WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House has a new message for the
unemployed: More help is on the way.
President Barack Obama is announcing steps today to help them
pursue education and training, and keep their jobless benefits at
the same time.
Currently, people who are out of work and want to go back to
school have to give up their unemployment checks. And if they
decide to return to school, they may not qualify for federal
grants. That's because eligibility can be tied to the previous
Obama's announcement comes as the government releases its April
jobless figures. The national unemployment rate stands at a 25-year
high of 8.5 percent. Many analysts expect the latest numbers will
show it climbing even higher.