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Show Of Hands October 25th, 2014 1:48am

Have you ever collected unemployment benefits?

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vbranger Hillary for Prison
10/28/14 7:14 am

NOPE!!! When I quit or got laid off, I immediately looked for another job regardless if it's something I wanted to do. Then I furthered my career & now I am on the path to retirement.

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kman101256 Princeton, WV
10/26/14 9:34 pm

Never collected-used to work in an unemployment office.

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CUThanksObama
10/26/14 3:06 pm

If you have, I want my money back.

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johndoh1000
10/25/14 11:45 pm

This is the first time I've ever seen a poll with a 0% result, go children!!!

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CoffeeNow Powderpuff Leftist
10/25/14 6:16 pm

This comment section is salty!

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johninsandiego San Diego CA
10/25/14 2:39 pm

Only once, for about 4 weeks between the time I graduated from college while the paperwork for my new job was being processed

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acwiz Michigan
10/25/14 2:18 pm

For two weeks back when you had to go in person and stand in line. It was the pits and not enough to pay my rent!! I made $26,000 and received $86 per week. Thankfully I was able to return to work.

alynn Somewhere wonderful
10/25/14 11:26 am

I have never needed them, thankfully. I was unemployed for a few months back in 2002, but I went to a temp agency and started working the next day.

TheLastAmerican fairfax
10/25/14 10:49 am

Gee look democrats vote for themselves to have more money, what a surprise. Also the number would be higher for dems but you have to find work before you can be unemployed and most of them just never work.

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GrandmaALiCE For a better 2021
10/25/14 4:08 pm

Bio, you can't SERIOUSLY believe that most Democrats have never worked.

TheLastAmerican fairfax
10/25/14 5:13 pm

I think most of them barely work because only 60% of USA households have a working adult.

TheLastAmerican fairfax
10/25/14 5:18 pm

Alice are you having fun sucking vacationing for the past 20 years on social security? Are you glad that you are getting more out of it than you even close to put in?

GrandmaALiCE For a better 2021
10/25/14 5:31 pm

My husband and I retired 7 years ago. I was 65; he was 74. Not that it's any of your business.

DonWichita Kansas
10/25/14 8:59 am

Yes, two weeks after Dr's release from a auto accident. Unemployment = $50/wk. I found a job for $40/wk and took it.

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DonWichita Kansas
10/25/14 9:00 am

In the early 60's.

Wizzobutter
10/25/14 8:03 am

Yes, I was laid off two years ago after 30 years with a large corporation. I ended up retiring a year later. Nice lump sum pension at 55 and 401k proceeds earn more than my salary was.

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Wizzobutter
10/25/14 8:04 am

Unemployment covered 40% of my salary. It helped a lot.

sher416
10/25/14 7:22 am

Laid off in early 2000 after 23 years with a company, yes I collected

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shygal47 Florida east coast
10/25/14 7:05 am

Once. In the 60's was laid off from my job for 3 months. It paid the rent, thank God.

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SmileyMoM Lab Rat Vampire
10/25/14 5:52 am

I got laid off in 2011. I had a job squared away and was offered a job I didn't even apply for so I took 2 weeks off and was back to work.

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SmileyMoM Lab Rat Vampire
10/25/14 5:55 am

And it was a weird lay off in that we found out in January, but we were required to stay until May if we wanted severance. I had 22 years in so I stayed.

joisie
10/25/14 5:25 am

Company I worked for went out of business. I was on for about two months.

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Nos4at2 demented weirdo
10/25/14 4:39 am

for 3 months when the place I worked for relocated out of state

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j0p Pittsburgh
10/25/14 4:26 am

one time for a few months. I believe that there is nothing wrong with it as long as it is a temporary solution.

The ones I hear about being on it for such extended periods of over a year are usually minimum wage workers thinking it's a vacation

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singkitty In the cloud
10/25/14 5:51 am

I was on it for a full year. It was no vacation.

j0p Pittsburgh
10/25/14 6:14 am

kitty,

No offense to you I am sure legitimate people fell into that group but where I live and what I have seen that seems to have been the norm rather than the exception.

if I have offended you I apologize in advance

singkitty In the cloud
10/25/14 3:31 pm

Not offended, just pointing out that while that may be the case for some it's not true of everyone.

theNobamist Silicon Valley
10/25/14 3:34 pm

I was laid off, and tech companies wouldn't hire me because I wasn't Indian or Chinese.

theNobamist Silicon Valley
10/25/14 3:34 pm

I ended up "falling off" the end of benefits (the phrase "gave up looking for work" is bullscheit: in was sending hundreds of resumes and dozens of phone calls a week.

theNobamist Silicon Valley
10/25/14 3:36 pm

And supreme morons Pelosi and Eshoo think unemployment pays for your expenses and lets you "explore"... Doesn't even pay half the mortgage. And in CA... It's TAXED!!!

singkitty In the cloud
10/26/14 3:29 pm

Did you eventually find something?

theNobamist Silicon Valley
10/28/14 3:55 am

Yes. I didn't give up, despite what the spin-masters called me. Working now, nicely thank goodness. Now to pay off bills from the simultaneous unemployment and medical treatments. No, I didnt get a bailout, just a sense of responsibility.

theNobamist Silicon Valley
10/28/14 3:56 am

And thanks for asking :) that was nice :)

EarlyBird Portland
10/25/14 12:32 am

No, I've never received any governments assistance.

