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Importance in Extending Unemployment Insurance

The importance in extending unemployment insurance is larger than many realize. Unemployment insurance was taken away from 1.3 million Americans.

Many Americans are unemployed and looking for work.  Unemployment insurance is important for these millions of Americans who are unemployed. Because Republicans in Congress failed to act at the end of 2013, unemployment insurance was taken away from 1.3 million Americans.  This can be fixed and here is why it should be:

1.3 Million Americans Lose Unemployment Benefits Tomorrow

Importance in Extending Unemployment Insurance

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So what exactly is unemployment insurance?  Unemployment insurance provides cash benefits to eligible workers in the case that they lose their job.  They provide temporary assistance to  unemployed workers that have lost their jobs to no fault of their own.

The government had been extending unemployment benefits before the end of 2013 in an effort to support a failing economy.  As part of a way to slow the accrual of more US debt, 1.3 million people lost their unemployment insurance at the end of 2013.

But it is important that these people regain their unemployment insurance.  The affect of this loss impacts the country in more ways than the government realizes.  Unemployment insurance keeps people out of poverty.  It allows them to survive while they are looking for a new job.  If they cannot provide for their family, it will be a lot harder for them to look for jobs.  Time will need to be spent looking for food and resources.

Removing unemployment insurance can actually negatively affect our economy as well.  Though the government will be saving money by not paying unemployment insurance, it may cause more to become unemployed.  As the number of those receiving benefits is reduced, less people will be able to pay their bills, buy groceries, etc.  This is will cause the economy to suffer and jobs to be lost.

Importance in Extending Unemployment Insurance

Reducing the number of people covered by unemployment insurance can start a vicious cycle with the economy.  It is important that decision makers take every positive and negative consequence into consideration when evaluating our policies for 2014.


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