Unemployment Benefits

April 25, 2003 • Volume 13, Issue 16
Should jobless Americans get extended aid?
By Jane Tanner


Jacqueline Breedlove brushes up on her job-hunting skills at the Oakland Career Center in Oakland, Calif.  (AP Photo/Justin Sullivan)
Jacqueline Breedlove brushes up on her job-hunting skills at the Oakland Career Center in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Justin Sullivan)

At least 8.4 million Americans cannot find jobs. Two million have been jobless for more than six months and are exhausting their savings. Meanwhile, the federal-state unemployment-insurance system, designed during the Great Depression to help the jobless and stimulate the economy, is strapped for funds and under fire. The White House insists tax cuts will revive the economy and proposes a significant federal withdrawal from the unemployment program. Congressional Democrats and employees' advocates want expanded coverage for low-wage and part-time workers. Moreover, they call for an immediate federal extension of weekly jobless benefits. But Republican leaders assert added jobless benefits only encourage the unemployed to remain idle.

ISSUE TRACKER for Related Reports
Mar. 06, 2020  Universal Basic Income
Mar. 18, 2016  The Gig Economy
Mar. 06, 2012  Youth Unemployment
Jul. 31, 2009  Straining the Safety Net
Apr. 10, 2009  Business Bankruptcy
Mar. 13, 2009  Vanishing Jobs
Apr. 25, 2003  Unemployment Benefits
Jan. 21, 1994  Worker Retraining
Sep. 09, 1988  Help Wanted: Why Jobs Are Hard to Fill
Mar. 18, 1983  The Youth Unemployment Puzzle
Dec. 24, 1982  Federal Jobs Programs
May 28, 1982  America's Employment Outlook
Jun. 27, 1980  Unemployment Compensation
Oct. 14, 1977  Youth Unemployment
Jul. 11, 1975  Underemployment in America
Dec. 16, 1970  Unemployment in Recessions
Mar. 05, 1965  Unemployment Benefits in Times of Prosperity
Apr. 03, 1964  Overtime Pay Rates and Unemployment
Feb. 01, 1961  Unemployment and New Jobs
Jan. 07, 1959  Lag in Employment
Apr. 16, 1958  Emergency Jobless Aid
May 16, 1956  Lay-Off Pay Plans
Nov. 12, 1953  Jobless Compensation in Boom and Recession
Feb. 25, 1949  Defenses Against Unemployment
Jul. 30, 1945  Full Employment
Nov. 25, 1940  Unemployment Compensation
Jul. 10, 1939  Problem of the Migrant Unemployed
May 19, 1936  Unemployment and Recovery
Sep. 02, 1931  Public Employment Exchanges
Aug. 19, 1929  The Stabilization of Employment
Feb. 21, 1928  The Employment Situation in the United States
Jan. 23, 1926  Unemployment Insurance in the United States
Unemployment and Employment Programs
Welfare and Welfare Reform