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swervin Maryland
10/25/14 1:00 am

Good, but you did vote for Obama...so I can't like you too much.

EarlyBird Portland
10/25/14 1:21 am

I've apologized 1503 times for that swervin, jeez.,. :)

swervin Maryland
10/25/14 1:23 am

I won't ask you to apologize, just that you learn from your mistakes.

tractorman Oklahoma
10/25/14 6:41 am

Early, we all receive Govt. assistance, ways more numerous than we can list. Unemployment is only one that we as an American Community have to help each other in tough times. It should be for short periods of time and should have job training w/ it

EarlyBird Portland
10/25/14 7:53 am

Yes tractor, I understand. I was referring to the more common government programs.

CudOfCow Oregon
10/24/14 11:26 pm

Yeah. It sucked. Right after moving to oregon from mass. It was awful. I was on the phone everyday for 2 weeks from 4:30am-3pm trying to explain my case. I hope I never have to go through that again.

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CudOfCow Oregon
10/24/14 11:27 pm

i see people on fb posting these stupid memes about how people on unemployment should have to be doing training programs or drug tests. you can all screw off until youve had to do it.

theNobamist Silicon Valley
10/28/14 3:58 am

Why? I had to get drug tests at almost every one of my jobs. Consider it part of the "training" for going back into the workforce, like resume or interview skills classes.

tcadez Minnesnowta
10/24/14 11:01 pm

No but I did help my father apply for it. He is computer illiterate and unwilling to change. He had to apply for unemployment once a month over a summer when he took a voluntary layoff from his job. There's more to it than that, but I

tcadez Minnesnowta
10/24/14 11:02 pm

don't feel like going in to it right now.

Spiritof76 USA 1776
10/24/14 10:22 pm

No, I'd rather take a temporary job at the local Goodwill than suck off the t*t of Uncle Sam.

Wert A picture of my junk
10/24/14 10:29 pm

How are you sucking off Uncle Sam by taking unemployment?

CudOfCow Oregon
10/24/14 11:30 pm

unemployment is there for people actively seeking work and going through the process of getting hired. its a safety net not a hand out. not having the income to pay your bills for a few months while you are looking for work is absolutely terrifying

Spiritof76 USA 1776
10/24/14 11:30 pm

I can see 2 months. It's those long-termers that "can't find work" but refuse to accept anything less than 6 figures that I don't understand. 99 months w/o a job, really?!!? Let's just keep on extending those unemployment benefits...

CudOfCow Oregon
10/24/14 11:34 pm

I agree that it should be temporary but people should not feel shamed for having to do it. it should be easier to get. id rather have a person worth 6 figures get a helping hand for a while than watch them dissapear completely from the market.

CudOfCow Oregon
10/24/14 11:35 pm

im talking about smart people that desperstely want to work in the field that they have specialized in.

bethanyq Ess Eff
10/25/14 12:14 am

Spirit, that's a bit overly simplistic. People who have invested years of their lives and tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars are not being unreasonable if they turn down underpaying work that would take time away from a real job hunt.

Spiritof76 USA 1776
10/25/14 2:53 am

Why can't a person work and still hunt for a job? Embarrassment? Pride? Seems to me it would look better on a resum? to be employed, albeit in a different industry, than be out of work for such an extended period.

getupbaby South City
10/25/14 6:08 am

Anyone doing that is shooting themselves in the foot. The first question a potential employer asks is "Why were you out of work so long?"

getupbaby South City
10/25/14 6:09 am

And anyhow, you can only collect as much as you paid into.

bethanyq Ess Eff
10/25/14 8:07 am

I'm a lawyer. I got laid off at the start of the recession and guess what, it DID take me six full months to find work while job hunting full time. I applied for a lot of jobs I didn't want, but no, I did not apply to flip burgers at McDonald's. Why?

bethanyq Ess Eff
10/25/14 8:09 am

Because that would be idiotic. It would be a waste of time I was using to go in half-day-long interviews (because professional jobs, yeah, require a lot of long interviews). And I guarantee you no one hiring a lawyer thinks that their resume looks

bethanyq Ess Eff
10/25/14 8:10 am

better with three months at McDonald's on it than it does with a six month gap.

Look, if you don't have an actual career path, by all means, take the first thing that comes your way. But plenty of people with careers have both short- and long-term

bethanyq Ess Eff
10/25/14 8:10 am

concerns to worry about.

kman101256 Princeton, WV
10/26/14 9:41 pm

Spirit of76, when was unemployment good for "99 months"? I worked in unemployment office, and the longest I ever saw benefits was for 99 weeks.

theNobamist Silicon Valley
10/28/14 3:59 am

Spirit, it's 99 weeks. I guess you just showed your ignorance on the matter.

bethanyq Ess Eff
10/24/14 9:45 pm

Yes, and I stupidly felt ashamed of it. It's disgusting how we instill this awful, damaging mindset that there's something shameful about accepting temporary help when you need it.

