A recent Brookings Institution report found that 14 of 20 metro areas have performed worse since government job cuts began. These cities include: Bridgeport, Conn.; Cleveland; Detroit; Grand Rapids, Mich.; Las Vegas; Minneapolis; New Orleans; North Port, Fla.; Palm Bay, Fla.; Phoenix; Riverside, Calif.; Sacramento, Calif., and Toledo, Ohio. Other issues such as falling home prices and rising unemployment overall have affected these areas. In total, state and local payrolls have decreased by an average of 23,000 jobs a month over the past three months. Federal payrolls have stayed about the same and in the private sector an average of 180,000 jobs a month were created during the same period. For the full article: http://money.cnn.com/2011/06/22/news/economy/government_jobs/index.htm?cnn=yes&hpt=hp_bn4

Currently, the Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees program provides benefits for eligible unemployed former civilian Federal employees. The program is administered by states as agents of the Federal government. The law of the state (under which the claim is filed) determines benefit amounts, number of weeks benefits can be paid, and other eligibility conditions. To file a claim, you should contact your State Unemployment Insurance agency as soon as possible after becoming unemployed. In some states, you can now file a claim by telephone. See: http://workforcesecurity.doleta.gov/unemploy/unemcomp.asp

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