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NATIONAL
May 29, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
President Bush signed legislation making federal unemployment benefits available through December. Only people who exhaust all their state aid -- generally 26 weeks -- will be eligible for the 13 weeks of emergency benefits. The nation's unemployment rate is 6%, almost 2 percentage points higher than when Bush took office.
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NEWS
December 12, 1991 | SUSAN GEMBROWSKI
Unemployment benefits are based on the salary a worker earned during four of the past five quarters before losing his or her job, according to Judy Kelley, placement supervisor for the Employment Development Department in Oceanside. Benefits range from $40 to $210 per week, for up to 26 weeks. Starting Nov. 17 and until June 13, an extended 13-week benefit period is available in some cases for those who have exhausted their regular benefits.
NEWS
November 19, 2010 | By Michael A. Memoli and Lisa Mascaro, Tribune Washington Bureau
Legislation that would have extended unemployment benefits for an additional three months failed to earn the required supermajority in the House of Representatives on Thursday. The final vote was 258-154, ordinarily sufficient to pass legislation. But Democrats brought the measure to the floor using a legislative tactic that required approval from two-thirds of the House. Currently, benefits are set to expire on Nov. 30 for an estimated 4 million Americans. The measure would have allowed those unemployed individuals to continue receiving benefits until Feb. 28, 2011.
NATIONAL
December 10, 2011 | By Marcia Heroux Pounds, Sun Sentinel
The tough overhaul of unemployment benefits is saving Florida millions. In the first three months of the new law, 65% of claimants were denied unemployment benefits, a percentage rate three times higher than in the same period in 2010, according to data from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. The denials in those three months will save the state $10.85 million, the agency said. Florida's tougher unemployment law requires those claiming benefits to report online each week five jobs they've applied for or to meet with a state jobs counselor.
BUSINESS
December 9, 2010 | By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times
Many people want Congress to approve a deal to extend tax cuts by Dec. 31 to avoid a financial hit next year. But for 185,000 jobless Californians, the crucial deadline for passing the agreement is Saturday. That's when their special extended unemployment benefits will run out. They are among 410,695 Californians and about 2 million people nationwide whose benefits will expire throughout this month without the reauthorization of federal money for emergency unemployment aid, which is included in the deal to extend the Bush-era tax cuts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 2010 | By Patrick McGreevy
Alarmed that a Rosemead city councilman collected unemployment benefits after he was ousted by voters, state lawmakers are proposing to prevent such payments in the future. John Nunez was paid $11,250 in state unemployment benefits, covered by the city, after he lost a re-election bid in March 2009. The city challenged the claim and sought reimbursement, but the state Employment Development Department sent a letter Feb. 25 saying that the city was on the hook for the money. Nunez stopped collecting payments after his benefits ran out in September.
OPINION
November 25, 2010
Fed up with the Fed Re "Bernanke bashers," Opinion, Nov. 19 I almost fell out of my chair when I read that Rep. Ron Paul is portraying the Federal Reserve and its chairman, Ben S. Bernanke, as socialists. Wait, what? Is this the same Bernanke who is an admirer of Alan Greenspan and Milton Friedman, champions of deregulation? Is this the same Fed that has been shirking its regulatory duties for the past 30 years, and has led us to more economic inequality than this country has seen in almost 100 years?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 2002 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The state Senate on Monday passed and sent to Gov. Gray Davis a bill that would increase unemployment benefits by $100 a week for workers who lost their jobs after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and for many others. Davis, who sponsored the bill (SB2), has said he will sign it. But it is not certain when the benefits will start flowing. The bill originally would have started the payments as soon as the governor signed it, but Assembly Republicans defeated that feature.
OPINION
June 10, 2010
Extending unemployment benefits was a no-brainer for Congress last year. Now, however, lawmakers are balking at a bill to provide additional relief to more than 1 million Americans who've been unable to find work for up to half a year. The change in attitude has little to do with the economy — the unemployment rate remains near 10% and economic growth remains anemic. Instead, lawmakers are responding to a change in the political winds caused by the mounting federal debt. We're nervous about the debt too, but lawmakers seem to be attacking the wrong problem.
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