NAACP Calls on Congress to Swiftly Pass Extension of Federal Long-term Unemployment Benefits

(Washington, DC) –   The NAACP has released the following statement calling on Congress to extend long-term unemployment benefits. 

 

From Lorraine C. Miller, NAACP Interim President and CEO:

“In our recovering economy, it is critical that we do not abandon the over 1.3 million Americans who need support while they desperately seek employment,” stated Lorraine C. Miller, NAACP Interim President and CEO.  “While we know long term unemployment benefits won’t solve all problems, they are an essential measure to keep families afloat while we work to implement meaningful job creation policies.”

 

From Hilary Shelton, Washington Bureau Director and Sr. Vice President for Policy & Advocacy:

“We are urging Congress to move swiftly to pass this unemployment benefit extension,” stated Hilary Shelton, Washington Bureau Director and Sr. Vice President for Policy & Advocacy. “This issue is particularly critical for our community.  Although African Americans make up fewer than 13% of the national population, we represent more than 22.6% of the long-term unemployed.”

 

From Dedrick Muhammad, Sr. Director of NAACP Economic Department:

"With long-term unemployment at its highest level since World War II, I urge Congress to work together and restore unemployment insurance," stated Dedrick Muhammad, Sr. Director of NAACP Economic Department. "We need to strengthen those Americans who are facing difficult times and a challenging job market not weaken them."

 

The NAACP has received several stories from people who have lost their benefits including a woman from in New York who served as Director of Social Services for a shelter in her neighborhood and, last year, lost her job after 30 years of service.  Despite her constant efforts, she is having no luck in the job market and is at risk of living in the very shelter she once managed.

 

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