The Continuing Crisis of Long-Term Unemployment

By: Friday December 7, 2012 9:15 am

As we gaze at today’s payroll report, it’s worth pointing out how government policies have improved the numbers in relative terms. Not by putting more people back to work, but by putting more people into the uncounted shadows: During a press conference demanding unemployment insurance be part of a fiscal cliff deal, Chuck Schumer noted [...]

Payroll Tax Cut Negotiations: Unemployment Benefits Set to Drop from 99 to 79 or Less Weeks

By: Tuesday February 14, 2012 12:59 pm

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi released a statement that probably secures passage for a standalone, unfunded payroll tax cut: “The House Republican leadership plans to bring to the floor a stand-alone payroll tax cut extension bill tomorrow. We have long proposed bringing this tax cut to the floor without payfors and House Democrats will support [...]

Unemployment Extension, If It Happens, Will Be Paid For

By: Tuesday November 8, 2011 8:55 am

Minor measures aside, not much is getting done with jobs, and two big deadlines are looming. At the end of the year, the 2% payroll tax holiday on the employee side will end, as will the extension of unemployment benefits. The White House has charged that a failure to extend the payroll tax cuts would [...]

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