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For the week ending Nov. 2, the Department of Labor reported Thursday, seasonally adjusted initial claims for unemployment compensation were 336,000, down 9,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 345,000. For the comparable week of 2012, initial claims were 363,000. The four-week running average fell to 348,250, down 9,250 from the previous week's revised average of 357,500.

For the week ending Oct. 19, the total number of Americans claiming compensation in all programs was 3,958,691. That includes the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation program passed to extend benefits to the large numbers of long-term unemployed created by the Great Recession. For the comparable week of 2012, there were 5,078,237 persons claiming compensation in all programs.

Unless Congress moves to reauthorize the EUC, the National Employment Law Project estimates that some two million out-of-work Americans will lose their jobless aid by March 2014:

In the week between Christmas and New Year's, the 1.3 million workers currently receiving federal EUC will be abruptly cut off. Another 850,000 workers will run out of state unemployment insurance in the first three months of 2014, with no access to federal EUC.

Moreover, the most recent data show that nearly half of workers receivng state jobless aid are still looking for work when that state aid ends; absent the federally funded EUC benefits, they would be without any addtional means of income support. Thus, failure to renew federal EUC would have devastating consequences for millions of unemployed workers and their families over the entirety of 2014.

You're not hallucinating if reading those paragraphs seems familiar. We've been down this road several times before. In February 2012, for instance, Republicans—most of whom are none-too-keen on extended unemployment compensation anyway—managed to wrangle a congressional EUC reauthorization that sharply reduced the total number of weeks a jobless person can collect benefits in the program.

Since March 2012, NELP points out, the average number of long-term jobless receiving benefits fell by half, "twice the rate of decline in the number of long-term unemployed workers." Long-term unemployed applies to anyone still looking for work after being jobless for at least 27 weeks. In September 2013, only 1.4 million long-term unemployed people were receiving EUC compensation, just 34 percent of the total. A year ago, 2.2 million, or 45 percent of the total, were receiving EUC compensation.

The situation has been exacerbated in a few states that have cut how long they will provide short-term compensation from the 26 weeks that was the national standard for half a century to 20 weeks or less. Some have also reduced how much compensation they will pay each week. The federal sequester has also reduced the average compensation check from $296 a week to $269 a week, although the actual amount varies widely depending on the state.

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Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Thu Nov 07, 2013 at 09:49 AM PST.

Also republished by In Support of Labor and Unions, Daily Kos Economics, and Daily Kos.

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  •  "Congress acting" is an oxymoron. (5+ / 0-)

    Unless one of them is reading for a role in the upcoming Broadway production of "Green Eggs and Ham."

    •  Oh, they will probably act in this matter... (3+ / 0-)
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      gramofsam1, HeyMikey, Eric Nelson

      ...having done so 11 times already since 2008. But what ransom will be extracted is the question.

      Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

      by Meteor Blades on Thu Nov 07, 2013 at 10:11:54 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  I actually doubt they will this time. T-P will se (0+ / 0-)

        ttle for nothing less than ACA, and emboldened to stick to that demand by Thug delusive propaganda re: Cooch lose.  Fellow-traveler Thugs will emboldened by the roll-out/website problems and figure they have to give it as penance for the Cooch delusion (rather than tell the religious right that they lost it for him, 'Establishment' Thugs refusing to realize the RR and TP are essentially the same now believing if only they can snip the latter former will go back to being reliable foot soldiers who never question why they don't get an abortion ban).

        Neither group give a frak about the unemployed, certainly not as they ramp up to the primaries, when the entire narrative will be how those folks suffering is entitrely BOs fault anyway (and large #s of Thug voters will see the suffering as earned penance for not getting the 'Kenyan').

        I simply don't see Bonehead breaking Hastart rule to earn that misery from his loony caucus.

        'Course, I could be wrong.

  •  Shame stopped working a while ago, MB. (1+ / 0-)
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    seabos84

    Probably going to need something a little more physical, like pitchforks.

  •  Congress has no incentive to facilitate the (0+ / 0-)

    distribution of dollars to individuals. When people get what is rightfully theirs  they are not likely to be grateful and cast a vote as the incumbents expect.
    It is my guess that a significant number of Congress critters are in "unjust steward" mode -- i.e. Looking what they can do to improve their situation after they are dismissed from service.
    Also, the Congress no doubt continues to be irked by the fact that the sequester and the shut-down have not had the desired effect of bringing the people to their knees. Unions are being rambunctious. Republicans are being challenged and losing elections. And, worst of all, the shadow economy keeps growing. At $2 trillion plus, that means 500 billion that aren't being collected as taxes for Congress to distribute to their lackeys.
    Altogether a dismal situation. Poor Capitol Hill Gang!

  •  If we pretend they don't exist (8+ / 0-)

    then the unemployment problem goes away. Right?

