I would appreciate a show on unemployment, particularly from the perspective of the unemployed. It seems timely, and I know it is for me, personally. After over 20 years of working, I find myself unemployed and collecting benefits for the first time.
I?ve learned a lot about the unemployment benefits system in the last few months, e.g., benefit payment rates are higher in Washington than in Oregon, you have to apply for at least 3 jobs a week regardless of whether there is work in your field, and many of the people working in the unemployment benefits offices are very supportive and friendly. I?ve also learned a little bit about the impact that filing unemployment has on the company that laid you off, but I still don?t completely understand how it payments are structured: Is it possible that a state could run OUT of money to pay the benefits if enough companies went bust?
I have other questions: what exactly is involved in extending benefits after your first six months? (I hope that isn?t relevant to me, but it would be good to know!) What will Obama?s policy of not taxing unemployment benefits mean (and how long have we been taxing unemployment benefits, anyway?)
And I?ve had a chance for some personal/sociological reflection: As a white collar worker facing unemployment for the first time, it was strange and new to collect unemployment benefits, but many of the people in my are in construction trades, and it?s been a part of their working lives for a long time. What?s different about collecting unemployment as a white collar worker?
How are other people keeping their spirits up? What are they doing with their time? There?s a part of me that?s really enjoying time off, after years of working with only brief vacations and lots of stress. But on the other hand, my self-esteem is suffering, and part of me really fears never getting another job, or heading on some kind of middle-aged downward career path.
Anyway ? these are some of the questions I have. I?d love to hear from people from the Oregon unemployment office, an accountant (to talk about the impact on companies facing layoffs, and maybe the tax implications for those of us unemployed ? not basic fiscal advice), maybe a historian, and other people who have been unemployed, now and in the past.
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