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January 19, 2014

I am responding to a letter regarding emergency unemployment benefits not being included in the budget that was just passed....

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cheyenne

Jan-19-14 12:55 AM

"Do they help out with different job web sites, yes, but you are doing the work not them."- Lauri Huther

OK....and this is a problem? Why?

You do make a good point, however, regarding the money that is foolishly squandered, instead of helping the unfortunate get back on their feet.

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Tgrammiex4

Jan-19-14 3:40 AM

Having walked in your shoes, I am sympathetic to your viewpoint. I think displaced workers that have paid taxes for years are more entitled to benefits than those that have never worked by choice.The gov't funding all these "studies" for silly things and pet projects is crazy.

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spike2

Jan-19-14 5:54 AM

Cheyenne - that was clearly not her point. Career Link directs people to websites in many instances. The old system had numerous postings by local "business". You could simply peruse and go apply. Further, jobs are also split between temp agencies, the internet, P.O.B.'s, newspapers,in-store advertising, etc.. Sorry, you just want to blame the person and fail to see that even job searching has morphed into a monster. Think about this, the writer said web sites. Easy for us. We are already online. Many applications are to be completed online. Not every person seeking work has a computer or internet. Not every individual over 50 is computer savvy. Getting job listings out in at least one comprehensive site might go a long wayto facilitating a job search.

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gavinf56

Jan-19-14 6:25 AM

"Getting job listings out in at least one comprehensive site might go a long wayto facilitating a job search." - spike2

It's already there. Indeed (dot) com

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eriklatranyi

Jan-19-14 6:34 AM

"...during those years I paid into unemployment every week,"

I love this thinking!

Sorry, but the "system" you pay into is a Ponzi scheme that depends on someone else to pay for you.

Your money was spent as soon as it came in. Your payments are for others, not for you.

I pay into my 401K and I can see it. That does not apply to unemployment, social security or any other liberal pyramid scheme.

There is no law, rule or regulation that says that money belongs to you.

Think about it.

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Capricorn1

Jan-19-14 6:40 AM

"...during those years I paid into unemployment every week,"

The federal and state government take payroll taxes to fund unemployment insurance for workers. However, these payroll taxes are not taken out of the employee's paycheck. The employer funds unemployment insurance out of his share of the payroll taxes; employees' paychecks are not affected by the need to pay for unemployment.

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gavinf56

Jan-19-14 6:49 AM

"The employer funds unemployment insurance out of his share of the payroll taxes; employees' paychecks are not affected by the need to pay for unemployment." - Capricorn1

Cap, employers still consider this to be part of an employees compensation package, son in essence, yes, the employee does pay into this fund.

Having said that, paying into this fund for an entire year will get you about 4 weeks of UC.

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hopeforfuture

Jan-19-14 6:51 AM

I just looked at the site mentioned. Is that really the extent of the jobs in the area? I didn't see any that had a dental background needed. And if this person was to go back to school and learn a new profession how long would that take and would there be a job when she finished? Not likely!

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gavinf56

Jan-19-14 7:00 AM

Why does it need to be a job "you like" and why do you need to go back to school?

If you are unemployed you are going to have to look at jobs you might not like. It's about finding a job.

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gavinf56

Jan-19-14 7:02 AM

...and just for an fyi, you are preaching to the choir if you think I don't know what I am talking about.

I lost 3 jobs (2 to China, 1 to bankruptcy) between 2004 and 2008. I am now doing a job I never thought in my wildest nightmares I would be doing, but it pays the bills.

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Capricorn1

Jan-19-14 7:10 AM

Having said that, paying into this fund for an entire year will get you about 4 weeks of UC. -Gavin

Gavin, I'm curious, how did you come up with this calculation?

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gavinf56

Jan-19-14 7:16 AM

Google "Federal Unemployment Tax Act" and then "Unemployment Compensation: Employer Services". It's a really complicated calculation and I may be overstating the number of weeks/year being "accrued".

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Fredzz

Jan-19-14 7:27 AM

Capricorn1;

"" However, these payroll taxes are not taken out of the employee's paycheck. ""

That's... That's odd..??

Every week my wife's pay stub had a line item, unemployment insurance deduction subtracted from her pay-check...???

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Capricorn1

Jan-19-14 7:29 AM

Thanks Gavin. I just have never seen unemployment insurance advertised as part of your compensation package. I just always understood it as a tax employers had to pay and not one that was taken from an employee's paycheck.

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Garben78

Jan-19-14 7:30 AM

Dear LTE most of these idiots don't realize that unemployment isn't a free handout unlike welfare. It is fools like this we call the uneducated ones and yes unfortunately they have the right to vote also

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CarlHiller

Jan-19-14 7:31 AM

gavinf56 - I agree with all your posts. If you lost a job you may have to take one that you do not like. Make it temporary, while working look for one that suits you better. The problem today is too many seek to make excuses, blame others and generally do nothing to better themselves when hit with unemployment. The fault may not be yours, but the only way to move forward is to start moving and quit whining. With that said I believe the UC should be extended by cutting out enough oversea welfare to pay for it. It is government in collusion with big business that has created this massive and extended fiasco. Small business is the engine of our economy and until small business creation and hiring starts back up, we will be in this pickle for a number of years.

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Capricorn1

Jan-19-14 7:37 AM

I stand corrected. Alaska, New Jersey and PA are the only three states that require employee deductions for unemployment insurance.

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CaveFelem

Jan-19-14 7:38 AM

Until we start to bring manufacturing back to this country, we'll still be in this pickle.

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gavinf56

Jan-19-14 7:50 AM

I hear this a lot, so I am just wondering. What kind of manufacturing jobs are we talking about?

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gavinf56

Jan-19-14 7:53 AM

"I just have never seen unemployment insurance advertised as part of your compensation package." - Capricorn1

Cap, it's not advertised, but every penny that an employer pays on your behalf, whether you see it on your pay stub or not, is considered to be part of your compensation package by your employer.

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Ritty77

Jan-19-14 8:00 AM

"I hear this a lot, so I am just wondering. What kind of manufacturing jobs are we talking about?"

How about electronics? Not sure that we ever manufactured that stuff, but the biggest sellers like HDTVs. iphones, and tablets, etc. all seem to be manufactured elsewhere.

Got a Garmin for my birthday yesterday. Made in Taiwan.

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Capricorn1

Jan-19-14 8:19 AM

Happy Birthday Gavin!

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Capricorn1

Jan-19-14 8:21 AM

Oops.. I meant Ritty! ;-)

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hopeforfuture

Jan-19-14 8:22 AM

gavinf56

It may not be a job you like but there are not many jobs period.

I currently am doing a job I do not like but it is all I could find and I am currently earning two to three dollars less than I did in 1980's. But I work.

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gavinf56

Jan-19-14 8:25 AM

Yea Ritty, consumer electronics would be nice, but I think those type of jobs tend to be a bit more "technical" than CaveFelem was talking about.

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