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PBS Special On The Unemployed & Jim Strattons Latest Article

Post  Unemployed In Orlando on Mon Apr 05, 2010 5:34 pm

Here is Jims' latest blog post :

http://blogs.orlandosentinel.com/news_local_blogonomics/2010/04/pbs-newshour-focuses-on-floridas-unemployment-problem.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+orlandosentinel%2Fblogonomics+%28Blog-o-nomics%29

The PBS NewsHour did a piece last week on the state’s struggle to accommodate the demands of double-digit unemployment.

I spoke with the producers and make a brief appearance in the package.

The segment pointed out a number of problems all-too-familiar to jobless Floridians: A confusing system, ancient technology, inconsistent information and benefits that are among the lowest in the country.

Harvard Economist Raj Chetty pointed out that in the U.S. about only 60 to 65 percent of the unemployed receive benefits. In Europe, the figure is closer to 95 percent.

That, of course, reflects the American work ethic and sense that people can and should make it on their own. Government assistance is seen as a last resort — something to be avoided whenever possible.

Many people — usually those that have kept their jobs — view unemployment benefits through the same lens, but there’s an important distinction. Jobless benefits are insurance, not a hand out. Companies pay into a trust fund to have money available for laid-off workers when the economy takes a dive.

There are certainly people who try to milk the system, but most of the jobless I’ve spoken to want nothing more than to land a new gig. The more complicated question is not whether they want to work, but what sort of work they’re willing to take when those benefits between to run out?

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Also here is a link to the video of the PBS special for those who werent able to watch live -

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/business/jan-june10/unemployment_04-02.html

This is the one Diane from PBS had requested participation in earlier on in this forum.
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