate is significantly below what it was 15 years ago in some parts of the country. Selling a house at current market value is insufficient to pay off the mortgage debt. Short sales increase the processing time of real estate transactions. Money for housing in the new town may not be available because people exhaust reserves to survive. Relocation costs can be prohibitive.

People submerged in the delusion that massive unemployment is the fault of the job seekers do not understand how government regulation over the past 3 decades has subsidized industry, encouraged unfair trade and eroded the middle class. These people fail to understand the deception of capitalism perpetrated by the elite and their agents, at best. At worst, they are actively engaged in wiping out the American way of life.

The judgmental opinions as stated above are a result of intentional manipulation through centralized media ownership, collusion between government and business and the elite puppeteers who have confiscated wealth from the middle class for decades. It is a productive method to give the illusion of superiority and a successful attempt to divide the masses against each other, perpetuating the illusion until it is too late.


New Paradigm
Comment posted June 30, 2010 @ 7:51 pm

Otiummann, you are buying into an incorrect allegation designed to divide the masses against each other. Workers do not pay unemployment tax. Check your pay stub. Employees pay FICA (Social Security), Medicare, State and Federal income tax but only EMPLOYERS pay unemployment tax; state and federal.

I know this because I was the Human Resources Manager for 8 years, calculating payroll taxes. But please don't blindly believe me or anyone else. Do some research on your own. Here are two links for you to begin:

http://www.ask.com/wiki/Federal_Unemployment_Ta…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Search?sea…

This is a common deception allowed to continue so people who are too busy doing 3 other people's jobs (for one, insufficient salary) to cast judgment against people with whom they have more in common than different.

Otiummann and everyone, filter anything you hear by understanding people in power want to stay in power. The only way that is possible is to engage the masses in their own destruction.


Tim
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 3:54 pm

I do believe that some type of radical reorganization of the United States will be necessary, especially after the Supreme Court has ruled that there should be no limits to corporate influence peddling. How about a new constitutional convention appropriate to the 21st century?


Tim
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 3:55 pm

Have you ever heard of an absentee ballot? A very tired excuse for not voting.


Tim
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 3:56 pm

Tess – You never paid into the unemployment fund. Only your employers did.


Tim
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 3:58 pm

Michael – You never paid into the unemployment fund. Only your employers did.


Tim
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 4:09 pm

You never paid into the unemployment insurance fund. Only your employer paid.


Tim
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 4:13 pm

Not a good idea. The most mediocre candidates will win, and if they are more venal than the ones we have one, watch out!


Tim
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 3:33 pm

Dear One -

paving the pavement = pounding the pavement

Your mistake is worse than the ones you cited. Give us a break. These are chat rooms, not doctoral dissertations. There is no need to make yourself feel superior to others by pointing out insignificant errors of punctuation or spelling.


Tim
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 3:36 pm

One thing that I notice in all of these comments is that people keep saying how proud they are to be American. There's something wrong with that statement. In no other developed country in the world have the distressed unemployed been kicked to the curb as in the United States of America. Recognize the failings of your own country, or these failings will never be corrected.


Tim
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 3:48 pm

I do not disagree with you that the millions of 99ers need to be helped, but no money was ever taken out of your paycheck for unemployment insurance. Only employers contribute to this fund.


Atlenta
Comment posted July 3, 2010 @ 12:54 pm

http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-444770

First Lady Michelle Obama chooses fashion over the plight of the 99ers.
 
Can Americans deal with more than one crisis at a time? President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama's real crisis in America isn't her husband's healthcare reform but the five million Tier V unemployed Americans whose nickname has become 99ers .
 
For those thousands of university graduates from coast to coast and from sea to shining sea, without work, the crisis is very real, especially if they have been trying to find work after 99 weeks after being out of the workforce. These staggering numbers or Tier V unemployed workers are larger than anyone previously predicted. Their numbers have increased more than five million and growing each month, kind of like Mrs. Obama collection of fashion and jewelry.
 
While the First Lady Michelle Obama encourages higher education,  there is no study that shows what happens to already highly educated college graduates who cannot find employment by no fault of their own.
 
Is it just supply and demand? There isn't an infinite amount of jobs so there will always be unemployed individuals.
 
Our leaders in Washington, including President Barack Obama, our Senators, Congressmen, and Nancy Pelosi need to wake up and smell the coffee. Once they come to their senses, they need to take ACTION on voting for Tier V Unemployment Benefits!
 
Events like the BP's oil spill crisis in the Gulf of Mexico is  taking the attention away from these millions of Americans who are becoming distressed because they are running out of monies, savings, and patience while not finding employment.
 
The millions of Americans who cannot find meaningful work or employment to support their families aren't going away.
 
While others scream “Job Creation” this takes time. In the meantime Tier V Unemployment Benefits or an Executive Order by President Obama must be a priority in Washington. Not Tomorrow but Today!
 
Our government helps everyone in other countries when they need our help but are now turning their back on those that make America, America.
 
I love America but don't feel the love back.
 
Len Pasek
http://www.atlantaphotographer4hire.com


helpneeded
Comment posted July 3, 2010 @ 6:53 pm

The very same conditions that existed 99 wks ago to create the job losses still exist today, therefore those same unemployed people should be entitled to an extension of their benefits. It's just plain common sense.


HopeforAmerica
Comment posted July 7, 2010 @ 8:51 am

For every 1 job are 6 applicants. The unemployment rate is 9.5% and expected to remain high through the end of the year.
People need money just to look for work!! How can search for work with money for phone, internet and transporation!
Extend benefits to 99ers!


Obamanomics Brings Us 99ers :: The Lonely Conservative
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[...] The Washington Independent has an article about a woman from Syracuse who lost her job and her 99 weeks of unemployment benefits have run out. It’s a sad situation for sure, but it seems Ms. Paoletti may be directing her energy in the wrong direction. Paoletti argues that Washington recognizes the enormity and seriousness of the problem but is turning its back on some of the nation’s neediest. The recalcitrance has led her to go activist. She and some friends are currently lobbying for the final passage of the latest extenders bill, known in online communities for the 99ers as “4213,” its original bill number in the House. It would not help people who have exhausted benefits, but would prevent the expiry of Tier IV extended benefits for hundreds of thousands of people a week. Additionally, Paoletti and others meet up on listservs and websites, fax resumes to Washington and call congressional offices. [...]


Kimijean1
Comment posted July 8, 2010 @ 9:45 pm

I am almost 41 years old, have worked since I was 14 and have never collected employment previously. Lost my job two weeks before Christmas with no prior notion that the company was closing down (they could have continued just didn't want to). I had to FIGHT to get my unemployment (took me 2 1/2 months to get it) and now after 26 weeks have been told that our unemployment can not get an extension. How fair is that?


desperateforhelp
Comment posted July 9, 2010 @ 12:35 pm

The thing that concers me is the fact that it seems that once oyu exhaust your benefits our”numbers no longer count. This whole situation is sickening. Whiel millions lose sleep,don't eat, and lose their homes, our senators and congressman are all WELL paid and are guaranteed a great retirement after what a measly 5 years of service. If we all had this option then we would all be extremely happy. I was injured at work years ago…. fighting with workmans comp and the insurance company refusal to pay anything…. we have racked up large amount of debt.. now that my 99 weeks are gone.. we are getting desperate. We have sold everything we can sell to keep us afloat. I recently went into the third stage of the Transporation Safety Administrations process to work at our local airport, part time, better than nothing. Was told that my total debt and amount of unpaid debt disqualified me. This was the only job I have heard from in the almost 3.5 years of looking. I have two strikes against me to start. a bad back.. and long term unemployment… oh wait strike three your credit. Now befor ei was injured i had Federal Clearance in my job… was working for a contractor got hurt, the union fought for me for 6 months before they officially fired me… that was just over 4 years ago. So I feel that I am doomed thinking about trying for social security disability…. dont want to but looks like no other chooice…. even that is a long process involving lawyers.. politicians are killing us while they keep beenfits.


New Paradigm
Comment posted July 9, 2010 @ 6:03 pm

Please keep reporting your unemployed status. This website http://www.illinois.gov/PressReleases/ShowPress… says “The unemployment rate identifies those who are out of work and looking for work regardless if they are eligible for unemployment insurance. A person not collecting unemployment benefits still will be reflected in the unemployment rate if they continue to look for work”.

It would make sense for this to be kept a secret – so the government can report to it's boss (big business) and they can blast the “lower unemployment rate” as “good news” all over wall street to entice unsuspecting investors back into the market so when the elite decide to take another withdrawal, like in October of 2008, there will be more middle class dollars available.

Understand this is the final hour of a war against the middle class waged by elite powers that has been going on for many decades. Feeling doomed is what they want. Taking “anything” is what they want. Do what you must to feed your family but remember, big corporations, controlled by 2% of the population are the enemy. Love your enemy, but don't trust him.

Fight back with words and peaceful action. Confidently correct anyone you hear claiming they pay for you to receive unemployment compensation because according the the IRS “”The Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA), with state unemployment systems, provides for payments of unemployment compensation to workers who have lost their jobs. Most employers pay both a Federal and a state unemployment tax….Only the employer pays FUTA tax; it is not deducted from the employee's wages”. http://www.irs.gov/businesses/small/internation…

Arm yourself with knowledge. Remind any employed person that they too are at risk. If it can happen to all these formerly productive people, it can happen to them. They are not immune. They are afraid and believe lies propagated to serve the elite purpose – complete domination and control of world resources. These forces would prefer you die. Helplessness and desperation expedites that end.

Elite have controlled the world for as long as there has been society. But now every institution on the planet is imploding in slow motion. They are in their death throws now, like a cornered animal. What you feel is the adrenalin rush of panic. They appear strong but their time of reign on this planet is over.

Use your time to research and spread your understanding to everyone you can. I know how you feel, but it takes the masses coming together as a unified force for the good of all to affect real change. This is a make or break moment in history. What you do matters, even when you don't notice.

Stay strong and persevere.


New Paradigm
Comment posted July 9, 2010 @ 6:06 pm

Please see my comment to desperateforhelp above.


INEEDHELP!
Comment posted July 9, 2010 @ 9:22 pm

The claims are dropping because all the “99ers” are not allowed to claim after 99 weeks. They still don’t have jobs, but are now off the map because there is no way to keep track of them. The 99ers should still be able to claim. An extension is in dire need for them. Why allow all other tiers to extend, but not allow assistance for the 99ers. Everyone should be extended till November, not certain tiers. Congress is going to pass an extension very soon. That extension should be for all people past the original 26 weeks till November. It doesn't matter whether a person is 30, 50, 88, or 99 weeks. The fact is, we need assitance while searching for these jobs.
I have a couple interviews coming up, yet I do not have the money for a haircut, gas for the car. My car payment and insurance is behind. If I do not get some assistance, the bank will repo my car, and then I will never get a job. There are no buses up in this area…


CATHERINE1000
Comment posted July 10, 2010 @ 5:53 am

400 million for HAMAS, vacations for congress every 3 or 4 months and gone in july and still 31 million unemployed – so many in the baby boomer age group. The president demands that we pay 130 billion a year for illegal alien criminal invaders and blows us off. Tent cities are growing in every state. Damn my media, if this were Bush they would not let him leave the house without talking about us, they let Obama diss half of us because we have been on unemployment TOOOO long, WTF, he fires 450,000 a week for 18 months………….last week he threw 700,000 on the ash heap (TO MAKE THE JOBLESS NUMBER GO DOWN, UNBELIEVABLE) he said 700,000 had quit looking, UNLESS HE IS MONITORING THEIR INTERNETS THAT IS JUST A LIE

AND THE MEDIA ALLOWS HIM TO DISS THE LONG TERM UNEMPLOYED. HE CAMPAIGNS AND IGNORES US, HE CAMPAIGNS AND IGNORES THE GULF, HE CAMPAIGNS AND IGNORES THE ARIZONA MURDERS BY INVADERS…

MY MEDIA ALLOWS THE UNEMPLOYED TO BE FORGOTTEN AND THE FACISTS IN CHARGE JUST KEEP SPENDING AND JOBS JUST KEEP DISAPPEARING………….

AND 99 WEEKS IS NOT THE REAL STORY, if you are in NJ you GET 700, IF IN FLORIDA YOU GET 285…………WHERE IS THE FAIRNESS IN THAT?

the gulf states are going to join the numbers very soon and the media won't be able to cover for obama and the lying democrats much longer………..we are NOT TOO POOR TO VOTE PEOPLE…………


CATHERINE1000
Comment posted July 10, 2010 @ 6:09 am

OFFLMFAO – THERE IS NOT ANOTHER NATION BETTER TO LIVE IN ON THE PLANET WITH 300 MILLION PEOPLE, WE GET TO VOTE THESE FACISTS OUT OF OFFICE IN 116 DAYS,…………DEMOCRATS ARE ALLOWED TO DISS US, REPUBLICANS NEVER WOULD BE ALLOWED, THE MEDIA WOULD BASH THE HECK OUT OF BUSH, 116 DAYS WE GET RID OF THE CRAP MEDIA AND THE LYING DEMOCRATS THAT CAN SHOVE THRU A PORKULUS BILL AND RUINATION OF THE BEST HEALTHCARE ON THE PLANET WITHOUT ONE REPUBLICAN VOTE BUT THEY AND THE MEDIA LIE AND SAY REPUBLICANS ARE STOPPING THE 99 EXTENSION……………116 DAYS AND 3 ELECTIONS AND WE WILL NEVER LET THE LIBERALS NEAR POWER AGAIN, 400 MILLION FOR HAMAS AND NONE FOR THE UNEMPLOYED…….

I LOVE AMERICA, THESE FACISTS HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH AMERICA………….THE MEDIA AND THE TELEPROMPTER LYING LAWYER HATE AMERICA AND ARE DESTROYING IT EVERY SECOND, THEY NATIONALIZED OUR INDUSTRIES AND WANT US BROKE LIKE WE ARE…………..REPUBLICANS WILL GIVE ME A JOB, MAYBE 2, THE LIBERALS WON'T EVEN FEED YOU………………..116 DAYS


CATHERINE1000
Comment posted July 10, 2010 @ 6:13 am

YOU ARE DRINKING THE KOOL-AID THE FACIST DEMOCRATS ARE IN TOTAL CONTROL……………TOTAL CONTROL – THEY COULD MEET WHEN THEY COME BACK FROM THEIR VACATION AND GIVE US AN EXTENSION AT 2 AM LIKE THEY DID HEALTHCARE……….THE REPUBLICANS ARE THE ONLY HOPE WE HAVE, THE MEDIA ABSOLUTELY HATE THEIR GUTS AND WILL NOT COVER THE HORROR IN THE GULF, THE 31 MILLION UNEMPLOYED AND HOMELESS AND THE SLAUGHTER GOING ON IN ARIZONA…………..THE MEDIA HATE THE REPUBLICANS AND WILL FORCE THEM TO PAY ATTENTION….

THEY LOVE THE FACIST DEMOCRATS AND ALLOW THEM TO COVER UP THE NUMBERS, YOU DON'T MATTER TO THOSE FACIST DEMOCRATS HARDLABORER…………..PELOSI AND REID AND BITE ME AND OILYBAMA DON'T CARE AT ALL FOR YOU AND THEY HAVE MORE POWER THAN ANY PARTY HAS HAD IN 30 YEARS…………….STEP AWAY FROM THE BLAME REPUBLICAN KOOL-AID IT MAKES YOU LOOK SILLY


CATHERINE1000
Comment posted July 10, 2010 @ 6:15 am

THE MEDIA SOLD US A BUNCH OF SOCIALISTS WHO WANT US TO BE A THIRD WORLD NATION – WE TOLD AMERICA THE LEFTWINGEXTREMIST DEMOCRATS HATED AMERICA – DO YOU BELIEVE US NOW? WE ARE IN SHAMBLES AND YOU ARE RIGHT ON, THEY ARE MORE WORRIED ABOUT THE 50 MILLION ILLEGAL CRIIMINAL INVADERS HERE THAN AMERICANS………..THEY GAVE HAMAS 400 MILLION INSTEAD OF THEIR OUT OF WORK AMERICANS – THE DEMOCRATS HATE THIS NATION AND ARE DESTROYING HER IN OUR FACES…………


Johnkober
Comment posted July 13, 2010 @ 12:09 am

Obama's an AH! The unemployment rate is much higher than what the Gov't says it is. For now all around Obama, they have a paycheck and will push us under the bus.

Let's dump the House of Reps by 50%. We can live with 1/2 the representatives in Congress and still have 100% representation. Why not save the money.

John


CrazyJoe47
Comment posted July 14, 2010 @ 11:22 pm

NO!


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spinotter
Comment posted July 15, 2010 @ 3:03 pm

CATHERINE1000 – First of all, click on your caps lock key and write in small letters like the rest of us – stop shouting. And then in a more general sense, Catherine, calm down and spare yourself a heart attack. Everything you are writing is full of hatred and falsehood. Does that help you in any way?


maggie
Comment posted July 15, 2010 @ 7:54 pm

I THINK AS LONG AS THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IS HIGH THEY NEED TO EXTEND BENIFITS.HOW COULD THE SENATORS BE SO COLD.


