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  • Unemployment Benefits

    01/22/2011 1:20:09 PM PST · 14 of 16
    spiltmilk to bboop

    Hello. I hope everything works out for you and your husband. UI varies from state to state in terms of the maximum amount and the calculation for benefits. Here’s how it works in general:

    First, he will need to call and open an unemployment claim. They will take his SS#, places of work over the last year, address, etc and initiate the claim. The week that the call is made is a waiting period week and he will not receive a check for it. It will not count towards the initial 26 weeks claim.

    The UI office will verify salary paid and that the separation was a layoff. If he received severance pay and did not have to sign a liability release in exchange for it, he might be told to wait until those weeks are up. Otherwise, it’s one waiting period week and then the following weeks will be paid weeks. Usually there is a 2-3 week turnaround in getting the claim started and receiving payments. He’ll file each week and will receive catch up payments up to the previous week and then weekly payments from there.

    As of today, he will have 26 weeks in his initial claim and is eligible for extended UI until the end of 2011 as a result of the tax bill passed last month. After 2011, he will not be eligible for additional weeks without Congress passing another extension of benefits. There is no guaranteed 99 weeks vacation as some experts here will claim. Usually the amount of the check is half the salary up to some maximum amount. If he earned a steady annual salary over the last year, it should be easy to figure out. If he worked several jobs, I believe they take the average of the two highest earning of the last four quarters, divide by 26, and that’s the amount. Check your state’s website.

    The initial claim is open for a year, meaning that he can take a temporary job, work for the term, then reopen his claim once it ends up until one year. At the one year mark, the UI claim would be recalculated based on this year’s earnings. Some who “max out” and receive the maximum payment received substantially less after a year due to taking lower paying temp jobs and not finding permanent full time work after one year. Just something to keep in mind.

    And that’s about it.The most important part is to stay positive, work hard and you’ll both through this. Good luck.

  • Bay State jobless rate increases to 8.2 percent

    12/17/2010 1:06:56 PM PST · 7 of 8
    spiltmilk to hal ogen
    If any of them voted for nobama and his fellow-travelers...Good! Merry Christmas!

    Really? That makes you happy? That a person loses their job because they voted for one side's scam artist instead of yours? What a sad person you are.

  • Jets Suspend Assistant Coach for Rest of Season for Tripping Dolphins Player

    12/13/2010 5:55:12 PM PST · 14 of 69
    spiltmilk to ColdOne

    Hahaha “including playoffs” - IF NECESSARY.

  • A 'Recovery' Like No Other

    12/13/2010 2:51:19 PM PST · 39 of 58
    spiltmilk to RikaStrom
    If you have one or two favorite recruiters, stick with just them

    Indeed, I've learned this the hard way. The ones I've worked with have really selected themselves based on their professionalism and sincere effort to work "with" me rather than simply trying to close a job.

  • A 'Recovery' Like No Other

    12/13/2010 12:33:52 PM PST · 30 of 58
    spiltmilk to Red in Blue PA

    Lots of luck to you. I hope you get it.

  • A 'Recovery' Like No Other

    12/13/2010 11:49:35 AM PST · 21 of 58
    spiltmilk to anniegetyourgun
    From this point forward, ask any recruiter who calls if they own the requisition. If they don’t, they are a recruiter of poor repute & you should move on.

    Thanks for that. I've been unemployed for 7 months so I'm at the mercy of pursuing any opportunity that comes. Still, I've learned not to bother hoping too much with these people. I have been into the offices of 8 different recruiting companies in my area for a number of "opportunities" that, surprise, never pan out. It's so frustrating. Any other tips you have would be greatly appreciated.

    My idea of the system is that companies contract multiple companies to fill one position and probably attempt to go with the lowest cost temp employee. On the recruiter side, where they are dealing with the same unemployment rate, this means those who "own" the job will scramble to get just about anyone in for a screening in hopes of winning the race. That increases the chance they sell the job. Also, suppose they have a job that's not on my level, but would be of my former manager's. They call me on a fake position and solicit references from me and then call THOSE people to fill the higher level position. That's been about my experience. Look on right now and fully 50% of the listed positions from temp companies are total BS/non-existent.

