Many states are extending jobless benefits

There hasn’t been much good news coming out of the world of work these days. But the New York Times did feature a column that has some hopeful news for the unemployed: Several states are extending their unemployment benefits.

According to the Times story, 21 states have changed their laws to make sure that the unemployed can receive benefits for a longer period of time if their unemployment rates reach 6.5 percent or higher.

The National Employment Law Project estimates that this seemingly simple change can help 1 million workers who are in danger of exhausting their state and federal benefits.

I’m not sure if this qualifies as terrific news. But in today’s weak economy, it might be the best we can hope for.