Americans React To End Of Jobless Benefits: “I Just Don’t Know What To Do, Except Pray”

Tyler Durden's picture

"It's going to put my family and me out on the streets," is a perspective shared by many of the 1.3 million Americans about to lose their emergency unemployment claims. The program, started during the recession, was intended to help jobless people after they exhausted state benefits, typically lasting six months. House Republicans resisted continuing the benefits without budget cuts elsewhere to cover the cost. As Bloomberg reports, opponents say the extended benefits discourage the unemployed from accepting jobs and that the program should be curtailed, given the recovery in the nation’s labor market.

Via Bloomberg,

It lacks compassion for the victims of the recession and, economically, it’s shooting ourselves in the foot,” said Lawrence Mishel, the president of the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, which backs policies that help low-income workers. “The timing is very premature. The evidence is that people who want work can’t find it.”




The economy has now been out of a recession for more than four years,” said Chris Edwards, an economist with the Cato Institute in Washington, which argues for scaling back the role of government. “These unemployment benefits are emergency benefits, but the economy is no longer in an emergency situation. People can find jobs if they are willing to moderate their wage demands and make compromises.”




“Not all of us have savings and a lot of us have to take care of family because of what happened in the economy,” said Walker, of Santa Clarita, who said she has applied for at least three jobs a week and shares an apartment with her unemployed son, his wife and two children. “It’s going to put my family and me out on the streets.”




There were 3.9 million job openings across the U.S. at the end of October, according to the Labor Department. That same month, 11.3 million people were looking for work but couldn’t find it, a gap advocates say underscores the need to keep benefits flowing.




Failure to extend the program will affect 1.9 million people who are forecast to use up their state benefits in the first half of 2014 before they can find work, according to the White House.




The effect will be especially pronounced in the most-populous U.S. states. In New York, 102,700 people were expected to lose their benefits on Dec. 28, said Chris White, a spokesman for the state’s labor department. In New Jersey, about 90,300 will do the same, according to estimates from Democrats on the House Ways and Means Committee. More than 222,000 Californians will likewise see their benefits disappear.




“I understand the government doesn’t want to pay for people who are taking advantage of it,” she said. “But I am not, and many other people are not.”


“I just don’t know what to do, except pray.”

Of course, as we discussed in detail previously, this will mean a notable drop in the unemployment rate (for what that is worth)...


This has profound implications for the oh-so-important unemployment rate that  the Fed is so dependent upon...

JPM's Feroli: One observation that could set an upper bound on thinking about a participation effect is to hypothesize that all 1.3 million EUC claimants exit the labor force after benefits expire in 1Q (again, should Congress allow that to happen). In that case, the unemployment rate would fall by 0.8%-pt, obviously an extreme example. Some of the Fed studies can help to narrow the range of outcomes.


One of the more recent works (Farber and Valletta from the San Francisco Fed) indicates that about a fifth of long-term unemployment is due to extended benefits. With just over 4 million long-term unemployed recently, this would imply that the absence of extended UI benefits could lower the unemployment rate by 0.5%-pt.

This will directly impact the Fed's credibility to manage the economt in a "data-dependent" manner:

JPM's Feroli: Setting aside the normative aspect of whether from a public policy perspective this is a desirable or undesirable outcome, such a fall in the unemployment and participation rates could create some tricky choices for Fed policymakers as they assess the health of the labor market.

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NoDebt's picture

Thank God we don't count those people any more, nor pay them any attention.

dbach's picture

Give to your local food pantry, help your neighbors, friends and family... There are plenty of ways to pay the downtrodden attention without having the government spend more than we're (the taxpayers) paying in to this 'insurance policy'.

To the people whose unemployment is running out at 6 months & complaining that its not enough, were you asking to have longer benefits and thus raise your taxes while you were working? If not, then STFU. (Presumably) The taxes paid while working cover 6 months of unemployment, deal with it.

Stackers's picture

Extended benefits are BS. I have seen it first hand


good friend lost job

good work ethic, decent guy

stayed on unemployment for 2 years, never looked for a job

when it ran out he started up 3 small part time self employment businesses, works about 30 hours a week making more money and is happiest I've seen him in long time


rsnoble's picture

Problem is very few have that ability. People keep reporting 'positives' there is nothing positive.  Millions without nothing = mass unrest coming soon.

Do I support forever benefits.......No.  I support an entirely new system.  And getting from here to there will be mass deaths.  Not to mention the shitheads in power wont want the same system we want we'll just end up in a bigger war or something.  There is nothing good at all to see here.

remain calm's picture

Dear Unemployeed,

Take whatever job you can, pick up a broom, dig a ditch, clean a rest room, do someting, I don't care if it is 5 pay grades below what you use to do.  Quit be a sorry lazy piece of shit. Have some pride quit begging.

