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Madison Wisconsin State Journal (Newspaper) - November 21, 1982, Madison, Wisconsin Jobless a never dreamed safety nets would fall percentage of Wisconsin workers who run out of unemployment benefits before finding a Job 1982 1981 1980 1979 1978 30% 30% 45% 120% 120% 0 to 20 30 40 a projected data supplied by Wisconsin department of Industry labor and human rotations. Percentages Are based on number of workers who begin drawing unemployment benefits during a Given year. By Chuck Martin economics reporter there had been layoffs before during the six years John Jurkovac worked on the Assembly line at the general motors corp. Car and truck factory in Janesville. For a week two weeks maybe a month Jurkovac would be unemployed. There however always were unemployment benefits providing weekly checks to help his family Bills while he waited to be recalled to his Job. So when general motors executives Laid off Jurkovac oct. 9,1981, he was unruffled. He a never dreamed a he said 13 months later he would remain unemployed his eligibility for unemployment benefits would have been exhausted and he would be on welfare. A i really never realized a i never thought it would be this Long a he said last week. A a in be exhausted everything. In a a nervous Jurkovac 35, is one of tens of thousands of workers in Wisconsin a 2�-year-old recession who comprise a problem the size of which Wisconsin has never before experienced a a problem that has state and Federal officials searching for solutions. At Issue is Long term unemployment its consequences and the safety nets governments have erected to Cushion its Impact. Jurkovac and thousands like him have been unemployed so Long they Are exhausting their eligibility to receive unemployment benefits they Are without income. These workers officials said Are falling off the end of a safety net they once thought longer than they would Ever need. Many Are surviving at least for a while on savings and perhaps a spouses income. Many others however Are tumbling into another safety net a the welfare system a where they Strain programs already costing taxpayers two to five times As much As in 1979, before recession struck. A a it a definitely a serious problem not just Here but in almost every state in the nation a said Bernard Stumbras assistant administrator of the Community services division in the state department of health and social services responsible for welfare programs. At the state department of Industry labor and human relations responsible for unemployment benefits Secretary James Gosling said the situation a does worry me. A a in a concerned about the magnitude of the problem already and the immediate future does no to look Bright. There Are people in this Economy who can to find work. Many of them have nowhere left to turn but to welfare where they Are putting increasing stress on the state officials estimate 140,000 Wisconsin workers who begin drawing unemployment benefits this year will remain unemployed so Long before they find work they will exhaust their eligibility to receive benefits. They will lose the Protection of a 50-year-old system devised to shield working families from the financial pain of layoffs and the nation from economic disaster. Unemployment benefits financed by a tax on employers were established in Wisconsin in 1932 and nationwide in 1935 in response to the suffering caused by High unemployment during the great depression. The benefits Are designed to help jobless workers Bills while they search for work and consequently to keep the Economy moving. Wisconsin provides up to 34 weeks of Benefit payments ranging up to $191 per week. Two Federal programs operating in Wisconsin extend the maximum Benefit length to 49 weeks. The number of weeks of eligibility and amount of payment depends on circumstances when the worker was employed a length of time worked and wage received. The unemployment benefits program applies to turn to Page 2, col. 2wisconsin stale journal sunday Quot. A a it 1 november 21,1982 Madison Wisconsin 236 pages a a a $1thirteen months of no work have Hurt John Jurkovac. A state journal color photo by Edwin Stein economic rally predictions Rise like Phoenix Washington a take heart recession weary America Here comes the recovery. Again. Unfazed by a year of wrong guesses most private and government forecasters Are saying the Economy will begin pulling out of the recession in the next month or so. Many were almost As optimistic last Winter and Spring. New government figures released Friday said the National Economy was absolutely Flat in the july september Quarter a no growth no decline just sitting there. Until it starts moving upward unemployment is unlikely to recede much from the highest level in 42 years a 10.4 percent in october. Analysts however said the fact that interest rates have been falling during the past few months Means better times Are almost surely coming. David Cross a senior economist at Chase Econometrics in Bala Cynwyd pa., spoke of a a snowballing at first lower rates make it cheaper for americans to buy expensive items ranging from refrigerators on up to houses. They make it cheaper for businesses to finance storage of inventory stockpiles lessening their