Congressman Rodney Davis says there are some policies that need to pass the House and Senate before any extension of long term unemployment coverage is considered. That coverage has expired for more than a million people in the U.S. During a GLT interview the Republican Davis says he thinks a bill to get people into the workforce is a better way to go.
The number of jobs in the economy has just crept back to pre-recessionary levels and many of the newly created positions are at lower wages than those destroyed in the downturn. 80,000 people in Illinois were thrown off unemployment rolls when the long term benefit extension expired. Supporters of the extension of support for long term unemployed say it helps them continue to seek employment longer.
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