Senate unemployment extension plan fails despite public support

By Balitang America Staff

Jan. 10, 2014

The Senate Democrats’ plan to extend jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed collapsed yesterday amid party bickering over funding.

The setback threatens efforts to help 1.3 million people whose benefits expired late last month.

Most Americans, however, believe Congress should extend long-term unemployment benefits.

A new Quinnipac University poll found 58 percent of registered voters said they supported a three-month extension of the benefits.

The poll indicates a partisan divide, with 83 percent of democrats and 54 percent of independents supporting an extension—while 54 percent of Republicans opposed the extension.

Meanwhile, the latest jobs report from the department of labor is falling short of expectations.

According to the report, 74,000 jobs were added in December.

That’s far short of the 193,000 additional jobs economists had been expecting—making December the weakest month for job growth since January 2011.

The labor department also reports the unemployment rate fell from 7 to 6.7 percent in November—the lowest level since october 2008.

Officials say it’s mostly because more Americans stopped looking for jobs.

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  • amfil
    10 January 2014 at 7:17 pm - Reply

    Can you please name the source that most Americans support the extension

    what we need are jobs and to bring back manufacturing

    most Americans would rather work than receive handouts
    Filipinos are the same they are hard working and would rather work than
    be on welfare

  • Korina
    10 January 2014 at 10:51 pm - Reply

    Yan namang 74,000 jobs in December, for sure puro part time job lang yang dahil Christmas season, at madami dyan under pa ng manpower agency. Pagkatapos ng Christmas o itong January, sigurado marami na namang mawawalan ng trabaho dahil tapos na contract nila.