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YOUR THREE CENTS: Should the government provide help to the long-term unemployed?
More adults than ever think the government should not help people who can't find work after an extended period of time.
A new Rasmussen Reports survey finds that just 19% of American adults think the government should help out the long-term unemployed.
Nine percent (9%) say unemployment benefits should be extended indefinitely.
Twenty-five percent (25%) prefer the short-term government solution of paying for their retraining.
According to the latest figures from the Labor Department, 4.3 million people in the United States are officially counted as being unemployed for more than six months.
Only 37 percent of that group received benefits in July, compared with a peak of 93 percent in February 2010 when there were 6.2 million long-term unemployed.
The economy's slow recovery and federal and state cuts to unemployment insurance programs have slashed the numbers receiving benefits.
A $2.4 billion cut in emergency unemployment benefits went into effect on March 1... part of a bigger push to reduce the federal budget deficit.
In July, the national unemployment rate dropped to a post-recession low of 7.4 percent.
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