    None are so hopelessly enslaved, as those who falsely believe they are free. The truth has been kept from the depth of their minds by masters who rule them with lies. -Johann von Goethe

    by gjohnsit on Thu Nov 07, 2013 at 10:19:13 AM PST

  •  Those that have fallen off any list or statistical (5+ / 0-)

    table otherwise described as having "fallen of the radar screen" are the new "Invisible Americans", and they number in the tens of thousands:  But no one cares, as they "do not exist", and are ignored by the media and by the rest of society.  

    Just passerby’s you walk or drive past in the street on a daily basis never giving thought: Neighbors, family and friends that are America's unemployed and left out in the cold.  They are American shadows living without what many take for granted, that being hopes and dreams for a better tomorrow for themselves, and their families as they have been "beaten up" for so long and many are fast approaching a numb condition to the mental anguish and pain.

    This is the true face of massive poverty in this country, but no one can, or cares to see it outright, and call it for what it is:  Poverty in America today that it doesn't have any particular race, creed, or skin color associated with it, exclusively.

    It's sad to think that many could do something about this sad waste of human potential resource base but the stark reality is the powers that be really don’t care to remedy this:  But then again, where is the incentive, and why would they care to do so?  

    We as a nation have collectively lost our moral compass heading, and it can be said that being this lost at the expense of so many while claiming to be a “modern industrial” country is at the very best, and polite description, pathetic.

    The status quo of the plight of many Americans caught up in this massive unemployment, and unrecognized status cannot, and will not stay this way for very long:  Something will have to, and most probably will give, and it won't be as pretty as many would hope for, I'm afraid.

    Obey Gravity - It's The Law!

    by LamontCranston on Thu Nov 07, 2013 at 10:37:53 AM PST

    •  Well, that's pretty much the case here (2+ / 0-)
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      Meteor Blades, ChemBob

      Extended UIC ran out awhile ago - I'm not even keeping track anymore.

      And, since I worked between two states (Pa and NJ) I kept getting shuffled between one and the other. Three times.  And finally, it was over.

      Today, if it wasn't for a couple of VA programs, I'd be one of the tin cup guys holding a sharpie-written cardboard sign on the exit ramp to your place of employment.

      Sometimes, prior commitments in life help you in the long run. Who knew?

      UID: 14791 Join Date: 7/7/2004 Status: Lifetime member Mojo: nearly infinite Any questions?

      by Richard Cranium on Thu Nov 07, 2013 at 06:19:56 PM PST

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  •  Thank you, MB, for focusing on the unemployed. NT (3+ / 0-)
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    Eric Nelson, chrismorgan, ChemBob

    "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals." - Barack Obama

    by HeyMikey on Thu Nov 07, 2013 at 12:11:16 PM PST

  •  Am I crazy, or are ALL those (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    ChemBob

    jobless peaks during Republican presidencies?


    "The purpose of education is not to validate ignorance, but to overcome it" - Dr. Lawrence Krauss

    by AlyoshaKaramazov on Thu Nov 07, 2013 at 06:06:57 PM PST

  •  Whenever it says "unless congress acts"... (0+ / 0-)

    you pretty much know what that means. Drop those 3 words and read the new headline.

  •  I'm SOOO sick of blaming fascists for this b.s. It (0+ / 0-)

    is about time to recognize that the pathetic sacks of shit in teh Democratic Party have allowed this crap to go, TOO.

    I was on EUC MIC KEY MOUSE whatever the fuck in 1991 or 2 and in 2003 or 4 and

    why do people have to go through this fucking crap?

    WANT people to HATE fucking government?

    Then run programs like this !!!!!!!!!

    For decades, while trying to fit in with my betters from the better hoods, I listed to and repeated the litany of excuses for Democratic incompetence:

    the mean meanies are mean,
    the mean meanies aren't nice,
    it isn't nice to be mean...
    we're noblerer and smarterer and gooderer

    oh yeah - I also voted FOR these pathetic fucks, decade in and decade out, EXCEPT when I was voting for some Clinton-Obama lying goddam sell out!

    Other than Grayson and Warren, there isn't a 1 of them I'd piss on if they were on fire. time to clean house - out with bad trash.

    rmm.

    Yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look; He thinks too much: such men are dangerous

    by seabos84 on Thu Nov 07, 2013 at 06:33:29 PM PST

  •  I see this and just want to bang my head all day. (0+ / 0-)

    Warren Mosler almost cussed, too.

    Morons

    An honest heart being the first blessing, a knowing head is the second..Jefferson's Letter to Peter Carr

    by JugOPunch on Thu Nov 07, 2013 at 07:41:54 PM PST

  •  "Unless Congress acts".....they have lots more (0+ / 0-)

    vacation time coming up in between votes to repeal Obamacare......they won't have time to work on this....

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