Why Unemployment Insurance Matters for WomenDecember 19, 2011
Do you know what unemployment insurance is and why Congress should protect it? Read what U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Hilda Solis has to say about this crucial benefit.
In the midst of this year’s holiday season, it is important to remember the millions of families that continue to struggle in the current economic climate. We have made steady progress over the last two years in getting people back to work after the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. The number of people laid off and going into unemployment has come down to their 2008 levels and job openings are on the rise. Yet, we still have more work to do. There are millions of families who continue to struggle to make ends meet.
With 4 job seekers for every job opening, we know that it is still difficult for unemployed workers to find jobs no matter how hard they look. As these hard working Americans diligently fill out job applications, write and update resumes and cover letters and sit for interviews, we need to continue to help them to put food on the table for their families and keep a roof over their heads.
Over the next week, Congress will need to take action to extend the federal unemployment insurance (UI) benefits program, which has served as a lifeline for the millions of long-term unemployed and their families who need this assistance to get back on their feet.
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