This week, the Senate, or more specifically, Senate Republicans, had two opportunities to show that their wing of the legislative body had a heart as opposed to a gold-encrusted ice box full of IOUs to their corporate sugar daddies. Both opportunities were measures to extend unemployment benefits. Given a reported 1.3 million workers lost their jobless […]


The fate of federal jobless benefits hangs in the balance as legislation stalls in the Senate on Tuesday, putting more distance between unemployed Americans and the reinstatement of a safety net that their families have grown to depend upon, reports The Hill. The Senate voted down procedural motions on two measures to extend the benefits, […]

WASHINGTON — The outlook for American jobs and trade looked a little brighter Thursday, despite growing uncertainty overseas. The number of people who applied for unemployment benefits last week fell to a seasonally adjusted 390,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. That’s the fewest since April. The U.S. trade deficit narrowed to $43.1 billion in September, […]

WASHINGTON — Fewer Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, though applications remain above levels consistent with a healthy economy. Unemployment benefit applications fell 16,000 to a seasonally adjusted 414,000, the second drop in three weeks, the Labor Department said Thursday. That’s a positive sign that layoffs are slowing. Still, applications have been above 400,000 […]

WASHINGTON — The number of people requesting unemployment benefits last week plunged to a nearly three-year low, bolstering the likelihood that companies will increase the pace of hiring this year. Also read: Samples of History: Hip-Hop Mines Afrobeat

Washington — More than 2 million people receiving unemployment will lose coverage in December if Congress does not extend their benefits. In a report published in November, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) concluded that certain federal unemployment benefits “will still be available in 10 states. … [However], in all other states unemployed […]

From A bill that restores unemployment benefits to 2.5 million jobless Americans passed the Senate and goes to the House on Thursday. It is expected to pass there are well.