Unemployment benefits double in Utah as three-month jobless average rises

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  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    Sept. 25, 2012 12:12 p.m.

    DN Subscriber,

    yeah, I was aware BO insisted on reducing SS's revenues as part of the december 2010 deal with congress to maintain the bush tax cuts, the same tax cuts his own advisors said needed to remain in place because the economy was so fragile. the same cuts that, on a percentage of income basis, benefitted the lower income population MUCH more than high income earners. He is gutting SS and endangering seniors in an attempt to buy votes with SS money.

  • Capsaicin Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 25, 2012 6:06 a.m.

    How can the U.S. Department of Labor double the maximum potential entitlement for Utah’s unemployed? Isn't this a state-run matter not subject to federal regulation? Does Utah have to come up with the funds to now to compensate people who can't find a job? Where's all this unemployment money coming from? It's stupid to make laws to pay for unemployment compensation while not having funds to pay for them.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Sept. 24, 2012 11:12 p.m.

    @lost in DC- another thing you might have missed is that while you get "paid" $100, but social security gets 6.2% of your gross pay, and Medicare gets 1.45%, and your employer pays the same. So, the cost to the boss for your working there is $107.30 but you are only taking home $92.70. That is 15.3% of your cost being paid to the government to pay for "free stuff."

    And, for the last two years Congress has decided to give employees a break by only collecting 4.2$ instead of 6.2% for the Social Security part, even though SS is nearly bankrupt. Fiscal mismanagement by Congress is beyond silly.

    Meanwhile, welfare benefits are being extended (again), after the job seeking requirement was thrown out by executive order, and we can expect to see more freeloaders back on the gravy train. (Along with some truly needy and deserving people.)

    And, just where does the Constitution authorize the government to transfer wealth from working people to those who are not working?

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    Sept. 24, 2012 3:21 p.m.

    thank you for the correction. I knew employers contributed, but I was unaware employees did, not having noticed the deduction on my pay stub.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    Sept. 24, 2012 3:12 p.m.

    Last Friday the US Labor Department said that unemployment rates increased in 26 states. Must be Bush's fault, or as 'one old man' suggested, perhaps it is Gov. Herbert's fault.

  • joy Logan, UT
    Sept. 24, 2012 1:10 p.m.

    Wait! Didn't I just read last week that unemployment rates had dropped in Utah. Is that called speaking out of both side of the mouth?
    Why would people think that Utah is exempt from job losses? The fault lies with the big "O". It's all in his plan, you must get the people so down and out, so weak and pathetic then you can run all over them with a Mac Truck and they'll thank you and praise the ground you walk on. He is slowly torturing us into submission. Play a little golf, sing a little song and smile the big smile and the people melt. Say you're a Christian, take a picture of him opening the door of a church (of which he never enters) and people eat it all up. His best buddy, you know Clinton, who was impeached for lying and now we believe all his propaganda and laying the ground work for Obama.
    Oh what a wicked web he weaves!

  • non believer PARK CITY, UT
    Sept. 24, 2012 12:45 p.m.

    @ Lost in DC (the first $7000 in earnings for an employee have both employee and employer contribution into Unemployment benefits) So they do pay into it.... though it is not a lot

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Sept. 24, 2012 12:37 p.m.

    According to Mitt Romney,
    President Obama just picked up another 30,000 automatic votes in Utah!

    ...and in other news, the State of Utah gets more Federal hand-outs.

    BTW -- Whatever happened to that $85 Million budget surplus Gov. Herbert and the rest of the GOP keep touting about?

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Sept. 24, 2012 12:31 p.m.

    Employment good -- state of Utah and the GOP, good.
    Employment bad -- Federal Government and Pres. Obama, bad.

    If only the world was as simple and some minds make it out to be.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    Sept. 24, 2012 12:12 p.m.

    I object to the term "entitlement" when applied to unemployment benefits. What did the unemployed do to be entitled to the payments? SS and medicare are properly termed entitlements because the recipients paid into the system, so they are entitled to the benefits. but unemployment does not work that way.

  • non believer PARK CITY, UT
    Sept. 24, 2012 11:38 a.m.

    So more Utah Republican's are joining the 47% not paying taxes and using government entitlements? Shameful...... according to Mitt they were all Democrats?

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    Sept. 24, 2012 11:16 a.m.

    Re: one old man Ogden, UT
    "(Well, if national unemployment is the fault of the President, shouldn't state unemployment be the fault of the governor?)"

    No, not when the root of the problem lays in Washington D.C. At least Utah isn't going bankrupt like the liberal left coast state of California.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Sept. 24, 2012 10:57 a.m.

    It's all Herbert's fault.

    (Well, if national unemployment is the fault of the President, shouldn't state unemployment be the fault of the governor?)