Have Unemployment Benefits Turned into Unemployment Welfare?

Have Unemployment Benefits Turned into Unemployment Welfare?

The U.S. unemployment rate remains at 7.8% with a record number of people still receiving benefits under regular state programs after initial aid increased 87,000 to 3.21 million in the week ending January. Though generally supportive of unemployment benefits, the U.S. Labor Department to taking notice of those on long term unemployment benefits, concerned about the job future of these individuals.

The reality is that the longer a person remains unemployed and collecting benefits, the more difficult it will be to find a new job. This will cause many to just give up looking and exhaust their unemployment benefits while ending up on welfare. I know this is not the intent of most, but is happening more often than anyone would like to admit.

Workers who continue to collect long-term unemployment run the risk of being “unemployable” and ultimately be forced to apply for welfare benefits or if old enough for social security disability benefits. This trend is the most pressing issue in our economy as many displaced workers have been collecting unemployment benefits for three to four years, now.

Has the job market abandoned them? Are they employable and what will it take to get them hired? What training and education is needed and who will pay for it? These are the questions the U.S. government is beginning to address as the long-term unemployed get left behind. The number of initial claim continues to decrease and the time spent getting a new job shortens for the newly unemployed.

Living on unemployment benefits on a long term basis is not acceptable for most. This new government entitlement “unemployment welfare” in the end only hurts the workers and keeps them from realizing their full potential in life.  Dreams are lost as more people give up. My suggestion is to get off your unemployment benefits as quickly as possible even if you have to work at Starbucks. Get back into the job market as quickly as possible.

Cut back your expenses as much as you are able when collecting unemployment benefits. Arrange to stay with a friend or family member and save as much as you can of your weekly unemployment check to be used for training and education. I collected unemployment benefits when I was laid off from a job selling radio time and decided to change careers after getting laid off three times in four years. I gave up my studio apartment which I loved and moved in with two girls, until I could get settled into a new career.

The longer you wait for the same job you had before you were laid off, the harder it will be to get a job in your given field. We all live in a “world employment market” with people who have current skills and experience. Companies will hire them first.

Get out there and work two jobs, if needed, to get off cycle of collecting unemployment benefits which were never meant to be long-term. You will be helping your career in the long term, regain your self-esteem and begin to work toward a new future.

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  • Blame this unemployment mess on Corporate America and the politicians.

    The CEO's sent American jobs overseas, or hired foreigners to take jobs away from Americans so the CEO's can make more money. The American employment system has failed. The politicians did not stop the ameircan businesses of what they were doing. .

    Stop buying crap from China. Buy American made products.

    Stop re-electing these politicians who have been living off the taxpayers.

    I know people who took those free Obama funded IT job courses. Guess what, these people still do not have a job. It was more like a kickback scam program for Bill Gates and his company for the Govt. buying his software for these programs.

    Time for the Banks to loan money out to companies to expand, time for the Govt. to tax corporations who send jobs overseas, time for the American Business World to wake up before they find themselves out of the world economic picture.

  • In reply to CubsTalk:

    Thanks for the comment. I agree with you on many points. Banks need to lend more money to smaller businesses, we need to buy U.S. manufactured goods with less reliance on China and we need some real training programs that offer jobs and internships with companies who will hire people seeking a new career. Our government from the President to Congress seems more concerned about keeping their jobs and benefits rather than helping those who need the most help.

  • In reply to CubsTalk:

    > The American employment system has failed. The politicians did
    > not stop the ameircan businesses of what they were doing. .

    That's an emotional response and you actually have it backwards. American businesses didn't just decide one day to hire people overseas, American politicians raised corporate taxes so high that businesses decided it would make more financial sense to hire overseas. Big Difference! What failed here is the American politician NOT corporate America. The American politician is the one who makes it more and more difficult for businesses to want to hire Americans. As a business owner for over 10 years I'd hire an American ANY day over a foreigner! But the American worker has become a highly entitled and expensive liability because they vote in politicians that actually HURT NOT HELP businesses which in turn hurts employees. It may feel good to get back at those "mean" companies, by electing morons without business experience. But when those morons hurt businesses through high taxation and those businesses slowly stop hiring, you stop feeling good don't you? It's called "cutting your nose to spite your face". A tactic used by Democrats that on the surface looks just and right, but has the opposite effect.

    Imagine a morbidly obese person going to a doctor's office and the doctor says that he's perfectly fine, go home and keep eating cookies. The patient may feel better about himself, but did the doctor do the right thing by the patient? American politicians have become that doctor.

    Bottom line: Feeling Good != Solving Problems

  • President Obama can be a "Good Talker", but he is not acting. This country needs work. A Blind Man can tell what needs to be done. People need to get back to work and make good wages. The only way this can start is a massive construction infrastructure program across this country. Projects like this can feed off onto other businesses. One area to start right away is the inner cities in this country. Many neighborhoods with abandon buildings that have been around for years need to be knocked down. There could be a legal issue with this, but a city can enforce their "police powers" to be used for health / safety issues. The owners of these buildings still have their property, but not their buildings. Some building material supplies can be re-used / recycle for other projects. Federal funded programs can be used to teach locals how to become electricians, bricklayers and other trades. New homes and businesses can be built with new techniques and updated items.

    With these projects, new parks, schools, social centers can be built & trees can be planted. New underground pipes, new roads and sidewalks. Make neighborhoods feel open and enjoyable.

