Across the nation, jobs just aren’t there. Many workers are in the job search of their lives.
In October, 14.8 million people were unemployed. A shocking 41.8% of them were jobless for 27 weeks or longer.
But get this: Some lawmakers—many of the same ones who want to pass tax cuts for people who make more than $250,000 per year—want to cut off emergency unemployment benefits.
This is serious. The number of people out of work for more than six months is the longest on record. The National Employment Law Project estimates that—if Congress fails to act soon—800,000 people nationally will immediately lose unemployment benefits in the coming weeks. Two million workers will lose their benefits by the end of December. And the longer Congress delays extending benefits after that, the worse things will get for people who are out of work.
We ask you to sign the petition and stand in solidarity with your unemployed friends, family members and neighbors.