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Unemployment Extension Tier 5 Update July 29, 2010: 99ers Still In Peril

Written by: on 29th July 2010 |
FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2009 file photo, Sonja Jackson, of Detroit, holds a Employment Guide standing in line while attending a job fair in Livonia, Mich. The number of newly laid off workers filing claims for unemployment benefits unexpectedly rose last week as the recovery of the nation's battered labor market proceeds in fits and starts.(AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
Unemployment Extension Tier 5 Update July 29, 2010: 99ers Still In Peril  | read this item

Unemployment Extension Tier 5 Update July 29, 2010: 99ers Still In Peril – The Unemployment Extension Bill or HR HR 4213 had been passed and signed into law. Many jobless Americans were happy, except for the 99ers. The 99ers will continue to endure the hardship since the Unemployment Extension Act of 2010 did not include a Tier 5.

So far 99ers who needs a Tier 5 constitute about 9.2 percent of all unemployed. These Americans have been unemployed for over 99 weeks, the legal time unemployment benefits expires. The number of 99ers have increased from just 221,000 in 2007 to as many as 1.4 million Americans as of July 2010.

A number of Democrat Senators continue to pursue the Tier 5 Extension Bill which will effectively extend unemployment benefits to 99ers. “There are a number of people who have maxed out, they’ve been looking and looking for work but haven’t found it, and there is a separate act that would extend those benefits to them. Extending this was really important. There are some people who go beyond the 99 weeks and we’re gonna try to do that next,” says Sen. Charles Schumer, Democrat New York.

Another Democrat, Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan said that she is working on a bill and on possible ways to pass a Tier 5 Unemployment extension. “I’m working on a bill to help them because, when there are five people out of work for every one job opening, it’s the right thing to do.”

So far the Unemployment Extension Act of 2010 or Unemployment Extension Bill excluded the following from the final bill passed on the House and the Senate and eventually signed by President Barack Obama.

It does not add a Tier 5 extension. It does not make tiers 3 and 4 available to states that weren’t eligible before.

It does not include the $25 added as part of the American Recover Act. Congress stripped this out to make the bills more affordable.

Those who are supportive of the Bill and a Tier 5 Extension are being advised to email, call or immediately send a letter and contact their respective Senator or Representative and inform them of their desire for a Tier 5.

For 99ers we welcome your comments and also feedbacks on how your local politicians (Senator and Representative) are responding to the call for an Unemployment Extension Tier 5.

Do you also think that the Unemployment Extension Bill signed by President Obama is half cooked and incomplete? Then let us know.

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  1. Art T says:

    ….and Obama doesn’t even have the guts to mention Tier 5 in any of his public appearances. What happened to his balls? What about all the rhetoric he spouted during his campaign about helping people? Where is Obama now?

  2. Linda says:

    Washington are you listening to the needs of the american people that live in the United States not overseas. We are in desperate need of TIER V. What do propose we do with i job for every 6 people? That is a serious problem. And these republicans stating that we are lazy and don’t want to work. Please find a job for me and I will be more that happy to go back to work. Better yet donate your salary to the 99er’s and go without for 2 years. We need help for our children to put food on the table health insurance mortages car payments? What do propose we use to pay for all these expenses MONOPLY MONEY. This country is not united we stand it’s how far the republicans let us fall.

  3. tiem le says:

    i have unmployment sine may 31 2007,i’ve looking for a job in many city in boston, but i did’nt fine any jor, i can live without tier 5 please pass a tier 5 soon,i need a money to take care of my family anh my life please help pass tier 5 thankyou

  4. gp says:

    I get canned responses from everyone here in Florida. No compassion. What will they do when tier 3 and 4 run out and the unemployment rate doubles or triples. Money for Pakistan, money for banks. BUT nothing for the foundation of America. This country is all screwed up. And I am as Mad as I can be.

  5. sista56 says:

    I lost my uneployment back in april of 2010.And i lost a place to live i live in my car now they want to take my car
    were i live.I been to 3 state looking for work no work found. and Repubicans sit on there a___ well we lose everything that we work so hard.So great USA let the people suffer I hope that they past tier 5

  6. faye says:

    I have been unempolyed for almost 3 years and i have a family i have to support and without these jobs not picking up what is their a black women to do without a job on hand keeping food on the table for my family keeping a shelter over my family heads keeping gas in my car tryin to find a job no luck for a period of time a have work two jobs since within the past 3 years i lost my job because places are closing down or moving away unempolyment has ran out so i struggle each and everday till something happens for me and my family we pray and hold ours heads up because we sometime or another we strive to make end meats.5 teir sometime or another will soon come about we stand as the america people so they say.

  7. S.D. LAKE says:

    I lost my job 7=07. I have not been able to find work here in N.W. Montana!! My husband is a retired VET-PEACE OFFICER. H had to retire due to a job related injury. We don’t make it threw the month on his pension!! Bills are 1/2 paid and groceries?! What a joke. WE NEED TIER 5 TO SURVIVE!!! WASHINGTON LISTEN TO YOUR CITIZENS!! WE SHOULD BE 1ST BEFORE ANYONE ELSE IN THE WORLD!!!

  8. M.Bassi says:

    My husband has been out of work for three years and I have been out of work for 2 years. My husband waited 10 months to get his unemployment.
    We lost our home and we are living in a travel trailer.
    We are about to run out of money to pay our rent and no one is going to let you stay on their land if you do not pay the rent.
    We are both highly educated.We apply to all kinds of jobs and yes to Mcdonalds also to no avail.
    We need funds to keep us going until we can find work.
    We need to stop helping other countries and look to help the unemployed who are no becoming homeless.there are people living in tents with their children due to foreclosure.
    We look for work all the time and we do not even get a letter saying that you did not get the job.

  9. Ollie says:

    This arlicte keeps it real, no doubt.