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Dr. Michael Reich tells McDermott Subcomittee long-term unemployed least likely to find jobs


This article continues examination of the expert testimony given on June 10, 2010, before the U.S. House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Income Security and Family.  Thus far, the experts have testified that the jobs crisis is catastrophic and that Congress must stop adding to the problem of long term unemployment.

The economic statistics released this week underscore the urgency of the problems predicted by Dr. Heather Boushey and Dr. Lawrence Mischel.  At the end of the week, economic reports showed that initial jobless claims rose by 12,000 in May.  State unemployment rates remain high. In May, Indiana hit 10% unemployment while Nevada took over the top spot from Michigan with 14% unemployment.

A third expert before the Subcommittee, Dr. Michael Reich testified that continuing benefits for the long-term unemployed is important because "employers generally choose to hire new labor force entrants or unemployed workers with short unemployment spells over those with longer spells. The very-long-term-unemployed are thus the least likely to receive job offers. Moreover, the remaining financial assets of this group are especially meager. Consequently, they are the least likely group among the unemployed to refuse job offers they do receive simply because they can continue to collect unemployment insurance benefits."  In other words, economic experts confirm what the unemployed already know -- they need help now.

Many Americans also told their stories to Congress.  These stories are available at

The question is whether our local, state or federal government is listening.  Is anyone listening?  News stories about the oil spill, Pres. Obama's push for energy reform and the latest faux pas by BP CEO Tony Hayward dominate the news.  But when it comes to jobs, it seems nobody is reporting on the problem. 

The 99er's, under the leadership of Issa Decker are leading the way towards recognition for the long term unemployed.  Others are pushing Tier V with a similar mission of protecting the long-term unemployed.

The 99er's petition is located at Unemployed Americans are also communicating with each other about unemployment at Tier V to Survive:, and and now:jobless/ next:homeless on

Stay tuned:  Where are the jobs?

I truly appreciate my thoughtful readers.  I give you the facts to help you evaluate this predicament.  If you would like to follow in-depth coverage of unemployment and jobs news, press the subscribe button at the top of the page.

I read every email, please allow me time to response.  I have received heartbreaking stories from all over the country.  We need to get these stories to the people who matter.  Let's keep moving forward together.


  • Joye 5 years ago

    Hiring managers, you have it in your power to resolve this issue of high unemployment. How? By taking into serious consideration for positions, those who have been out of work for longer than 6 months. Instead of automatically placing these resumes in the reject pile due to unstable work history, ask yourself. If there was not a gap in employment, would you otherwise consider them.

    There are tax incentives and reimbursement for wages, but you need to investigate various programs, such as the Workforce Investment Act.

  • unhappy voter 5 years ago

    we need tier 5 for the 99ers, i'm from michigan and it very hard to get a job. with unemployment at 13%7. we need help. please pass the extensions, then help create jobs but we need to have a place to live in the mean time and be able to eat and try to pay our bills.

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  • virginia 5 years ago

    Don't they realize this is an election year??? I urge all of you that are in need of TIER 5 to check out the senators that are for and against and then let your conscience be your guide. The only way to send a message is to not vote for those that aren't with you and don't get this passed. I guarantee you that I will fervently campaign against them in my state!!

  • Cherub 5 years ago

    I have lost my job, my savings, my insurance, my home and to add insult to injury, my country is turning its back on me. Plus, I am hit with an irs bill for the little amount of money I did receive. It is a shame I am not an illegal alien; I could open up a gas station or a convenience store.

  • Truth 5 years ago

    The Republicans voted against, because they wanted their portion of bill to pass in regards to NOT TAXING Multinationals and Hedge Fund Managers. Please Stop Blaming Obama - Wake Up! I was bipartisan but now I'm seeing the Republican Party doesn't give a crap about Americans making less than $500,000 a year. IRAQ WAR and Bank Bailout Money would have helped Needful Americans 7 times over. Don't Forget this come Election time. The republicans are playing Politics with our Country and lives. Its not a Race problem its a Rich and Poor problem. Hiring manager are full of it. HAVE and HAVE NOTS

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