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December 8, 2012

Dems want jobless benefits in 'cliff' deal as more than 2M at risk

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Niagara Gazette — "Prolonged benefits lead some unemployed workers to spend too much time looking for jobs that they would prefer to find, rather than focusing on jobs that they are more likely to find," said James Sherk, a labor policy analyst at the conservative Heritage Foundation.

But Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, noted that unemployment checks add up to about $15,000 a year. "That's poverty level," he said. "This is not something people just want to continue on, they want to get jobs."

3.1M Number of people who could lose emergency jobless benefits in next few months.

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