Angela
Comment posted July 15, 2010 @ 8:43 pm

God help this country, and all of us over the age of 50. We could be in Cindy's position at the drop of a hat.


CJ
Comment posted July 16, 2010 @ 3:22 am

I don't blame just Democrats. The Republicans are Corporate a%s kissers. In fact it was a Republican congressman who apologized to BP! Repubs are also osbstructing any extension of UE. They have called us lazy, spoiled, druggies, hobos and Fox News' Brian K. said we should “sober” up. Now that's compassion for those of us who are doing our first stint onunemployment and are in our 50s!!!


R.S. Tate
Comment posted July 16, 2010 @ 4:47 am

Interesting you mentioned WalMart and Home Depot on your list of companies hiring. I have a Bachelors degree in Business Administration, retail experience including building materials sales. I've sold cars, owned my own restaurant, assistant credit manager for a large poultry producer, and an insurance adjuster. I did not get a repy from WalMart. Interviewed with Home Depot but they were not even caring enough to return a follow up call that the person who interviewed me told me to make if I did not hear from them in a week or so. Go to hell for you have no clue what you're talking about as is typical for your type on these boards. Your day is coming mark my words.


R.S. Tate
Comment posted July 16, 2010 @ 5:08 am

You better step back and rethink that. Unemployment benefits are the best stimulus for an ailing economy by far. For every $1 of unemployment $1.90 of revenue is generated throughout the economy. Considering the number of unemployed receiving benefits I'd say there is one worker spared their job as the result of a handful of unemployed workers putting every dime of their UE benefit immediately back into circulation. As thousands lose benefits every week hundreds of employed like yourself will be getting their pink slip. I can't think of anyone more deserving of that than you. Also it's just a matter of time before someone more capable and experienced at doing your job offers to do so for far less money out of desperation. You better look over your shoulder jerk because we are coming for your livlihood.


john slingerland
Comment posted July 17, 2010 @ 10:43 am

o am one og those 99r's and will probably lose my home i worked for a family run company that was bought out by a greedy huge company and they cleverly let go all workers over 50 yes we got a small buy out package and was able to get unemployment but that has run out i do not spend my money foolishly and have not been able to save luckily i do collect ss but with my high mortgage it is not rnough i have been able to work a small part time job but bills keep adding up congress should stop helping all the countries that hate our guts, stop supporting illegal aliens, and stop bailing out poorly run banks and companies , stop rhe wars and start helping us amaericans who are in need and who have lost our jobs thru no fault of our own pork barrell politics has got to stop let congress work for the american people and not their greedy cronies


Tlm8202
Comment posted July 17, 2010 @ 6:00 pm

lkjljm


Merrittterrri58i
Comment posted July 17, 2010 @ 6:10 pm

Althrough my comment did not show up or post on this page . I know someone got it and read it. That's all that matters to me. Just think about what I said and you will do the right thing.


Tlm8202
Comment posted July 17, 2010 @ 6:12 pm

Just checking your system.


J.R.
Comment posted July 18, 2010 @ 4:24 am

In order to understand our government, we must consider the powers that be. Being a 99er, I believed that President Obama would hold true to his promise. Having seen jobs being outsourced by corporate America downsizing, greed and complasive politicians. It makes me often wonder; Give Me Liberty OR Give Me Death!!!!!
My fellow 99er’s our Government has given us DEATH! As we all know our government has formally delivered propaganda of the American dream. But the 99er’s are the forsaken. Nevertheless, Our Government commanded the 99er’s to march forward into despair because there are no jobs for us to bear.
In other words by excluding the 99er’s from this bill. We are forced to leave behind the loves ones we once cherished, because as a man you feel that you can no longer support their hearts.
“A man without a Job” is like he does not exist!! And without this extension the 99er’s will not exist!!! But let me say this! The way congress thinks today. Is let’s roll the dice!!! They are not important; Now that they are in office.

The Banks and Wall Street are doing business as usual. High interest rates and foreclosure’s for the month of June 2010 was 1.5 million!! I’m a true believer in GOD. But I often pray and wonder about my future in America today, the land of equality freedom and liberty.
Again, Mr. President, Congress, Senator’s. You give the 99er’s an executive order. As forgotten bewildered and broken soldiers. We command congress to an extension to liberty justice in the name of survival!!
Rescue the 99er’s from the dephts of despair, suicide, homeless and wondering aimlessly in a barren jobless land. For it is your duty as men not leaders to obey and command your OATH! To protect serve your fellow citizen’s without discrimination or malice.
I hereby command all 99er’s to converge on Washington D.C. in the name of survival and not to sit back as peasant to your own execution. Remember your voice and vote counts. Let Washington hear us as well…. Send your voices, thoughts, concerns and hearts. We will and Yes We CAN!!!!!

Regards, R
Jr_jr32@yahoo.com


Abcxyz
Comment posted July 19, 2010 @ 3:49 pm

Because they are Millionaire. Wrong people for this job. The people who understand middle class families are middle class people, not millionaire.


goldheart
Comment posted July 20, 2010 @ 2:32 pm

There needs to be a supplement 99ers Unemployment bank created to receive contributions that will assist those who exhausted the 99 weeks of benefits. I am currently unemployed and am willing, should I go into an extended unemployment period, contribute 2 weeks of my benefits to the Bank…

A state level all out aggressive push for job creations must be implemented! Start a hire a 99er Job Creation Campaign!! tax benefits and additional incentives must be given to those who hire a 99er, older, minority or entry level person! These benefits should last for a period of at least 5 years!

Penalities in the way of sanctions such as high tariffes etc. must be imposed against those corporations who outsouce American based jobs to other countries. They are contributing to unemployment!! The penalties should be the difference of what it would cost to have a somebody in America do the job! This difference should be deposited in the supplemental unemployment fund for the 99ers and others long term unemployed. WE MUST DO SOMETHING NOW!!


goldheart
Comment posted July 20, 2010 @ 2:40 pm

Your city or county public assistance until help comes for the 99ers…Prayerfully, an aggressive State run job creation campaign will kick in and provide jobs for the 99ers, by early next year!!


goldheart
Comment posted July 20, 2010 @ 2:47 pm

I agree, working at Walmart etc as a middle aged experienced worker is not the answer!! You cannot pay your bills or survive..thus, you are in the same if not worse boat!!

What needs to happen is an aggressive 99ers job creation campaign needs to be implemented and pushed!! Tax breaks and other incentives needs to be offered ie govt supplement health insurance etc. that will last 5 years is needed! Corporations need to create jobs as that is one of their prime objective which somehow got forgotten in the mist of robbing and pilfering the corporate piggy bank for the top few! Those who outsource jobs and contribute to the unemployment of America by doing so need to have stiff sanctions and penalties against them that would be the difference it would cost to have the job done in America, thus taking away the profit edge!


goldheart
Comment posted July 20, 2010 @ 2:50 pm

Well, not just your tax dollars, but the tax dollars of all Americans who worked as well as the unemployed!! And, some of the 99ers may have contributed more that you have at this point!!


Thardulak
Comment posted July 20, 2010 @ 4:13 pm

The senator who commented that “99 weeks is enough . . . this cannot go on forever” should visit a State like Ohio where there ARE no jobs.


Reesespeaces
Comment posted July 20, 2010 @ 7:44 pm

Yes, ALL of the legislators are self-serving, greedy, corrupt monsters…no one should vote for ANY incumbent in any future elections. Get some people in office who havae some idea what the real world is like.


Luispichardo70
Comment posted July 20, 2010 @ 8:24 pm

Crazyjoe, you don't know what it means to be unemployed for 2 years and have your benefits run out.
We spend millions of dollars aiding other countries. Why not extend the benefits for the longterm unemployed?


Luispichardo70
Comment posted July 20, 2010 @ 8:30 pm

What's going to happen to the 99ers? I have been looking for a job for almost 2 years now, and still have not been able to find one. I have been to job fairs, networking events and applying over the internet for the past 20 months with no luck whatsoever.
I'm a civil engineer in search for a position within a Construction Company……..HELP


Luispichardo70
Comment posted July 20, 2010 @ 8:36 pm

How can I join this cause?


Jane
Comment posted July 20, 2010 @ 8:55 pm

I loved working at a famous medical research institute in NYC for ten years. I entered the work force in my fifties with no savings but I had gotten a GED and put myself through CUNY and graduated Magna Cum Laude.

I was 66 yrs old when my job ended and I did not realize the financial crisis was looming. I had only been on the University’s 401k for 8 years. I left without much but I was hopeful to become re-employed quickly. I had no personal savings because I was a stay at home Mom before.
Three years have passed and I continue to apply for jobs every day! My unemployment benefits have run out. I augment my social security monthly check me with monthly withdrawals from the small chunk of 401k money remaining to keep going. I now accept Food Stamps. Within one year, without employment I will exhaust what little money I have and will have only Social Security.
What’s an unemployed senior citizen to do? Retirement is not an option for me and many other unemployed seniors. I am afraid!


Jane
Comment posted July 20, 2010 @ 8:55 pm

I loved working at a famous medical research institute in NYC for ten years. I entered the work force in my fifties with no savings but I had gotten a GED and put myself through CUNY and graduated Magna Cum Laude.

I was 66 yrs old when my job ended and I did not realize the financial crisis was looming. I had only been on the University’s 401k for 8 years. I left without much but I was hopeful to become re-employed quickly. I had no personal savings because I was a stay at home Mom before.
Three years have passed and I continue to apply for jobs every day! My unemployment benefits have run out. I augment my social security monthly check me with monthly withdrawals from the small chunk of 401k money remaining to keep going. I now accept Food Stamps. Within one year, without employment I will exhaust what little money I have and will have only Social Security.
What’s an unemployed senior citizen to do? Retirement is not an option for me and many other unemployed seniors. I am afraid!


Jane
Comment posted July 20, 2010 @ 8:55 pm

I loved working at a famous medical research institute in NYC for ten years. I entered the work force in my fifties with no savings but I had gotten a GED and put myself through CUNY and graduated Magna Cum Laude.

I was 66 yrs old when my job ended and I did not realize the financial crisis was looming. I had only been on the University’s 401k for 8 years. I left without much but I was hopeful to become re-employed quickly. I had no personal savings because I was a stay at home Mom before.
Three years have passed and I continue to apply for jobs every day! My unemployment benefits have run out. I augment my social security monthly check me with monthly withdrawals from the small chunk of 401k money remaining to keep going. I now accept Food Stamps. Within one year, without employment I will exhaust what little money I have and will have only Social Security.
What’s an unemployed senior citizen to do? Retirement is not an option for me and many other unemployed seniors. I am afraid!


MVKT
Comment posted July 20, 2010 @ 10:28 pm

I, and too many others, can identify with everything said by Paoletti.
A few years older but below full retirement age, and having been laid off in a downsizing years ago, I'm in the same (sinking) boat, except paying rent instead of a mortgage. With only a few temporary jobs, my UI check has been near minimum, and I've had to constantly take $$ from an already depleted IRA just to survive. Also, no health insurance for years, unaffordable.
News reports are that Big Biz is making profits — so, when will they start hiring?! And, if companies do eventually begin to hire, it will likely be younger/cheaper employees with reduced benefits.


zoe
Comment posted July 20, 2010 @ 10:35 pm

I am a little over halfway through my 99 weeks, but I am not celebrating the UI extension approval. Everyone on UI should be doing everything we can to support the 99ers because we could all be there soon. I have emailed my congressman, senator, and the white house urging them to create tier 5. I really believe that there should be no tiers, UI should just continue until this crisis is over. The already stressed out unemployed should not have to worry about constantly being cut off. The government could use money designated for foreign countries to fund it. Charity is good, but americans should always come first. I wish I could do more to help you guys.


zoe
Comment posted July 20, 2010 @ 11:02 pm

Just in case someone does not already know, SNAP is food stamps and even 1 person can receive $200 a month. If you do not have transportation to your local SNAP office call 211 and see if they can offer you assistance. They also have info on utility payment assistance and other programs. Also try talking to your motgage holder or landlord, I know this doesn't always work but it is worth a shot. Find out if there is a mimimum amount you can pay just to keep things going. Also a landlord may let you do some repairs to the property in lieu of rent.


Unfairly treated
Comment posted July 20, 2010 @ 11:43 pm

First – we all will be there sooner rather than later.

I have an issue with these companies which I believe is discrimination. They check our credit, education, driving record, arrest etc. Thet set the bar for new employees high which is fine.

YET…. those employed could have DUI, lic revoked, bad credit, arrested and drunks. No one cares and they should.

Things that are a condition of employment into a company are waived for those that are emplyees and represent the company???

HOW IS ThAT FAIR???


Rayannettecraig
Comment posted July 21, 2010 @ 2:44 am

how can i surport this my unemployment was exhausted in may and ther is no jobs


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Aeharris
Comment posted July 21, 2010 @ 4:20 am

I been unemployed for 7 months. I have been looking for work M-F everyday since my lay-off. After employers do their back ground check and know that I am over the age of 55 I do not hear anything from them. I've even offered to take the small salary which is posted for most jobs. Still nothing! Does anyone that is representing us know what is really happening and how frighten this situation is?

We help the rich, and other countries but no one can help us.


iamawinner
Comment posted July 21, 2010 @ 5:39 am

I got notice in March, 2008, that my job was being eliminated along with 600 plus others. The jobs were out sourced to India and our New York office. Started drawing unemployment in June 2008. My 99 weeks ended at the end of April. I am still unemployed, home in foreclosure, no good health insurance, about to be without a car too! I am a college educated, widowed mother of 3. I can't give up because of my kids. I have over 16 years of experience but I'm either over qualified, need post graduate degrees, graduate certificates, designations, etc. I have enrolled in grad school. Got some financial aid but had to take a loan to cover the rest of my expenses. Right…. More bills!!! I am hoping that this helps somewhat. Trying to be an optimist in the midst of a recession!


Cssproudctions
Comment posted July 21, 2010 @ 6:04 am

Dear Senator(s):

The Worlds Government Bodies
Have Become the Houses of Desolation
Blind Guides
Home to the Serpent and the Lizard
Full of Dried Dead Man’s Bones
That Should Never Gavel In Until They Learn How to Cry


Cjmclaugh
Comment posted July 21, 2010 @ 11:58 am

These excuses the Republicans throw out “it draws out unemployment, because people don't look for work”, “people purposely stay on unemployment until a couple of months before unemployment is up -then they hunt for a job HARD”, “they're using the money for drugs:, “unemployment does not stimulate the economy”, and “99 weeks is enough”.
Emergency unemployment has been extended up to 3-1/2 YEARS before with no questions asked- readily supported from both sides of the isle. It's Republicans trying to maneuver the political atmosphere to look as though Obama can't do anything. THAT'S ALL THEY'VE BEEN DOING FOR THE LAST 19 MONTHS; DOENS'T ANYONE GET THAT?????????
When REPs strong-armed the 60 vote minimum it, essentially. rendered DEMS as clowns during every law passed anyway. Scrambling for votes like keystone cops.
Republicans simply want to manipulate perception to their advantage. BOTTOM LINE: They hate facing the fact that for every job out there almost 6 people who need it, but only 1 person can get it. They don't want to admit [in any manner whatsoever] that they caused the situation. They want to minimize their responsibility to support Big enterprises and continue shitting on middle America.
(I ABOUT CHOKED WHEN THEY APOLOGIZED TO BP.)
I wouldn't be surprised if 99ers and many others have been omitted from actual unemployment statistics.(See the post below to sign up if you're unemployed, so we can get some 'real' statistics reported.)
Our Government is corrupt in every way. The sooner we face it; the sooner we do something substantial about it. QUIT TALKING AND MOBILIZE.
Bring unions back? AffIrmative action HIRING MINIMUMS for 55 and older Americans? GET UNBIASED BRAINIACS TO STUDY AND MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS ON HOW TO SPUR COMPANIES TO HIRE? Petition all Senators and Congressman to vote NO on keeping ANY AND ALL foreign aide blocked until we help Americans FIRST? Obviously, our government is not smart enough to entertain any common-sense solutions. LET'S SHOVE THEM DOWN THEIR THROATS.


Midnight8112
Comment posted July 21, 2010 @ 3:12 pm

please someone help me i do not understand about the 99ers am i one that will not get the extension ive been out of work since june of 2008 thank you


Shirley Smith-Hill
Comment posted July 21, 2010 @ 3:55 pm

I am a 73 year old female who has worked since the age of 14. This is my first time receiving unempoymennt. I have asthma and althrough I have medicare and social security my unemployment covered my medicine . I never throught that I would be in this situation that I would get sicker because I am without my medication. I have no problems with working if I could find a job. One thing I was able to gain from this lost is looking at how to cut down on things I did not need ex: (cable) and also how to make a meal that was tasty and fulling.


Tana
Comment posted July 21, 2010 @ 4:12 pm

For evey job that is outsourced from the US, the same company that is outsourcing should have to create a new job in the US if they want to continue to do business and/or they should pay unemployment- equivilent to the same the person had made – for a minimum of 5 years and pay for retraining. Gov unemployment should not be due to outsourcing. When outsourcing is allowed it's like giving away the farm and buying back the milk.


