Georgia's emergency unemployment benefits end

Tuesday, July 3, 2012 12:09 PM
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ATLANTA — Good news for job seekers overall is bad news for those looking the longest as the state no longer qualifies for extended unemployment benefits because its jobless rate has improved.

The emergency federal benefit extension ends Saturday, the Georgia Department of Labor announced Tuesday.

Congress created the extended benefits in 2008 during the height of the recession for states struggling the worst. To qualify, a state’s unemployment rate had to be 9 percent or higher for the most recent three months.

Georgia’s rate dropped to 8.9 percent in April and has remained there, ending the state’s qualification for the added federal benefit.

The federal program is due to expire nationally in December.

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Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/03/12 - 01:22 pm
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Back to work

Now that their unemployment checks will dry up, they'll get back to work and the unemployment rate will improve even more.

specsta
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specsta 07/03/12 - 04:25 pm
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Benefits Should Be Extended, Not Ended

@Little Lamb - I just read an article about an engineering firm that had one opening for an engineer and over 25,000 people applied for the position. On average, each available job in this country receives hundreds and sometimes thousands of applicants.

Why is it so hard for conservatives to understand that just because your unemployment insurance runs out, there is no magic dust that is spread to create jobs? The reality is that unemployed folks will either have to apply for welfare and food stamps, visit their food banks for food, and go to emergency rooms for treatment of minor ailments or they will suffer even more.

I do not understand the mean-spirited view that unemployed people are lazy and don't want a job. It's just not based on reality. Also, if anyone thinks that the meager unemployment benefit payment is something preferred over a good job with good wages, it is just another falsehood promoted by the conservative right.

Folks are HURTING! To belittle their circumstances with the old "get a job" mantra, just illustrates how much ignorance abounds in this country in regards to the difficulty of an actual job search.

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allhans 07/03/12 - 04:43 pm
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The Obamacare bill should

The Obamacare bill should have been put on hold until the economy had improved and the attention should have been focused on creating jobs. Then, and only then, should we have placed an additional burden on employers....Now, it's any body's guess as to when the job situation will improve.

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dichotomy 07/03/12 - 08:03 pm
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Don't worry specsta, when the

Don't worry specsta, when the unemployment checks go away there will be a lot more of the "less than engineer" jobs being filled that are standing open right now. I'm not saying that minimum wage jobs are a great thing but I would rather see these people working minimum wage jobs than living off of the taxpayer. You know, there is a finite amount of borrowed money available for give away in this country and we are about tapped out and our credit has been downgraded. Besides, we have to start saving to pay the Obamacare TAX cause ain't nobody going to be loaning us money to finance that unless we get our spending under control.

KSL
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KSL 07/03/12 - 10:19 pm
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4 now with my 5th comment,

4 now with my 5th comment, this appears in the most discussed. Could someone please explain?

pointstoponder
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pointstoponder 07/03/12 - 10:22 pm
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@KSL, why do you care? Maybe

@KSL, why do you care? Maybe there just isn't much discussin' goin on tonight.

KSL
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KSL 07/03/12 - 10:24 pm
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Specsta, just saw an ad on

Specsta, just saw an ad on the online AC a couple of days ago advertising for 14 engineers of various types, 60 to 80k plus locally. Sqaure that up please.

KSL
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KSL 07/03/12 - 10:29 pm
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I am just curious as to how

I am just curious as to how the AC computes the most discussed. I am curious. Curiosity is a sign of intelligence.

bclicious
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bclicious 07/03/12 - 11:08 pm
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Thank goodness the recession is over.

Well since the extended / emergency benefits are now over in Georgia, then the recession must be over for Georgia. Apparently Georgia's economy is good to go, and there no longer anything to worry about.

Good news all around.

specsta
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specsta 07/04/12 - 01:10 am
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Looking Down From the Ivory Tower

I'm starting to think that the folks who are so happy about unemployment benefits ending, most likely:

(1) still have a job
(2) have not looked for a job recently
(3) probably have worked on the same job for 20+ years

And have absolutely no clue what it is like for the unemployed right now...

