Help Unemployed Arizonans
Arizonans are still struggling to find work. Although our unemployment rate dropped again last month, it still remains close to 8%.
Despite our struggling economy, Congress did not extend the Federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program at the end of 2013. These unemployment benefits provide modest support to workers who have been looking for a job for more than 26 weeks.
Dropping these benefits is a policy that doesn’t work for a workforce where there are 3 people looking for work for every job opening.
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities estimates that 67,000 Arizonans will go without the help EUC provides if it is not resurrected this year, and those 67,000 people aren’t the only ones who are hurt by Congress’s inaction. In 2012, an analysis from the Council of Economic Advisors estimated that 43% of the households that received emergency unemployment compensation had at least one child to support.
The Reed-Heller bill, S.1845, currently being debated in the Senate, would stop this suffering by extending the EUC for 3 months.