Cameronp12
Comment posted July 21, 2010 @ 4:25 pm

i worked for a company for 21 yrs. and was let go at the end of the day with
no warning. they decide they could hire someone else and pay them less.
i was angry and somtimes i still feel a little angry but i feel betrayed the most of all.i felt like i was yesterday news and many companies are doing this. there is no loyalty.out with old and in with the new but they fail to realize they will
face the same situation sooner or later.


Spiller Chris
Comment posted July 21, 2010 @ 5:11 pm

I have worked consistantly since I was 16 years of age and i was let go from my job when i was 32, i've served my country as well as my community. Now i find that my two children are suffering because we cannot make so much as a grilled cheese sandwich. Even Ramen Noodle is hard to come by, but i'm a 99er so it must be my fault!?


spiller.c
Comment posted July 21, 2010 @ 5:16 pm

heres an explanation your screwed! New York State doesent help anyone after 99 weeks, time to start thinking about Ramen Noodles and grilled cheese. If you were on welfare you'd be better off!


Hpdedoo
Comment posted July 21, 2010 @ 7:25 pm

I feel abandoned as well. No recourse, no one to appeal to. My experience is the same as in this article. I have apply to hundreds of jobs (quite literally, believe me), and have had only 1 interview, in which the HR manager told me that 300 people had applied. Unfortunately, I did not get that job.

So, “99 weeks is sufficient”? according to Sen. Max Baucus. Well Mr. Baucus, at least YOU have a job that is NOT located in the heartland of America. Good for you.


jjdogbone
Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 2:17 am

depends on what state your in. if your in north carolina you will not get 99 weeks. your suppose to due to high unemployment, but you will not get it. i think our state should give the money back they took to give to the 99rs.


Golden1140
Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 5:31 am

Please don't forget about us 99ers Im a single mom with a child and have already lost one residence and my car and do not want to lose the place that I stay now

It's devastating enough to me as an adult but the emotional toll it has taken on my child has been heartwrenching enough. We need help and we need it now.

Don't leave us out we really need the help and I do not have family that can help me.

PLEASE HELP US 99ERS


Scott123
Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 7:23 pm

The only thing I am feeling good about is that I am not alone in this. Thank you all for posting here. Let us speak loudly to them!!


Diane
Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 8:18 pm

I have been out of work for 2 years now. I have applied to over 200 companies for a job. I've had a few interviews, but no job offer yet. I am 54 and am struggling terribly. Now I am told I cannot get an extension on benefits when there are no jobs out there. I am from Wisconsin. What am I to do?


Dcad100
Comment posted July 22, 2010 @ 9:02 pm

McDermott said in a statement. “If we can afford wars, tax cuts and bank bailouts, then we can certainly afford to maintain programs for workers who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own. An increasing number of Americans who have worked hard and played by the rules are now finding themselves with no job, no savings and no support. We must not abandon these workers and their families.”

I think that sums it up, don't you??


Butrflyzrfree
Comment posted July 23, 2010 @ 1:43 am

I hope this country like the rest world's economy get back on its feet and provide jobs for the unemployed. After all, how can people survive without the basic needs and money being one of them?. I applaud the NY State senators for understanding that in this financial crisis, people are out of work longer than two years. It's not just people who are unskilled, but people who are skilled and considered over qualified for entry level jobs as well. It's so bad that I know someone who has applied for social service aka welfare. He has to apply for jobs online to prove that he's looking for work as well as apply in person. The online jobs at a popular household department turned him down for the position as housekeeper/cleaner because he did not fit their qualifications. It's tough out here and people who have jobs, should be thankful that they are working. That's all I have to say on the subject.


Addisont76
Comment posted July 23, 2010 @ 2:10 am

I agree that something needs to be done for us. I have been out of unemployment benefits since the first of june. It is not fair for us to suffer because our government gave our jobs away. They let the companies fatten their pockets so the politicans could enjoy the rewards as well. Ask the ones that doing the voting if we lay them off for two years, send them to school cut their pay down to nothing, what is it that they make now 150 thousand or more a year. Heck they give or should i say they VOTE THEMSELVES a raise every year. I can hardly afford the cost of my husbands medicine, so i do with out IT is more important for him to have and my son have their medicines. the only problem is now i can barely afford it for them. I went to school for my two years , made the deans list, The Phi Theta Capa, and the National Honor Society and graduated from school with honors. All this knownledge can't even get me a job because I HAVE NO THREE YEARS OF EXPERIENCE. How can you get this if no one is willing to hire you. Our great Country has no time for the problems the American PEOPLE , THE PROBLEM THEY HAVE CAUSED. We did not ask to lose our jobs, ALL WE WANT TO DO IS HAVE OUR LIVES BACK> I personally think CONGRESS NEEDS AN ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT> Lets SHOW THEM WHAT WE MEAN AT THE NEXT VOTE


joco
Comment posted July 23, 2010 @ 5:14 am

What I don't get is how I have gotten a total of 70 weeks of unemployment and I am still considered a “99er” CAN SOMEONE PLEASE ANSWER THIS FOR ME CAUSE I DON'T GET IT!!!!!!!! I live in the state of Pennsylvania and are unemployment rate is pathetic and I am not eligible for 99 weeks????
The people that are DENYING this tier V extension are arrogant!!! We are all on unemployment because at ONE TIME WE ALL HAD JOBS!!!!!! I would understand if we were all on state aid (welfare) are whole lives and we are fighting for more food stamps or something absurd like that but no we are just asking for some help because at one time we had jobs!!!!!! We all worked 40 plus hours a week, we all paid into unemployment benefits and now they want to take it from us. It makes me think why get a education or why work hard. Seriously though, what's the point?
I am not a scum like the “Republicans” think the “99ers” are! I have worked since I was 13 years old I am now 29 and I have always worked. That is how I was raised “Your not going to get anywhere in life if you don't work for it” Well… all these years working for what? What was I working for???? For the government to give me the middle finger? The government is basically sitting back laughing at me and you!!!! We were the idiots working busting are asses to do what we all thought “we were supposed to do in life” for the government to just take are money. I have family members that NEVER worked a day in their life, they have 2-4 kids, NEVER even graduated High School and next month they will still have a roof over their heads!!!! Thanks to the state! Its just unbelievable!
I started working when I was almost 13, I graduated High School, I went to college, I had a great job in the medical field, I have a house with a $1,784.00 mortgage every month. I thought I was doing everything “society” tells you your supposed to do but I have realized it's BOGUS! “America The Free” HA!
At 26 I was diagnosed with lung, spleen, pharynx, and skin cancer, at 27 I lost my job. I was thinking “ok well, I will have unemployment to carry me thru til I can find another job, Cobra insurance will be offered to me” everything will work its self out. Yeah I was stupid to think that!! Cobra was $462.00 a month! I can't afford that! then finally…… President Obama passed the cobra discount of 65% off which would be great since I was scheduling to get my right upper lung removed. Well…….. When I called Cobra asking about the 65% off they continued to tell me I was NOT eligible for the 65% off because the job that laid me off was a Catholic Hospital blah blah blah! They gave me some excuse that Catholic Hospital's are a non- profit organization (whatever that means) So that's great all those years my parents paid all that money in Catholic School Tuition just to get some stupid excuse on why I can't get a little help on health insurance. That was the last time I followed the Catholic faith. It's sad!!
Moral of my story is I am 29 now, I look for jobs alllllllllllllll day long and can't find anything. 85% of the hospitals are on a hiring freeze, I haven't been able to get my lung removed or see any of my doctors in a yr and a half, can't afford my medications, I'm going to lose my house all because the government doesn't want to help “working” americans in a time of need!
THROW US A BONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Mexi
Comment posted July 23, 2010 @ 9:52 pm

you are a faggot, and will soon be murdered


Mexi
Comment posted July 23, 2010 @ 9:52 pm

you are a faggot, and will soon be murdered


Bill
Comment posted July 23, 2010 @ 11:45 pm

Billions in relef for those who were the victims of natural disasters overseas, billions more in bailouts for the financial institutions and others that caused the “recession” that we are experiencing…nothing for those who lost their jobs and can't find replacements but whose tax money was/is used to finance those relief and bail-out projects!


Steven H.
Comment posted July 24, 2010 @ 3:35 am

I just became one of the 99ers. I'm a 53 yr. old white male, educated professional. I am like you folks here. I've had about 4 interviews in 2 years. 1 with Target (cashier), one with Walmart (electronics), one for a school assistant job. I had only one interview for a professional job that would pay my bills. I took the Walmart and school jobs for pennies. I was laid off from both jobs. Our economy is in a free fall. And God help you if you are over 50. We have been betrayed and deserted. There are 1.4 million of us now and many more who were deserted way before 99 weeks. When it goes to 4, 5, 6, and then 10 million what are they going to do with us. It is now a country of the haves and have nots.


minnesotablue
Comment posted July 24, 2010 @ 2:32 pm

Come on lawmakers do the right thing. This is America and we need to do the right thing and take care of our own!


get real
Comment posted July 24, 2010 @ 9:30 pm

The 99ers have been considered the parasites feeding off of road kill. Not only by those still employed through their inner fear they could become one of us—-but the current unemployed who will certainly become one of us.
I ask of you skeptics, when someone calls or visits YOUR place of employment and asks if you are accepting applications for employment…exactly WHAT is your response? The answer tells the truth.
And if truth be told, the answer is no.
Those being helped through this 4213 bill, will be falling off of those tiers, to become 99ers…millions before elections.
Yet the politicians are trying to BUY your votes, by extending them JUST THROUGH NOvember. Elections are????????????
THEN not only the 99ers, but the unemployed in whole, will be SOL.
Unemployment in today's economy, should extend until the unemployment figures are under 6.5%.
This would not only extend a life line to the unemployed, but enable them to pay their bills, to keep those still employed, employed. If they are continuously denied benefits, YOUR job WILL be affected. Even if you work for your relatives.
Gulf residents=BP PAY THEM NOW! It has been a month.
Unemployed with tiers=PAY THEM NOW! Stop being heartless, they have not seen help for 2 months.
99ers=go to hell……no help for SEVERAL MONTHS!!!!
The 99ers will be waiting with sharp pitch forks, for the rest of you.
We helped you….yet you said F@#$% You, to us.
We will hang our WELCOME sign.


All American
Comment posted July 25, 2010 @ 10:21 am

McDermott made that statement back in June…now at the end of July he is backing off of it! This story is from June 10th.


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Tamborinwoman
Comment posted July 29, 2010 @ 2:02 am

As the country attempts to get over the mess the Republicans and Bush left it on, our Republican friends are hard at work for the rich and the big companies. The need to take care of the 99ers have been futile in their death ears. Under the umbrella of conservatism over the budget, they have denied the 99ers a V tier, They need to know that we understand their game, and we are not williing to aide in their mission of making Obama fail, as they opposed every bill that comes throughout the senate, we are taking names, those that are not willing to help the USA economy and the citizens that putting on power will see us in the poles in November, we may be down but they should not assume that we are out or stupid. Everytime the number of unemployed have reached 7 % or more the benefits have been extended, Reagan did it extending them for 3 years and so did other presidents, it is a good investment as it is a responsability of the ones that have damage the economy to make it whole. As 99rs have been denied another need it tier, the CEOs have been given millions of dollar of our money in bonuses. It is our money we want it back and put in the 99rs and every other unemployed individual in the States, How is that for a change. Republicans will see us in November, and will keep hearing from us everyday. we are not the instruments of their gain.


louis vuitton
Comment posted July 29, 2010 @ 7:29 am

It is our money we want it back and put in the 99rs and every other unemployed individual in the States, How is that for a change. Republicans will see us in November, and will keep hearing from us everyday. we are not the instruments of their gain.


louis vuitton
Comment posted July 29, 2010 @ 7:29 am

It is our money we want it back and put in the 99rs and every other unemployed individual in the States, How is that for a change. Republicans will see us in November, and will keep hearing from us everyday. we are not the instruments of their gain.


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JAMEELGAINES
Comment posted July 30, 2010 @ 4:40 am

YOU CAN AFFORD TO TAKE CARE OF KOREANS, JAPANESE, HATIANS, MEXICANS AND RUSSIANS, BUT NOT YOUR OWN PEOPLE!??? WELL WHEN THE CRIME RATE SKYROKETS OUT OF CONTROL DONT BE MAD!


Pryinbird
Comment posted July 30, 2010 @ 11:15 pm

I would like to know why is this extention allowing back unemployment money when we had to keep filling in our weeks for a long time for a tier to get passed and when they did we recieved nothing . I want an answer I am a 99er and I am PISSED so we really did not recieve 99 weeks .


TEWONNA
Comment posted August 1, 2010 @ 1:44 pm

PLEASE HELP US WHO ARE EAGERLY LOOKING FOR WORK AND CANT FIND ANYTHING!!! HOW ARE WE TO SURVIVE? I CANT EVEN GET WELFARE CASH ASSISTANCE BECAUSE I RECEIVE CHILDSUPPORT THROUGH THE STATE, HOWEVER I ONLY RECEIVE 400 A MONTH MY ONLY INCOME, HOW DO I LIVE OFF OF AN INCOME OF 400 A MONTH IF MY RENT IS 600 WHY WOULD I QUALIFY FOR WELFARE IF I AM A TAXPAYER WHO HAS ALWAYS HELD A JOB AND PAID TAXES, WHY CANT I GET EMERGENCY HELP IN A MUCH NEEDED CRISIS TODAY? SOMEONE HAS TO DO SOMETHING! MY BENEFITS HAVE EXHAUSTED I CANT GET EMERGENCY HELP HOW AM I TO FEED MY DAUGHTER AND SURVIVE!!!!


Imagineit04
Comment posted August 2, 2010 @ 12:17 pm

A position was recommended to my husband by an employee “A COMPANY”.. He applied on line and the person who recommended him also handed a copy of his resume to the recruiter. The next day the recruiter told the employee that he didn't even read my husbands resume. He admitted that he doesn't read any of them. He skips to the bottom and looks to see if the title of the job posting is an exact match of the canidates previous job. If not he cans it!!! We are both unemployed and have been searching for jobs for almost 2 years.


VICKI SCOTT
Comment posted August 3, 2010 @ 7:13 pm

I think a day should be set aside for all Americans conerned about a tier 5 to get out and protest. No joke. The hard part would be getting the word out. We'd need the help of the news media, but I believe it would work. If people know the date they will get out on that day, rain or shine, across the country and protest. ONE LOUD COLLECTIVE VOICE!


Sherry Blenman
Comment posted August 5, 2010 @ 1:55 am

IF TIER FIVE IS GOING TO KEEP US ALIVE- IT TOO NEEDS CHANGES- ARE YOU GOING THE LET ALL THE PEOPLE IN STATES WHO DONT HAVE 7.5% DIE! THAT IS OBSURD- REGARDLESS OF THE STATE PERCENTAGES- THESE PEOPLE ALL NEED HELP AND ARE EQUALLY DESERVING, ANYTHING ELSE IS DISCRIMINATORY I BELIEVE!
SHERRY BLENMAN


Bradtheschack5150
Comment posted August 5, 2010 @ 5:15 pm

Over 300 resumes in over 2 years…..3 interviews….no job…..lost my house in west Reno NV. I had to move back to the U.P. of Michigan. UIC ran out in June…and I will be living in my jeep by next month. My county alone is 17% unemployed. I send resumes within 75 mile radius. One job I applied had 270 applicants. I am 47 years old. I can't even get job at Subway ! This is terrible. They don't understand because they have a job. Our Govt is so corrupt and stupid……they do not care. We worry about all the other coutries and help them …but we cannot help our own kind ! WTF ?


STOP
Comment posted August 7, 2010 @ 1:40 am

There is an increasing cry for jobs. Where are our jobs? Mr President give us jobs. But the average worker does not seem to even consider where jobs come from.

What makes a job? This question has separated the ruling class from the ruled class throughout history. It is no different now.

People will naturally vote themselves a raise. Unless human nature changes and the voting masses reject the entitlement mindset there is little chance of democracy being a viable long-term system of government.


M Skaggs
Comment posted August 7, 2010 @ 3:01 pm

We bomb a country, then give them money to rebuild. We help the other countries because they are in need, but when it comes to the American 99ers, we are considered lazy and we have had enough help. Walk in our shoes Senators and Representatives for a week or so. Do you think we like begging for money for our bills, having the grocery clerks stick their nose up at us for using food stamp money? NO! 58 years old and had to ask my 80 year old mother for money for my mortgage and the only income she gets is Social Security. Robberies, murders, sucicides will be on the rise! Then just maybe you guys will see that you should have handled this differently.
Oh, and you bailed out the banks and now they are sticking it to us. Mortgage loans remodifications…Tried that, it was a joke.


M Skaggs
Comment posted August 7, 2010 @ 3:03 pm

Amen to that!


