Chronically unemployed to lose benefits in California
Federal emergency extension program cut
- Duration 4:08
- Date Jun 4, 2012
Federal emergency extension program cut
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Nation's leaders using their weekly addresses to focus on the weak jobs report from the Labor Department you may know only 69000.
Jobs were added for the month of may.
We found that out into this week and unemployment has ticked up.
To eight point 2% President Obama says it's time for congress to act now on bills he says will move the economy forward.
Right now congress should pass a bill to help states prevent more layoffs so we can put thousands of teachers and firefighters and police officers back on the job.
Republican senator John Cornyn of Texas says Democrats are promoting gimmicks.
Let's congress and the president act junior will bring us the largest tax increase in American history the tax increase of roughly 500 billion dollars.
Four and says that tax increase could -- the United States back in -- reception.
And from the politics of this to the people actually living with unemployment the situation in California.
Putting some people in a desperate position.
And in some states the number of workers seeking unemployment benefits is going down -- what we're seeing in California whatever the reason for that.
Unemployment in California is up 11% a three year low.
That drop triggering the federal government now to cut off emergency long term benefits.
Leaving nearly one million people who depend on that safety net with nothing Casey Stegall live in Los Angeles has been looking into reports Casey.
-- Harrison's numbers that you just talked about that came out yesterday discouraging to say the least especially for.
Our nation's chronically unemployed those are people by definition who have been without a job for more than six months now and only adding insult to injury.
A lot of people's checks will be running out soon back in 2009.
The -- added emergency extensions to state unemployment benefits.
That gave people 99 weeks of unemployment 26 from the state and then that's 73 from the feds but those extensions expired in February.
And while congress re authorized to deal to keep them going they have had to cut back on the number of weeks people are eligible for.
There are -- many.
People out of work and a majority of people are trying really really hard to find jobs they're putting in.
You know the time that that it takes to do that in sometimes we just need more time.
Now the emergency benefits will still give you something though depending on where you live Vick could be much less.
If -- -- unemployment rate fell since 2009.
So does the number of extended weeks for example here in California the rate still very high but it is lower than 09 so that's why the -- reduced the Golden State's extended benefits by twenty weeks.
Similar things happening in 24 other states so far which translates to some 400000.
Who have been cut off.
This folks -- Sort of the first casualty of the first major casualty of the -- that.
Was enacted in February was a good law in many ways but when it comes to the impact on high unemployment states.
That's really being felt now and and they are on the front lines.
And the national unemployment law project in fact predicts that well over half of unemployed Americans will no longer be eligible for any benefits by the end of this year.
-- -- you know as we see these numbers -- we've had analysts tell us that really the true picture of unemployment is much bigger than what it has.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Yeah right six states and -- what DC will lose -- benefits this summer and then by next year the extension for everyone in all states will end unless congress decides to re enact or extend these benefits again.
And we know that with the increase of these unemployment numbers that there are a lot of Americans that are desperate.
For this assistance Harris have window from those numbers this week there are not enough jobs to change the situation -- -- -- term.
Casey always good to see you thank you very much.
Thank you turning.