New York Times columnist Paul Krugman criticizes the North Carolina legislature decision on unemployment in a column in today's paper entitled "War on the Unemployed.''
"The state was hit hard by the Great Recession, and its unemployment rate, at 8.8 percent, is among the highest in the nation, higher than in long suffering California or Michigan," Krugman writes. "As is the case everywhere, many of the jobless have been out of work for six months or more, thanks to a national environment in which there are three times as many people seeking work as there are job openings.''
He quotes Rep. Paul Ryan as saying that modern social programs "turn the safety net into a hammock.'' "The average unemployment benefit in North Carolina is $299 a week, pretax; some hammock," he writes.
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