While the debate surrounding emergency unemployment insurance benefits for the long-term jobless has calmed since the beginning of this year, support still remains on Capitol Hill for a renewal to this compensation.

A recent statement from Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill, called for more progress toward reversing this course and bringing emergency benefits back to the many out-of-work Americans who haven’t had support since the start of 2014. Schakowsky cited a report from Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Sander Levin, D-MI, that outlined the sheer number of people who no longer have access to federal unemployment benefits as a key reason why the debate must continue.

Schakowsky also detailed her own experiences with the long-term jobless, arguing that the severe financial hardships these people face is reason enough to reinstate emergency benefits.

“This summer, I joined with the Center for Effective Government, Rep. Sander Levin, dozens of other Congressional Democrats, advocates for women and seniors, as well as community, religious and labor leaders in a series of rallies that we called Witness Wednesdays – Faces of the Unemployed,” Schakowsky said in her statement. “For seven weeks we stood in front of the U.S. Capitol and recited stories sent in from unemployed Americans.”

Illinois experiences employment gains
Back in Schakowsky’s home state of Illinois, there have actually been some improvements when it comes to unemployment insurance and the jobless rate.

According to the Illinois Department of Employment Security, or IDES, the unemployment rate dropped in every metropolitan area in the state this August. That represents five months in a row of decreases. Many employers in the state are also adding jobs, with the largest increases occurring in the Champaign-Urbana metro at 1.3 percent, followed by the Danville metro at 1 percent.

“This is encouraging news – more people working than one year ago and fewer people describing themselves as unemployed,” explained IDES director Jay Rowell in a statement. “We now will look to see how the falling unemployment rate trend unfolds as employers continue to add permanent jobs and we begin to experience seasonal hiring.”

At Corporate Cost Control, we work closely with employers across the country to better manage the nuances of unemployment insurance. Legislation changes on the state level could impact you today, and we welcome any questions or concerns you may have on a wide range of topics.


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