welfare http://kalw.org en Commentary: My shame and pride in signing up for the most stigmatized benefit http://kalw.org/post/commentary-my-shame-and-pride-signing-most-stigmatized-benefit <p><em>The Labor department announced today that weekly unemployment claims nationwide have dropped by 5,000, and the national unemployment rate is now 8.3 percent &ndash; the lowest in 4 years. In California, the jobless rate stands at 10.9 percent, down from 12.1 percent a year ago.</em></p> Thu, 22 Mar 2012 21:04:40 +0000 Christopher Cook 5970 at http://kalw.org Commentary: My shame and pride in signing up for the most stigmatized benefit