New England Patriot's picture

Buy an acre of land in Wyoming for $500.00, build a hut and start cultivating crops.


Instant debt freedom at the same time. 

Four chan's picture

a hungry slave is an obediant slave, the new democratic amerika.

New England Patriot's picture

Don’t you remember the rule we had when we lived with you? “If you don’t work, you don’t eat.” And now we’re getting reports that a bunch of lazy good-for-nothings are taking advantage of you. This must not be tolerated. We command them to get to work immediately—no excuses, no arguments—and earn their own keep.

Friends, don’t slack off in doing your duty. If anyone refuses to obey our clear command written in this letter, don’t let him get by with it. Point out such a person and refuse to subsidize his freeloading. Maybe then he’ll think twice. But don’t treat him as an enemy. Sit him down and talk about the problem as someone who cares.


2 Thessalonians 3:10-15 (Message)

BaBaBouy's picture

USA ... Cut UI Benefits Butt...
INCREASE Military AND NSA Spending.


InjectTheVenom's picture

...bbbuuutttt we SHOULD increase NSA spending 'cuz Judge William oops excuse me the HONORABLE Judge William H Pauley III just ruled the other day that NSA spying is not unconstitutional and said it keeps us safe from bad brown-skinned people !!     I actually tried calling his chambers at 212-805-6387  to congratulate him on this ruling !

Anusocracy's picture

So the monkeys are stupid enough to vote for zookeepers who are destroying their lives.

Tough shit, morons.


chumbawamba's picture

This situation is oozing with so much fail, I just had to chime in:

House Republicans resisted continuing the benefits without budget cuts elsewhere to cover the cost.

Yes, because they just can't find any more electrons with which to create more Uncle Sam Bucks.  They've all been hoarded by the banksters, who are warehousing 13 yottawatts of the little buggers for when they get their war on in a few more months.

As Bloomberg reports, opponents say the extended benefits discourage the unemployed from accepting jobs and that the program should be curtailed, given the recovery in the nation’s labor market.

Yes!  These people on benefits are so fucking lazy, not hitting the streets day after day filling out hundreds of applications and submitting hundreds of resumes for the 2 jobs sitting out there waiting to be filled.  Why I can't walk 33 feet down the street without being inundated by dozens of job offers.

You know what?  I'm done.  If I have to even write this then it means I need to finish my final preps and get the fuck out of here.

I am Chumbawamba.

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

YOUR place (state) is one of the most dangerous in the USA.  

If it all goes really bad ("TEOTWAWKI") on us, we are finished anyway, as my wife and I are no farmers...  If it is just a horrible economy, well, we have finished those preps.


I have been recently discovering that sincere PRAYER has more power than I had given it credit for in the past.

chumbawamba's picture


I worked my ass off these past five years and quite literally lost just about everything to do my part to prevent us from reaching this juncture.  Forgive me for not working harder at it.

California will go on, but the human garbage that brought my birthright to this sad state of affairs certainly shall not.  I'm dedicating the next five years to cleaning this place up, starting with the psychopaths that are responsible for this mess.  No one escapes accountability.  If you escape my retribution, you'll get it much worse on down the line.

With regard to prayer: indeed, it works, with the essential element of FAITH or BELIEF.  Your BELIEF is the 4th axis required to harness the 4th dimensional energy that actually carries your word into action.

So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not
return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it
shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. - Isaiah 55:11

I am Chumbawamba.

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

The Bible is a big book, and I do not know it well.  My starting for now point is Emmet Fox, New Testament commentary.  Next up for Bearing Guy is the Book of Matthew.

Your task ahead is hard.  Psychopaths are dangerous.  

chumbawamba's picture

You gotta read it and find the meaning in it for yourself.  It's always good to read other peoples' commentaries for additional perspective but it's how the Word speaks to you that matters the most.


chumbawamba's picture

Keep the faith while you wait for a response.


StychoKiller's picture

Sometimes the answer to yer prayer is "no."

sschu's picture

Mr Bearing,

Matthew is a tough place to start, suggest one of Mark or Luke maybe even John.  Then the epistles, Romans etc.

Save the tax collector for later.  You will then uncover the dispentialist vs the covenant discussion.  Less confusion, more enrightment that way.

Best of luck!


PT's picture

???  Start at Genesis.  Keep reading.  Once you reach NT, start at Matthew, keep reading.  If you desire, then once you hit the end, start at the beginning again.  Nothing hard about it.  Even if you only read one page per day.  Reading it in order gives you a bit of perspective, why things change the way they do.  I know some people like to jump all over the place, good for them.  But there's no harm in good, ol' fashioned start at the beginning and read to the end.

ebear's picture

"No one escapes accountability."

