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  •  Don't know how far $535 goes in N. Carolina, (4+ / 0-)

    but my Chicagoland max was $400 + $150 for having two dependent children which didn't go very far at all.

    And --- those higher level benefits remain a fraction of your employed income while mortgage payments, utilities bills, etc don't go away.

    We adjust as much as we can, but it takes a little time and some things just don't budge.

    Have people forgotten all of the reasons for unemployment insurance?  It's not just a matter of being humane.  The economy functions better when people are able to find jobs that fit their skills and their dreams.

    Sure, people turn down crappy jobs when they're collecting unemployment.  That's a good thing.

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    by dinotrac on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 06:30:34 PM PST

    •  Exactly right (3+ / 0-)
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      Mr Robert, dinotrac, polecat

      That $535/week benefit for 26 weeks was just under $14K max benefit over 6 months - and you had to be making about $55K to get that max benefit.

      So that 'generous' $535 was a 50% pay cut.

      The max benefit now will be about $7K - 80% less than people were earning.

      For a family with a mortgage, that's devastating.

      Filibuster reform now. No more Gentleman's agreements.

      by bear83 on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 06:47:18 PM PST

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