2010 unemployment extension situation and the unemployment extension 2010 failure to pass has brought on a lot of discussion over unemployment rates. After all, the true situation is important to assess if improvements are going to be made in the country. Although Senators "think" that unemployment extension is important - their actions speak louder than words.
The unemployed are being used as a political pawn. The futures of many Americans are nothing more than a political agenda.
Just how bad is the situation? If you aren't familiar with the extension or just found this post looking through blogs, you might realize that there are a lot of heated comments. This just tells you that it's a polarizing topic. However, what are the unemployment rates?
It's important to know how the unemployment extensions work. For instance, there are four tiers of emergency benefits which recently expired on June 2, 2010. The first two tiers are available to everyone, and the second tiers are only available to those in the states hardest hit by unemployment. Those in the middle of one of those four tiers get to complete that tier - but don't continue on to get benefits.
As of May 2010, here are the highest unemployment rates:
Nevada - 14%
Michigan - 13.6%
California - 12.4%
Rhode Island - 12.3%
Florida - 11.7%
Mississippi - 11.4%
South Carolina - 11%
The lowest unemployment rate is in Nebraska, and that is a rate of 4.9%.
A state by state breakdown of unemployment rates can be found here.
So as you can see there are numerous states with double-digit unemployment rates. The double-digit unemployment rate are indicative of just how bad the unemployment situation is and just how bad the country needs an unemployment benefits extension bill.
Senator Olympia Snowe wants to pass the measure as a standalone bill, or at least bring talks of such a deal to the Senate floor. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid doesn't want to do that, and urges Snowe to try to help end a standoff between Senate Democrats and Republicans.
Hopefully tomorrow will bring more positive information about an unemployment extension. Until then, jobless individuals need to unite and make their needs known.