M Skaggs
Comment posted August 7, 2010 @ 3:09 pm

Glad to hear another fellow American express their complaints about the Republicans. I have not ever really considered myself Dem or Rep. but now I would be ashamed to say I voted Rep. for anything. Yes it seems that they just want to say Obama failed when the truth is Bush started it and now Obama has to clean the mess up. The Rep pick on Obama for every little thing he does—give him a break people and deal with the situation on hand for the GOOD of the USA


Stephaniecjackson
Comment posted August 8, 2010 @ 7:06 pm

I am a 40 year old mother of two sons who are in college. My ex military husband is trying to back active duty. I am an official 99er as well. The job I had was an account executive for a new mainstream cellphone company in Atlanta. I was layed off. For me to get my same kind of job back I now need a bachlor degree! Thank you President Obama! I am worried everyday if we are going to have to move and take my sons out of college, can we eat, and will the electric be cut off today? Thank you Congress! You all should be ashamed of yourselves. I don't want my husband to fight for a country not worthy of maintaining itself!


Stephenlaker2004
Comment posted August 9, 2010 @ 5:03 am

FORGET THE ( DUMB ASS ) POLITIONS IN NOVEMBER BECAUSE THEY DONT CARE ABOUT US 99ERS SO WE DONT CARE ABOUT THEM


melissa
Comment posted August 9, 2010 @ 1:30 pm

Everybody on here should voice their concerns to the Congressman, etc., I even sent two emails to the White House and will continue to do so on a daily basis until they pass it. The 99ers should have been included in the last extension. What is it going to hurt extending it 20 more weeks? NOTHING. Please stand up and state your concerns.


David Bradley
Comment posted August 10, 2010 @ 12:58 pm

I created a wikipage entry for 99ers, if any wiki pros would like to add to or improve it using reliable sources and information, so historically this time in history is documented and remembered.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/99ers

When I first submitted it, another person in a senior role with wikipedia messaged me asking if it was widespread enough of a term and said he would remove it if there were no sources on the term being used. So I went in and added multiple sources from ABC News to the Washington Post on the term being used. Apparently some people are completely unaware of what's going on in our world and haven't even heard about the 99ers. They didn't even know 1.4 million American families and growing are going through this.


jungle123
Comment posted August 11, 2010 @ 2:50 am

I'm lost for words at this moment. My back is against the wall and I don't know where to turn. I've worked in this country all my life from summer jobs, into the corporate world, babysitting, I stop collecting unemployment to work for the 2010 Census, and went back collecting unemployment when the census came to an end because there's nothing else out there. NO ONE IS HIRING. Its just so sad!!! So for the senators & representative to have the nerve to say that the people will become lazy is way beyond my comprehension, before '' We The People” got laid off we were all working so what the “HELL” are they talking about, they don't have a worry in the world all their jobs are secure and their bank accounts overflowing. A matter a fact they can't even walk in our shoes because they wouldn't even know how to take the first step. “Just remember this SENATORS OF THE CONGRESS the same people you meet going up the ladder is the same people you will meet coming down”.


Richard in Ohio
Comment posted August 11, 2010 @ 7:05 am

Tier Five to stay alive!
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Since it is all but certain that Congress will not revisit this issue before mid-September, it looks like the only way for this to get prompt action is by Executive Order. Even if Congress takes it up, we can be sure that our Republican “friends” will do all they can to delay it and that action combined with the delays in processing by each state could take another 6 to 10 weeks from then. (Yikes!)
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I am not a lawyer, so I won't pretend to know too much about the legalities involved, however, what is to stop President Obama from authorizing a Tier V out of ARRA funds via this method? — The funds are already appropriated and there is still about $85 billion left for entitlements in the fund. If nothing else, why not just consider it emergency spending and extend Tier IV (assuming creating a Tier V is not feasible)? . . . Heck, President Bush didn't hestitate to use E.O.s and signing statements to end around the Congress all of the time, so why is this so different?
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As the growing legion of stories can attest, there are hundreds of thousands of 99ers who need rlief desperately as the economic recovery sputters as far as bringing back jobs goes. I received my last UI check at the end of March (part of the first wave of 99ers). As I'm sure many here can related to, life has been a real struggle just to find ways to survive. I am continuing my job search, but it is a tough market once you are over 50 and out of work for over a year. Many places will not even consider you, despite your suitable qualifications otherwise.
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One estimate says that our ranks are growing by about 400,000 every month. I gather that there are already b/w 1.6 and 1.8 million presently, so the number could exceed 2 million by month end and over 3 million by year end.

So, I encourage all who read this to e-mail and call both the White House and your elected reps in support of an Executive Order to extend UI for the 99ers.

Oh, and in case anyone is wondering why I am posting at 3 a.m., it's b/c I can't sleep b/c I am about to be evicted in less than two weeks and I don't have a job or a place to go and can't sleep thinking about it.
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I'd rather have a job than a UI check, but they just aren't there yet. I hope our politicians recognize what that means.
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Good luck to those of you out there hunting for a job.
******


Richard in Ohio
Comment posted August 11, 2010 @ 7:21 am

jungle123: Hang in there buddy.
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I was watching CNN for a few minutes this afternoon between things and caught a brief segment on Ali Velshi's show where he was interviewing a guy who had recently climbed Mt. Everest and I think had documented it for Discovery or another cable channel. He was an ex-special forces guy (from another country I think, maybe Australia) and quite an adventurer and Ali asked him if he could name one thing that he had learned from his adventures and it was this:
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Never give up! No matter what; never give up.
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Personally, it really hit home with me, b/c I was feeling a bit down and I realized that he was right. It gave me some encouragement to refocus and get some more things done today.

So, I know that it's not easy, but one has to keep trying. Good luck!


Richard in Ohio
Comment posted August 11, 2010 @ 7:25 am

Good job, David!

Please keep up the good work. Awareness is very important!
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Your friend in Cleveland. (Casablanca)


Estellita Lafond
Comment posted August 12, 2010 @ 4:18 pm

370 resumes the last 9 months, 1 interview at KFC who said I was too nice and over qualified and I'm a 99er. I applied to everything on craigslist, hot jobs, jobs radar, yahoo jobs, going into the stores to the computer hiring center and even resorted to begging for part time. I only got 72 weeks of unemployment. I am not lazy, I was willing to work any shift including weekends and holidays. I started working at 16 and even did my taxes even though I did not need too. I was in foster care and wanted to be a good person. I worked 2 to 3 jobs most my life at the same time cause I wanted to provide for my children and not be a state help case. Now that I am not working people ( the ones who have a job) look at you like have the black plague. Government Attitudes are even worse. I say this GIVE ME A CHANCE TO WORK FOR MONEY AND I WILL BE THERE. S


Erik6990
Comment posted August 13, 2010 @ 7:14 am

If you can not find a job SOMEWHERE in this country within 99 weeks, you have failed at life and should not be helped any further.


Garyjr
Comment posted August 13, 2010 @ 12:52 pm

i don't care what kind of sob story you want to tell. there are jobs in the want ads every day there is no reason you cant get hired somewhere. swallow your pride and take a job. America has lost its spirit and it is very discouraging.


wally
Comment posted August 16, 2010 @ 6:55 pm

Amen !!!!!


Rliv2002
Comment posted August 17, 2010 @ 3:00 am

I don't care what you say about jobs being in the want ads. I 'm up every night until 3 in the morning at times constantly putting in resumes. Had my resume done professionally and all I continue to get is no answer or over qualified. Until your out of a job then and only then should you comment. I worked all my life and can't even get hired at McDonald's. I am not to proud to get my hands dirty..for over 25 years I have worked. There are a whole lot of us that would rather work than sit and do nothing. I have worked since I was 12 yrs old cleaning someone's house for .50. So tell me what we failed at. Your a failure for thinking that.


Rliv2002
Comment posted August 17, 2010 @ 3:05 am

You must have a job. I'm not looking for charity that's gonna end up having me living on the streets. I wanna a job..don't want someone dictating my life, enough of that goes on in this world. Gives words of encouragement instead of shooting people down. Putting one down seems to becoming the american way.


Rliv2002
Comment posted August 17, 2010 @ 3:10 am

I pray something works out for you. I'm feeling the same thing.


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Rob H
Comment posted August 19, 2010 @ 11:05 pm

You are delusional. HR is mired in a glut of applications for every position. UIC is a fraction of salaries. Homes won't sell for the balances owed and owners exhaust life savings trying to keep them on the market until finally foreclosed upon. Limited food and healthcare lead to weight loss and no wardrobe. So save the spirit for a pep rally. I'll be waiting outside your office with my baggy clothes ready to puke my pride on you before I swallow it.


Rob H
Comment posted August 19, 2010 @ 11:21 pm

I feel your pain. I drove out of state to interview with Long John Silvers for a job that I felt completely out of my 25 year architectural background, but it was the only interview I've gotten. And of course I wasn't hired, duh.


Rob H
Comment posted August 19, 2010 @ 11:28 pm

I've worked hard to build a life and career for 40 years (2000 weeks) only to have it wiped out in 99 weeks with depleted family wealth for my kids. I haven't failed; I've been failed.


Edddie005
Comment posted August 19, 2010 @ 11:51 pm

Your a jerkoff..when you lose your job lets see your asshole attitude change.


Joetheplumber
Comment posted August 20, 2010 @ 1:19 am

congress better think what is going to happen to them if they dont extend 52 more weeks of unemployment on a tier 5 they started this the american people will end it starting with them. Millions strong need to go to washington dc and make them do it or phsically throw them out on their rich asses. They can stop all of us.
rememer that.


Joetheplumber
Comment posted August 20, 2010 @ 1:21 am

I'd not your teeth out if I could get away with it


Joetheplumber
Comment posted August 20, 2010 @ 1:23 am

there is really some pissed of people in this country in the millions what cha gonna do when we the people come down on you congress


Dennis
Comment posted August 27, 2010 @ 1:45 pm

I hate to say it fellow 99ers but in november maybe we should all recognize our third party!….and vote accordingly… because both Democrat and Republican parties have left us out to (die) dry. I have lost 2 jobs in my lifetime both too nafta one of 32 years, and the last one of 5 years… and yet now china is in the hot seat for the rest of the labor jobs in the U.S…. WAKE UP BOYS before its all gone oust them a–holes… and reign in a new government of our peers…thanks for reading Denny Desperate


Duvet Cover Queen
Comment posted September 4, 2010 @ 8:49 am

Incredible stuff thanx …)


Theresa
Comment posted September 7, 2010 @ 9:23 pm

Anyone who thinks there are jobs out there , must have one. I hope you still have one next week, month etc. I live in Arizona which has a 9.6 unemployment rate and I have exhausted my 99 weeks of unemployment. I'm about to lose my house and car and you think I want that to happen? I'm 56 yrs. old and can't even get a job at Burger King, McDonalds, etc, and don't think I haven't tried. Instead of our government worrying about other countries and their problems, maybe they should take care of their own for a change. I would LOVE to go back to work, but it doesn't look too promising, so extending benefits beyond 99 weeks ,in my eyes, would be taking care of their own!! Isn't it about time Americans came first? Theresa from Arizona


Nancy D
Comment posted September 11, 2010 @ 12:43 am

Dear Richard in Ohio:

Great synopsis. I am replying to you because you had a lot of common sense and research in your statements. There are MANY OF US going through this suffering situation. I ask that all of us hang tough and don't give up.

I'm not going to tell my story because somewhere in everyone's statement, there is also my story, however, I am

going to take up some suggestions to unify our strife. I intend to suggest, very strongly, to some of these Senators and Representatives to remember “WHERE” their paychecks come from. Not only from us but “we” have family and friends that vote as well.

I have some ideas for most of us and intend to present to V.P. Biden for consideration.

Wish me the best because I have just begun to fight. Not only for the check (I prefer the job) but also for the dignity and right of being an American citizen.


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Deadoralive63
Comment posted September 20, 2010 @ 8:18 pm

How did anyone get the 99? I received my last payment on 17 March 2010. I live in VA. but claim in MD.Time is running out for me with no $$ coming in it's very hard I've asked so many people for $$ that no one will help me anymore.Will MD ever extend the program to the long Term .Look I lost my JOB in March 2008 Filed in Oct 2008 Recived $$ till March 2010 then that's it.They say that their is more $$ coming but for who AIG or the other big $$ BANKS that need the help W.T.F.. I need the HELP before them they have the$$ not me ..I'm not asking for back $$ from March 2010 just something .. I bet if I was a bank CEO you would give me $$$$$$$$$$ don't forget about the little guy remember I work on the road's (well I did ) BRING BACK MY $$ I NEED TO BE ABLE TO EAT MORE THEN EVERY OTHER DAY

Eric

Arlington,VA


AngryAmerican
Comment posted September 27, 2010 @ 5:57 pm

You have to be kidding! Of those jobs in the want ads the majority are just employers looking to fill their HR files with “potentials” INCASE they have an opening. Many of those listings are duplicates and/or outdated. How about you go on a job search and list that you have been out of work for over a year and see how far you get. Not only have I lost my spirit Mr. Uninformed, I have lost my 401k twice, I have gone bankrupt when two years ago I had stellar credit. I have read post after post of want ads and applied to everything I am or am not qualified for. And the qualifications are getting stiffer, like people requiring you to currently be employed for consideration. OR, one of the better ones I've seen was a “Recovery Job”, position in Bethesda, MD but you had to fly yourself to Puerto Rico for a job fair to be considered a candidate. Another Recovery Job actually required you to already hold that position in order to be considered for the job.


Francine Hunter
Comment posted September 29, 2010 @ 2:37 am

I came into work one day and discovered that myself, and three other female employees over the age of 55 were suddenly without a job. In three years and sending out three or more resumes a week, there was one interview, to no avail. Unemployment benefits ran out in March. It is unfair to say that receiving benefits discourages one from seeking a job. I would rather a job than unemployment benefits. At the age of 59, this was my first experience time receiving unemployment benefits. In times of unemployment in my life, I always seemed to find another job before it was necessary. We fight expensive wars, bail out banks, provide financial aid to other countries. Why can we not help Americans, especially those who have contributed to the economy for so many years.


ami
Comment posted September 30, 2010 @ 11:03 pm

I hope all you people who think the 99ers are “failures” lose YOUR jobs REAL soon! And I hope you know what it's like not to pay the mortgage, feed your kids or put food on the table! I'm a single childless person who has applied to COUNTLESS positions…yes Burger King and ALL that SHIT….and have STILL not found anything! My resume is open to going anywhere in the “good ole US of A” or ANY English speaking country and I am STILL not hearing anything! May you lose your ASS and go begging!


Len
Comment posted October 3, 2010 @ 2:58 pm

Never judge someone until you have been in their shoes.


marsha
Comment posted October 31, 2010 @ 12:26 am

I am one of the 99ers that has been out of work for 3 years now. What happen to the money that employers were paying for unemployment?? This has nothing to do with the deficit. I am seeing that the government does do a lot of meaningless spending. Their first priority is to help us Americans. So sad that people are loosing their home and being in shelter.


marshalldillon
Comment posted October 31, 2010 @ 12:30 am

Why are you talking out the side of your neck. Have passion on people because one day you may be in the same boat.


rev123
Comment posted November 2, 2010 @ 8:51 pm

I think you have a job and do not care about anyone but you.
Just remmeber what comes around goes around and with your
attitude, I hope you get there sooner more than later.
Go back to your Mama or are you still living with her?
You are a fucking jerkoff … I'd like to take you to the curb and beat you like your father did'nt


Candyshatraw
Comment posted November 4, 2010 @ 4:50 pm

I have been out of work for 4yrs. I have been looking in this small town i live in called massena in n.y. This small town descriminates against people who was not born and raised up here. It is litteraly all about who you know and who you are willing to get on your knees for. I'm sorry but no job is worth that in my eyes.


CJ
Comment posted November 8, 2010 @ 3:21 am

The helpful thing to do would have been to provide a link to all those want ads that you seem to know so much about. I've been on all the online sites, but may be you know of something more productive sir. After 3 yrs of looking, all my savings used up, 401K sunk by Wall Street, I have FINALLY sold the house I bought in 1976 and my car, I am leaving the state of California and looking elsewhere. To tell us to swallow our pride and America has lost its spirit is moronic. I am the face of America in 2010 sir, and one day we will be in the history books or in some novel like The Grapes of Wrath. Those reading about us will be saying the same things they say today about the depression era folks today. “Those folks had gumption and courage!” We may be disenfranchised and angry, but it will be us, not you, who will be admired as proud Americans who carried on with spirit!!!


Nobody
Comment posted November 14, 2010 @ 2:01 pm

What a crybaby!!! Blame everybody and anything but yourself.


Cjjonesy
Comment posted November 14, 2010 @ 5:22 pm

@ Nobody…you are a nobody! You have got to be kidding if you think that 99ers are trying to blame everybody & anything but ourselves! For the majority of us this is the first time we have ever had to file for UE. You must be in the top 2%, handing out those pink slips and crying crocodile tears for your tax break so that the rest of us can pay the bill for the morons who drove us into this economy! 99ers didn’t make this economy blow up. What do you think about all those bailout bums who got outrageous bonuses when the money was borrowed from China and the lower rung of the ladder is going to have to pay it back? Is that logical? Who are the real crybabies? This country is faced with a corrupt corporate system and a weak government, you will be joining us before too long!


