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The authorization for federal EUC benefits expired on
"The economy is a lot better than it was several years ago, but unemployment is still too high," Congressman Doyle said today. "With unemployment at 7 percent, many Americans are still having difficulty finding new jobs - and it's taking many of them longer than usual through no fault of their own. That's why I think it's necessary to extend the federal emergency unemployment benefits at this time. It's wrong to shut the program down now and deny millions of Americans the help they desperately need."
Earlier today, the
"I'm pleased that the
The state and federal governments share responsibility for financing unemployment insurance, and the states each administer their own programs. The basic Unemployment Compensation (UC) program provides up to 26 weeks of benefits to eligible individuals who have lost their jobs. On average, nationwide, the program provides about
Unfortunately, over the last 5 years, unemployment has been much higher than usual. During recessions like the one we recently experienced, the federal government has often authorized temporary emergency unemployment programs to provide benefits for up to 47 additional weeks (providing a total of up to 73 weeks of unemployment benefits when added to the permanent UC benefits). The federal government provides 100 percent of the funding for the emergency unemployment insurance program.
The economy has turned around and made real progress since its near-collapse in 2008, but there are still 1 million fewer jobs than there were before the recession - and more than 4 million Americans have been out of work for six months or longer.
The federal emergency unemployment insurance program has been pumping more than