Unemployment Cuts Coming

    Jeremy Taylor, who recently left the Air Force, searches for jobs at the California Employment Development Department office in Sacramento, Calif., Friday, Sept. 20, 2013.  California's unemployment rate increased to 8.9 percent in August, the second consecutive monthly increase.  The EDD reported that 1.6 million people remain unemployed, up 23,000 over July.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

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    Benefits for the long-term unemployed—a projected 1.3 million Americans—are set to expire on Saturday, a move that Democrats have painted as heartless and Republicans call timely while the nation’s unemployment rate is at a low seven percent.  The Senate is set to vote on a bill reinstating benefits retroactively in the first full week back from a bipartisan group of senators calling to extend the emergency benefits for three more months, at an estimated cost of $6.5 billion.  1.9 million more Americans are set to lose an average of $300 a week in benefits by mid-year when their 26 weeks of state sponsored aid runs out. 

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