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What We're Reading Today: Monday News Roundup

What We're Reading Today: Monday News Roundup

Here are some headlines from the working families news we're reading today (after the jump). 

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113,000 Jobs Added in January

113,000 Jobs Added in January

The economy added 113,000 jobs in January—far below what is needed for recovery—and the nation’s unemployment rate was nearly unchanged at 6.6%, compared with December’s 6.7%, according to figures released this morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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What We're Reading Today: Wednesday News Roundup

What We're Reading Today: Wednesday News Roundup

Here are some headlines from the working families news we're reading today (after the jump). 

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Are You Unemployed?

Are You Unemployed?

While working families are urging Congress to renew the emergency unemployment insurance benefits for the 2.5 million workers left without a lifeline, MomsRising is asking people to share their stories so we can raise the profile of this important issue.

Share your unemployment story with MomsRising

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SOS: We Must Extend Unemployment Insurance for Struggling Families

SOS: We Must Extend Unemployment Insurance for Struggling Families

During the holiday season last month, emergency unemployment insurance payments for 1.3 million workers who have been out of work for six months or longer lapsed, leaving these families without a necessary lifeline. This shocking and heartless Republican move ignores that the jobs just don't exist for this many workers and, without these payments, many families don't have the money to pay rent or buy food. And if things continue, without Congress fixing the problem, the numbers of people without an income will grow by more than 3 million more by the end of June.

Take action now and sign the petition telling Congress to bring the extension to a vote now and do the right thing in making sure that millions don't suffer any further.

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Congress: Do the Right Thing, Renew Unemployment Insurance Benefits

Since the House GOP left 1.3 million people out in the cold this holiday season when it refused to extend emergency unemployment insurance benefits, working families advocates, including President Barack Obama, are continuing to urge Congress to do the right thing. 

Call your representative today and ask him or her to renew the emergency unemployment insurance benefits: 877-318-0483.

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Senate Invokes Cloture on Unemployment Insurance Extension

The Senate reached cloture today on extending unemployment insurance for the 1.3 million jobless workers who were left out in the cold this holiday season by House Republicans who did not renew the emergency jobless benefits before the end of the year. 

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See Where the 1.3 Million People Losing Unemployment Aid Live

Map via Washington Post and the Committee on Ways and Means Democrats/Labor Department

The Washington Post and reporter Niraj Chokshi provide a sobering look at the 1.3 million people who lost emergency unemployment benefits last weekend when House Republicans left for the holiday break without renewing the aid for jobless workers. 

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The Correct Answer

Photo courtesy albertogp123

This time of year college students cram for final exams. They get graded in a very stark right-or-wrong fashion. Splitting the difference between a bad guess and the right answer is not rewarded. Unfortunately, Washington is locked in such a crazy struggle. Five years after Wall Street’s fall, the economy still is more than 1 million payroll jobs short of where things stood at the last peak of the labor market. Median household income is still below the peak, meaning more than half of America's households are behind where they were five years ago. The poverty level of America’s children is higher, and state and local revenues only recovered last fiscal year, leaving hundreds of thousands of fewer teachers and larger class sizes for our children. Our nation’s total output is more than $1 trillion less than where it would be if we could get to full employment. Clearly, the right answer to this set of problems is for massive government action to kick start the economy to address the woes of the American people.

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Jobless Rate Drops to 7%, with 203,000 New Jobs in November

Jobless Rate Drops to 7%, with 203,000 New Jobs in November

The nation’s unemployment dropped to 7% in November from October’s 7.3%, and the economy added 203,000 new jobs last month compared to the 204,000 new jobs in October, according to figures released this morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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