Originally Posted by Bigcat
Yes, thats why I said extended to 99 weeks in the original post. Never said anything bad about using Unemployment benifits as they were meant. But it's stupid to keep extending and paying people for longer terms. Where does it end? Once they can no longer pay because too many people are on it? Or when it causes inflation to get so bad the minimum 426 per week is nothing so people are forced to work?
And if someone was making 200k a year they were being overpaid if their job is no longer needed. Fault? who cares... If a person has skills they get paid for that skill set. If that skill set is no longer needed they need to find something else to do. Sounds harsh but the cord needs to be cut at some point. Pay people the unemployment that companies pay for and thats it... Do not make taxpayers pay more. And you can not get a more honest neutral position than this...as I should be screaming for more money but I'm not.
Short to me is 4-6 weeks. I will not take it longer than 6 weeks even if still unemployed.
You ever worked on a government contract in the defense industry? When the 'Night Vision' for the F15 was designed and completed then what would you do? How about an engineer on the 'Space Shuttle'. Where do thousands of engineers in a small area find a job? Hmm, maybe it would take two years to find a job in another state across the country and relocate.
You think taxpayers are paying more? What's that tax cut you've been enjoying?
I agree you should be getting more. Not your fault you're in a state with low unemployment compensation.
Unemployment insurance programs are governed by State governments and are funded by state, federal and private companies that pay employment tax. Ultimately, it comes to the state government to balance the checkbook, so the state has to decide the benefits maximum amount, duration, and eligibility to receive the benefits. For this reason, you notice that unemployment benefits largely vary by state.
Some states like Massachusetts could pay as high as 900 dollars depending on the eligibility. But only a handful of states such as Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey provide generous benefits. Majority of the states provide average benefits in the range of 300 to 500 dollars. So, depending on where you worked, your unemployment benefits are determined and if you live in those states that do not pay well, you may regret working there because, even if you move, the unemployment insurance will still be controlled by the state where you earned your wages. When you are filing for unemployment, you would have to apply in the state where you worked; regardless of state you are currently living.
On November 6th, 2009 President Obama signed the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act, which would extend unemployment benefits by additional 14 weeks. States with jobless rates of 8.5% or higher will get an additional 6 weeks for a total of 20 weeks.
Edited by Bob Korreck - 12/26/11 at 11:25pm