With the debate heating up in the House, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney called for the restoration of emergency unemployment benefits that have expired for 110,000 New Yorkers and 1.3 million Americans nationwide.
“Right now, for every job opening in the country there are nearly three people looking for a job,” Maloney said. “Even if every one of these jobs is filled tomorrow, there would still be far too many left without a job. The right way to reduce reliance on unemployment insurance is to create jobs – not cut benefits.
Maloney was joined in her call by Congressman Jerry Nadler (NY-10). “Unfortunately, the Republican leadership of the House of Representatives shamefully ended unemployment insurance for 1.3 million Americans, including 127,100 New Yorkers, who are currently looking for work,” he said. “Extending unemployment insurance is the right thing to do for our hard working families and it is the right thing to do for our nation’s economy.”
New York State will continue to provide up to 26 weeks of state-funded unemployment insurance, but the federal program, which had been providing an additional 47 weeks of coverage, has expired. According to Maloney, extending emergency unemployment benefits through the end of 2014 will lead to an estimated 200,000 jobs and a fifth of a point of additional economic growth. The unemployment rate in New York City is still 8.6 percent.
“These are hardworking Americans who have fallen on hard times and they need our support,” said the Congresswoman. “Cutting this emergency support is not only cruel and callous, it’s also foolish. Federal unemployment insurance is one of the most effective ways to boost our economy and create the very jobs we’re hoping these people will fill, according to most economists. Congress must take immediate action to restore these benefits.”