Ptcruzrdeb
Comment posted November 18, 2010 @ 12:37 am

I am a senior, out of work for two years, looking all the time, and no one will hire a senior. It is time, our Congress helps those of us who really need it “their American citizens.”


Davidoutterback
Comment posted November 30, 2010 @ 10:44 pm

Stop voting by the number and expensive political ads.
They are funded by foreign investors, whom probably have
no obligation to the poor in their own country.
Vote for those who can’t run expensive ad’s up to
election day. Foreign investor now control many
u.s. corporates and can contrubute endless amounts
to sway you. Uniteto listen only to radio campaigns
which are affordable to true statemen. Check out their
history, their past before voting. This listening to expensive
ad’s for political office is nothing more than foreign investors
controlling America. Thats is dumb.


Dave
Comment posted November 30, 2010 @ 10:56 pm

We cannot continue printing dollars for the unemployed.
Retiree’s having invested in SEC sound investments are being
swindled by a rigged CPI and new plans to lower COLA are
swindling the retired. Each time the printing press churns out
dollars the value of the dollar falls. Retiree’s having invested
in secure u.s. SEC investments are not losing 7%, having
already lost the 2009 5% COLA. Atrhur Levitt, the former SEC
chief warned the FED and the FED chairman did not listen but rather
in April 2010, said 30% of his information was lies.
Former Fed chief Greenspan:
‘I was wrong 30% of the time’
Updated 4/7/2010 10:18 PM usa today
The mortgage swindle was no accident, but a purposeful fraud.
Those committing fraud in the mortgage pyramid should be
imprisoned not bailed out.
How are the financial institution that forged documents for fraudulent forclosures, knowing comming felonies, be excused as Medlow serves a 150 year sentence. How are the motives of crime less for those who by design committed fraud. The U.S. will continue to become a third world country as no data support any recovery as Clinton signed NAFTA and Congress continues to sign free trade agreement the last with Columbia. Our own midwest senators are complaining about losing grain sales. The last industry making money is agriculture and the farm subsidies, a remedy to the causes of the civil war are beng taken away to pacisify foreign farmers. U.S. corporates are investing not in America, but Brazil, India, Mexico, China. Therefore there is no recovery and America will become a third world country. When the usd is worthless, retirees will have lost and the unemployed voting for expensive tv political ad’s have erred. Stop voting for big money ad’s
for political ad’s. Unite to listen only to radio political ad’s Foreign money has little obligation in taxes or the poor in their own poor countries and can spend a fortune to take control of U.S. voters,
Stop watching expensive tv political ad’s up to the election. You’re
just supporting foreign interests.


dumpshack
Comment posted December 4, 2010 @ 3:54 am

Has the table been set for Logan’s Run?


BILL
Comment posted December 8, 2010 @ 6:19 am

“NO ONE CARES”

And because of this all democrats and all republicans “LISTEN
VERY CAREFULLY”.

I use to be a very strong democrat,but now i hate both sides.
Let me tell you why.

1) BECAUSE OF YOUR GAMES 7 MILLION AMERICANS(THE 99ER’S)
WILL STARVE OR LOSE THEIR HOMES. YOUR PROBABLY
RESPONSIBLE FOR ABOUT 3 MILLION OF THESE BEING CHILDREN.
DO YOU HAVE CHILDREN??? PICTURE THIS HAPPENING TO THEM.

2) HITLER STARVED AND THEN HAD PUT TO DEATH 6 MILLION
JEWISH PEOPLE IN WWII. ARE YOU PROUD OF BEATING THAT
RECORD???

3) AND FINALLY , IF YOU TOOK THE EXTRA 700 BILLION YOU ARE
GIVING TO THE RICH IN TAX CUTS YOU WOULD BE ABLE TO HELP
ALL UNEMPLOYED AMERICANS WITH MONEY LEFT OVER TO SPARE

P.S. I AM A 63 YEAR OLD DISABLED VETERAN FROM THE VIETNAM
WAR . YOU SHOULD ALL BE SENT TO PRISON FOR YOUR SEVERE
CRIMES AGAINST AMERICANS.” STOP YOUR ATROCITIES NOW”.

P.S.S. “I AM TRULY ASHAMED OF BEING AN AMERICAN”

“YOU ARE THE PEOPLE I PUT MY LIFE ON MY COUNTRY FOR”?
“WHAT A LAUGH”


BILL
Comment posted December 8, 2010 @ 6:19 am

“NO ONE CARES”

And because of this all democrats and all republicans “LISTEN
VERY CAREFULLY”.

I use to be a very strong democrat,but now i hate both sides.
Let me tell you why.

1) BECAUSE OF YOUR GAMES 7 MILLION AMERICANS(THE 99ER’S)
WILL STARVE OR LOSE THEIR HOMES. YOUR PROBABLY
RESPONSIBLE FOR ABOUT 3 MILLION OF THESE BEING CHILDREN.
DO YOU HAVE CHILDREN??? PICTURE THIS HAPPENING TO THEM.

2) HITLER STARVED AND THEN HAD PUT TO DEATH 6 MILLION
JEWISH PEOPLE IN WWII. ARE YOU PROUD OF BEATING THAT
RECORD???

3) AND FINALLY , IF YOU TOOK THE EXTRA 700 BILLION YOU ARE
GIVING TO THE RICH IN TAX CUTS YOU WOULD BE ABLE TO HELP
ALL UNEMPLOYED AMERICANS WITH MONEY LEFT OVER TO SPARE

P.S. I AM A 63 YEAR OLD DISABLED VETERAN FROM THE VIETNAM
WAR . YOU SHOULD ALL BE SENT TO PRISON FOR YOUR SEVERE
CRIMES AGAINST AMERICANS.” STOP YOUR ATROCITIES NOW”.

P.S.S. “I AM TRULY ASHAMED OF BEING AN AMERICAN”

“YOU ARE THE PEOPLE I PUT MY LIFE ON MY COUNTRY FOR”?
“WHAT A LAUGH”


Debkgem
Comment posted December 8, 2010 @ 5:30 pm

My husband can’t even find a job, of course he is almost 50, so no one is going to hire him. He has been unemployed for almost 2 years. He IS looking, and there are no jobs in Michigan or other states.


Amy Chisum
Comment posted December 8, 2010 @ 11:35 pm

I am a 73er. Our state does not have extra weeks. I am very disappointed that the Obama compromise does not give more weeks for over 45% of unemployed workers…. but 100% of the upper 3% of income earners get tax breaks for TWO years.


Karlstanton22
Comment posted December 9, 2010 @ 4:02 pm

i am a 99er, i have lost my home, my car, i have applied everywhere with no success. I have to donate plasma to get around, i continue to acll in for unemployment and then the state sends out a letter to stop calling in claims, so the reports says that the claims for unemployment has drop, no wonder because if the state or fed’s tell you to stop claiming it shows positive sign what a smoking screen.


Tysweetpea
Comment posted December 10, 2010 @ 5:31 pm

stop spending money on the freaking war and to support other countries then u can support ur own country…oh but I forgot, u dont care about the american people


mam
Comment posted December 11, 2010 @ 5:27 am

I agree support our people and our country and let the others rot. Also stop spending money on NASA who cares whats in space. billons wasted on sending probes and telescopes for what?


Debbie
Comment posted December 14, 2010 @ 6:52 am

I am 56 and been out of work for 2 years. My husband is disabled, can no longer work. I have applied for every kind of job with no success. I have only gotten 2 interviews out of all the resumes I have sent. I exhausted all of my unemployment benefits in August. We have been able to keep our home with help from family, but we can’t do this forever. I never thought I would see our country in such a mess.


Mike Charles
Comment posted December 14, 2010 @ 7:01 am

No help for 99ers? THEN NO TAX DEAL. My family and friends will not vote for Obama in 2012 if he does not help the long term jobless get an extension. No help then he loses ALL our votes. If he goes to the mat for us and gets us SOMETHING he will get our vote.Our vote in 2012 is on the table right now.

Mike


Old and tired
Comment posted December 15, 2010 @ 2:27 pm

Maybe the solution for us long term unemployed is to find a cash job and not pay any taxes. This sucks, but so does this economy, and all those idiots who got us into this mess in the first place. Most of them still have nice beni’s, good salary, etc. I could go on a real rant about all of this, but nobody cares anyway.
Sorry for being depress, but my life is really starting to suck and then you die.


Scooterhanlon
Comment posted December 15, 2010 @ 3:21 pm

Please pass an extention for us that have exausted out 99 weeks! I work part time that is all that I could find and the day or so that I could claim of UI helped me put food on the table for my kids ect….. Please we are in desporate need of an extention for the 99er’s HELP before it’s too late…..


reed
Comment posted December 16, 2010 @ 12:15 am

reed
have read almost all of the blogs from people who have lost jobs,home ect. this should have come to no surprise to anyone. this all started back in the mid 90′s when I worked for boeing. big business oursourced and people were layed off. Top CEO’s made big bucks and middle class went away along with money paid into social security medicare ect. If you haven’t got it by now your congressman doesn’t care. Big business runs this country and they finally have the middle class where they have wanted them for the last fifty years. The healthcare issue should have showed everyone how all of your congressman back pockets are stuffed with millions of dollars plus they already have the cadillac of health insurance paid by YOU even if can’t afford it yourself. If you haven’t got it by now neither the tea party ( a joke) nor either party in congress is going to help you. Social revolt by the american people towards our goverment is the only way. We the people will have to fight for our first ammendment rights starting state by state since big business and special groups have taken them away.


Robert Crabtree
Comment posted December 16, 2010 @ 7:00 pm

ALL I CAN SAY TO ALL PEOPLE IN THE US SENATE AND CONGRESS PLEASE. PLEASE HELP THE 99ERS THESE ARE AMARICN WORKERS FOR GOD SAKE HELP THEM. LOOK AT THE REAL PICTURE . IF YOU DONT YOUR JOB WILL SOON BE GONE TO HELP THEM


Jle8662
Comment posted December 16, 2010 @ 7:51 pm

we’re keeping track of everyone who opposes the extensions for 99′ers and on election day you are OUT !!!!……


Washfaculty
Comment posted December 17, 2010 @ 3:54 am

i have been watching c-span all day and they speak of the unemployed like we chose to live this way. i have sent out countless resumes with no avail and the only jobs that have contacted me were seasonal paying less than i make on unemployment. i have not exhausted my benefits they have been frozen. i am a student and a parent and i dont even have enough $ to get back and forth to school. THIS BILL NEEDS TO PASS.


Chuckarooni33
Comment posted December 17, 2010 @ 7:11 am

Fuck You asshole!!!


Chuckarooni33
Comment posted December 17, 2010 @ 7:16 am

That’s a good way to get your ass kick asshole. Go fuck yourself!!!!


Chuckarooni33
Comment posted December 17, 2010 @ 7:18 am

Fuck you dip shit!!!


Amy
Comment posted December 17, 2010 @ 9:48 am

I have worked since I was 13 years old. I know what it is like to go without because as a child I did. I went out at 13 and found a job working after school and I worked, and worked. Then when this recession hit everything went down hill. I am sick and tired of people calling the long term unemployed lazy. I have never been lazy a day in my life and I have been searching every single day. Well now my benefits have gone, I have no gas in my vehicle and no money to put more gas in to continue the search. I don’t live in a big city. I live in a small county where we only have 2 gas stations, a hardware store, post office, and telephone company. None of which are hiring, so what do I do now? For the first time in my life I don’t have a plan, everytime I think I have found a solution it gets shot down. I know I am not alone in this. I am just sick and tired of being called lazy. We did not lose our jobs on purpose.


Amy
Comment posted December 17, 2010 @ 9:59 am

Just where do you live where there are jobs in the want ads everyday? My family and I will be trying to move in January to Chicago because I hear there are plenty of jobs there, and well compared to here. They would be right. Do not come down on people for being in this situation. We didn’t do this on purpose. You made your comment 4 months ago, hopefully you still have your job, but if you don’t then I guess you know what everyone here is going through.


Amy
Comment posted December 17, 2010 @ 10:09 am

I agree with Chuckarooni. You act like we are all just sitting around doing nothing but enjoying the good life while collecting unemployment. $235 a week does not lead to a good life asshole. $300 a week doesn’t even pay all the bills. After giving up everything except the bare necessities $300 barely covers anything. You try it asshole!


TeacherLaidOFF
Comment posted December 17, 2010 @ 11:02 am

The Media has lied for many years about truths while entertaining bias. I miss all the factories that were available to me in years past in America. I want a job and am not lazy.


1danny
Comment posted December 17, 2010 @ 5:28 pm

I can’t actually believe the people think that we don’t want a job. You set and walk around all day and night worring, I really would love to go back to work There are a 1000 job opening in Ms. at the new toyota plant 3 days after it was announced the were 23,,223 application. At 62 you totalled run out of places to send resume. no unemployment since April. Guess I will have to look into foodstams and what ever else I can get, Would by far rather work.


Desireecollins57
Comment posted December 17, 2010 @ 10:09 pm

I have been looking for a job when i got my finale unemployment check, the companies are only looking for certain type of people. I am not that certain type of person that they want. I have been Discriminated so many times that i could pull my hair out. So I do not want to hear that The GOP knows that we just sit around with out thumbs up our butts. They do not know either, with their flunkies saying things that are not true they need to see just how we are struggling to keep our heads afloat. But they don’t have to worry about that.


Cfmem
Comment posted December 18, 2010 @ 6:36 pm

You are such a hypocrite, just try going to Burger King or Taco Bell and just see how far you get. Maybe an application, but surely no interview. I am not lazy, have worked hard all my adult life, hell I even had a part time job in the summer when I was 7 folding up strawberry boxes in the late 60′s. America has not lost it’s spirit, America has lost its compassion. 99′ers I hope we all remember this come election time.


Cfmem
Comment posted December 18, 2010 @ 6:36 pm

You are such a hypocrite, just try going to Burger King or Taco Bell and just see how far you get. Maybe an application, but surely no interview. I am not lazy, have worked hard all my adult life, hell I even had a part time job in the summer when I was 7 folding up strawberry boxes in the late 60′s. America has not lost it’s spirit, America has lost its compassion. 99′ers I hope we all remember this come election time.


Cfmem
Comment posted December 18, 2010 @ 6:47 pm

You know I have cried lately, cried my eyes out with the fact that my country would rather help an illegal alien get a job, provide free schooling, etc. Get the picture yet nobody? You are nobody, I bet you are in congress with fingers up your butt with nothing to do, but make yourself feel superior, if there is karma, I want you to get yours starting today!


Rfieschi1
Comment posted December 18, 2010 @ 7:47 pm

I din’t HEAR nobody saying nothing or trying to HELP the “99ers” When the Senate or Congress PASS the Lesgislation,,,NOW those “CROOK & LIARS” are crying “CROCODILE TEARS” after everything already “HAPPEN” and “SIGNS” by the President,,,,I can not say “UNITADE STATE AMERICA ” Because we as Americans need to work together keyword (together) to get our country out this mess.And while we do that we can not just turn our backs on our “Brothers and Sisters”—->Americans,,,rememberthis (UNITED AND JUSTICE FOR ALL)

THE PRESIDENT AND SENATE AND CONGRESS FAIL TO MILLIONS OF 99ERS AND ALSO TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE


Chilibob
Comment posted December 19, 2010 @ 4:10 am

our elected congressional and senate represenatives seem to be working only for the rich who support their runs in the elections, big business and millionaires.
i’ve got nothing against people and business that make it big honestly. but without the working folks they have nothing. nobody to produce anything in the us and now nobody to buy their “stuff”. we have worked hard for years only to find ourselves out of work thru no fault of our own. come on washington we vote also but apparently you care so little of our plight. forget aid to third world despots and wars that kill our youth, help take care of us at home , extend the benefits, especially now with winter , home heating and oil are thru the roof as are basic essentials. give real americans who worked hard to build america a break…


BoBo
Comment posted December 19, 2010 @ 3:49 pm

Here is my problem. Illegal Alien women come here to drop out illegal alien children. They receive $1500.00 per child per month. They also get food stamps and medical for LIFE! So what is the big deal? It’s ONLY 3 years and then your done. This economy sucks right now! Legal citizens are hurting….
At least the 99′rs have worked, unlike the border crossers that get a hand out for LIFE!


