Congress Should Pass the American Jobs Act to Get the Economy Moving and Texans Back to Work

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Leslie Helmcamp /(512) 320-0222

October 7, 2011

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The American Jobs Act takes the right approach to creating jobs and reducing long-term unemployment by expanding employment and training programs for unemployed Americans and continuing unemployment insurance (UI) benefits to those out of work for more than six months. Texas has suffered from persistently high unemployment over the past two years. Our state simply has more people looking for work than available jobs. If Congress does not continue federal UI benefits, an estimated 150,000 unemployed Texans will be cut off, leaving them without help and creating a drag on our economy.

This Policy Page analyzes the provisions designed to address the long-term unemployment crisis in the United States.