If Congress back pays employees once the shutdown ends, the workers would be required to pay back any unemployment benefits they received.
By Gretchen Frazee
A safety net is only useful if people can access its benefits.
By Kristin S. Seefeldt
Although the new figures are higher than expected, economic experts told Reuters that this uptick of jobless claims "probably reflected difficulties adjusting the data for seasonal fluctuations given a late Easter this year," and is not necessarily an indication…
By Joshua Barajas
Unemployment benefits, rebuilding the Lower Ninth Ward, and 'The Strangers Project.'…
Congress stepped back from the brink of financial turmoil after the House passed a tax plan that included the expiration of payroll tax breaks for all and the extension of Bush-era tax cuts for most. Judy Woodruff talks to Roll…
As Democrats and Republicans in the Senate remain gridlocked on extending federal unemployment benefits, Jeffrey Brown gets two points of view from William Beach of the Heritage Foundation and Christine Owens of the National Employment Law Project.
June's jobs report showed a mixed picture of the economic recovery with unemployment falling to its lowest level in nearly a year, but with weak hiring in the private sector.
In other news Wednesday, suicide bombers killed at least 35 people and wounded more than 175 in Lahore, Pakistan. Also, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to renew jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed.
In other news, the House voted to include homosexuals in federal hate crime laws, and first-time claims for unemployment fell more than expected last week.
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