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.
The U.S. Department of Labor said just 74,000 jobs were added to the economy last month, which is the smallest monthly job creation figure in nearly three years and less than the 200,000 jobs economists predicted.
The Federal Reserve said Wednesday it would start scaling back and eventually discontinue its bond-buying program starting in January, citing improvements to the economy and progress in the labor market.
People with disabilities experience joblessness at a rate that far exceeds the general population. As a result, Gov. Pat Quinn has signed a new law aiming to increase work opportunities for intellectually and physically disabled Illinoisans.
employment has been the last thing, if at all, addressed by social
service agencies and organizations that provide assistance to people
with disabilities,” said Robin Jones, director of the Great Lakes ADA Center. “But we shouldn’t be able to pick and choose who has the option of making employment a primary goal.”