  • A note on the unemployment extension (It's NOT the case that the unemployed get more than 99 weeks)

    12/13/2010 10:55:07 AM PST · 11 of 33
    spiltmilk to TNoldman

    That’s a good idea. Maybe he can rake leaves on the highway next to the work release prisoners. Let’s not go after the banks that took TARP money or GM or the union kickback road construction jobs from the porkulus bill. Let’s go after this guy because God forbid he took advantage to keep his lights on via a government program after working........and paying taxes.....for 35 years.

  • A note on the unemployment extension (It's NOT the case that the unemployed get more than 99 weeks)

    12/13/2010 10:37:50 AM PST · 8 of 33
    spiltmilk to joe fonebone

    You have to understand that most of these people have no idea what the economy is really like for the unemployed or what unemployment is, who pays for it, how it’s funded, how realistic it is to be unable to get work for a long term period, etc. Don’t waste your energy. Good luck to you. I hope your new year brings better days.

  • A note on the unemployment extension (It's NOT the case that the unemployed get more than 99 weeks)

    12/13/2010 10:20:19 AM PST · 5 of 33
    spiltmilk to napscoordinator
    f you have 98 weeks, you get the extension. If you are the unfortunate one that hits 99 weeks than you are out of luck. I believe that is how it works. I am just grateful that I have never had to take unemployment. FREEPERS act like it is some jackpot or winfall. I would rather my 7800 a month working than try to survive on the 1600 dollars for sitting around watching tv and try to keep up my lifestyle (it would NEVER work).

    If you have 98 weeks and they pass an extension, you get your 99th week and you're off. If you're like me and have run through 26 weeks, right now you're getting nothing. With an extension, you'd get eligibility to file for the continuing tiers through next year.

    I'd like 7800 vs. the 1200 a month I was getting too. And you know what, I've been too busy trying to find work in this time period to be sitting around watching tv. So I guess I'm doing something wrong. I get 400 less than you think AND I don't even get to watch tv all day.

  • A 'Recovery' Like No Other

    12/13/2010 9:50:05 AM PST · 8 of 58
    spiltmilk to hoyt-clagwell
    You will see more temps jobs even when the economy recovers.

    Already seeing it. My former employer offshored a bunch of positions and now they bring on temps. I worked for a bank and one that took TARP money too. Nice country.

  • A 'Recovery' Like No Other

    12/13/2010 9:43:54 AM PST · 4 of 58
    spiltmilk to JohnRLott

    These jobs are all that’s out there. The trouble is, there’s now too many of these companies and not enough of even THESE jobs. I get 3-4 calls a week from these people telling me that they have this great opportunity for me and we’d like to send your resume over. So they do, I come into their office, meet with them for 15 minutes, and then you never hear back. I know I’ve applied for the same job 3 times in one case. There’s a lot of recruiters out there with nothing to do but waste people’s time.

  • Ed Schultz fights for the jobless 99ers (Ed should be jobless) [Barf Alert!]

    12/12/2010 8:30:21 PM PST · 12 of 17
    spiltmilk to spiltmilk

    Just like to clarify the last bit because it was written awfully. My point is that just saying you want to deport all illegals is one thing. Actually doing it tomorrow is something else and completely impossible. It’s also easy to post on an internet forum and say “get a job” - that doesn’t surmount the fact that unemployment is outrageously high and try as we might, millions of us won’t find our next job tomorrow.

  • Ed Schultz fights for the jobless 99ers (Ed should be jobless) [Barf Alert!]

    12/12/2010 8:18:03 PM PST · 10 of 17
    spiltmilk to 2ndDivisionVet
    I've posted in a lot of these threads. They all go the same way - I actually made a post about THAT if you want to look it up. These types of threads aren't unique to FR either, I have seen. I've found out a couple of things from reading the many comments about this issue. Chief among them:

    1. If you have kept your job through the last 2-3 years, you really, REALLY don't know. You can read that unemployment is 9.8% and that unemployment claims went up or when down. You can get a sense that there are extended unemployment benefits and the economy is tough. But unless you've been out there, every day looking for one morsel of employment under every rock, you simply have no clue what you are talking about. That, of course, doesn't stop many people from compartmentalizing their thoughts on a very vast issue and loudly proclaiming "I'M A CONSERVATIVE....THERFORE,LET THEM STARVE. TOO BAD! IT'S NOT IN THE CONSTITUTION!" And good for you, heroes of conservatism. I hope you stick to your loudly proclaimed principles when it's your turn to face losing everything.

