Are Unemployment Rates Really Going Down?

March 2, 2011
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Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)

AOL’s Al Lee explains why the unemployment rate isn’t always accurate in Are Unemployment Rates Really Going Down? The unemployment rate is a complicated calculation, and it gets more complicated during times of economic turmoil. This is because the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which calculates the unemployment rate, makes certain assumptions about the number of working-age […]

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Voice of the 99ers: Share News Here

March 2, 2011
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User submitted news and information on issues of interest to 99ers.

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H.R.589 Still Alive and Gaining Support

February 17, 2011
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Congresswoman Barbara Lee

According to a statement posted on American 99ers Union on 2/17/11 H.R.589 is still very much alive and gaining support: In the early morning hours, Rep. Barbara Lee did attepmt to attach H.R.589 to the Fiscal Year 2011 Continuing Budget Resolution. This was disallowed (it should be noted that this method is commonly used and has succeeded […]

How to Help 99ers and Get H.R.589 Passed

February 15, 2011
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Eric Cantor, Kevin McCarthy and John Boehner

H.R.589, the legislation that Democratic Rep. Barbara Lee (Calif.) introduced that provides additional weeks of unemployment insurance benefits for 99ers, needs to gain additional support  to convince Republican leaders in the House – House Speaker Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy –  to bring it to the House floor and allow  it to be voted […]

Top Ten Excuses for Ignoring Unemployment

February 13, 2011
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Top Ten Excuses for Ignoring Unemployment

Cartoon by Barry Deutsch

H.R.589: New Bill to Help 99ers

February 10, 2011
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Congresswoman Barbara Lee

The new legislation introduced on 2/9/2011 by Rep. Barbara Lee (CA-9) is called the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Expansion Act of 2011 to amend title IV of the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2008 to provide for additional weeks of first-tier emergency unemployment compensation, and for other purposes (H.R.589).  This bill would provide 14 more weeks of UI compensation […]

New Data: 3.9 Million Americans Exhausted Benefits

February 10, 2011
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Not Hiring

According to Huffington Post’s Arthur Delaney new data from the National Employment Law Project reveals that 3.9 million Americans ran out of unemployment insurance benefits in 2010.  This number far exceeds the October estimates of 1.4 million Americans unemployed for 99 weeks or longer published last week by Congressional Research Service. Delaney went on to caution that: Those 3.9 […]