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Old 10-08-2009, 06:14 AM
Location: NW Ga
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Georgia Unemployment Rate: 10.2%National Unemployment Rate: 9.7%

Originally Posted by flyfishva View Post
First-time state unemployment claims up 17 percent in September

By Kristi E. Swartz

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
More than 66,610 laid-off workers filed claims for state unemployment insurance benefits for the first time last month, the Georgia Department of Labor said Thursday morning.
The number of claims is a 17.6 percent increase from September 2008, the labor department said. But the claims dropped slightly from August of this year, when 69,869 first-time claims were filed, the GDOL said.
The number of jobless workers receiving state unemployment benefits soared 58.8 percent in September -- 139,900 up from 88,121 in September 2008, GDOL figures show.
Metro Atlanta leads the state in the number of laid-off workers filing for unemployment insurance benefits for the first time in September, according to figures released Thursday morning. More than 31,150 first-time claims were filed in September, a 26.9 percent increase from 24,553 claims filed in September 2008.
The metro areas of Augusta, Athens and Macon followed in the largest increase in year-over-year claims for September. Dalton, on the other hand, saw a sharp decrease in the number of first-time claims filed. More than 2,290 claims were filed in September, a 34.4 percent decrease from the 3,499 claims filed a year ago.
Also, the average length of time laid-off workers in the state drew on unemployment insurance benefits increased to 14 weeks in September, from 11.8 weeks the same time a year ago, GDOL said.
"This is a strong reminder that we must increase our efforts to help unemployed Georgians find new jobs or careers," State Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond said in a statement.
Thurmond said he thinks federal, state and local governments must invest in more public-sector resources, which will help small businesses create jobs.
Thurmond told Congress in April that the $220 million Georgia received in additional unemployment insurance money saved the state from having to raise unemployment taxes on employers by about 45 percent. The additional boost, part of the federal stimulus package, increased the amount of time workers can draw unemployment, placed an additional $25 a week in unemployment checks and let part-time workers apply for benefits.
The state's unemployment trust fund continues to deplete, however. Thurmond told a state legislative committee in July that Georgia had $593 million in a trust fund for unemployment benefits. Last December, that account held $1.1 billion, he said.
But he assured lawmakers that unemployment benefit checks will continue to keep coming regardless of what's in that account.
Has any one noticed if the numbers were revised on GA DOL?
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Old 10-08-2009, 06:29 AM
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Originally Posted by ginamae38 View Post
Georgia Unemployment Rate: 10.2%National Unemployment Rate: 9.7%
Bogus numbers-it was 10.7 and then a miracle-the figure dropped to 10.2%. UI is 9.8% for all States so what happened to GA's numbers? Oh, I get it-they aren't counting us anymore. BS.
Found this-
Thursday October 8, 2009
Obama huddles with Democratic leaders over jobs
Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) - Faced with a stinging rise in unemployment, President Barack Obama summoned Congress' top two Democrats Wednesday to the White House to discuss additional proposals to help the jobless and boost the economy.
Meeting in the Oval Office, the president, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid agreed to press for another extension of unemployment benefits for many people out of work more than nine months. They also weighed the prospects of extending tax credits for laid-off workers to purchase health insurance.
Administration officials and independent economists have been predicting that unemployment would hit or surpass 10 percent some time this year. The jobless rate for September reached 9.8 percent, the highest in 26 years, provoking anxiety in Congress and calls for new measures to stem the rise.
The attention to the economy came as Obama is engaged in a sensitive assessment of his policies in Afghanistan and as Congress moves forward on potentially historic health care legislation. Obama intended to keep a hand in the economy this week, turning his attention Friday to the financial sector with a White House event to push for a new Consumer Financial Protection Agency. The proposal has met resistance from the banking industry and from lawmakers.
Aides familiar with Wednesday's White House talks said the unemployment discussions also covered job creation opportunities in pending transportation and renewable energy legislation.
"The president, leader Reid, and I all agree that we must respond to the urgent need to promote the creation of good jobs, rebuild our work force, and restore stability to our neighborhoods," Pelosi, D-Calif., said in a statement after the meeting.
Reid, D-Nev., said money from the $787 billion economic stimulus package that Congress approved earlier this year must "get out the door as quickly and effectively as possible." He also said the administration and Congress should pursue new ideas to increase employment and help the still sputtering economy.
One idea getting renewed attention at the White House and in Congress would provide a tax credit to businesses that create new jobs. Obama's economic team proposed a similar incentive during negotiations over the economic stimulus but the idea was abandoned amid questions over its implementation.
"We're suggesting to people a business tax credit that is temporary for a few years that subsidizes businesses on the basis of their increases in payroll taxes," said Lawrence Mishel, president of the Economic Policy Institute. Mishel, who has advised Democrats on job creation, is scheduled to testify Thursday before a congressional subcommittee about his proposal.
Lawmakers also are considering extending tax credits now due to expire Dec. 1 for first-time homebuyers, though a White House aide said that issue did not come up in the Oval Office discussion. A bill to extend the tax credit to members of the military, foreign service or intelligence services who have served overseas this year is expected to pass on Thursday in the House.
The White House meeting came as House Republican leaders sent the White House a list of their own proposals, many of them tax cuts and business assistance measures that failed to win support during the earlier stimulus debate this year.
Republicans in their letter to Obama called for a small business tax exemption for 20 percent of their profits. They also want to let small businesses form pools to buy health insurance at lower group rates. And they proposed cutting the bottom two income tax rates for everyone - from 15 percent to 10 percent, and from 10 percent to 5 percent.
They again recommended expanded health savings accounts for small businesses, and letting more small businesses now losing money recoup taxes they paid on profits as long as five years ago.
"The engine of job creation in America is small business, not government," said the letter signed by 10 top House Republicans, including House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio.

