This post is written by Mike Hall, senior writer with the AFL-CIO.
In the past few weeks, U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) has shown a lot of love and respect for the 11 Illinois residents who recently competed for the United States at the Winter Olympic Games. Check out his Facebook page. But, as many people who have left their comments there say, it’s time for Kirk to show some of the same respect and compassion for the state’s more than 99,000 jobless workers who lost their emergency unemployment benefits in December.
The notion that unemployment benefits are a disincentive to look for work is both false and misguided, U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider (D-IL,10) said at a discussion Friday in Lake County about the need to extend emergency unemployment insurance.
Unemployment insurance is not a handout — it's a hand up — for workers who have lost their jobs, stressed U.S. Rep. Bill Foster (D-IL, 11) and jobless Illinois residents at a roundtable discussion Friday.
Contrary to popular belief, an increase in the proportion of older
employees in America’s workforce has not led to a deterioration of
productivity, according to a recent study from the Brookings Institution.
lot of people feel or suspect that aging workers are more fragile, not
as up to date technologically, are slower to learn, and therefore may be
less productive than younger workers,” said Gray Burtless, an economist
with the Brookings Institution and author of the report. “But recent
years have seen a sharp increase in an older workforce, and it has not
had an adverse impact on productivity.”