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The 99ers write a holiday song

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They’ve held rallies and lobbied Congress for more unemployment benefits. Now, the 99ers have written a holiday song.

The 99ers -- so called because they’ve exhausted the 99 weeks of unemployment benefits available to them -- were not helped by the unemployment benefits extensions passed by Congress last week. Those extensions just funded up to 99 weeks of benefits. Those like San Diego resident Donalee King, who have been through the 99 weeks, have little hope of getting further benefits.

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King and other 99ers say they’ve tried to find work, to no avail. They are pleading with Congress for another set of benefits, called Tier V. King posted this song on her blog, Jobless Unite, which has become a forum for the unemployed to rally for more benefits.

More than 1 million Californians have been out of work for 27 weeks or more, accounting for nearly 50% of the state’s jobless.

Just a warning: There are some objectionable words in the song.

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-- Alana Semuels


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