Rgilli1
Comment posted December 20, 2010 @ 12:10 am

BoBo, thank you I have worked at a job starting at 12 years old in south mpls delivering papers moving up to running a store downtown st paul at age 56 now unemployed the second Obama was elected the economy went in the s*** hole fast now at this age i will not get hired and who sh****g who so now I have applied for hundreds of jobs and have only had a few interviews ( I ‘m to frikn old) I can see that I got over that a long time ago, but know I’m to old so put me in a work camp! loosing our home and let that go back to the bank! and lay down like a frickn dog thanks and on unemployment I was paying bills and paying for food but now we are selling everything we have to pay for what we can. this hole thing just makes me sick. good luck with having all your sh** made over sea’s


Rgilli1
Comment posted December 20, 2010 @ 12:22 am

Amy no you are not alone And I feel your pain we would take you into our home but we are loosing It and don’t know what is going to do next and we are not lazy ether stated working at 12 now 58, people don’t understand our pain, most people are just one check away from being right next to us!! next we will be losing the net so keep tour head up and remember there is no one beter then YOU


Shawn
Comment posted December 20, 2010 @ 5:21 am

I am 99er. I am running out of options, so i created a blog to hopefully

make some kind of income. http://onthetownreviews.blogspot.com// There is a

pay pay donate button near the bottom of the page. Any help would be

greatly appreciated.
Good Luck and God Bless


Struggling 99er
Comment posted December 21, 2010 @ 4:41 pm

PLEASE HELP US 99ERS. We’re harding working and NOT lazy. It’s not just the Democrats who have failed us, but the Republicans too. Let’s support the rich who have 5 homes in every part of the world, who drive fancy cars, who don’t need health insurance because their filthy rich. Those who have food on their plates each night, those who have warm homes. Yes, those who are really running the country. We need to unite as a nation and support each other in this time of crisis. We need to get the attention of Congress and let them know that they are where they are because of us AND WE WANT CHANGE. Wouldn’t it be nice if we had a national walk out of work day. We can’t all be fired. Those who are employed with jobs must stand up as well and support our fellow countryman. We must stand up and unite to be heard. Stand up and stand together. Congress hear our roar!! The media needs to focus more on the plight of the 99ers rather then the tax cuts and who’s divorcing who in Hollywood. All great empires fall and I think this one is about to come falling down. God bless all of you who are without jobs during this holiday season. I wish you all good health and great prosperity in the New Year. Oh is that Karma I see coming around the corner.


oneofthe99ers
Comment posted December 21, 2010 @ 5:18 pm

I never thought I would become one of the 99ers but here it comes. I have worked on-off as a contractor but never securing that that full time job. During my part-time work I “did not collect umployment” for at least 52 weeks out of those 99 weeks that I was signed up for. I am sure I am not the only one who is in this position. I am trying my best to become fully employed again but I still need help. If you don’t extended UI to those have reached 99 weeks more will loose homes, retirement funds, students in college, etc. Like it has been stated if we can fund long term wars then why is supporting long term UI benifits such a difficult thing to do? Please support those US citizens who need help!


oneofthe99ers
Comment posted December 21, 2010 @ 5:18 pm

I never thought I would become one of the 99ers but here it comes. I have worked on-off as a contractor but never securing that that full time job. During my part-time work I “did not collect umployment” for at least 52 weeks out of those 99 weeks that I was signed up for. I am sure I am not the only one who is in this position. I am trying my best to become fully employed again but I still need help. If you don’t extended UI to those have reached 99 weeks more will loose homes, retirement funds, students in college, etc. Like it has been stated if we can fund long term wars then why is supporting long term UI benifits such a difficult thing to do? Please support those US citizens who need help!


Opendark Seahorse
Comment posted December 22, 2010 @ 1:33 pm

I was laid off 2yrs ago (99 group), I couldn’t find a job so I went to school for revamping my resume, still no job. I spent all my savings, sold all I had, bartered for a mobile home w/ the all my jewelry – lost trlr due to scam. I moved onto a remote area of the mountains into an abandoned house that was gutted, broken out windows, no running water, no sanitation….. now I have to lose all means to find a job – phone, car insurance, car gas, any means to heat the one room I stay safe in. PLEASE HELP!


Len
Comment posted December 23, 2010 @ 12:33 am

Our government spends millions of dollars on programs that benefit all of these special interest groups that support each state’s governor’s and local officials without paying any attention to those individuals who put in their time, labor, and love to make this country prosper. I was one of those 99ers and now fortunately have full time employment. I was minutes away from losing my home to foreclosure by the greedy bankers who want everything for nothing. I saw a sign on a large estate home recently that said, “BANK OWNED”. Aren’t all homes owned by the bank unless the owner pays for it in full?


wise owl
Comment posted December 23, 2010 @ 2:21 am

merry christmas to all the 99er’s, hang in there.


peco
Comment posted December 23, 2010 @ 2:23 am

we will get help.


Thestreaker
Comment posted December 24, 2010 @ 7:04 pm

Is this the Promise President Obama promised from being poor to jobless to an unemployed to 99er along with 8 million others ?


Thestreaker
Comment posted December 24, 2010 @ 7:04 pm

Is this the Promise President Obama promised from being poor to jobless to an unemployed to 99er along with 8 million others ?


Aejmarsh
Comment posted December 26, 2010 @ 10:10 pm

BoBo,
you are SSSSOOOOO,right. Why do we got to pay for these boarder crossers? Here I am, an American-born (Michigan) hard-working woman with two kids and when I was working full-time,I didn’t qualify for Food Stamps. (I don’t know how a $23,000.00/yr. job that supported a family of 4 is grounds for food assistance disqualification.) America has got to take care of its own. I am a 99er. I am starting to look at government and public housing. I applied for cash assistance and my family of 4, will only get 590.00 bucks per month.It’s not supposed to start untill February and I’m hoping that things will turn around before I have to collect on that.I was always proud of myself for staying off welfare.I’m willing to work. I am available. I miss working full-time. It’s not my fault that my job went South. How come no one is hiring? Do those employers even LOOK at the resumes being mailed and faxed to them?


Todd2526
Comment posted December 27, 2010 @ 9:26 am

wrong tim…in some states..they do pay directly..rather than the employee


JHH
Comment posted December 28, 2010 @ 7:28 pm

Yeah you go Paoletti May the Politicians hear your Outcry for all of us 99′ers Santa did’nt leave any gifts at my house this X-mas Thanks to them hopefully tier V comes into effect before the New Year!!!! or should we say late gifts are better then 99Never!!! May the lord be on Ourside! Even to start a New Year!! In the right direction TierObama


Gethype
Comment posted December 29, 2010 @ 5:33 pm

Isn’t the REAL issue with the 99ers is that there are plenty of jobs out there, just not ones you want to do? I live in one of the highest unemployment states, PA, and I see help wanted signs everywhere, everyday. Pizza delivery drivers, dishwashers, graveyard shift supermarket shelf stockers, and the list goes on. All of these jobs pay close to or less than what you make on unemployment, so I understand why you might not want to do it. But come on already. Now is not the time to find your dream job.

I also read a comment on another article adressing the the “older” unemployed. While they say there is age discrimination, they forget the main point of why they were not chosen for the job. Most of people in that age group are demanding too much money for the job they are interviewing for. They think b/c they are older, have experience, have worked their way up in life, that it is beneath them to work for so little money, where a younger person will just take the job and pay offered. So lets not forget reality here.

If you have no heat or a child to feed, go work that low paying job until the ecomony gets better. Go to a placement company and tell them you will do ANY KIND OF WORK they can find, ANYTHING FOR ANY WAGE. You will be hired in a week.

I support the 99ers and feel bad for a small group of them, the small group being the ones who are in real trouble (where the majority are acting as if they are in that group, falsely preying on the emotions of others to gain support or to make themselves feel better). THAT IS WHY THE GENERAL AMERICAN PUBLIC AS A WHOLE DOES NOT SUPPORT YOU. Because they hear your stories and see right through it. How can you be unemployed for over 2 years, when I can go out today, find work, and be delivering pizza by tonight. THIS is what the common man thinks, and sees….reality.

I have only seen a few truthful 99er posts to where they say, I used to make so much and I am not going to work for much less than that. I believe that 99% of the 99ers fall into that category, yet only a few are willing to admit it.


Sb34me
Comment posted December 30, 2010 @ 9:16 pm

you are exact,in your statement,we support other nations around the world,I just became a 99er,i lost my home , car and just about everything else.I worked my whole life,now, when i need help,the congress says no,but lets take care of Irag,afganistan,south korea.and on and on.i’m pissed off,where is my goverment,that i payed taxes to,for the last 36YRS.i say take some of those billions that you give to irag,afganistan,pakistan, and create money for a tier 5,6,7 etc.until the employment rate is at least 6.5


andy
Comment posted January 3, 2011 @ 7:16 pm

You have some points, but if I take a job for $10 on hr, I’m loosing my house, that money will not help me, and will cut my time trying to find better job.


Enelson062104
Comment posted January 11, 2011 @ 4:22 am

You might wanna research before you make statements a recent poll show over 70% of Americans support the unemployment extensions. So research before you spout off about issues you dont know the facts about. I sure hope you dont lose your job and become a 99er cause iam sure you will be singing a diff tune. Its heartless people like you that run this country. Who gives you the right to judge anyone?


Villinpeter
Comment posted January 11, 2011 @ 1:41 pm

please help ran out of money food heat no insurence loosing my house pleae help iam a 99ers

john


Justme
Comment posted January 11, 2011 @ 8:03 pm

The 99er’s didn’t ceate their unemployment situation, the banks and mortgage company and the liberal conservatives who passed over the sins of greed. Now, we are being ignored and uncounted. The US unemployment rate by the DOL is skewed, as it disregards this 6 million of the population because they have no way to track them. No check, no count. It’s that simple. A lie a scam. The economic picture is bleak, not improved as our elected say so, both dems and repubs.


WALTER BERMAN
Comment posted January 15, 2011 @ 12:34 pm

The truth is when you are over 50 many of the lower paying jobs are simply too hard to do physically. After my UI ran out I took a job at Macy’s making $10 hr. and standing on my feet for hours at a time, lifting, bending, twisting, etc. I’ve had (like most my age) back and feet problems for years. After that I took a job selling cars, but no new customers came in, so then took a job as a courier once again having to lift heavy boxes for little pay! I’m college educated and used to be an executive in management. THAT’S WHAT IT IS ALL ABOUT, OUT THERE RIGHT NOW.. BETTER HOPE THIS DOESN’T HAPPEN TO YOU MISTER SELF RIGHTIOUS!


Itsamindblower
Comment posted January 17, 2011 @ 9:23 pm

Who died and put your stupid ass in charge? If you continue to read about life, and don’t get out and experience life like you should, you will always have a introverted opinion. Your so uninformed you probably can’t wipe your own backside. Or did you read something on that one too. You don’t support anyone, anything other then your own ego. Did your comb your hair before checked out your stupid ass in the mirror. Don’t forget to pray to yourself before you goto bed tonight. The fight is on!!!! Common little person!!!!


R_mac122988
Comment posted January 20, 2011 @ 8:06 pm

So What am I going to do if I cant get a job and my son needs food…..?


Anonymous
Comment posted January 21, 2011 @ 7:58 am

This is a letter I wrote earlier to I would like to thank Ali Velshi for being the only anchor on any of the networks to even try and mention the 99ers and homelessness. I hope you helped out Buddy (I think it was). It is very sad that in this country we value rich people who could never know what it is like to go without over the bottom tier of our population. It is sad as well that the first agenda for congress is about the health care system over the solutions for jobs and unemployment. Though I guess we may as well go this route if we are to have more homeless people out on the streets which is a very unhealthy and dangerous place to end up. We will all need to spend more tax dollars to handle the increase influx of unsheltered hungry victims and crime victims. We do not have patriots in this country anymore when we allow the rich to have overseas bank accounts for no other reason then to dodge taxes to improve self worth. Why are people allowed to have overseas accounts anyways when business is made here? I also do not understand the common sense that we are in such debt and the rich received a tax break as well when we all know that jobs will not be created from this action. They were taxed higher in the Clinton days and 23 million + jobs were created then. They had to higher more and sell more to make up the money difference that cut taxes give them. They had to give some more money to make some more money if you do the math right. If we are to worry about the countries debt then why give the rich people a tax break again? They caused this situation and I am paying for it by loosing everything very slowly, like being dissected in a torturous method. Also the only reason the unemployment rate went down .4% is because the 99ers do not count in our countries population anymore. This is not brought up because the truth would discourage the rest of the country but let the facts be known. Sure truth hurts but it is the job of the media and congress to work with facts and not fool anyone. With these problems, I do not understand why it is not on the top of priorities in news cast over silly celebrity drama, golden globes, heath care, or even the false word called “rhetoric”. Well really rhetoric is a huge problem because it should not exist. Congress’s mouth should not open unless there are factual cause & effect, stats, or some other proof worthiness. Rhetoric is just a game to congress that plays with the lives of our citizens and brings false attempts to fixing the problems. Is our whole population naive, fools, scared, or to busy to figure out these things? If so, I don’t want to be in a self righteous, elite, and self centered country that it is proven to be in my observation. I don’t even have a degree yet and have more common sense logic then the college educated bookworms who are out of touch with the simple citizens of this country. How I wish I could battle any of the elite on TV, whether it be an anchor, CEO, Wall Street, or congressman. I don’t think that any network would allow a majority population citizen member to ever have their five cents worth brought up on TV. Would that ruin our country to even try and remove the wool from our countries eyes? I’m just saying that it would be nice to have the input from someone who lives the life at the near bottom for once instead of only having the well off out of touch individuals on TV. Lets trade life experiances elite people, I dare you. You would not last a day without your driver, nanny, and house keeper.I would love to be sheltered, have my crappy car back, and eat decent food.
Now for my personal story; Once upon a day I had a full time job and was happy with a modest lifestyle that I worked for. The ONLY reason I don’t have my happy little insignificant lifestyle is because of the games that the elite play. They are never happy with the money they make and are determined to make more at the expense of the barely making it, paycheck to paycheck, or tips like me, people. How is that the American dream? It’s a dream that is easily accessible to those with the silver spoon lifestyle set up then for anyone else. The rare poor person makes something happen that makes them rich like a by chance invention. I lost my job along with eight others in January of 2009 from Carrabba’s. Winter is slower after the holidays in retail and restaurants then any other time of the year, so it made no sense to me that 99ers did not get a 14 week extension to get through winter at the least. When I lost my job I had at least a payed off used car and a few furnishings while living with roomates that were friends. Well I was offered $167 a week to live on from the Unemployment Security Commission which is not much to work with for anyone so for those who think the unemployed enjoy sitting on our butts, (insert bad words). I went job hunting more then the recommended time using up phone minutes, gas money, and paying insurance for my car. Well with those expenses, I could not keep up with my house bills and we all split from that house. I lost those so called friends and for two weeks I stayed on a friends couch while putting my stuff in storage. I did find a deal on a room for $100 a week with all bills included but it was in an unhealthy halfway home type environment. This mean drunk guy rented out the other four rooms of this five bedroom, one bath home. He always was yelling and causing more negativity in my life. I was stuck living there for a whole year until a friend needed a roomate. Before this occurred though I had lost my car during a late winter storm because my battery died in the middle of a main road during the snow. Someone did try to jump my car but to no avail. I pushed it to the center median since it was to dangerous to get to an outside parking lot. I was in walking distance so I walked home with my backpack full of school books and my dog on a leash. The next day it was towed off before I could get back to it and start it since the weather had warmed up a bit. So there went my car for good. I had to sign it off just to get my personal information paperwork and other things from it. Now I am without a car while being jobless. So I did move in with a friend downtown who a couple months later ditched me to live with his girlfriend. Being downtown helped me to walk and job hunt but still no jobs. I ended up slightly to the west side of town with at least some unemployment to work with and food stamps. I had to give my dog to a friend after having him for seven years from pup because my new place where I pay weekly again ($115), required a pet deposit. Andre is my only family that helped me get by but he is in great hands. I haven’t had him in possession since September. It is so much more depressing to deal with all this stress without him. I did go to school a previous semester but thought that it also was stopping me from getting a job because I would not have open availability in my schedule. I skipped the fall semester because of this fact. I did start now my spring semester and figured out how to get my classes all online to keep an open schedule. Now about three weeks ago my unemployment became exhausted and my roomates can at anytime kick me out on the streets. I have only this computer and a nice TV (to watch the news) left to sell. I need those tools for information and school. To make matters worse now is that I no longer have the money for more minutes on my phone in which is needed for any employers to reach me if I was to be hired. Obviously no one e-mails future employees. Other problems that have occurred that do not help my situation is the fact that my hair is shaggy now and it is harder to take care of or care to take care of myself. I know that the last blow to my life is coming and then I would end up homeless. No one likes to hire homeless people either so therefor life would not be worth living anymore. This whole was never caused by me but by those who wanted more of the life pie for themselves. There is no reason that any of us at the bottom should have to work all their lives to have a few minuscule things like bedroom furnishings, TV, used car, and a simple phone to live with and then loose it all because of financial gluttony. Why live in such a world of fake patriotism and false religious characters. Sure a few are good people that do some for the poor but far more fake it in one hand while reaching out for more in the other. Also how is charity just that, if it is a write off in taxes? Another moment where people like me are to think ignorant and stupid, like I do not know better. Give me a reason why people shouldn’t just want to commit suicide in this world? Who cares about the 99ers enough to do something about it? No one because it makes our country seem weak to the rest of the world in businesses that I am not a part of. I am no longer a part of anything but the bottom of a cesspool of peasantry where I am suppose to die slowly from filth, hunger, cold, and lack of worldly enjoyment of love and life. The shooting in AZ is a sad event from someone who really didn’t have it bad. It would not surprise me nor should it you, if a poor life, intellectual beings got fed up and used violence to make a point, eat, survive, or do whatever to escape the harshness this country and world has caused. This guy was a crazy, but others will soon just chance robbery or something who are earning the right to want their old lives back. The only other choice is suicide but why not try crime first like a gamble of either getting money to fix personal problems or get caught and be jailed where food and shelter do exist and it is not as cold. Rich people please tell me why this disconnect from your fellow brothers and sisters in our country? Why can’t you help us not loose everything we worked for, which is now the American Dream? When things were running correctly mathematically during the Clinton era, why did anyone let changes occur? If it was not broken anymore, what was being fixed? Oh yeah, the rich people again could not add a seventh bedroom, pool, or mancave to their home, or they could not buy a forth vehicle, so loose those things for them to gain. Love you too assholes. In no means do I plan on causing crime as I know the victims end up being people that do not know what is going on but they are in a normal state. I do not have the heart to do bad things to others, but I am getting close to not caring about me since I am nothing but dust in the wind. Soon I will have to sell this computer and not go further into my education because I can not without this computer. I do not have money to even ride the bus now to job hunt and again have no phone minutes to job hunt either. I have been stripped ever so slowly from anything that gave me a normal life and that is now over for good. I am so exhausted and stressed out of my mind from the last two years of life that I do not see a point anymore in trying. I will never have a life. I will never have a vacation. I will never meet the newly found family I have in other states (who barely make it themselves, so can not help me). I will never get my dog back. It is cold outside and I am scared of my future and soon I may have no choice but to remove my stress and fears myself. I hope in the future that normal everyday poor people can be at a table with media anchors and congress members so debate what it is like down here at the bottom so that the nation can get the point of view of us, now numerous 99ers. Funny thing with the saying ‘walk a mile in my shoes’ is that no one likes to put on someone’s shoes unless they are a nicer pair. My shoes are not fit to job hunt in and water leaks through the bottom even in snow. May God have mercy on my soul after my country did not.
Sincerely,


over50
Comment posted January 21, 2011 @ 9:06 pm

I would like to know how many of the 99er unemployed are 50 years old or older. It seems like all the articles I read have older workers hilighted. It would make sense that at this age it would be harder to find a job (due to age) and that may be the reason we have so many unemployed after 2 years. With so many younger applicants to compete against..food for thought?


