Sen. Sherrod Brown disputes notion that unemployment benefits are similar to welfare

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Sen. Sherrod Brown disputes notion that unemployment benefits are similar to welfare

PolitiFact – If you lose your job and it’s not your fault — you didn’t steal, sell trade secrets or tell rude customers what they could do with that hideous tie they want to return the hellish day after Christmas — you can usually get unemployment benefits. Here’s how it works: The state of Ohio will help you out for 26 weeks. Then a federal program kicks in to cover 20 more weeks during times of high unemployment.

But in the recessionary doldrums of the last two years, Congress has given even more help — up to 53 weeks more. That makes all these jobless benefits add up to 99 weeks.

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