Why tough love on US unemployment isn't working

The failure of Congress to extend emergency unemployment benefits is another hit to the long-term unemployed and could have considerable impact on US economic growth.

Despite extensive discussion in the House and Senate, the United States Congress has yet to extend the emergency unemployment benefits that expired at the end of last year. Fresh thinking is required to address a problem that so far has proved resistant to a tough-love approach from Congress.

The program, which began following the onset of the global financial crisis, extended unemployment benefits for Americans by an additional 73 weeks beyond the standard 26 weeks of benefits provided by most states.

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