- Few Southeast students face suspension, expulsion for sexual assaults, campus paper finds (4/25/17)5
- Perryville family organizing bone-marrow drive Friday for ailing 6-year-old boy (4/26/17)
- Woman battered after smashing boyfriend's meth pipe against wall, police say (4/25/17)1
- Pilot House goes smoke-free (4/23/17)10
- Temptations bassist dies after Cape Girardeau show (4/26/17)2
- Event includes the first public tour of 200-year-old Elmwood Manor (4/23/17)3
- BBB warns Jackson man's online business might not be legit (4/24/17)
- Cape couple turns their home into cozy, comfortable music venue (4/24/17)
- Cape councilman Bob Fox to run for mayor (4/21/17)5
- Sikeston man charged in shooting death of Cape man (4/23/17)
Unemployment reports are misleading
I keep hearing on the news and seeing on the Internet how the unemployment rate is dropping. I just wanted to point out that it is not dropping due to more jobs. People are exhausting their benefits and are no longer able to draw unemployment. This is the reason the rate is dropping.
I'm drawing unemployment, and I am on my second extension. With the fiscal cliff deal made by Congress I am allowed to continue drawing unemployment until I exhaust my current account, which will end at the end of this month. I will not be able to draw on a third extension due to Missouri's rate dropping below 7 percent, and I still don't have a job. But this is not the actual unemployment rate, because when people lose benefits they are no longer counted toward the rate. So we don't know the true unemployment rate. I just believe these reports are misleading.
PATRICIA THOMPSON, Frohna, Mo.