Thirty three States qualified for the Federally enacted
tier 4 unemployment extension. The criteria by
which a State triggered, and as such became eligible
for the fourth tier, came as a result of a State's
Unemployment Rate remaining at 8.5% for three
By enacting this important legislation, Washington set
a precedent that it considered an 8.5% unemployment
rate for an "extended period of time" to be
unacceptably high, and as such warranted providing
Americans with a much needed financial lifeline.
Given the aforementioned facts, would this not mean
that with a current National Unemployment Rate of
8.8% (which includes 21 consecutive months of a National
Unemployment Rate at or above 9.0%) would necessitate the
creation of an extension of unemployment insurance for ALL of
America's long term unemployed?