    2. I'll save the louder loudmouths the trouble. I'm not a conservative. Never realized this, but it's apparently true. I'm no liberal, mind you. I recognize the failings of that philosophy pretty well. No way, you won't catch me voting democrat or even RINO. But I'm also not a conservative. I visit this forum daily and several others and I'm just floored by the percentage of people who wail about the unemployment extensions - while fully aware that the unemployment rate is high, businesses have been under attack for years now, and the obamacare bill and the tax rate uncertainty has shut down any prospects for growth. I just don't understand it. Has the government stopped funding NPR, free welfare for illegal aliens, corporate welfare and bailouts for banks...and on and on? You turn your ire towards me? And you put me in your stereotypical "get a job loser" class? If that's conservatism, then I'm not a part of it and this will be my last post.

    I get that people are pissed off about spending, the obscene amount of taxes we pay - and yea, we! I paid way more taxes this year than i touched in the 26 weeks of unemployment that got cut off last week. I know that there's a minute portion of the unemployment rate that is only there because there IS unemployment. No kidding, really? There's corruption in government programs. What a genius revelation! Now for bonus points, why don't the wicked smart people here who say "get a job" tell me what to do IF THERE AREN'T ANY?

    What if they cut off the unemployment completely as many here want, yet those McDonald's jobs and the pages of fake/temporary placement company jobs on monster really only cover about 20-25% of the millions of job seekers out there. Then what? You know, it's like the idea of deporting all illegal aliens tomorrow. Sounds good. It will help the economy, right? I'm certainly for it - look at all the jobs that will open up instantly. And we might even get wages to rise a bit too. Well, how do we go about that? See, I live in the real world where just this week I applied for 23 positions listed in my area. These ranged from jobs in my former industry and close to the tasks and level of my previous job to a job at Whole Foods stocking shelves/customer service. Not one call. I have no criminal record, can provide outstanding references and clearly state - "Look, I know it might seem like I'm overqualified, but you'll be hiring the most appreciative worker in the market". And no call. Not even the courtesy of "no thanks". So what should happen here. I'm going to apply to 23 more this week. I'll apply to 46 if they are listed. I'm doing what I can. Is it criminal of me to take an extension check to keep my apartment? I really don't know - OR CARE - at this point. If you do, send me your address and I'll be sure to return the hard earned money I "stole" from you.

  • Unemployment insurance or stealth welfare?

    12/05/2010 3:23:31 PM PST · 69 of 71
    spiltmilk to GregoryFul
    If UI were not government mandated, it might occur to most that one ought to put away a portion of one's earnings for that inevitable rainy day.

    I agree with you, but the mandate by government does not replace the need to save. UI only "pays" 50% of wages up to a capped amount. This is hardly enough to cover my basic bills. I've had to rapidly burn through what little savings I've been able to keep over the years. Again, I don't disagree with anything you have posted here and recognize it's a reasoned discussion of "what should be". I'm dealing with "what is". That's a fantastic idea to let the private sector offer an unemployment insurance to "the people". That's just not were we are today or what it available to me.

    So I guess you would refuse the (perhaps perpetual) Federal UI extension, paid for out of the taxpayer's pocket, as it is not rightfully a benefit that you paid for.

    I would hope to be long "re-employed" before that day would have come. As of today though, I'm off at 26 weeks with no extensions available. My last payment will hit my account on Tuesday. I guess I timed my layoff wrong. That's the "what is" for me.

    To answer your question - if an extension is passed, yes I will accept it without shame. Mr "I see my hands are my only girlfriend" thinks I'm a thief for that. Somehow I'll try to carry on knowing I've displeased the Mary Poppins (Practically Perfect in Every Way) of this forum.

    But thank you, for engaging in a civilized discussion of the issue. Have a nice night.

  • Unemployment insurance or stealth welfare?

    12/05/2010 12:50:37 PM PST · 67 of 71
    spiltmilk to GregoryFul
    We the people must reverse at least 60 years of foul government administration, and politicians from hell.

