Increased Unemployment Rates Lead Representatives to Extend Benefits

This past week, the United States Department of Labor revealed that the nation’s unemployment rates have reached a staggering high of 9.8 percent from the start of the recession in 2007. According to the DOL, the number of unemployed persons has reached 15.1 million. Friday, the chairman of the House and Education and Labor Committee, Hon. George Miller revealed that the House of Representatives approved a bill to extend benefits for the unemployed. The House decided that 13 additional weeks of benefits will be added for those that have the highest rates of unemployment.

Jamila Pringle


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