Can long-term unemployed find work in improving US economy? There's hope

Todd Hamilton was out driving a delivery route for Hostess when a frightening message arrived: He would have to turn his truck around and exchange the keys for a pink slip. But on that November day in 2012, Mr. Hamilton had a much more pressing concern: He was out of work in a tough economy, along with the other workers. Helping him survive were unemployment benefits that Congress had extended ...

Senate Republicans block new bid to restore jobless benefits

By Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Republicans on Thursday blocked a new bid by Democrats to restore long-term unemployment benefits for 1.7 million Americans while also making millionaires ineligible for such emergency assistance. Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, expecting defeat, said before the vote that he would keep trying. With the support of four Republicans, backers ...