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[8 Jan 2011 | No Comment | 8,767 views]
Working fewer hours? Unemployment Insurance may help

It’s that time of year when things just seem to slow to a crawl. The holiday rush is over, the new year is settled in and the winter weather threatens to keep us in hibernation. In business, construction screeches to a halt and sales tank enough to almost guarantee a good parking spot every time you head to Walmart. At work, it’s a drastic change from weeks of overtime to fill holiday orders to having enough orders to warrant a full, 40-hour week.
The reduction of hours couldn’t come at a …

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[18 Dec 2010 | One Comment | 3,900 views]
EUC program extended in the nick of time

The Unemployment Compensation Act of 2010 expired on Nov. 30, leaving those with exhausted regular benefit claims to continue filing weekly claims in hopes that the EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) would be restored to continue to “tide them over” while continuing their job hunt.
Yesterday, Dec. 17, the president signed the Middle Class Tax Relief Act of 2010 into law, which included the EUC program through to Jan. 3, 2012. For Arkansans experiencing long term unemployment and having applied for an extension will receive their weekly benefit for week ending Dec. …

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[17 Nov 2010 | 9 Comments | 5,842 views]
Unemployment extensions end Nov. 30

The Unemployment Compensation Act of 2010, passed by Congress and signed into law on July 22, expires on Nov. 30. This law extended Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC, or extension) benefits for the nation’s unemployed. It is unknown when – or if – Congress will take action to extend the EUC program.
What this means for Arkansans is that if your regular benefits exhaust during the week of Nov. 27, you will not be eligible for an unemployment extension at this time. If you are receiving a Tier I or Tier II …

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[22 Oct 2010 | One Comment | 1,117 views]
Arkansas unemployment up in September

The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services reports that unemployment increased to 7.7 percent in September from 7.5 percent in August.
Arkansas beat out the national unemployment rate of 9.6 percent in September. The state unemployment rate in September last year was 7.5 percent.
What’s going on here? The Department, in a news release, states continued declines in the manufacturing industry and the loss of temporary jobs for Census workers are primarily to blame for the higher unemployment rate in September. More than a couple of economists have predicted unemployment rates would rise …

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[23 Jul 2010 | 4 Comments | 2,375 views]
The politics of stimulus

So, let’s see — the economy is a mess, unemployment is high, deficits are higher and we’ve got a bunch of Congressional elections coming up in November.
The Democrats are blaming George W. Bush and his economic policies while the Republicans are pointing out that Barack Obama’s administration has swelled deficits to an unsustainable degree and we don’t have a whole lot to show for the spending (or, rather, spending borrowed money).
People are irate over the economy for a good reason. According to the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services, the unemployment …