Thu December 22, 2011

Long Term Joblessness Taking Toll on Coloradans

Posing with his dog Kiska, Arvada resident Doug DeCounter says he's given up trying to find full-time employment.
Photo by Kirk Siegler

Many jobless Americans have turned to friends and family for help to get by.  A recent NPR and Kaiser Family Foundation survey of the long-term unemployed and underemployed shows people’s trust in the government’s ability to help the economy is low, and there may be a correlation.

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Mon December 19, 2011

Budget Slammed As Soaring Number Of Coloradans Need Medicaid

Tobias, JJ and Tommy Harris help their mom, Clara Harris, by doing dishes before dinner.
Robert D. Tonsing Colorado Public News

Five years of high unemployment have driven another 216,000 Coloradans into such dire straits that they qualify for Medicaid, the government health insurance program for the poor.

That jump – to a total of 608,000 people in major financial trouble – has cost Colorado’s budget an extra $1.4 billion since 2007. The continuing rise in the cost of Medicaid is the main reason the governor proposed cutting school funding again this year.

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Mon December 5, 2011
US Postal Service

USPS Announces Changes to First Class Mail, 350 Colorado Jobs at Stake

Creative Commons

The financially troubled US Postal Service is considering cuts that would slow first-class mail delivery across Colorado—and the country. The change would eliminate the chance of next-day delivery for stamped letters across Colorado.

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Thu November 17, 2011
The Two-Way

Jobless Claims Decline By 5,000

There were 388,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance last week, down 5,000 from the week before, the Employment and Training Administration just reported.

The agency also said that the "4-week moving average" of claims — a way of gauging the trend over a slightly longer period of time — was "396,750, a decrease of 4,000 from the previous week's revised average of 400,750."

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Wed November 16, 2011
The Road Back To Work

Squabbles In Washington Frustrate Job Seekers

Ray Meyer, 55, had a 30-year career in banking before losing his job. He's been rolling from one temp assignment to the next since February.
Tamara Keith NPR