    Next would be major roads and bridges that need to be replace. Transportation centers can be refurbish & updated in areas that need it.

    Projects like this can rebuild a community.

    Over a century ago, Chicago hosted the World's Fair, and the parks and buildings that were around then were outstanding. There is no reason why this cannot happen again. Major indoor/outdoor entertainment centers can be made again. Who says one has to go to Disney World to be entertain? Jobs can be created, businesses can be started with projects like this in our city. Other companies would come to Chicago to hold their convention if we had a major family entertainment hub nearby.

    The politicians in this city would be surprise how kids who are in gangs, would want to learn how to build and design rather than be a criminal in life. So if our city leaders would stop talking about large soda drinks, and focus on rebuilding & employing people, they would not have major crime issues.

    If our country can give away billions to other countries to be built up, then they can start sending in billions to towns and cities across this country to get people employed and support, update our communities.

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    There are MANY long time professionals who also can't find jobs. They can't even find jobs relative to their profession. What is a professional man or woman with a family supposed to do? They surely can't do most of the things the article mentioned. They could, and probably do, work at service related jobs like Starbucks, etc., due to their personal responsibilities, their dignity, and work ethic, however, do you really think they can provide for their family on $15,080 (that is BEFORE taxes and that's IF they get a steady 40 hours per week) a year? What is there left to save for further education?

    Your suggestions are good ones, but not for the broad range of demographics seeking employment.

  • In reply to declutterbug:

    Thanks BusineesOwnerinNY for your well thought out response to Cubstalk. I agree Democrats spend much time putting down the very businesses that hire the workers. Most elected officials have forgotten what life really is out here. They have become entitled themselves with expensive pensions and the perks that come with being a public servant. The middle class in America is dying and the politicians appear to be running for cover.

  • In reply to Terri Lee Ryan:

    You know Terri. I was once myself on unemployment. Its not fun. I didn't like going to the office and asking for money. But at the time I needed it. I was stuck. They call that a safety net. Nothing wrong with safety nets and people should use them if they need them. I'm absolutely for that. But unfortunately, bad politicians today, especially those on the left seem to turn those safety nets like unemployment into downright entitlements. Its pathetic, it's wasteful and it creates dependency on corrupt political leaders to make wise decisions because the decisions of the free market are now discounted. Its a "have your cake and eat it too" scenario. Almost as if people believe now that they are entitled to welfare and good jobs at the same time.

    A welfare state will never foster good jobs for the poor or middle-class because the state itself makes it undesirable for most people to want to work for a private employer to make the same amount they are already getting from the state for doing nothing. It's common sense. Here in New York, my business has high turn over. Just a natural occurrence of my industry. However, today in New York State, employees here can quit after just a couple of weeks of employment and still get unemployment. Its a disgrace. Moreover, my company's state contribution to unemployment goes up each claim which increases my taxes. Remember this happens when people quit. Not for "good cause", but because they know they will get it and one day just quit for no good reason. Today, my biggest competition whose stealing employees from me is not what you'd normally think would be my business competition offering better salaries. No, its the state unemployment office, section 8 housing and welfare. People leave to get less money from the state but they don't have to work and they can work small jobs on the side in cash to make up the difference. The current governor is a fake. He claims to have improved the state through "tax free zones" as he advertises on TV, where the state won't tax you for income and sales taxes, yet the laundry list of requirements to qualify border on obscene.

    People that just yell and scream at corporate America have a right to be frustrated but the mistake they keep making is that they expect to have an easy life. Well, that's not going to happen. Either work hard and budget your money or win the lotto. Nothing is free. And electing bad people to powerful positions so they can make you feel better simply won't change that. They just make life even harder. Like I said in the previous post, cut your nose to spite your face. People are stupid Terri.

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    THE UNEMPLOYMENT SITUATION CAN BE ATTRIBUTED TO CONGRESS WHO ALLOWED MILLIONS OF AMERICAN FOUNDED JOBS TO RELOCATE ABROAD[ CHINA,MEXICO,INDIA,ETC.] without offering the owners a deal to stay in america and not HAVING A BACK- UP PLAN IN THE EVENT MORE JOBS ARE NOT CREATED IN A TIMELY FASHION FOR THOSE WHO ARE AFFECTED WHEN THEIR COMPANY RELOCATE TO ANOTHER COUNTRY AND FOR THOSE WHO WILL BE LOOKING FOR WORK WHEN THE BECOME OF A LEGAL AGE TO WORK ..IN ADDITION TO COLLEGE GRADUATES .

    THE BACK UP PLAN IS AS THE STATE GOVERNMENTS - IMPOSE A PAYROLL TAX ON EACH AN EVERY BUSINESS THAT EXPORT AMERICAN JOBS TO ENRICH THEIR BANK ACCOUNTS
    THIS WOULD BE RESERVED FOR LAID OFF WORKERS WHO HAVE NO SUCCESS IN EVEN GETTING A JOB FLIPPING HAMBURGERS AS A RESULT OF JOBS BEING SO SCARE .

    I WOULD AGREE THAT THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD NOT CONTINUE TO PAY A LAID OFF WORKER 80% 0F HIS SALARY FOR MORE THAN 1 YEAR; AND THE ONLY SOLUTION IS WELFARE DIMITR

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