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Cdabelko
Comment posted January 22, 2011 @ 1:23 am

I am a 99er with an AS in Health Information Management and 7 years of experience in medical coding. I was let go and am unable to find a job because I am not certified. I am now facing the task of going back to school to learn what I have already learned. I went from $3000 a month down to $900. I sent out between 300 and 400 resumes and applications. If you don’t have exactly what they are looking for, forget it. I can’t even get jobs at Walmart or McDonalds because they look at your previous employment and feel that you are high risk because you will leave once you find another job in your field. I regret some of the decisions I have had to make. Now I must contend with having my car repoed because now I am not making enough money for the payments. CitiBank (Auto) sold loans to Santander and they want blood. That’s where the bailout money went. I am tired of being threatened with arrest and law suits. They can have the car.


Hercule_Savinien
Comment posted January 22, 2011 @ 1:59 am

CALIFORNIA 1ST STATE ON BANKRUPTCY LIST – Sorry your credits card is beyond its limit!!

This is short sweet and to the point now the American-Israeli Military Industrial Complex, is going to raise its debt ceiling beyond [$14T-USD] Fourteen Trillion United States Dollars, and that’s not all its going to allow its States [Providences], to go broke and file bankruptcy, and guess who will be the first on that list, it would be a safe bet the Republic of California, which represents the [7th] largest economy in the world, on top of going deeper in debt. Hu and the [PDRC] Peoples Republic of China is going to extend the credit card limit, or the member of the [BRICS] Brazil, The Russian Federation, India, Peoples Republic of China, or The Union of South Africa? Then you can expect [25] plus other states to follow them into Bankruptcy!

HERCULE TRIATHLON SAVINIEN


Middle Molly
Comment posted January 22, 2011 @ 2:59 pm

Hard to imagine that people are so uninformed that they think this way.

Look, my cousin got a job delivering pizzas. How did he get the job? He knew the owner of the pizza place. He’d helped him out once, so the guy bumped another pizza delivery guy in favor of my cousin. My cousin works a couple of evenings a week, barely enough to pay his $500/month rent.

Furthermore, to get a job delivering pizzas, you need a car and usually insurance on the car. Many who are unemployed have neither. (And many insurance plans won’t cover you if you have an accident while involved in a commercial enterprise, such as delivering pizza.).

About all of those signs out there: Unless you really have your head in the sand, you would know that you can’t just waltz in and say, “I’m here.. hire me!”. You are probably competing with at least a dozen other people. There are employment applications, interviews, credit and background checks for almost every position out there. Some places regularly have “now hiring” signs even when they don’t have positions so that they can collect the names of potential employees.. should they need to fire someone quickly.

And the reality is that, even with two people working full time in minimum wage positions, they aren’t paying the bills.

Yes, people over 50 are seriously overrepresented among the long-term unemployed. I took a job on a UPS truck a couple of winters ago, and it was hard, miserable work. I worked my tail off, but I didn’t get that many hours. I had to be “on call” so that I would at least qualify for the $200 end of season bonus. Others were faster and more nimble than I and they did get more regular hours, though I did work solidly the week before Christmas.

Finally, people first hit those 99 weeks back in the spring. If people are “holding out” for better jobs or if there are so many jobs out there, why are there so many 99ers out there without jobs.. and, increasingly, without hope?

I’m just tired of people who aren’t unemployed in this economy, who haven’t been unemployed in this economy, making comments as though they know something. Unless you are actually out there and struggling, you should keep your mouth shut and wake up every morning and thank your lucky stars that you have money and a roof over your head.


Abdullah Kumasi
Comment posted January 22, 2011 @ 4:06 pm

I’m also a 99er I’ve lost everything trying to wait out this whatever it is the country is going throught. I have worked for 12yrs stright an now after 99 weeks I’m lost and broken in sprit and in my bank account nolonger do I have an apartment i’m what I never thought I’d be homeless an unable to support myself. I’ve placed countless numbers of applacations an still nothing. I’d take a burger job to take care of my child.who now stays with family because I was unable to care for her after my 99 weeks were up. It hurts me not being able to be there for my child but at least my family and friends have taken her in myself on the other had. I continue to look for work and have even tried day labor but it dosen’t pay much more than 50 bucks a day and you might only get a chance to work twice a week if you are lucky.I’ve given up all hope of finding work it’s just a nightmare living is so hard. I was the same guy who would look down on a person if they didn’t have a job or wasn’t going to school. I’m skilled and have several trades and still i can’t find work. I’ve lost faith in our government they are out of touch with extremely poor who were living unemployment check to unemployment check. I’m not a rich lobbyist or special intrest group so they don’t work for me I’m the lost. The 4.5 million that have ran out of unemployment benefits and tje number is growing each week. There’s no one listing because nobody cares they must have a plan to lets us die off to make way for the next grop of 99ers to replace us!?


Naomi
Comment posted January 24, 2011 @ 9:19 pm

I am a 99er and I have learned to just stop putting my trust in man this economy is filled with men making decisions to appease themselves. After being unemployed for 2 years I have been devasted with 1000s of applications being put in for employment just to find no response. I am a 26 year old mother of 2, and I question my judgement over the many years, some think oh let me go back to school, well going back to school doesnt feed my children, and guess what help the state gives they refer you to their welfare line and depending once again on man and their decisive changing minds, yet these people have jobs and really dont give a thought or care of what my family needs to survive. So i believe it is time for us 99ers to take that next step and become 100% believers in ourselves. We are equipped with skills and abilities to become our own and stop relying on man and their ideas of what we can and can’t do. God is my strength he is the only man that i can ever rely on he does not change. So i challenge us 99ers to turn our hearts toward the creator and let him decide what and how and when our success is our best. He has my employment he has my heart and he knows my desire, and for those who dont believe it I dare you to try it, but if you already doubt then dont do it but if you truly believe just as you believe that sending these letters to these men who change their minds without intent or reason to help the people who make this America what it is. Please people understand that we are who make this Nation great and we must stand to gether to make ourselves be heard, and if we all believe in righteous then we will never perish. Lets do it people. Go to your homes or to your pastors or who you consider can guide you and Pray for your success. I am and I give Him total control of what I can not control.


Mysticman_57
Comment posted January 26, 2011 @ 3:59 am

I lost my job in Jan 2009 due to permanent downsizing. This is the first time in over 35 years that I have had to rely on unemployment. Now I’m 53 with a health issues trying to compete with thousands of healthy 20, 30, and 40 something’s in a job market that just isn’t there. In the past 2 years I have applied for over a 1000 jobs, of that number I’ve had about 20 interviews and of those ….NOTHING!!… My unemployment runs out next week which means I’ll probably lose my home. I would LOVE to be working again…it’s just not out there! Meanwhile as they eliminate our unemployment benefits, the richest people in America are getting huge tax breaks. Up until now I have ALWAYS been very proud to be an American, but now this country that my dad gave his life defending has become so corrupt in our government that I’m almost ashamed to call myself one….just finished watch the State of the Union Address. Was the situation of the 99ers even mentioned….NO!


Tristan
Comment posted January 26, 2011 @ 4:16 am

you sir are an Idiot, you obviosly havent the slghtest idea what your talking about. I am 53, have applied for ANYTHING and EVERYTHING in the last 2 years,I’ve had about 50 interviews with no results. This is the first time in 35 years I have been on Unemployment. I, like MANY others in my situation would LOVE to be working rather then job hunting day in day out, ..dont get hype….Get a Clue.


Justinley736
Comment posted January 26, 2011 @ 5:34 am

If you are cut off from unemployment, you go to other govt programs. Food stamps, etc. The gov’t will pay one way or the other.. People will eat, so you might start seeing raping and pillaging.


Lakotame
Comment posted January 29, 2011 @ 12:45 am

I am a 99er and 61 my wife is 59 we have applications every where but the jobs are given to the young people so what are we going to do? Yes they gave us food stamps but we can not get any other help, we were told there isn’t any help for people over 19 & under 65. We will have food but how are we going to cook & pay our heating? Why give the new unemployment extension if it isn’t for everyone? I’m glad for the people who do get it but what about the rest of us? We have worked all our lives.


Openseahorse
Comment posted February 2, 2011 @ 1:59 am

I was laid off Nov 2008 – 2yrs ago (99 Group — Previously worked for 40yrs)I couldn’t find a job so I went to school for revamping my resume, still no job. I spent all my savings, sold all I had, bartered for a mobile home w/ trading all …my jewelry – lost MH due to scam. I moved onto a remote area (snows here), with my two little dogs into an abandoned house that was gutted, broken out windows, no running water, no sanitation….. now I have to lose all means to find a job – phone, car insurance, car gas, any means to heat the one room I stay safe in.


Stephen
Comment posted February 4, 2011 @ 8:17 pm

I have been laidoff since april 2009, I dont consider myself a 99er because i have only had 85 weeks of unemployment. I was cut off, I was also told that I ran out of tiers and unemployment benefits. I thought I was guarenteed 93 weeks. Texas and the federal government screwed myself and my family. Of the 312 applications i sent in, I only had 4 interviews. I was offered all four jobs until they asked me why i haven’t worked the last 2 years, i said i was unemployed was laidoff. I was told they could not hire me becuase i didnot have 2 years straight employment with a business or a company. So how am i suppose to get a job when no one wants to hire someone who has been unemployed for 2 years. I have a CDL-A license with my endorsements. But no one wants to hire me becuase i am unemployed. I don’t understand why they extended the new unemployer folks and left us out in the cold, with nothing but what we didn’t lose or had to sell to stay alive. I live out of my car, I have 3 sets of clothes, my car is out of fuel and I am stuck as this gas station until either i find a job or god decides its my time to go. I don’t blame this country for the way it is, I blame the government and the people that enjoy making money on us poor and middle class americans. If things don’t change here I am pretty damn sure whats going on in Egypt right now will be here in the USA pretty soon. Someone needs to step up and do the american people right and not wrong.


kim
Comment posted February 4, 2011 @ 9:00 pm

I am a 99er, I was laid off on 2008, I have exhausted all 401k’s. I’ve worked for 32yrs. Now I have nothing, and because I am 53 yrs old, The I R S, wants money. I worked at Macy’s, during the holiday season, for 8 dollars, an hour. They took union dues from me, when I got hired (part time), I was not told it would be seasonal. Then I was told, after Dec, and inventory, that was it.Now, I have nothing, I used to get 23 dollars and hour, when I worked. Now I have to go on welfare. I never thought this would happen to me. …and because of Macy’s now I have feet problems. What is going to happen to me, I don’t know. I am so scared, I pray, and I cry. P.S. as far as Macy’s is concerned,HOW DARE THEY TAKE UNION DUES, FROM A PERSON WHO IS MAKING 8$ A WEEK, AND STILL LAY THEM OFF. This world is doing some terrible things.. all we can do is pray. I love you all.


50plushope
Comment posted February 9, 2011 @ 2:31 pm

I agree with you. There is job discrimination going onin this country as well. A recruiter even told me that off the record hiring managers have said that they don’t want to hire people who are over 50. I have been unemployed for almost two years and have sent out over 100 resumes. I have a MBA and am currently going to get another master in a different field hoping that I can transition to a career that will hire people over 50. My benefits are about to run out and I’ve been trying to get a part-time job but places don’t to hire you when they see you have a degree for fear that you will leave. I’m ashamed to say that I live in America right now. It seems to be a country where only the rich get tax breaks


No bark dog collar
Comment posted February 11, 2011 @ 2:11 pm

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lynette
Comment posted February 15, 2011 @ 7:44 pm

Thank You, for your nice words. I wish, the government would reply and help us. God Bless


Anniejay Randall
Comment posted February 17, 2011 @ 10:13 pm

I totally agree that if we can bail out Wall Street, banks, give billions of taxpayer dollars to two wars, etc., etc., we can assist those Americans whose jobs have been shipped to other countries or lost their benefits through no fault of their own. It is more stimulative than giving billions to the top 2%. GIVE THE 99ERS AN ADDITIONAL EXTENSION AS THEY CONTINUE TO LOOK FOR JOBS WHERE THERE ARE NONE.


Bobbysnines
Comment posted February 24, 2011 @ 11:02 pm

The only jobs out there are former student summer jobs at fast food places for the former hard working average so called americans


Satsal20007
Comment posted February 26, 2011 @ 1:47 am

Here I am 58 years old leaving in the state of Washington where Boeing just received a tanker deal whoppee all it does is increase the cost of living here and it does not produce any work for anyone outside the Boeing family.I have run out of unemployment my savings and went to welfare I do not qualify for anything except food stamps because my grandaughter reseives 687 from SS and they expect us to live on that including rent utliites etc.I am not giving up find work yet but getting close to just throwing in the towel.Either they need to pass a tier 5 or let us have the choice of early SS.I have no idea where to go or who to turn to.


NancyPants
Comment posted February 28, 2011 @ 4:02 am

PASS THE BILL FOR 99ER’S NOW. GOOD DESERVING , HARD WORKING PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY , ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY, MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF THEM ARE IN DIRE STRAITS.

WHERE IS THE AMERICAN WAY IN SENDING FUNDS TO ALL OTHER COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD, BAILING OUT CROOKED BANKERS, AND BAILING OUT CROOKED CEO’S OF LARGE COMPANIES ………AND NOT HELPING WITH THESE MINIMAL AMOUNTS OF UI BENEFITS PEOPLE WHO ARE TRYING TO FIND JOBS EVERY SINGLE DAY IN AN ECONOMY WHERE 99% OF THE JOBS THAT SHOULD BE THERE ARE NOT THEY ARE IN OTHER COUNTRIES BECAUSE THE COMPANIES, BANKS AND POLITICIANS HERE ARE SO GREEDY.

ROBBER BARONS ARE ALL THESE PEOPLE RUNNING OUR COUNTRY HAVE BECOME. THERE IS NOT ONE AMONG THEM THAT HAS A SOUL.


NancyPants
Comment posted February 28, 2011 @ 4:10 am

age discrimination is ALIVE AND WELL IN THIS COUNTRY. It also shows how stupid American Companies are. They negate years of job experience and knowledge from hardworking people just because they got it stuck to them by this economy and our friends in washington.

THIS IS WHY AMERICA WILL FAIL.


NancyPants
Comment posted February 28, 2011 @ 4:14 am

NO HOPE FOR PEOPLE OVER 50. WE ARE YOUNG ENOUGH TO WORK, HAVE THE EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING FROM YEARS OF WORKING. BUT THERE IF A NOT SO INVISIBLE “GLASS BOX”, THEY ARE SHUTTING US OUT . OUR COUNTRIES DISCRIMINATION LAWS ARE A SHAM, AS THEY CAN BE VIOLATED SO EASILY AND HAVE NO CHECKS AND BALANCES.

OUR POLITICIANS, DON’T CARE ABOUT US. THEY LIE AND PATRONIZE. BECAUSE ALL THEY REALLY CARE ABOUT IS KEEPING THIER OWN SALARIES.

THIS IS WHY AMERICA WILL FAIL.