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RoadkiII 07/04/12 - 04:09 am
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To those that say there are

To those that say there are no jobs, click on "Top Jobs" on the right side of this page.

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scgator 07/04/12 - 08:52 am
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I agree with Specsta; I don't

I agree with Specsta; I don't know why this is so hard for "alleged" conservatives to understand. I, personally, IMO, am way more conservative than most of the posters I see on here.........but, just because someone is on UI for a year or more does not mean they are leeches or lazy bums. I worked from 13 years old until 57 years old, and WAS retired on SSDI, because of a major heart attack and two strokes...........SS told me that they were retiring me because of the following reasons....only a HS diploma, over 55, failing health; but they said the main reason was that with all of these variables simply put, "I" was not what the job market was looking for. Even today, they said I could work part time, but finding someone who wants a 61 year old with health problems on their benefits program just is not there.

There are many out there who would gladly take a job......"IF"...it paid them "MORE"........than the unemployment does. Let's be practical for a moment, YES,, working is always better for self esteem and all of that, but calculated up, you would have to gross at least $12.50 per hour to come out with the similar amount of "cash in hand" that unemployment does.....so, if someone takes a a job that for example, pays $10.00 and hour; that is certainly better than minimum wage, but financially gives that person way less buying power than unemployment.

"Alleged Conservatives", if you really want to be able to comprehend this, go into your jobs HR after the holidays, and tell them you DEMAND that they cut your wages by 40% AND stop ALL of your employee benefits...............seriously now, think about, because in the "REAL" world this is about what it amounts to; YES, I DO AGREE, that there are many across the state who do not want to work and with that "attitude" would classify as lazy and no good............but you cannot take the premise that in our economy, "any job", no matter what it pays, is better than no job. Morally and ethically maybe yes, but for practical purposes it is simply not true.

When I was on unemployment for about 6 months @ 55 years old (laid off) we applied for food stamp assistance and were told that I made too much money for any help.........and was told that if my wife and I of 39 years would get a divorce, then the state could and would help her with "everything" and then we could move back in together as long as we did not get married again.

scgator
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scgator 07/04/12 - 09:09 am
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"dichotomy", you say you

"dichotomy", you say you would rather a person have a minimum wage job, than to "live" off of the taxpayer............TRY IT MY FRIEND, TRY IT !!! YOU WILL "VERY QUICKLY" CHANGE YOUR TUNE........when you can't buy gas for the car, or have to tell your wife, "I'm sorry dear, we don't have insurance..you cannot go to the doctor"...........NOW, I know this sounds kind of extreme, or "worst case scenario" but the FACT is that it is going on every day for people without jobs, "living" on unemployment.

I AM SO WEARY OF PEOPLE JUST "ASSUMING" THAT SOMEONE GETTING UNEMPLOYMENT "WANTS" TO BE THERE, "LOVES" NOT WORKING, "AND IS OUT TO GET ALL THEY CAN"

NOW, REMEMBER DICHOTOMY........go in to work, get them to cut your pay down to minimum wage and cut out your benefit package also; then try this for 6 months, THEN come back a post for us and tell us how much FUN it is...............

I AM NOT TRYING TO BE ARROGANT, BUT REALLY, JUST THINK ABOUT IF "YOU" HAD TO LIVE THIS WAY EVEN FOR 6 MONTHS WHAT IT WOULD DO TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY..........THAT'S ALL I'M TRYING TO GET ACROSS.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/04/12 - 11:03 am
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Few Jobs

specsta posted:

Folks are HURTING! . . . . ignorance abounds in this country in regards to the difficulty of an actual job search.

This post is a very sound reason to vote Obama out of office this November. The actual number of jobs in the country is less than the number of jobs when Obama took office.

scgator
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scgator 07/04/12 - 01:37 pm
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Little Lamb..........GOOD

Little Lamb..........GOOD POST !!!

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