An article by Andrew Malcolm, “Job Growth Is Helped By End of Extended Unemployment,” suggests that by ending benefits it will force people to enter the workforce. In July, a statistic was released showing that long-term unemployment has dropped by 1.1 million (Malcolm). Critics attribute the drop to the increase in job availability, but mostly due to unemployment benefits running out in the beginning of the year. By ending unemployment extensions, it encourages people to seek out jobs and therefore, taking away the safety net.
If people choose to keep extending their benefits, the Country’s deficit will continue to increase. As a result, the National debt has surged past $17 trillion (Amadeo). Critics of extending unemployment point to these numbers when objecting to additional funding arguing that the reason debt has climbed is because not enough American are working and contributing to the economy. Therefore, in order to extend benefits, the budget must be cut to allow for this. For example, in 2012 North Carolina became the first state to decline extended long-term benefits. Since ending long-term benefits, there has been an upswing of job growth and the unemployment rate has decreased. In July of 2013, the monthly federal extension benefits ended, the state’s unemployment rate was at 8.1%. The rate dropped to 6.4% in less than a year (Gleason). Critics use this example to show that by ending long-term extensions it will result in job increases. Senator Hagan, an outspoken critic of North Carolina exiting the unemployment extension program, called it “cold hearted” (Gleason). There are some who say that morally the government’s duty and responsibility is to help its citizens during an economic recession, where millions find themselves without jobs. The purpose of unemployment is to