As noted in a previous article, on Friday, August 13, 2010, the CDLE reported that they were still working on programming SEB2, but thought they would begin distributing SEB2 benefits last week (8/15). Ten days later, (Tues. 8/17), the CDLE posted the following message on its Facebook page:
“Since the recent extension we have paid over $44 million in federal and state extended benefit payments. Programming for state extended benefits 2 is near completion and payments will begin in 5-7 business days”.
This means that the CDLE will potentially begin distributing SEB2 benefits next Wednesday, August 25. Realistically, this means that most people will not see any money in their bank accounts until sometime the following week (8/30 – 9/4).
Many readers have sent emails/comments saying they were never made aware of the job search log/approval requirements for collecting SEB. As a result, they are now being denied SEB2 benefits – and one reader told me he is now getting a bill from the CDLE stating that he was ‘overpaid’.
In addition, others are being denied benefits or are receiving reduced benefits because they reported part-time, temporary work they had performed. There was a very good article describing this problem published by Squarestate.net, titled, “Census Workers Could Be Hosed by Unemployment.”
The inefficient and inconsistent way the CDLE as continued to address this GROWING unemployment problem is something that can not be explained. I have been very diligent in trying to give the CLDE the benefit of the doubt in this debacle, but am having a very difficult time giving them any leeway at this point. There simply is no excuse for not at least having the ability to give out correct and consistent information via their website, their call center (which is for all intents and purposes inaccessible to most callers), and the workforce center staff members.
To make matters worse, the Wall Street Journal reported this morning that new unemployment claims rose again (for the 2nd straight week) by 12,000 to a total of 500,000 for the week ended Aug 14. This is the highest level seen since November, 2009.
The outlook in Colorado and across the country is not good. There are currently 15 million people out of work, another 10 million who are discouraged and/or working a part-time job because they are not able to find full-time work. When these factors are considered, the nation’s unemployment rate is really more like 16.5%. The Colorado Legislative Economics Staff released its 2010-2011 forecast report in which they predict the unemployment rate in Colorado will increase from its current level of 8.0% to 9.2% by the end of 2012.
Tomorrow, August 20, the CDLE will release the July Employment Situation report. Please check back here for information on the latest ‘good news’ the politicians have to report on the unemployment front.
Also, please read yesterday’s article regarding the announcement that the AFL-CIO’s non-union affiliate, Working America has launched a nationwide effort to help organized the unemployed so that their voices are unmistakably heard by lawmakers throughout the country in November’s mid-term elections. This is a huge development for the unemployed (and future unemployed) workers across the U.S. Please get involved in this effort – register to vote if you haven’t already done so, join Working America and visit their Unemployment Lifeline website.
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