The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Millions Are Denied Unemployment Benefits

May 22, 2017

The U.S. Labor Department announced that the number of unemployment claims is at its lowest level since 1988. Some economists declared it’s proof that things are getting better.

What a shameless lie! To the contrary – if unemployment claims are at a historic low, it’s because millions of unemployed workers are denied unemployment benefits.

Workers are denied unemployment because, they are told, the types of jobs they had don’t qualify them for it. Others are told they did not work long enough to qualify. Or that they didn’t work enough hours.

Add to that all those workers who would have been getting an unemployment check ten years ago but don’t get it now, because they live in a state – one of about a dozen – that reduced the number of weeks they pay for.

This economic system, which denies millions of workers enough employment or enough income to pay their bills, then turns around and tells them they won’t get unemployment benefits because the system did not provide them with a decent job in the first place!

But then, this is the capitalist system – it works for capitalists, not for workers.