We are all being played-I will explain in another post. It's time to do more.

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Old 10-08-2009, 06:43 AM
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Jobless lose lifeline as Senate stalls

400,000 unemployed Americans ran out of benefits last month. But a move in Congress to extend help has been slowed as senators debate who should qualify.

By Tami Luhby, CNNMoney.com senior writer
Last Updated: October 8, 2009: 6:56 AM ET
In July, CNNMoney.com told the stories of 4 out-of-work Americans who had just lost their unemployment benefits. Here's where they are today.

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NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- As thousands of jobless Americans lose their weekly unemployment checks, Congress is still debating who should qualify for a benefits extension.
The House passed a bill last month lengthening benefits by 13 weeks for those in high-unemployment states. While Senate leaders said at the time they would act soon, the proposal has languished as Democrats argue over the terms.
Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., is pushing legislation that would lengthen benefits for the jobless nationwide by four weeks. Those in states with unemployment rates greater than 8.5% would receive a total of 17 additional weeks.
But Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., is planning to introduce a measure that would extend jobless benefits in all 50 states by 17 weeks. With an unemployment rate of 6.9% in August, New Hampshire is one of 23 states that would not qualify for the longer benefits extension under the Baucus proposal.
The proposals would be funded by extending the longstanding federal unemployment tax levied on employers. The Baucus measure calls for levying the tax through 2011, while the Shaheen proposal would continue it for four to six months beyond that. The House bill would extend the tax through next year.
As lawmakers wrestle with the issue, more than 400,000 people ran out of unemployment benefits in September, according to the National Employment Law Project. Some 1.4 million people will stop receiving checks by year's end if Congress doesn't act.
Senate Democratic leaders have yet to schedule a vote on the measure. Baucus is working with lawmakers to pass legislation as soon as possible, said an aide on the Senate Finance Committee, which the Montana senator chairs.
On the other side of the aisle, Republican leaders declined to comment until they see a final bill. But there is general support for extending unemployment among the GOP.
"I'm confident that with unemployment like this, we'll be dealing with an issue like that some time in the near future," Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Friday.
The chorus calling for a benefits extension grew louder after the government reported on Friday that unemployment hit a 26-year high of 9.8% in September. Employers shed a higher-than-expected 263,000 jobs last month.
The "employment report is a marching order for Congress to pass unemployment benefit extensions to all states, quickly," Christine Owens, executive director of the National Employment Law Project, said last week. "With six unemployed workers seeking jobs for every available opening out there, the path to recovery remains steep."
We need to email/call everyone of these people in this article and enquire what the hell the problem is-as well I would also email the White House. I personally believe that this is being filabustered behind closed doors and any Bills are being sent to the back of the line. Have you noticed-ole Jeanne Shaheen has yet to bring forth her amendment. Why is that and what are they waiting on? I saw yesterday that the vote for this probably WILL not come up till the end of the month and I hate posting that as it will only make us even more nuts-but we need to step up our efforts and demand more from these people.
They are not our friends!
They are NOT looking out for our best interests!
They ALL NEED to GO as when the people are NO LONGER represented by their elected officals-then they need to be removed from office.
WRITE...............CALL...............and DEMAND more and DO IT TODAY!!!
Stepping down from the soapbox and exiting right.........

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Old 10-08-2009, 06:57 AM
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Its a wonder anything gets accomplished up there-Senate has nothing scheduled for tomorrow-off 10-12-09 and 10-16-09. When do they work?
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Old 10-08-2009, 07:00 AM
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Found this-

31. H.R.3756 : To amend the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2008 to provide for additional weeks of emergency unemployment benefits.
Sponsor: Rep Welch, Peter [VT] (introduced 10/7/2009) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 10/7/2009 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.
This was just introduced yesterday..........we need to look at this new Bill. It should be up on Thomas website after 10 this morning.
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Old 10-08-2009, 07:02 AM
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Originally Posted by flyfishva View Post
Its a wonder anything gets accomplished up there-Senate has nothing scheduled for tomorrow-off 10-12-09 and 10-16-09. When do they work?
Fly, It's Politics being played out on this and were the ones that are losing, I'm so upset with these people, I could cry!!!!!!, Why are they so out of touch?
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Old 10-08-2009, 07:03 AM
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The Kick Them All Out Project - Operation Pink Slip Mail-In Campaign - Let Congress Know What's In Store For THEM For A Change!
Lets all join!
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Old 10-08-2009, 07:09 AM
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From Bloomberg