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CudOfCow Oregon
10/24/14 11:31 pm

i agree. its not a situation that anyone wants to be in. its not mooching, its treading water.

gonzoboy Arizona
10/24/14 8:32 pm

Never. Nor has any member of my family past or present. Although I do have an uncle in prison. I reckon that's a weird kind of unemployment 'benefit'... :-/

ShineyLib Jeans
10/24/14 7:36 pm

I will never go on unemployment

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Rotavele Alabama
10/24/14 8:08 pm

It takes a truest smart person to refuse money to feed yourself and your children because your pride is in the way.

ShineyLib Jeans
10/24/14 8:27 pm

There's no way I'll ever be put in that situation. I don't have kids...and I have a few months money put away...and there is no doubt I can't find a job before it runs money runs out.
We all don't need a government babysitter.

lisalashe
10/24/14 8:32 pm

Well how self righteous of you Kittles

lisalashe
10/24/14 8:32 pm

Well how self righteous of you Kittles

bethanyq Ess Eff
10/24/14 9:47 pm

You're flushing money down the toilet. If you lose your job, you are entitled to unemployment benefits. The payment for your unemployment insurance was one of your benefits while you were employed. So you're just giving up compensation due to you.

bethanyq Ess Eff
10/24/14 9:48 pm

You're leaving money on the table and why? So you can say you did it?

I'm having difficulty thinking of a clearer example of just how successfully the truly wealthy and powerful in this country have fooled the rest of us into acting against our own

bethanyq Ess Eff
10/24/14 9:48 pm

best interests. Do you think rich people leave free money on the table, ever??

JoetheGoldenHoe
10/25/14 4:36 am

bethanyq,

Kittles, along with many Americans, believes that going on unemployment is shameful and pathetic. Many people view relying on others in this way. I agree with Kittles. People should learn to be more self-sufficient.

JoetheGoldenHoe
10/25/14 4:39 am

bethanyq,

On the other hand, you make a valid point. We all pay into the system so that we can use our unemployment benefits when we are in between jobs. If an unemployed, law-abiding taxpayer needs money in between jobs, he/she should get it.

getupbaby South City
10/25/14 6:06 am

It is taking money you already paid, not a handout in the slightest. Where do people get this from?

ShineyLib Jeans
10/25/14 7:35 am

We shouldn't even have to get unemployment insurance taken out of our paychecks to begin with. We would be better off just having the extra money, and then just saving it in case we lose our jobs.
Our government must think we are idiots.

bethanyq Ess Eff
10/25/14 8:13 am

Kittles, given your and others' apparent willingness to make irrational choices to prove some kind of ideological point, it would seem the government is right.

ShineyLib Jeans
10/25/14 9:19 am

Oh so it's irrational to have enough money saved up so I can survive until I get another job?
Please explain how that is so.

ShineyLib Jeans
10/25/14 9:41 am

And of course I would take unemployment benefits if I happen to lose my job.
The point is, we shouldn't have that crap taken out of our paychecks to begin with.
If you aren't an idiot, you should be able to have money saved

Brandon1995 San Francisco
10/24/14 7:34 pm

My dad collects it now. He collects more money than my paycheck.

pitbul
10/24/14 7:28 pm

i was on it because of construction it sucks

singkitty In the cloud
10/24/14 7:22 pm

I did for a year after my entire department got laid off. I worked part time and eventually found something full time in my field.

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Congressman Louisiana
10/24/14 7:16 pm

Yes when my job closed down. Went back to school.

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NikkiKitti47
10/24/14 7:15 pm

Yes I have when I got laid off from work

Kay41 the Midwest
10/24/14 7:06 pm

No, but my husband did.

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Zod Above Pugetropolis
10/24/14 6:58 pm

I sure would if I were ever unemployed. I paid into it enough over the years to feel good about making any legitimate claim.

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kreich1990 A Galaxy far...far away.
10/24/14 6:53 pm

Yes. It's a long and difficult process, and they will deny it for any reason.

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political Georgia
10/24/14 7:00 pm

It should be difficult to receive.

singkitty In the cloud
10/24/14 7:19 pm

I wouldn't say it was difficult, but time consuming and stressful for sure. I think the system could be set up more efficiently for, but that's true about a lot of them.

BamaGirl ROLL TIDE from Arizona
10/24/14 6:52 pm

I used to work a seasonal job & one year during off-season they reorganized & eliminated my position. I didn't find out about the reorganization until it was my normal time to return to work, so I ended up on unemployment then.

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BamaGirl ROLL TIDE from Arizona
10/24/14 6:53 pm

It was only a few months until I found another job.

alek12 Orlando
10/24/14 6:50 pm

Not so far in my life and hopefully never will have to.

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