Career Calling

January 25, 2011

The Plight of the 99ers

Filed under: Job Market Trends — claycerny @ 2:35 am
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Writing in the Huffington Post, Arthur Delaney reports that the number of 99ers (Americans out of work for 99 weeks or more) has grown to 1.4 million.  No state pays unemployment for more than 99 weeks.  Some pay fewer weeks.  At 99 weeks, the unemployed are on their own, a condition more people face in the richest country in the world.

Some politicians want to extend benefits for this group, but that’s doubtful to happen given the current climate in Washington.  A report cited in the article says that 99ers are likely to be the last people hired when the economy recovers.  We have never seen such extended unemployment in our lives.  The government’s failure to address this issue is beyond wrong.  It’s shameful.