risk in increasing production. The Way the snowball is supposed to Roll lower rates a coupled with this years tax rate Cut and the Prospect of next years a encourage Consumers to buy More goods giving producers an incentive to make More thus requiring them to rehire Laid off workers who then have Money to buy More goods giving producers an incentive to make More and hire More. And on and on. Of course the effect works in reverse too As apparently happened with the record High interest rates that preceded the recession. High rates can push Consumers to Cut spending and prod producers to Cut output and Lay off workers. Few expect rates to surge upward again soon however. The Federal Reserve Board concerned about the Long recession has been easing its formerly tight grip on the a turn to Page 2, col. I they keep tabs on Falls Hunters Paul Ebert Portage took shelter from the rain which plagued Hunters on the opening Day of Deer season. A state journal color photo by Joseph Vav. Jackson Iii inside full Index on Page 2 new tax Law strategy Page 8 skaters lose nil returns sports Holiday photo guide Leisure weather Section 3, Page 6 partly sunny and cooler today with a High in the upper 40s. Variable winds at 5 to 10 Mph. Tonight partly Cloudy Low in the 20s. Increasing cloudiness monday with a High around 40. Badgers bound for bowl on dec. 11 Independence bowl by Joe Beck regional reporter Portage a on a Day like saturday dark foggy and wet Bill Schwen gel and Henry Kern could hear the Orange army before they saw it. As game wardens for the department of natural resources they Are two of the states Point men in Columbia county where the Fields vibrated with morning shots signalling the Start of another Deer Hunting season. The Thunder around them which began at 6 30 a m., came from gunners who travelled to the Portage area in quest of a taste of Venison adventure and camaraderie. There were 8,000 of them. Kern estimated stalking their hoofed Quarry Here. Some of them had taken a Deer by 9 a By that time Kern 53, and Schwengel 27, had nabbed their first violator someone who shot a Deer outside the area his permit allowed. The wardens said most people who receive citations show a degree of Good humor that might Surprise anyone familiar with the intense criticism often directed at the Der. A this is really an Ideal Job a Kern said. A a you re outdoors involved with Hunting and fishing and you re dealing with a lot of Good people. Ninety five percent of the people we Deal with Schwengel said most Hunters accept their citations with no resistance or animosity toward him. A a number of people like you personally but they done to like the department you represent a he said a that covers a lot More people than those that hate your they continued their patrol the trunk of their car smeared with fresh blood left by the Deer they confiscated from the wayward Hunter. The gunfire subsided by mid mom ing along with Deer activity. Morning noon and evening were lost in a melancholy Cloud cover hanging Over the Low Flatland where the wardens patrolled. The ground puckered under foot saturated by two Days of rain. Schwengel and Kern pulled off a Side Road to follow up on a report they had receded earlier in the Day of someone illegally baiting Deer with a Salt Block. Schwengel set off 30-30 in hand appearing to be Only another Hunter which in a sense he was. He returned about a half hour later without culprit or Deer. A a it a not Hunting seriously a he said. A a it a walking through Public property carrying a gun and checking on other its also a Good Way of showing the Hunting Public wardens Are outdoors people not bound to a desk and a car Kern said. Wardens Are on Call 24 hours a Day and work shifts of 12 to 14 hours during the Deer season he said. Their offices Are in thou Homes where they do the paperwork that consumes about 7 percent of their time. Schwengel and Kern stopped far ther Down the Road and waged a Small War of nerves with a Hunting party 300 Yards away. Schwengel trained his binoculars on them and saw them looking Back at him with their own spy glasses. They didst appear to have any Deer so the wardens drove further Down the Road where they came upon a group of Hunters who had taken a Buck. A right there that a the image problem Quot said Kern As they passed one of the Hunters holding a can of Beer. Kern said he has arrested Only one Hunter in his career for drunkenness in the Field but the Public perceives the problem As More widespread. A it sure is an image problem when you see them standing alongside the Road with a six pack in the late none of the Hunters stopped by Kern and Schwengel were carrying handguns legalized by the Der this year despite Strong protests from Antigua and anti Hunting groups. The second citation of the morning was issued to a Hunter whose car was stopped on a spot Check and found to be carrying a loaded a Shotgun in the Back seat. The gun should have been unloaded the Hunter cheerfully admitted As he accepted his ticket. A they you Guys want to come Over for a Beer a he asks. A polite refusal sends him on his Way. No Beers no cheers for Schwengel and Kern at least until the guns of november jail silent for another year

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