Legislation Delayed

Legislation to extend unemployment benefits is being delayed in the U.S. Senate by a dispute among lawmakers over which states ought to receive the relief.
The House approved legislation last week that would extend benefits by 13 weeks for people in 27 states with jobless rates of at least 8.5 percent in August. Democrats had said they wanted to forward the bill to Obama by the end of September, when benefits ran out for about 400,000 Americans.
Seventeen senators objected to the House plan because their states would be excluded.
This article preceeded the above one-and it's BS
U.S. Initial Jobless Claims Decrease to 10-Month Low of 521,000

Oct. 8 (Bloomberg) -- The number of Americans filing first- time claims for unemployment benefits fell last week to the lowest since January, a sign the labor market is deteriorating more slowly as the economy emerges from the recession.
Applications fell by 33,000 to 521,000, lower than forecast, in the week ended Oct. 3, from a revised 554,000 the week before, Labor Department data showed today in Washington. The total number of people collecting unemployment insurance dropped in the prior week to the least since March.
While the figures indicate improvement, government data last week showed more job cuts than forecast for September and a rising jobless rate. President Barack Obama pledged to “explore any and all additional measures” to spur growth, as last week’s report underscored that gains in consumer spending may be hard to sustain once stimulus programs expire.
“The pace of job losses has slowed,” Steven Wood, president of Insight Economics LLC in Danville, California, said before the report. Even so, he said, mounting unemployment will mean “sluggish economic growth over the next year.”
Economists forecast weekly claims would drop to 540,000 from a previously reported 551,000, according to the median of 45 projections in a Bloomberg News survey. Estimates ranged from 530,000 to 560,000.
Continuing claims dropped by 72,000 to 6.04 million in the week ended Sept. 26 from 6.11 million in the prior week.
4-Week Average
The report showed the four-week moving average of initial applications, a less volatile measure, fell to 539,750 last week from 548,750.
The unemployment rate among people eligible for benefits, which tends to track the jobless rate, decreased to 4.5 percent in the week ended Sept. 26, from 4.6 percent the prior week.
Twenty-seven states and territories reported a decrease in claims, while 26 reported an increase. These data are reported with a one-week lag.
Initial jobless claims reflect weekly firings and tend to rise as job growth -- measured by the monthly non-farm payrolls report -- slows.
The Labor Department said last week that employers cut 263,000 jobs in September after a 201,000 drop in August, while unemployment climbed to 9.8 percent, the highest level since 1983. The U.S. has lost 7.2 million jobs since the recession began in December 2007.
The government also projected that payrolls may have fallen by 824,000 more than previously thought in the year ended March.
Tepid Growth
Nonetheless, economists surveyed by Bloomberg in September estimated the U.S. returned to growth last quarter after contracting in the first six months.
Growth next year probably won’t be strong enough to “substantially” bring down unemployment, which may remain above 9 percent at the end of 2010, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke told lawmakers on Oct. 1.
Companies looking to add staff include Richfield, Minnesota-based Best Buy Co. The world’s largest electronics retailer last month said it plans to hire more seasonal holiday workers this year to help meet demand for Internet-connected flat-panel televisions and mobile phones.
Those cutting jobs include Windstream Corp., a Little Rock, Arkansas-based fixed-line phone company, which said last week it plans to trim about 350 positions, or 4.9 percent of its workforce, by the end of the year. The cuts are needed as the company changes its business model, Chief Executive Officer Jeff Gardner said in a Sept. 30 statement.
As we all fall off the rolls-we are no longer being counted and they ar using that info to make it appear that things are better than they actually are-Are you mad yet???
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Old 10-08-2009, 07:15 AM
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We need to find info on this new Bill-H.R.3756 as it was introduced yesterday and guess who is a co-sponsor-Jeanne Shaheen.
I have given you guys plenty to read today..comments?
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Old 10-08-2009, 07:20 AM
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Originally Posted by hammer1983 View Post
Fly, It's Politics being played out on this and were the ones that are losing, I'm so upset with these people, I could cry!!!!!!, Why are they so out of touch?
Because they do not care-it isn't about us. It isn't about being the voice of the people. Millions of people are unemployed and the White House has done nothing. We are the pink elephant. If everything else was going good-as in the Stimulus was actually doing what it was intended to do-we would get nothing. Obama can't admit his Stimulus isn't working..and we all know IT IS NOT WORKING !
I know everybody is tired of emailing-writing-calling as it appears it does no good but we have to do something. By doing something I feel like I am in control of this situation-even though the reality is-we have no control. This has been a huge wake-up call for me-all these people have got to go. They don't work for us anymore-they work for themselves and Big Corporations. A Bill has got to come up today because next week is healthcare and we all know-nothing will be brought forward while they discuss that bunch of crap. I am so over this...........:mad :
I guess we are looking at the end of this month for this Bill to be passed.........hate to put that out there but it appears to be fact.
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