End of unemployment checks for more than a million people has out-of-work Americans scrambling

  • Article by: AMY TAXIN , Associated Press
  • Updated: December 28, 2013 - 3:35 PM

WESTMINSTER, Calif. — The end of unemployment checks for more than a million people on Saturday is driving out-of-work Americans to consider selling cars, moving and taking minimum wage work after already slashing household budgets and pawning personal possessions to make ends meet.

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theagonybhoDec. 28, 1310:44 AM

Yes scrambling to look for a job, something they should have been doing the last 5 1/2 years.

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windigolakeDec. 28, 1311:22 AM

"Yes scrambling to look for a job, something they should have been doing the last 5 1/2 years." I love how the elite 1% criticize the unemployed. As if they knew anything at all about job-hunting and poverty.

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redeye12Dec. 28, 1311:24 AM

Brought to you by the ineffectual policies of Obama. The worst recovery in modern history. Gov't policies that constrict hiring--ACA, Dodd-Frank, blanket anti-oil and anti-coal policies, wasted money on green, crony projects and more gov't spending on do nothing projects, etc. One other point, the author posits that unemployment will go down because people will no longer be required to look as they did when they received unemployment benefits. I'm guessing they were not looking too hard if they are dropping out once benefits disappear.

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md56482Dec. 28, 1311:59 AM

The judgment of posters who are playing know-it-all for every individuals personal job hunt is ridiculous. Until you've gone thru it, you don't know what you're talking about. The older you get the tougher it is. On the other hand, eventually you have to take something and work until you find something better. The couple from California is going about it the right way. Keep adjusting to make ends meet. That's how the most successful people in life do it, from month-to-month and year-to-year.

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liora51Dec. 28, 1312:01 PM

Why is taking UI, which one has contributed when employed, something to stigmatize? How is using unemployment insurance when you can't find a job that pays a living wage more reprehensible than Romney working the Revenue laws to deduct his wife's horse or off shore his money to avoid paying taxes?

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pitythefoolsDec. 28, 1312:04 PM

redeye12: "Brought to you by the ineffectual policies of Obama. The worst recovery in modern history."

Define "modern" and include what kind of collapse we are recovering from. The last financial (not business cyclical) collapse was the Great Depression of 1929. It took us until 1952 to recover from that one. So that means this is the FASTEST recovery since the Great Depression.

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freetoliveDec. 28, 1312:07 PM

I have a friend in this situation. He told me that he was going to take all the unemployment benefits that he could before he would try to find work. This is human nature. From Benjamin Franklin: “I am for doing good to the poor, but...I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. I observed...that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.”

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theagonybhoDec. 28, 1312:08 PM

windigolake, im not part of the elite 1% like your president Obama, i do know something about job hunting, thats why im not in poverty.

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yoyomomoDec. 28, 1312:19 PM

There wouldn't be so many unemployed Americans if they didn't have to compete for jobs, wages and benefits with 12million fraudulently documented foreigners.

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yoyomomoDec. 28, 1312:23 PM

I am lucky, 52, have never drawn unemployment and have worked full time since 1976...so don't tell me I have no experience looking for a job.

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