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Old 02-12-2012, 11:36 AM
Location: Charlotte
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This map from today's NY Times is very interesting. It shows the share of American's income coming from government benefits. If you click unemployment insurance - the last item left of the map, PA comes off as particularly bad. Only Michigan seems to be similar. Any ideas why this could be? Is unemployment really worse in PA and in say WV?
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Old 02-13-2012, 09:06 AM
Location: Berwick, Penna.
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Pennsylvania benefis are fairly generous -- the maximum is over $500/wk, and there is a strong incentive to supplement them with part-time work rather than immediately go full-time on a new job that might turn out to be a trap or a "lemon". In addition, there is a provision whereby if you take a new job and are then laid off with not much earned to fund the "new" claim, you can revert to the higher rate under the "old" one. And finally, retirees with part-time obs can collect Unemployment without losing Social Security benenfits.

All of these, plus the continuing trend toward seasonal and limited-duration employment, has likely made Unemployment Insurance more of a "budget staple" in Pennsylvania than most states.
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Old 02-13-2012, 01:49 PM
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Could you add a link to the article.

Unemployment is higher than the state average in Northeast Pa, The area has always been a depressed region but right now there are more working poor, welfare and struggling families on unemployment than ever.

IT is rather frustration watching CNBC with their weekly numbers showing unemployment is going down! Maybe people are actually rolling off unemployment and going on welfare but there is no surge in hiring.

Example : My son was laid off for the second time since the Recession started. He went to College for Computer Programing. Landing a job right out of school for $42,000 a year. Then after 1 year was laid off. This was when the market crashed and the unemployment was over 700 thousand claims weekly.

It took him 1 year to find a job in Reading with a small company of 12 people. After 2 years he was laid off again. The company salesmen could not make the monthly client sales quota anymore. Business is cutting back again.

Now he has moved home since he could not pay his $900 a month rent , college loan with his unemployment.

He again is finding it hard to find work . He is applying in Texas and just got a call from a company that was offering $14.00 an hour no benefits! He can't live on that nor afford to move and even pay for rent in Texas for that little. His college loan is $500 a month and that was for a state school.

I do not believe Government data that things are improving- it is NOT!
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