NancyPants
Comment posted February 28, 2011 @ 4:19 am

WOW!!! you wrote a book!!! You could have said it alot easier . Infact one or two four letter words would probably have described every politician we have and what they are doing to us as well. But if I’d used the correct words to describe them here, it would have been moderated as being inappropriate. INAPPROPRIATE, BUT VERY ACCURATE. So much for freedom of speech too!!!!


NancyPants
Comment posted February 28, 2011 @ 4:23 am

You are a JERK!!! Like that story?????. You are obviously someone who has not been effected by the joblessness , and that being so. GET OFF THIS BLOG@@@ You have NO IDEA WHAT ANY OF THESE PEOPLE ARE GOING THROUGH. Would use one of those handy four letter words about you , because you so RICHLY deserve it. But I wanted you to read this and not have it bleeped out. You need to *!!% to ###@


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Comment posted February 28, 2011 @ 5:12 am

I am a 99′er. WE ARE FACING AGE DISCRIMINATION! I believe employers don’t want a sector of the population that has more frequent and expensive medical insurance claims than younger workers. We need to include the long term unemployed over the age of fifty in the TARGETED JOB TAX CREDIT for employers who hire us. They will get a tax break on our wages.


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Comment posted March 1, 2011 @ 1:26 am

There is always a job for someone willing to work. The simple problem is that these 99′ers want to earn what they used to at the taxpayers expense. This is ridiculous. Accept your fate, and accept a job that doesn’t pay what you used to make and adjust your lifestyle accordingly. If others can live on less, so can you! Get off your asses and get a job. They are out there everywhere!


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Comment posted March 1, 2011 @ 3:21 am

We need to talk. Please try to consider the new reality. The world has changed and the old rules just don’t apply. I hit the ground running when my company went out of business in 2008 and laid off 14,000 employees nationwide. I was sure I would have a job in a week. I tore it up with computer training, resumes, applications, networking, and even spent a couple of months learning to drive semi trucks. NOTHING. Relocated even. For a year and a half, I took it personally. I don’t need much. My children and I can survive on $1100 per month now that I have moved out of my house into a small rental. But I can’t even get an interview as a hotel maid, even though I dumbed down the resume. Dog trainer, barista, highway clean-up, pizza delivery. NOTHING. I am fifty-two, athletic, fantastic job history (2 employers in 24 years- lots of awards) IQ of 138, college education, professional and presentable, with updated skills. I’m living on toast and don’t have real big plans for my birthday tomorrow. You can only get it if you have experienced this – but it is real. Are you hiring? I didn’t think so. It’s terrifying when you have kids to worry about…


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Comment posted March 1, 2011 @ 3:21 am

We need to talk. Please try to consider the new reality. The world has changed and the old rules just don’t apply. I hit the ground running when my company went out of business in 2008 and laid off 14,000 employees nationwide. I was sure I would have a job in a week. I tore it up with computer training, resumes, applications, networking, and even spent a couple of months learning to drive semi trucks. NOTHING. Relocated even. For a year and a half, I took it personally. I don’t need much. My children and I can survive on $1100 per month now that I have moved out of my house into a small rental. But I can’t even get an interview as a hotel maid, even though I dumbed down the resume. Dog trainer, barista, highway clean-up, pizza delivery. NOTHING. I am fifty-two, athletic, fantastic job history (2 employers in 24 years- lots of awards) IQ of 138, college education, professional and presentable, with updated skills. I’m living on toast and don’t have real big plans for my birthday tomorrow. You can only get it if you have experienced this – but it is real. Are you hiring? I didn’t think so. It’s terrifying when you have kids to worry about…


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Comment posted March 1, 2011 @ 10:11 pm

Shove ur comments up yours. We pay taxes on unemployment and the goods we buy. It isnt an adjustment for most but a loss of any lifestyle. The jobs are out there may just keep u fed and clothed but ur house car and saving are gone. U must be rich or have a union job.


Clarence Silveus
Comment posted March 1, 2011 @ 10:13 pm

You also must be young and not being discriminated against due to your age. After 60 jobs and salaries suck if u can find one.


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Also haven’t u heard being unemployed is not a reason to not even being interviewed. It is the “kiss of death ” when you apply to some jobs.The longer u are unemployed the less likely you will get an interview much less hire. Always remember”There by the grace of GOD walks you” you could be next


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Comment posted March 7, 2011 @ 7:04 pm

Wollensky, you are not at all correct. My husband made 80,000 and is now looking for two jobs that pay 10 bucks an hour and he can’t get anything!!! No one wants someone overqualified! We are so overqualified that I guess we are going to have to starve to death and “decrease the surplus population”!!


jeannie m
Comment posted March 7, 2011 @ 7:08 pm

Wrong, wrong wrong!!! Have YOU tried to look for a job??? My husband has been out since April 2009 and has looked everywhere! A job that a year ago offered 24.00 an hour is now down to offering 8.50 an hour. I live in NY and the cost of oliving here is astronomical! He has applied at CVS, McDonalds, everywhere! He has a Masters Degree and worked for a huge defense contractor for 17 years and served as a United States Marine Corps officer and no one will take him because he is “WAY Overqualified” and I guess that translate’s to “You will find something else and not stay here!” Really, you have NO idea how horrible it is, and have no right to talk about those who are so very unfortunate. God, we are now 56 and 57 years old, have worked out whole entire lives, and are now facing homelessness. Maybe we would make out better if we were some different racial profile other than white.


jeannie m
Comment posted March 7, 2011 @ 7:08 pm

Wrong, wrong wrong!!! Have YOU tried to look for a job??? My husband has been out since April 2009 and has looked everywhere! A job that a year ago offered 24.00 an hour is now down to offering 8.50 an hour. I live in NY and the cost of oliving here is astronomical! He has applied at CVS, McDonalds, everywhere! He has a Masters Degree and worked for a huge defense contractor for 17 years and served as a United States Marine Corps officer and no one will take him because he is “WAY Overqualified” and I guess that translate’s to “You will find something else and not stay here!” Really, you have NO idea how horrible it is, and have no right to talk about those who are so very unfortunate. God, we are now 56 and 57 years old, have worked out whole entire lives, and are now facing homelessness. Maybe we would make out better if we were some different racial profile other than white.


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Comment posted March 7, 2011 @ 7:32 pm

Wollenski,

You have voiced the opinion of the general working public, and it is such an affront. ” Lazy asses” You can kiss mine. I apply for eveything, and what do you know, last Friday I got a job! That’s the good news. The bad news is that I am once again unemployed. I answered a Craig’s list add for a customer service rep position for a company called North American Holdings, and they called me in for an interview last Tuesday. I looked it up. Wow, billion dollar company owned by Warren Buffett.

I went in Wednesday, the office was jammed with applicant’s and the phone was ringing off the hook with yet more job seekers. I met with Jessica who thought I would be perfect, put stars on my profile page, and said she would tell George all about me. On Thursday, I got a call to come in ASAP to interview with George. I raced through my closet and the shower, drove like the wind, and sat amongst another group of more interviewees for an hour. I asked how many they were hiring, and the young man at the reception desk, KC, said twelve or so.

My turn finally came, and I met George. He told me that the cleaning supply part of the company was just a proving ground, and that he could see taking someone like me into the Solar Panel division. He had the rights to 48 states, and this sector had the potential for someone like me to bring in six figures within the first three years. Gee, this was sounding pretty good! George said he would make a decision soon.

He sure did! On Friday, March 4th (the next day) his assistant called me at three and wanted me in by four to go on the road for training. I stuffed some business casual stuff in an overnight bag and drove backroads at top speed to get there on time. When I arrived, KC was loading Kirby Vacumes into a van. George was loading more equipment into his Ford Expedition. A nervous seventeen year-old girl named Chelsie waited with a suitcase in the office. I was shocked to find out that just the four of us were going. It seemed more than a little suspicious to me that they would hire this very pretty girl who did not drive, nor even posess a driver’s license for a traveling sales rep position with a four state territory.

I wasn’t about to let her go off alone with the two of them, so off we all went. George wanted me in his vehicle, and Chelsie stuck close to me. He hoped it wouldn’t be a problem but we would need to pay for our own meals. Chelsie was clearly worried. She didn’t have any money and asked, “When will we be coming back?” He snapped, “You’re here for some training aren’t you?” (I paid for her food.) We drove from Bend to the Dalles – three hours and arrived after dark to a Shilo Inn. He got one room for all of us! Both Chelsie and I shook our heads – no way. George grumbled and got a room across the hall for the guys.

They came over to our room, and after BS-ing for an hour, George started in with the company grooming. Both of us were there as ‘door openers.’ He gave Chelsie a line of bull to tell prospects that she was putting herself through college and only needed one more demo to qualify for a bonus. Kirby salespeople zero in on older country people with late model American cars in the drive. A Buick LaCrosse is their favorite. He confessed he hired me for my trustworthy face – like a ‘golden retriever.’ We were supposed to get them in the doors by knocking in a coded tap-tap so people would think it was a friend. He bought Clorox tissues and Gain to give as a free gift. Every move was choreographed and rehearsed. We would use the gift to get in, and then George and KC would step in and take over on a high-pressure demo, sometimes lasting three to five hours. The price – $3000! They can usually only get that in Texas, and will wheel and deal down to $800 if necessary, but usually get around $1,800 per vac.

I got rid of them finally around eleven, and Chelsie and I went to sleep. At 2:30 am, someone began knocking on the door and would not stop. Soon, it became banging. Finally the company knock. I called the front desk and made sure they did not give a key to George or KC. The pounding continued. We were terrified. Finally, the phone rang. It was KC telling me that George had been arrested and I needed to bail him out. I called The Dalles police station and verified this. They would not give me the details of the arrest, but it didn’t matter, I had no intention of bailing him out.

I called my son who came and got Chelsie and me, and drove us back to Bend. Food and gas – about a hundred bucks I can’t afford right now. So, once again I am job hunting. I was employed for 12 hours and am thinking of using this info on a resume, because then I am out of the ranks of the long-term unemployed, and however strange, I think it improves my chances. I am that desperate.

ps I sent Warren Buffett a sternly worded letter. Shame on him.


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Comment posted March 7, 2011 @ 7:59 pm

http://www.change.org/petitions/the_99ers_need_a_tier_v_added_to_unemployment_benefits#?opt_new=f&opt_fb=f go to this website and sign the petition for tier five, and get ready to march on Washington in May. There are only 46,000 sigs so far. We need you!


HUNTINGTON
Comment posted March 9, 2011 @ 7:46 pm

IT IS THE SECOND TITANIC NEW CAPTAIN SAME RATS ON BOARD AND GUESS WHAT THERE AINT ENOUGH LIFE RAFTS ON THIS SHIP EITHER. CONGRESS SHOULD BE CALLED THE HOUSE OF WHIM, THEY WOULD ALL GET LOST IN A TELEPHONE BOOTH BUT THE NEXT ELECTION WILL PROVE ? ? WHAT ABOUT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, PROBABLY NOTHING MOST PEOPLE ARE SO FAR REMOVED FROM REALITY, AND CONGRESS CONTINUES TO TRY AND GAIN VALUE BY FAKING REALITY. AND GUESS WHAT IT WILL NOT WORK BECAUSE YOU CANNOT ESCAPE REALITY THEY BETTER ADDRESS THE 99ERS, OR THERE WILL BE TROUBLE, YOU CANNOT TAKE CARE OF BIG NAME COMPANIES AND FORGET THE PEOPLE WHO WORKED AND MADE THOSE BIG NAMES, AND YOU CANNOT LEAVE PEOPLE OUT IN THE COLD THAT HAVE WORKED ALL THEIR DAMMMM LIVES AND NOW CANNOT FIND WORK SO LISTEN UP DUMMIES IN WASHINGTON IT WILL BE HARD FOR YOU TO LISTEN AS YOU WOULD ALL GET LOST IN A TELEPHONE BOOTH BUT THE 99ERS WILL NOT STAND QUIET MUCH LONGER.


DailyFiber
Comment posted March 14, 2011 @ 4:28 pm

There is so much complexity to this issue that most in this country (those who did not get laid off as a result of the Financial Crisis) are not aware of just how devastating the impacts of long term Unemployment have been on those directly affected. The long term implications of what is now Structural Unemployment to the US Economy at large are still debatable.

Here is the crux: Most of those individuals that were laid off between August 2008 and June 2009 (approximately 7 million) were not able to find new jobs within the first six months after being laid off because US Companies were just not hiring; there was still a tremendous amount of fear and anxiety about the US Banking Market and its ability to lend money.

Once these individuals had been Unemployed for longer than six months, again because Companies were just not hiring at that time, they accrued the mark of being ‘Long Term Unemployed’ in the eyes of Hiring Managers and Recruiters who were now just beginning to entertain the idea of hiring new employees but still not actively hiring. Once Hiring Managers and Recruiters began actively interviewing for new positions, most of these now Long Term Unemployed had been Unemployed for over a year; they were immediately excluded from being considered as viable candidates due to their length of Unemployment. And of course, since the Private Sector does not believe in the concept of Social Obligation and acknowledges only the laws of Supply and Demand, there would be absolutely no incentive to hire a candidate who had now been Unemployed for over a year.

This whole cycle then began repeating itself again as more time passed and more people accrued the mark of being Long Term Unemployed. Now all of these people are known as the 99ers. The Private Sector won’t touch them because of their length of Unemployment and instead are hiring those candidates who are either currently employed, just graduated from College, or were just recently laid off (less than six months).


Looking4reason01
Comment posted March 18, 2011 @ 3:56 pm

Wollensky – the reality is:
–Months unemployed: 22
–Value of Unemployment Insurance Benefit (AZ): approximately the portion of our income that we used to donate to charities to help the less fortunate
–Jobs applied for: > 600
–Closest to a real offer in 2011: working as a contractor for an Indian company doing work for a city government (funded, of course, by American taxpayers). It is out-of-state and I’m supposed to fund all expenses out of pocket, with no reimbursement. The Indian company, owned by a gazillionaire will “only” take 38% of what the taxpayer will pay to do the job.
Biggest surprise: There is a tie:
–trying to apply for a seasonal, part-time job at Home Depot and being refused because I don’t speak Spanish
–completing a phone interview and then being asked to interview face-to-face, out-of-state — and travel at my own expense with no reimbursement (and this has happened more than once)
–Biggest fear: CEOs, Mayor Bloomberg, Murdoch and many politicians proclaiming like crazy that the U.S. needs to bring in more immigrants to fill jobs employers can’t fill locally. Reality — if just a few of the folks who lost their jobs were considered for these positions, they would not be vacant.

Wollensky – if you and some of the folks in business and government would get just a minimum number of facts and think for a microsecond or two, there wouldn’t be so much nonsense spewed about this topic — and maybe we could change things. Your future, and the future of any offspring you may have miraculously been able to spawn — are in great jeopardy. With more and more people not paying tax, losing homes and driving YOUR home values down farther, liquidating their retirement savings (do you even have any?) and eventually needing to rely on Social Security (which they had abandoned as a reliable source of retirement income decades ago), losing the source of health insurance they had planned on for decades and joining the Medicare/Medicaid pool of dependents, it is YOU that are in trouble. It is not someone else’s problem. How about trying to help YOURSELF by lobbying the government to prevent age discrimination and discrimination based on having been laid off? This is what may help what will soon become YOUR pitiful situation.


Cynthia Scholar
Comment posted March 18, 2011 @ 5:07 pm

Mr. Reason,
You are so right! Thank you for that succinct and articulate summation of the effects on this country of having a mass of long-term unemployed. You need to represent the 99′ers in Washington in May’s march. We need to (1) bring this discrimination to light (2) Give employers incentive to hire us through tax credits (3) Let those who “don’t get it” (Wollensky) understand how this is going to hurt them. The waves of long-term unemployed are only just now getting desperate, so our plight hasn’t had the fully devastating effect on the economy yet, but most certainly will in the coming months, and if we don’t get intervention on our behalf, years. This group is comprised of skilled, experienced and educated people – resources this country has depended on for a generation and people who should be leading the next. I


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Hi Doug,
I have been worried about you and hope you are hanging on to a place to stay. St. Vicent DePaul is very generous. They gave me enough food for my two sons for three days and we are making it last three weeks. No forms either. Check with the Humane Society. They might be able to give you dog food so you could keep the dog. Stay safe.


Back to 'Work' ?
Comment posted March 18, 2011 @ 5:57 pm

I met with an employment counselor who told me to take ten years off my age and suggested that if we were smart we would fight fire with fire. Get together to create an internet company for which we all work, and have a human resource ‘department’ to verify employment…By George, he might just have something there.


Back to 'Work' ?
Comment posted March 18, 2011 @ 5:57 pm

I met with an employment counselor who told me to take ten years off my age and suggested that if we were smart we would fight fire with fire. Get together to create an internet company for which we all work, and have a human resource ‘department’ to verify employment…By George, he might just have something there.


Back to 'Work' ?
Comment posted March 18, 2011 @ 5:57 pm

I met with an employment counselor who told me to take ten years off my age and suggested that if we were smart we would fight fire with fire. Get together to create an internet company for which we all work, and have a human resource ‘department’ to verify employment…By George, he might just have something there.


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