According to an editorial in the Baltimore Sun, the failure of politicians to renew unemployment benefits for Americans recently cost 22,900 Maryland workers an estimated $7,472,270 per week.
The op-ed, by Fred Mason, president of the Maryland-DC AFL-CIO, also said that if unemployment benefits are not extended by the end of the 2014, more than 82,600 workers would lose benefits. “In today’s economy, nearly three jobless workers apply for each job opening, and more than 37 percent of the unemployed have been out of work for at least six months,” Mason wrote. “Numerous studies have shown employers frequently discriminate against the long-term unemployed, leaving far too many workers in Maryland out in the cold. For the families of these job seekers, unemployment benefits represent the difference between total hopelessness and a place to live and food on the table.”
Mason wrote that since 2008, more than 24 million Americans have had to rely on unemployment insurance. Across the country, 1.3 million Americans lost their long-term federal unemployment insurance.
As of last week, legislation to extend long-term unemployment benefits was stalled in the Senate.
Where Can I Find a Maryland Bankruptcy Lawyer?
We sympathize with workers who have been laid off or experienced job loss, who cannot find gainful employment. It should be noted that Chapter 7 bankruptcy remains an option for people grappling with credit card bills and other forms of debts, if they are struggling because of a lack of income.
If you are struggling with debts and/or having issues with your income because of job loss, you can contact our Washington DC and Maryland bankruptcy lawyer now for a free consultation. Our attorney wants to help you live without the stress of having collectors contact you.
Law Firm of Kevin D. Judd– Maryland and Washington DC bankruptcy attorney
Judd’s Judgment: The Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation handles unemployment insurance claims.