Summer of Recovery, At The End Of The Line

Congress is set to increase unemployment by not reauthorizing a fund for a subsidized jobs program that will expire on September 30, jeopardizing 240,000 jobs in 37 states.

“Unless Congress extends the fund, tens of thousands of people across the country will lose jobs — potentially raising the unemployment rate in places with particularly large programs, such as Illinois and Los Angeles,” writes LaDonna Pavetti of the progressive Center for Budget and Policy Priorities.

Pavetti estimates that in Illinois, 20,000 people will probably lose their jobs, potentially raising the state’s unemployment rate from 10.4 to 10.7 percent. In Los Angeles, as many as 10,000 jobs are at stake, potentially bumping unemployment from 12.3 to 12.5 percent.

The stimulus bill created the jobs in question by creating an Emergency Fund to help states with their Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (welfare) programs. The TANF Emergency Fund, among other things, helped states provide jobs for people with children.

Summer of Recovery at the end of the line..

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