APA Calls for Restoration and Protection of Unemployment Benefits

Weak job market, other factors necessitate extended support for job seekers

On Jan. 6, 2014, APA's CEO Norman Anderson, PhD, sent a letter to every member of Congress urging them to extend Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) for the 1.3 million jobless Americans that lost these benefits on Dec. 28 of last year. Another 3.5 million unemployed workers face a similar fate later this year, if Congress fails to act. Unemployment insurance helps families meet their basic needs, like food and housing, while workers search for new jobs. Unemployment remains high, and long-term unemployment presents a significant national problem, with three unemployed workers for each job opening. The need for this program remains great, and APA urged Congress not end this program prematurely, saying such actions risk throwing millions of families into poverty.

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