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Now that the extended jobless benefits have ended, it will have far-reaching ramifications for the 1.4 million recipients of the program. (See: “Families left in lurch as jobless benefits end,” Dec. 29”).

When the emergency unemployment was extended from one to two years, it created an adverse side effect for many — there was no incentive to pursue employment for two years, plus the fact they weren’t required to accept a job that paid them less than their last job.

Why not encourage putting these folks to work at lesser pay? It would put them back in the employed role, save money by only having to compensate the recipient the difference from what they will earn to what unemployment pays them. It sounds like a viable solution to a pervading problem for the unemployed.

— Fred Ream, Fort Worth

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