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READER’S EDITORIAL: CONGRESS SHOULD EXTEND UNEMPLOYMENT BY DEC. 31 DEADLINE




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By Sierra Severson

 
December 6, 2011 (San Diego)--The unemployment insurance fund is about to expire before the end of this year. Congress needs to act to extend this necessary safety net or Americans will suffer even greater than they already have. We need this program to be renewed for the millions of people who are seeking jobs in this economy.

 

If Congress does nothing, the lifeline that provides struggling families with a home and food on their tables will disappear. Now is the time to stand with struggling families and invest in the people who are fighting through the hardest job search of multiple generations. We need to support the people who are trying hard to get back to work. 

 
Here in San Diego, we have a 9.7% unemployment rate, for a countywide labor force of 1.6 million people.  We are just below the California rate, which is second worst in the country at 11.7%. What we need right now is to support the families that are struggling, and provide them with the basic necessities to get by in this trying time. Unless Congress takes action by December 31st, millions of families will lose their lifeline.
 
The opinions expressed in this editorial reflect the views of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of East County Magazine. To submit an editorial for consideration, contact editor@eastcountymagazine.org.