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February 2, 2009

States’ unemployment funds dwindling.

New York, “is running on empty when it comes to unemployment insurance. The state borrowed $120 million from the federal government to pay jobless benefits in 2008, and the fund was broke again on the first day of business this year. What’s more, the weekly benefits are completely inadequate given our high cost of living. Albany saw this problem coming and did nothing to solve it.”

“A spokesperson with the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation says $533 million dollars in the fund currently could be gone by the end of this year. Mae Worthey also says the department may have to tap into federal funds to make sure those who are unemployed get their benefits.”

In California, “According to the Employment Development Department, the state pays about $30 to $34 million a day in unemployment benefits. It will have to rely on a $2 billion federal loan to get through March.”

“With Missouri’s jobless rate at 7.3%, the fund that pays unemployment benefits will be broke in two weeks. The unemployment trust fund has about $37 million dollars in the bank and it pays out around $20 million dollars a week.”

“With South Carolina set to release its latest unemployment numbers, businesses and lawmakers are contemplating tax hikes as one way to fix a system that needs to borrow hundreds of millions of dollars from the federal government so residents continue to get benefit checks.”

December 31, 2008

Thousands of stores to disappear in 2009

According to CNN Money: “The ugly sales year that was 2008 will haunt U.S. retailers in 2009, with industry experts warning that disastrous holiday sales will spark a domino effect of store closures and bankruptcy filings.”

As many as 14,000 stores are expected to be closed in 2009. Nevada, California and Florida will be especially hard hit.

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