Last night, the US House of Representatives voted mostly along party lines to reduce the maximum length of unemployment benefits from its current level of 99 weeks to only 59 weeks by next summer in high-unemployment states, including North Carolina.
The US Department of Labor estimates that 180,505 North Carolinians would lose unemployment benefits compared to a full extension. That’s more than in all but four other states.
At a time when there are 4.25 officially unemployed persons per job opening across the country, cutting the length of unemployment benefits takes away a vital economic lifeline for families at a time when there simply are not enough jobs for everyone who wants one.
Dramatically reducing the length of unemployment benefits not only hurts the families of unemployed workers, it hurts the entire economy: the National Employment Law Project estimates that the House’s cut to unemployment benefits would cost at least 140,000 jobs next year, with job losses coming disproportionately from states already suffering from high unemployment. Read More…