The Christian Science Monitor breaks down the forthcoming drop in benefits for the long-term unemployed:
Some 4.9 million jobless workers will have lower unemployment benefits during 2014 if policymakers don’t revive [Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC)], according to an estimate by the left-leaning Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, drawing on Labor Department and White House data.
That figure includes about 1.3 million jobless workers who will be affected immediately. They have been receiving the emergency payments, which are scheduled stop starting the week of Dec. 29.
In addition, an estimated 1.9 million people now receiving 26-week state unemployment insurance payments will exhaust them and not have the EUC payments to fall back on. Another 1.6 million people, the center projects, will lose jobs during the first half of 2014, exhaust their regular state benefit, and receive no further benefits.
Note: The number of Americans affected is larger than the nearly 5 million or so who might be direct beneficiaries of the lengthened benefits. In many cases, for example, the jobless benefits are helping to support families.
While there’s hope that a fresh unemployment benefits bill will pass soon, the House GOP might make that difficult.
17:05 // 2 months ago
All work and no rest doesn’t only make you dull it also makes you less effective at your job.
Apparently, we’re doing breaks wrong. “So if you’re going to add a break to your day, it needs to be an actual lack of stimulation. Staring at your inbox isn’t rest, neither is BuzzFeed. What we need to do is learn how to actually relax—so neurons can get nourished, allowing us to spend our attention on getting the best work done.”
12:26 // 2 months ago
What I earned at Condé Nast far exceeds the value of any unlimited Metro Card, living stipend, or hourly wage they could have given me.
So you can chalk up face time with editors, writers, researchers, and stylists, who you are now separated from by one degree to whatever the hourly wage comes out to be, based on your small stipend, or you can accept the experience for its face value: priceless.
Furthering the debate over Condé Nast shutting down their intern program, this pre-med student interned at a magazine company. Nonetheless, she does make a point, I too don’t have anything to regret with my unpaid internship experience. But something should be done.
14:46 // 4 months ago