Romans 12:19

Leviticus 19:18

Deuteronomy 32: 35

1 Samuel 26:10

Proverbs 20:22

Proverbs 24:29

(don't shoot the messenger please. I'm just reporting what it says)

OutLookingIn's picture

BLS employment stats,

OMB budgetary forecasts,

D of T GDP numbers,

FRB inflation rate, etc, etc, etc,,, FABRICATIONS.



GeorgeHayduke's picture

Now that I see you spouting off scripture, I know we can instantly discount anything you write...even though what you write pretty much has the same effect.

Deo vindice's picture

Have your read scripture?

Because unless you have read the scripture, any argument against it can be instantly discounted as arguing from ignorance.

aerojet's picture

Ah yes, the fallacy of appealing to a higher authority.  Scripture is bs because religion is made up.  Very simple, really.  Anyone who quotes scripture is just telling you how stupid they are.  It's like the bad drivers who self-identify by adding huge rear wings on their cars.  

Pegasus Muse's picture

Need work?  Hungry?  Seiji Sasa is hiring ... 

Seriously, there's over 100K jobs listed here:

Doesn't take much education, skill or experience to work a Jiffy Lube or McD's ... It does take a willingness to work for a living.



CheapBastard's picture

But, but, but....Pegasus...working makes my brain hurt.

Four chan's picture

the false claims of religion dont need memorizing to label them all correctly as bullshit.

Headbanger's picture

This sad situation might explain why a  number of old fart buddies of mine have been getting attention from much younger women recently. Now these old boys aren't much to look at but they're decent old men with good trucks and still do some carpentry and plumbing and house painting for some good cash. And I guess these younger women just want a place to live in and a daddy figure to live with again! I'm staying away from that trouble however!

And if you handy DIY types want to earn some good money, interior house painting pays pretty good and the materials are inexpensive. Find somebody witha vaction home they want painted when they're not there and it could well be a couple thousand in your pocket!  And good plumbing & heating guys (and gals) are always in demand.

Nostradumbass's picture

I have said many times that a solid skillset in practical trades beats the hell out of "higher education" in the long run for most.

If you can work with your wit and your hands at creating/restoring/improving something, you will be able to eat and keep out of the inclement weather.

Tall Tom's picture

Well IF Religion is just "made up" then you need not even be caring about anything at all. You are just an Animal in the Animal Kingdom.


You might as well be buttfucking your children. That is NOT EVIL. The Alpha Male Chimpanzee does that to all members in his group. It is not EVIL but it is NORMAL ANIMAL BEHAVIOR.


Since you believe in the Animal Kingdom and since the behavior is NORMAL I can assume that you support it.


You need to read Nietzsche's, "Beyond Good and Evil" and REALIZE that you are nothing more than an ANIMAL.


IF Religion is just "made up" then there is NO MORALITY. It is just a matter of PREFERENCES.


Now isn't that like your argument about wings on cars?

Four chan's picture

religionists have butfucked more children than ANY other group. 


religion's false claim of morality is for the robots who have accepted its programming.

ronaldawg's picture

Uh no..''' Liberal Demorats, the party of the gayyyys pretty much fucked everything they have touched in the past 58 years.

StychoKiller's picture

Dharma: What is heavier than earth, higher than heavens, faster than the wind and more numerous than straws?

Yudhishthira: One's mother is heavier than the earth; one's father is higher than the mountains. The mind is faster than wind and our worries are more numerous than straws.

Dharma: Who is the friend of a traveler? Who is the friend of one who is ill and one who is dying?

Yudhishthira: The friend of a traveler is his companion. The physician is the friend of one who is sick and a dying man's friend is charity.

Dharma: What is that which, when renounced, makes one lovable?  What is that which is renounced makes happy and wealthy?

Yudhishthira: Pride, if renounced makes one lovable; by renouncing desire one becomes wealthy; and to renounce avarice is to obtain happiness.

Dharma: What enemy is invincible? What constitutes an incurable disease? What sort of man is noble and what sort is ignoble?

Yudhishthira: Anger is the invincible enemy. Covetousness constitutes a disease that is incurable. He is noble who desires the well-being of all creatures, and he is ignoble who is without mercy.

Dharma: Who is truly happy? What is the greatest wonder?  What is the path? And what is the news?

