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  • Unemployment benefits 101: four basic questions answered

    Unemployment benefits 101: four basic questions answered

    Like last year, Congress is debating whether to reauthorize extended unemployment insurance. At stake as early as January are benefits for some 1.8 million Americans, including some 430,000 people who lost jobs as recently as July. Although Republicans and Democrats say they plan to reauthorize the law, they differ on how – or even whether – to pay for it. Here are the different scenarios and ramifications of what could happen: 

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  • Unemployment benefits expiring: Should special help continue beyond 26 weeks? (+video)

    Although unemployment has fallen substantially from its post-recession peak, a historically high number of Americans – 4.1 million as of November – have been out of work for more than 26 weeks.

  • Unemployment benefits 101: What's happening Saturday?

    The emergency unemployment benefits that have been in place for America's jobless since the recession will end Saturday. Here's a primer on what that means.

  • Congress poised to scale back unemployment benefits from 99 weeks

    House and Senate negotiators agree to shrink the maximum number of weeks someone can collect unemployment benefits. Many states have been reducing them anyway, as jobless rates fall.

  • Unemployment extension 101: what the payroll tax deal means for the jobless

    Unemployment extension 101: what the payroll tax deal means for the jobless

    Congress’ short-term reauthorization of the unemployment program is a holiday gift for some 2.9 million Americans who would have otherwise lost their benefits – but the fight is far from over. 

  • Unemployment benefits 101: four basic questions answered

    Unemployment benefits 101: four basic questions answered

    Like last year, Congress is debating whether to reauthorize extended unemployment insurance. At stake as early as January are benefits for some 1.8 million Americans, including some 430,000 people who lost jobs as recently as July. Although Republicans and Democrats say they plan to reauthorize the law, they differ on how – or even whether – to pay for it. Here are the different scenarios and ramifications of what could happen: 

  • Opinion Black Friday 2011: Consumers aren't lacking in confidence. They lack cash.

    Black Friday 2011 deals are here but economists say consumers are hesitant. The problem isn't psychological; it's financial. Seventy percent of the economy depends on consumer spending, but 80 percent of families are experiencing declining wages. Raising the minimum wage would help.

  • Budget cuts: five groups likely to feel the pinch

    Budget cuts: five groups likely to feel the pinch

    If there's one thing that's lacking in the debt deal that president signed on Aug. 2, it's specifics. It asks for $1.5 trillion in spending cuts over the next 10 years, but gives few concrete details about where they'll come from. The deal does outline some changes for student loans, and it leaves out renewals for a couple of unemployment benefits programs. But most of the envisioned budget cuts won't become clearer until this fall, when a 12-member, bipartisan "super committee" gives its recommendations to Congress. Some Americans may be particularly vulnerable to their budget choices. Here are five groups who could see a reduction in government largesse:

  • Congress lets unemployment benefits expire: 'What now' and six other questions

    Congress lets unemployment benefits expire: 'What now' and six other questions

    More than 2 million unemployed people awoke Wednesday to the prospect that they may no longer have unemployment checks to help them pay rent or buy food and gas. Congress on Tuesday failed to renew an extension of unemployment benefits that it passed at the end of July. Democrats have argued that with unemployment at 9.6 percent, many people still need help. Republicans say they would like to help the jobless, but want the $5 billion per month cost to be funded by a spending cut somewhere in the federal budget.

  • When unemployment extensions end, a movement rises: the 99ers

    When unemployment extensions end, a movement rises: the 99ers

    The growing ranks of the long-term jobless are clamoring for more jobless benefits. Will anyone listen?

  • Unemployment extension 101: Why now is a good time for temp jobs

    Unemployment extension 101: Why now is a good time for temp jobs

    New federal unemployment extension benefits removed penalties for many people working temp jobs. What are the hottest temp jobs? Do they offer medical? We answer your questions.