As America suffers the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, it is not surprising to learn that the number of people claiming unemployment benefits has increased dramatically.

But what is a surprise is the number of benefit recipients who live in very wealthy households – nearly 2,400 claimants in 2009 came from households earning $1million or more.

And it is not just the super-rich who are receiving federal unemployment cheques, but the comfortably well-off too – close to 1million households with earnings of at least $100,000 claimed the benefit.


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