If you’re jobless and hoping that the unemployment extension will pass on Tuesday, July 20, there are many who feel that it will pass in the Senate once a successor to the late Senator Byrd is sworn in.
It’s is now confirmed that position is will be filled by former chief counsel Carte Goodwin, according to The Associated Press on Friday. Goodwin, a Charleston lawyer, will hold the seat until November.
A formal press conference on Friday will be held to announce the decision and the person selected will be sworn in Tuesday, prior to another vote on the unemployment extension bill.
Tea Party’s Sharron Angle thinks the unemployed are lazy?
Out there on the campaign trail against the unemployment extension bill is the Tea Party’s Sharron Angle from Nevada. She’s campaigning for the Senate seat currently held by Harry Reid. Her campaign strategy? Angle has repeatedly called the unemployed “lazy” and has expressed general disdain for the benefits extension bill currently making its way through Congress.
Recently Sharron Angle told Nevada political reporter John Ralston, ” The truth about it is that they keep extending these unemployment benefits to the point where people are afraid to go out and get a job because the job doesn’t pay as much as the unemployment benefit does … What has happened is this system of entitlement has caused us to have a spoilage with our ability to go out and get a job.”
Nevada ranks at the top for joblessness, foreclosures and bankruptcies. Our little state of Rhode Island isn’t far behind, but to have someone leading a campaign in Nevada saying that the unemployed are lazy can’t be a big positive in the eyes of voters.
Best to keep your eye on the politicians campaigning in your state because come November, even if this unemployment extension passes now, that extension will be up at the end of November. Who will represent the jobless then?
Unemployment rate down in Rhode Island
Rhode Island is still in the top five for jobless. Rhode Island, with one of the worst unemployment rates in the country, remains well above the national unemployment rate of 9.5 percent.
However, in slightly good news, the unemployment rate dropped to 12 percent in June, down from 12.3 percent in May and the fourth consecutive month with a decrease. The Department of Labor and Training on Friday said that the number of unemployed Rhode Island residents declined by 1,900 from May, even though the number of job gains and the number of job losses were about the same at 800. Most of the job losses were government jobs with the release of many Census workers.
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