With changes to its unemployment law, NC becomes 1st state to drop federal jobless funds

  • Article by: EMERY P. DALESIO , AP Business Writer
  • Updated: June 28, 2013 - 5:30 AM

RALEIGH, N.C. — With changes to its unemployment law taking effect this weekend, North Carolina not only is cutting benefits for those who file new claims, it will become the first state disqualified from a federal compensation program for the long-term jobless.

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kleindropperJun. 28, 13 6:25 AM

It's time for Americans to consider doing the jobs "Americans won't do" before the flood of immigrants pouring into the country take them all. As for the 45 year old's "doctorate" degree, I can think of one good thing for it but won't mention it here. Welcome to reality, now do something useful.

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EleanoreJun. 28, 13 7:47 AM

Dropping the federal program is a good thing that MN should also be doing, as for the jobs americans won't do, when illegals are actually run out of the country and employers who hire them are crushed economically for their acts against the nation, americans will be able to do those jobs because they will be compensated appropriately. You are not entitled to subwage labor, be it from illegal aliens or american citizens. I'd sleep lightly with an attitude like that.

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jpcooperJun. 28, 13 8:12 AM

Sounds like the national unemployment rate will be going down in the near future at these NC jobless workers will not be counted in the numbers! No job? no unemployment? must have dropped out of the market!

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drichmnJun. 28, 1310:53 AM

"Sounds like the national unemployment rate will be going down in the near future at these NC jobless workers will not be counted in the numbers! " .... Receiving unemployment compensation has nothing to do with being counted as unemployed. Read about the Current Population Survey from the BLS website which is the basis for unemployment figures. The website clearly states that receiving unemployment is not used because "some people are still jobless when their benefits run out, and many more are not eligible at all or delay or never apply for benefits".

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BBJoeJun. 28, 13 1:18 PM

To truly solve our long-term employment issues we need to look at methods that may decrease efficiencies, yet still employ Americans. Decades ago we even paid people to sweep streets and remove roadkill. No matter how low your abilities there was a paying job for you. Blame for laziness had more merit. Now it is just talk-radio inspired mean. Sure there are some lazy people, but if you are a certain age doing something routine, good luck keeping your job and income. Hard working and good people are losing opportunities with new technology and with outsourcing to cheaper countries - both make much higher profits for the wealthiest Americans. Until wealth to the richest is no longer the main goal in America, the rest of us are at risk.

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tituspulloJun. 28, 13 6:58 PM

kleindropperJun. 28, 13 6:25 AM It's time for Americans to consider doing the jobs "Americans won't do" before the flood of immigrants pouring into the country take them all. As for the 45 year old's "doctorate" degree, I can think of one good thing for it but won't mention it here. Welcome to reality, now do something useful__________It's always a pleasure to read anonymous posts, teeming with smugness and judgement. You got lucky this past recession...many others didn't. To suggest that people in their mid-fifties who have worked office jobs all of their lives, suddenly become roofers and landscapers might be one of the stupidest things I've ever read on the internet...and that's saying something. Show a little empathy...the very same thing that happened to these people could happen to you.

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