Why should Congress extend emergency compensation for the long-term unemployed? Of those currently without work, 37.3 percent have been jobless for six months or more. That share still far exceeds the previous peak of 26 percent in June 1983.
According to an analysis by the Economic Policy Institute, 41 states find the percentage of their long-term unemployed above that level. Take Ohio, for instance, at 34.6 percent.
Congress failed to act before the expiration date after Christmas. Now lawmakers are hung up on how to cover the cost. Should that matter so much when so many Americans are down on their luck and struggling to make ends meet?