Unemployed? What’s in the Obama Stimulus Package for You

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Our nation’s leaders have finally passed a bill designed to get our ailing economy back on it’s feet. What’s certain is the cost: nearly 800 billion dollars. What’s not so certain is whether it shorten the recession, and how soon it will help.

But love it or hate it, if you’re unemployed, you’re almost certainly going to gain from it. Especially if you’re low income, and looking for work.

First, your unemployment checks will be last 20 weeks longer…33 if you live in a state with high unemployment. It also raises benefits by $25/week,

2nd: If you’re unemployed, if you qualify to use your former employer’s insurance: called COBRA…you’ll get help with the cost. For up to 9 months, Uncle Sam will pay 60% of the cost.

Third, the food stamp benefits are being increased by over 13%… so those on the program can keep up with the rising cost of food. States are also getting major additional funding for Medicare.

And last but definitely not least: you might find a job. More than 3 million are supposed to be created. Many will be in construction: 40 billion dollars is supposed to be used for infrastructure: billions more for school construction.

But high tech jobs will also get a boost. The bill also provides billions to do things like computerize medical records, modernize our power grid, expand high speed internet, and promote and expand green technologies.

Bottom line? If you’re looking for work, the stimulus bill could help. Some will argue that it’s too little, too late. But if you’re one of the millions of unemployed, you’ll find it’s a whole lot better than nothing.

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  • UNKNOWN

    FIRST, I WOULK TO THANK GOD FOR SEEING THE NEED OF HIS PEOPLES, AND ALSO THANK OBAMA FOR THE SIGNING OF THE STIMULUS PACKAGE BECAUSE IT WILL BENEFITS A LOT OF PEOPLES. FOR ME I AM LAYED-OFF OF MY JOB AND OUT OF UNEMPLOYMENT IT WILL BE A GREAT HELP FOR ME AND MY FAMILY.

  • UNKNOWN

    FIRST, I WOULK TO THANK GOD FOR SEEING THE NEED OF HIS PEOPLES, AND ALSO THANK OBAMA FOR THE SIGNING OF THE STIMULUS PACKAGE BECAUSE IT WILL BENEFITS A LOT OF PEOPLES. FOR ME I AM LAYED-OFF OF MY JOB AND OUT OF UNEMPLOYMENT IT WILL BE A GREAT HELP FOR ME AND MY FAMILY.

  • julie

    first of all when someone is laid off and on uneplyment they still need to pay for their bills and things they need household items i can’t afford food hardly let alone my bills i think the goverment should send out a nother stimulas check to the people because nobody can live on uneployment wage and we bail out the banks and car dealers and get a rebate to buy appliances and they do every thing i don’t qualify for anything I DON’T HAVE A JOBso how is that helping me in this time ? in this country the poor keep staying poor and the rich keep getting richer there are no middle class people anymore when is some one going to figure that out i need money NOW not later

  • Carlyn Alexander

    Same hardship, I have been unemployed for the last year 2008 – I have two houses, I inherited the second house from my deceased husband, I have been fixing up that house for 3 years, it was on the market but the taxes for the city of south euclid is too high. Every time I look around something goes wrong with it. Wells Fargo and AllState insurance company are a joke. AllState cancelled my home insurance so Wells Fargo Home Mortgage is charging me $2,238.00 for home insurance which doesn't cover anything. I need help now. So in other words I'm going to lose the house and all the money I spent on it went down the drain. What options do I have.

    • Carlyn Alexander

      okay

  • Carlyn Alexander

    Same hardship, I have been unemployed for the last year 2008 – I have two houses, I inherited the second house from my deceased husband, I have been fixing up that house for 3 years, it was on the market but the taxes for the city of south euclid is too high. Every time I look around something goes wrong with it. Wells Fargo and AllState insurance company are a joke. AllState cancelled my home insurance so Wells Fargo Home Mortgage is charging me $2,238.00 for home insurance which doesn't cover anything. I need help now. So in other words I'm going to lose the house and all the money I spent on it went down the drain. What options do I have.

    • Carlyn Alexander

      okay

  • julie

    first of all when someone is laid off and on uneplyment they still need to pay for their bills and things they need household items i can't afford food hardly let alone my bills i think the goverment should send out a nother stimulas check to the people because nobody can live on uneployment wage and we bail out the banks and car dealers and get a rebate to buy appliances and they do every thing i don't qualify for anything I DON'T HAVE A JOBso how is that helping me in this time ? in this country the poor keep staying poor and the rich keep getting richer there are no middle class people anymore when is some one going to figure that out i need money NOW not later