Have you ever collected unemployment benefits?
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.
Never collected-used to work in an unemployment office.
If you have, I want my money back.
This is the first time I've ever seen a poll with a 0% result, go children!!!
This comment section is salty!
Only once, for about 4 weeks between the time I graduated from college while the paperwork for my new job was being processed
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.
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.
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.
They'll change that requirement.
Bio, you can't SERIOUSLY believe that most Democrats have never worked.
I think most of them barely work because only 60% of USA households have a working adult.
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?
My husband and I retired 7 years ago. I was 65; he was 74. Not that it's any of your business.
Yes, two weeks after Dr's release from a auto accident. Unemployment = $50/wk. I found a job for $40/wk and took it.
In the early 60's.
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.
Unemployment covered 40% of my salary. It helped a lot.
Laid off in early 2000 after 23 years with a company, yes I collected
Once. In the 60's was laid off from my job for 3 months. It paid the rent, thank God.
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.
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.
Company I worked for went out of business. I was on for about two months.
for 3 months when the place I worked for relocated out of state
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
I was on it for a full year. It was no vacation.
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
Not offended, just pointing out that while that may be the case for some it's not true of everyone.
I was laid off, and tech companies wouldn't hire me because I wasn't Indian or Chinese.
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.
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!!!
Did you eventually find something?
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.
And thanks for asking :) that was nice :)
No, I've never received any governments assistance.
Good, but you did vote for Obama...so I can't like you too much.
I've apologized 1503 times for that swervin, jeez.,. :)
I won't ask you to apologize, just that you learn from your mistakes.
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
Yes tractor, I understand. I was referring to the more common government programs.
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.
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.
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.
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
don't feel like going in to it right now.
No, I'd rather take a temporary job at the local Goodwill than suck off the t*t of Uncle Sam.
How are you sucking off Uncle Sam by taking unemployment?
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
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...
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.
im talking about smart people that desperstely want to work in the field that they have specialized in.
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.
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.
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?"
And anyhow, you can only collect as much as you paid into.
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?
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
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
concerns to worry about.
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.
Spirit, it's 99 weeks. I guess you just showed your ignorance on the matter.
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.
i agree. its not a situation that anyone wants to be in. its not mooching, its treading water.
On behalf of someone else.
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'... :-/
Unemployed now and don't want to.
Unfortunately I am right now.
I will never go on unemployment
It takes a truest smart person to refuse money to feed yourself and your children because your pride is in the way.
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.
Well how self righteous of you Kittles
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.
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
best interests. Do you think rich people leave free money on the table, ever??
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.
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.
It is taking money you already paid, not a handout in the slightest. Where do people get this from?
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.
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.
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.
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
My dad collects it now. He collects more money than my paycheck.
i was on it because of construction it sucks
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.
Yes when my job closed down. Went back to school.
Yes I have when I got laid off from work
No, but my husband did.
I sure would if I were ever unemployed. I paid into it enough over the years to feel good about making any legitimate claim.
Yes. It's a long and difficult process, and they will deny it for any reason.
It should be difficult to receive.
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.
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.
It was only a few months until I found another job.
Not so far in my life and hopefully never will have to.