I am wondering if any of those opining that the unemployed are just taking it easy -- enjoying sitting at home rather than really looking for work -- have ever had to live on unemployment benefits.
My daughter, at 40 years old and with a master's degree in business administration, was unemployed or underemployed for more than two and a half years while sending out hundreds of resumes every week seeking employment. The money she received for a couple of months was about one quarter of what she had been earning. It was barely enough to make her mortgage payment. She survived with my financial help and by depleting much of her retirement savings.
I don't know how anyone with a family could have survived at all. What people receive from unemployment is not sufficient to live on for any length of time other than in their cars. Most people want to be able to live comfortably and support themselves and their families.
So when you think sitting at home beats working, think again.
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