The Economic Policy Institute highlights the fact  that in 2007, 1.2 million people were unemployed for longer than six months, with Michigan having the highest long-term unemployment rate of 1.7%. EPI emphasizes why extending unemployment is so critical in both helping these families and strengthening the economy in states suffering the highest job loss.
In What We're In For: Projected Economic Impacts of the Next Recession , a report by the Center for Economic and Policy Research argues that even a mild recession would add 3.2 million workers to the unemployment lines by 2010, while a severe recession would add 5.8 million unemployed.
Union membership increased as a percentage of the working population for the first time in twenty-five years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics , with unions adding 310,000 members last year.
Moderate and lower-income households pay over $8 billion in fees to non-bank check cashing and short-term loan providers, a costly loss to such families that could be avoided if they were directed into lower cost banking options, according to a new report  by the Brookings Institution. In fact, the savings to a full-time worker without a checking account could be as much as $40,000 during his or her career, which if directed into savings and investments would add up to $360,000 over a career.