Overall, unemployment numbers are declining. A U.S. Labor Department report in November of 2013, put the unemployment rate at 7 percent, the lowest in five years, The Washington Post reports.
Those numbers though, are little comfort to the millions of Americans unemployed and underemployed. On Dec. 28, 2013, 1.3 million people lost their federal emergency unemployment insurance. When the Senate reconvenes on Jan. 6, 2014, it’s expected that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will try to pass a retroactive extension of long-time unemployment benefits.
Even if the Senate does pass an extension of benefits, it won’t get to the heart of the unemployment problem. What would help get more Americans back to work? Is there anything that serves as a shield against unemployment and underemployment? We want to hear your ideas.
Join the PBS NewsHour and the Urban Institute for a Twitter Chat on unemployment to discuss those issues and more on Jan. 9, 2014 from 1 to 2 p.m. EST. What’s your employed or underemployed story? What are your job market predictions for 2014? Take part by commenting below, watching the chat below on Jan. 9 from 1 to 2 p.m. EST, or talking to us on Twitter by following @NewsHour and @UrbanInstitute and using the #newshourchats.