Misery on the Job

At the end of May more than 200,000 people in eight states had their federal extended unemployment benefits end. They join more than 180,000 jobless workers in 19 other states who had already seen their benefits end in 2012.

Extended benefits are being cut across the country as average unemployment rates drop. To stay on extended benefits, the average unemployment rate for the past three months must be at least 110 percent of one of the rates from a comparable three-month period in one of the last three years. For each of the states affected, their average unemployment rate is currently lower than at any of the same three month periods in the last three years.

While the drop in unemployment rates will be a positive change for the overall economy, for the hundreds of thousands of job seekers who have already exhausted their state and federal unemployment benefits, the cuts don’t bode well.

So what do the nearly 400,000 job seekers who have been cut from extended unemployment benefits mean to the nonprofit sector?

Putting more strain on at-capacity nonprofits, the newest round of cuts will mean that more job-seekers will be turning to nonprofits for job re-training and employment support.

The newest round of unemployment cuts also means that state and nonprofit programs that lend aid to the needy will be the last place for the long-term unemployed to turn.

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11/22/17 1:31 AM

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