Law Would Deny Unemployment Benefits Without a GED

Some unemployed Americans could find it harder to draw jobless benefits under a bill that passed recently in the House of Representatives.
Beneficiaries without a high school degree or GED would have to work toward that diploma to get unemployment aid. The bill would allow states to require drug testing as a condition of eligibility.
And the bill would reduce the maximum number of weeks for getting benefits, dropping from 99 weeks in high unemployment states like Ohio to 59 weeks.
This would push 3.3 million people off unemployment benefits nationwide, 74,335 of them in Ohio, say congressional Democrats who OPPOSE the measures.
The bill was promoted as a way to extend this year’s 2 percent payroll tax holiday and ensure that some jobless benefits continued. It included a proposal by Wadsworth Republican U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci to redirect some unemployment compensation to employers if they hire and train someone who has lost a job.

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