High stakes for US families losing jobless benefit

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  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 30, 2013 7:43 a.m.

    They might be forced to take minimum wage jobs?

    Oh the horror

    Note: sarcasm

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Dec. 29, 2013 12:25 p.m.

    It's about time!

    "Americans taking care of themselves".

    What a shame when able-bodied people have to rely on others for their support.

  • Howard S. Taylorsville, UT
    Dec. 28, 2013 9:29 p.m.

    Just a question...

    Is there any term limit that Obama's liberals would place on unemployment benefits?

    Or... should the chronically unemployed be government supported for a lifetime?

  • Mark B Eureka, CA
    Dec. 28, 2013 3:41 p.m.

    Cougar, I just have a hard time believing that very many folks would simply give up because $300/week for two years is too much to pass up. As for Congress, they were hyper busy voting Obamacare down in the House 40 or 60 times. Their message was clear - "I got mine, Jack".

  • Kings Court Alpine, UT
    Dec. 28, 2013 2:54 p.m.

    It is too bad the Congress couldn't have been more productive and passed sound policy that would bring jobs back to America. Then this wouldn't have been a problem. Instead, we got a bunch of louts in both political parties.

  • Fitness Freak Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 28, 2013 2:16 p.m.

    "Brer Rabbits" analysis is spot on.

    HOW do we reconcile this Presidential administrations' stated goal to lower unemployment, while at the same time ADDING 20-30 million "new" illegal aliens to the labor pool?

    Which is it? do we WANT lower unemployment, or jobs for foreign nationals?

    BTW - in the "for what its" worth category; the Obama administration lowered the requirements to be placed on SSDI early on in his presidential administration. I work almost daily in helping unemployed Americans find jobs, but when they get especially discouraged they go on SSDI. Which is much more expensive to the taxpayer and results in absolutely NO productivity.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 28, 2013 12:46 p.m.

    Aren't you glad we spent $4 trillion dollars in Iraq under a Republican congress and President.

    Note: Sarcasm.

  • Brer Rabbit Spanish Fork, UT
    Dec. 28, 2013 11:58 a.m.

    The November 2013 Utah unemployment rate was 4.3 which is near the normal rate for full employment. As far as the minimum wage is concerned, I suppose enforcing laws against the employment of illegal aliens and reducing the number of work visas is out of the question? Reducing the number of cheap foreign worker, would tighten the labor market, reduce unemployment and raise wages especially for the working poor. No I am not talking about deporting anyone, just give American workers the advantage over illegal and legal foreign labor.

    As long as the sob sister administration democrats are in charge and supported by cheap labor republicans in Congress the American workers are out of luck. Even if political roles were reversed it wouldn't make a difference for American Workers.

  • Cougar11 Highland, UT
    Dec. 28, 2013 11:01 a.m.

    For years unemployment was used as a safety net and was set at 26 weeks. During that time you had to search for work. Over time and with the down turn in the economy unemployment beneifits went to nearly two years. According to most, the economy has begun to rebound but the unemployment benefits remained at two years. Nobody wants to take less than they were making before or a lesser position. The length of the benefits left many accepting of the government check. Not all mind you, many who lost their jobs found a way, but millions didn't and settled for the check. Unemployment benefits should be cut back gradually to 6 months as the economy improves. There are thousands of jobs right now in Utah that are not filled. People will need to adapt and get out of their comfort zones. Benefits should be a safety net to help people rebound or permanent to take care of the truly needy, they should not be a way of life for those that can do for themselves.