- Police: Man dies from self-inflicted gunshot after standoff in south Cape (1/14/18)3
- Here's what's being built next to Chick-fil-A in Cape (1/18/18)1
- Author of Waller's manuscript rewarded for helping feds (1/13/18)
- Cape lands new summer-league baseball team; Capaha Field to see major upgrades (1/20/18)7
- Man sentenced to life for killing mother, burning her body; mouth taped shut at hearing (1/20/18)
- Poultry in motion: 4-H participants take first in nation with barbecue skills (1/13/18)1
- Redhawk Food Pantry helping Southeast students, employees who need assistance with food, supplies (1/19/18)2
- Word to your superintendent: Glass rocks Vanilla Ice parody to announce cancellation (1/13/18)3
- 3 mayor candidates in Scott City; former mayor Porch files for council seat (1/18/18)
- Chronic wasting disease found in 2 Southeast Missouri deer; whether disease transferable to humans unknown (1/18/18)
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.