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Archive for February 9th, 2009

7 U.S. states borrowing to pay jobless benefits

panhandler2NEW YORK, (Reuters) – Seven U.S. states have been forced to borrow from the federal government to cover the rising cost of unemployment benefits, the National Conference of State Legislatures said on Friday.

Michigan already owes the government more than $1 billion, the bipartisan organization said in a statement.

The other states that have been forced to borrow are California, Ohio, New York, South Carolina, Indiana and Kentucky.  (read the whole story)

598,000 Jobs lost in January – President Obama’s comments:

“This is not some abstract debate. “It is an urgent and growing crisis that can only be fully understood through the unseen stories that lie underneath each and every one of those 600,000 jobs that were lost this month.”

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