Yudhishthira: He who has no debts is truly happy. Day after day countless people die.  Yet the living wish to live forever. O Lord, what can be a greater wonder?  Argument leads to no certain conclusion, the Srutis are different from one another; there is not even one Rishi whose opinion can be accepted by all; the truth about Dharma and duty is hid in caves of our heart: therefore, that alone is the path along which the great have trod. This world full of ignorance is like a pan. The sun is fire, the days and nights are fuel. The months and the seasons constitute the wooden ladle. Time is the cook that is cooking all creatures in that pan (with such aids); this is the news.

Nostradumbass's picture

Religion IS made-up.

But this does not equate to the non existence of God or Supreme Being...

Let your own intelligence, experience and objective observation be your guide...


ebear's picture

"Let your own intelligence, experience and objective observation be your guide..."

Indeed, which is what I interpret "free will" to mean.  And if I was gifted with that (as opposed to evolving from some primitive state) then I can reasonably suppose that if I arrive at a place through the exercise of that will that is in accordance with what the Creator intended, then I am indeed free.

I think this pretty much captures the sentiment:


1 Corinthians 13 New International Version (NIV)

13 If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing. 4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. 13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

I go with what has worked for me.  From personal experience, I was delivered from an eventual fate that would have been very ugly had I continued down that road.

Sincere prayer and sincere seeking of spirituality has worked for me.  

It would likely work for all who seek a better life.  Here is a book I got from one of my "virtual friends", whom I found via Zero Hedge:

The Sermon on the Mount

Emmet Fox (1938)

Panafrican Funktron Robot's picture

That is a pretty solid text to work from.  I break shit down pretty simply:

1.  The kingdom of god is within you.

2.  God is love.

Through that lens, the rest of the NT and many parts of the OT make a ton more sense, and you may subsequently understand just how big the disconnect is between modern religious constructs, and the primary ideas conveyed by the actual texts.  One "woah" moment for me was the following:

Humility --> Forgiveness --> Love

It all flows from humility.  Existentialists would generally concur.  Joe Rogan's epic rant in which he concludes that humanity is analogous to bacteria is one interesting rational outcome.  

Imminent Crucible's picture

I think not. In Nehemiah 5, verse 11, YHWH ripped the Israelites for taking 1% interest ("the hundredth part") from the poor.


Nostradumbass's picture

Mythical letter from mythical people in a mythological book.

There are some good ideas put down in it but nothing that cannot be directly perceived through a healthy wit and attitude.


New England Patriot's picture

Which is totally incorrect.


The saving power of Jesus Christ's sacrifice is not something that can "be perceived through a healthy wit and attitude."


If you murdered someone and were punishable by death, can you perceive your way into righteousness?


So too, every person is born into sin, and the wages of sin is death. You can pay for your own sin with your own life, but it means that you die forever. The alternative is to allow another to pay your death sentence, and that is what Jesus Christ did. By believing in his sacrifice, anyone can become a co-heir with Christ in the future kingdom, which includes everlasting life. 


Christ was resurrected because he was sinless, and wrongfully put to death. By the rules of the universe, death could not hold him in the grave. Therefore, he was resurrected, and the same resurrection is available to all people who would believe in his sacrifice and resurrection, and call him Lord. 


In this way Christ is the propitiation for sin, and you will not find this truth in any other religion or philosophy on planet Earth.


"Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful." 1 Corinthians 1:27


Jungle Jim's picture

I reckon the local food bank or whatever you'd call it really took that scripture passage to heart. Whenever someone gets desperate enough to turn up there to beg for help, they hand them a stack of forms to fill out and demand a bunch other documentation to prove the recipient is worthy, deserving of help. I went there once.

I told them, "I don't know that I *am* deserving, but even if I were, I could never prove it to your satisfaction. Bye." Oh, it made no difference to them that I was nearly sixty and in poor health and no longer able-bodied (yet, paradoxically, ineligible for "disability"). 

But I found another way, a bad way.

Eeyores Enigma's picture

Just make them all CEO's then give them a big bonus.

Worked so far.

Rubbish's picture

Or a banker, hang a shingle out:


I will fuck you for a Hundy.

PT's picture

No bankster bonuses were harmed in the making of this depression.

e2thex's picture



Does this mean the unemployed will be giving up their I-phones and be forced back to a land-line?

Will Apple come up with a new phone, the U-Phone, for the Unemployed.


Solution--Just legally change your name to the son or daughter of someone connected and then apply for a job at JPM.



Lloyd Blankfein II

Iriestx's picture

But that's hard work!  Can't I just stay on the couch watching Judge Judy and Oprah all day while I collect "free" things from the governmnet?  I promise I'll vote Democrat!

PT's picture

Plenty of work for those that want it .... oh, you want to get paid!  Well, ummm, that's a different ... now get back to work.