Senate passes jobs bill, but more help needed fast

Senate jobs bill
Senate jobs bill

The Senate went to work today, voting 70-28 to send a jobs bill to the House that would give businesses tax breaks for hiring the unemployed, and puts $20 billion into highway projects.

With nearly one out of 10 Americans in the labor force out of work, that's good news, although long-term unemployment is becoming a way of life for too many people, and it could be years before hiring levels are back to what they were before the recession.

As WalletPop reported two weeks ago, the incentive in the Senate jobs bill for employers to hire the unemployed isn't enough to encourage businesses to hire.