Jobless benefits for 37,000 behind ot...

Jobless benefits for 37,000 behind other issues

There are 9 comments on the Burlington Times News story from Apr 25, 2011, titled Jobless benefits for 37,000 behind other issues. In it, Burlington Times News reports that:

Republican legislative leaders said Monday they would revisit legislation extending unemployment benefits for about 37,000 long-term unemployed workers after handling two other financial issues, timing that would force the jobless to do without for a second week.

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Newington, VA

#1 Apr 25, 2011
the unemployement rate may have dropped but i am still having a hard time getting a resp[onse to many applications the state of n.c. pays so little compensation that i have a very hard time making it and do not need politics to cause me to lose my home

Philadelphia, PA

#2 Apr 27, 2011
I agree with the last comment why are legislators
playing russian roulette with peoples lives. Just
why are federal funds being held hostage and mixed in with state politics. They get to govern our lives but who governs them, how are state politicians being allowed to hold up federal funds
allocated by the president of the united states.

Greensboro, NC

#3 Apr 28, 2011
I should have never moved down here. How SC still get federal funding that the president approved, but NC Gov, walking around crying in a bullet proof vest at tornado sites veto the bill? She just hate Obama and don't want to look like she on his team at all. Loose your job, your credit, your house and heck, take this tornado wit ya. But no to your benefits They said y'all can have.

Pittsboro, NC

#4 May 3, 2011
It is so sad that we the people who are unempolyed can"t find a job in NC and need to have the benefits that we have worked for taken away. I wonder if the governor has ever had to sleep under a bridge or in the hospital because there was no money to have a place to live or have anything to eat . At least I could have a place to stay and something to eat while I was getting my unemployment. Now I have to wait for 2 or 3 weeks before I will know where or not I can get it turned back on . My question is what am I suppose to do in the mean while?

Durham, NC

#5 May 9, 2011
NC Politicians are working hard on this yeah! When it moves down their agenda after handling two other financial issues first, you know where it is on their priority list. I think that 37,000 unemployed that lost their benefits will be voting against the incumbents next go round.

Rocky Mount, NC

#6 May 10, 2011
Our elected officials have the lives of the long-term unemployed in their hands holding up action on re-instating extended unemployment benefits. While they continue to ignore the severity of the matter, thousands of households across North Carolina are in REAL TIME CRISIS facing evictions, utility disconnects and hunger. Their health is rapidly declining due to stress and inability to afford health care or if they were to utilize community clinics cannot afford medication. Mentally and physically they are drained but they continue to try to find gainful employment keeping a positive attitude when contacting potential employers. They are even being discriminated against by potential employers for being unemployed for an extended period of time not for lack of skills or failure to meet job requirements. If the repos want to attach some more action to the extension- drop the community service slap on people that can't even afford gas to find a job and make it illegal for employers to advertise "unemployed need not apply" or discriminate in other methods against the long to unemployed.

NC Employment Security Commission's reported statistics on unemployment DO NOT reflect the TRUE numbers of the unemployed. A great deal of our elected officials refuse to look for a comprehensive method for tracking the actual unemployment rate.

Where's the ability to work together, think strategically and treat tax payer dollars with the same amount of respect you treat your own dollars? The law makers need to take a look at the real big picture here - give answers, or ask some questions if they have no clue, but most importantly provide some guidance and cohesive leadership. Current actions are not acceptable.
Kelli Phillips

Spring Lake, NC

#8 May 18, 2011
Governor Beverly Perdue... Please do what you need to do and get our unemployment benefits reinstated... Put yourself in our position... We have family's... Don't let this be a political war... Take a stand and do what needs to be done... Not just for myself , but for friends who are extremely struggling... It's so much more than not just having a job , it's going without electricity , food , water.. Were putting our faith in you !!!!!

Clayton, NC

#9 May 19, 2011
I think it is a shame that you cannot walk a mile in the shoes of the unempoyeed people. There are many of them who cannot find jobs that have looked endlessly. I hope that you can pull yourself out of the politics and reinstste the benifits. Not only does it effect them but it also trickles down the line. If they lose their benifits...they lose homes, they lose money for food, they lose healthcare, they lose their self esteem, and the stress levels would be terrible. How do you look at your children and deny the the basic essentials without losing a part of yourself.
I have watched my child go from working at a fulltime job, get laid off, and search for work to do. He was able to enroll in school under the unemployment benifits to retrain him in a new career, only to be a few classes short when his benifits have stopped. He has continued to look for work the entire time, maintained a 4.0 average, and cut all the corners to be able to survive on the small amount of unemployment checks he has gotten, which by the way have slowly been cut. How are they supposed to make it. They are already having to live from week to week, because they have exhausted their savings. So it is left to the parents and friends to help provide.
What are you thinking? I am thinking that maybe I voted for the wrong person!! Please stop this political crap and do what is right!

Marion, OH

#10 May 25, 2011
I don't think the unemployed rate has dropped, but I do think that results are NOT accurately being calculated. I asked a question previously why calculations are based only for the entire state of NC and not the counties as well. So may counties have a HIGH rate of unemployment from 9% to 17%. Shouldn't the counties with the higher percentage being taking into consideration as to unemployment extensions? This is just a thought! I have not heard back from anyone as of yet, but will let everyone know the status on the question submitted.

I Do see that the suggestion that I made previously about allowing the unemployed to do volunteer work a certain amount of hours per week to learn a new trade and possibly gain hire from the employer. This would also keep the economy growing and would halt the notations on unemployed people being lazy. I see now the government has NOW made comments on this as their personal suggestion. Go FIGURE! What are your thoughts on this??

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