    I agree with you totally. I just don't think I should have to pay for it with my life's savings which will be gone in one month. I see billions in waste in the stimulus bill, billions in TARP, unchecked illegal immigration, more fraud on the way with the "Dream" act, billions in "humanitarian aid" for any country that has as much as a heavy rain storm, $200 million Indian vacations for Barry, Spanish vacations for Mi-shell........and yet I'M the one that gets cut. Me? The one time I really need what I've already paid for? Ummm, no. Sorry. You lose me their when it ends up in my lap.

  • Unemployment insurance or stealth welfare?

    12/05/2010 12:15:23 PM PST · 65 of 71
    spiltmilk to I see my hands
    Hi, I've been productive and reliable too. Same as scores of millions have. Sure you can give me your number but I'd rather have the money I earned that's in your pocket now.

    There is not one dime of the money I've collected in unemployment that ever belonged to you. That money comes from fees paid by my employers. The rate varies based on certain factors but averages $2,000 per employee per year currently. As you apparently know everything about everything, I don't have to ask if you're capable of doing a little math with me? Wanna give it a try?

    First I have to ask if you'll accept that these unemployment insurance costs that businesses incur are passed on to consumers/ well as recovered out of salary offers, bonuses, raise levels and employee costs of benefits? Is that reasonable? I'm not a business man nor an econonmist, but that seems pretty reasonable to me. The cost sure is not paid out from a money tree kept in the owner's/shareholder's backyard. They are well recovered somehow, aren't they?

    So, let's split the $2,000 50/50 so that $1,000 is passed on to clients/consumers and as an employee, I was paid $1,000 less overall than I would have if there were no unemployment insurance. Ok? I've worked consistently for 23 years - that's $23,000 (1000 x 23, feel free to use a calculator if the math gets scary). Of course, there's inflation and the fact that I was paid less as a teenager than as a mid-30s adult. Let's account for that as best we can and half it again ($23,000/2).

    Work with me, professor, let's try and get to the bottom of this. Let's say I've "paid" $11,500 into unemployment over the 23 years that I've have worked. Well, my check was $422 per week for 26 weeks and that works out to $10,972 and now without any extensions, I am out. Unemployment is still 17%+ and "the system" is still up $528 by my ultra-conservative estimation.

    As a result of all these calculations, I proudly extend my middle finger to you, sir or ma'am. You are sad example of a person and when you are in need, you will be alone. I have my family and the most wonderful friends a person could ask for. I will get through this somehow. You, on the other hand, have to live the rest of your life as the scumbag that you are. Enjoy yourself.

  • Dem: We could have let economy fall and been in majority for 40 years

    12/05/2010 9:15:03 AM PST · 50 of 55
    spiltmilk to Brilliant
    Am I missing something? They DID let the economy fall.

    You missed the Summer of Recovery and the term "jobless recovery". Pay better attention. We're in boom times! Time to raise taxes.

  • Unemployment insurance or stealth welfare?

    12/05/2010 8:45:08 AM PST · 63 of 71
    spiltmilk to GregoryFul

    This is all very true. I recognize it. I understand it. It’s just a little more yucky when it’s as real as you, yourself, being the individual having to pay full freight on it. I’m talking about the whole “A recession is when your friend loses his job, a depression is when you lose yours.” perspective.

  • 99 Weeks is Slavery

    12/05/2010 8:06:10 AM PST · 27 of 28
    spiltmilk to bray
    Why are you unemployed is the real question.

    The acute reason that I am unemploymed because the company I worked for lost a client due to a merger of that client with another company. The client already had a service provider contract under the "merged into" company. The sales team at my former company did not generate a new client and thus, my position was eliminated.

    I know you're getting at the general "why" and the general "without UI, people would be breaking down doors", but I'm living outside the classroom and under my own personal circumstances where I'm out of savings and unemployment in one month's time and there are not enough jobs for me and those millions of others.

    I routinely received good performance reviews at this job. I had no hand in the sales process other than providing outstanding service to the client team I worked out. Those sales people who failed are still there. Nice how that works.

    I did not create exotic mortgaged backed securities. I did not pass laws mandating mortgage approvals to those clearly unable to pay. I did not buy a home I could not afford. I did not sell a home or mortgage to someone who could not afford it. I did not vote for Obama. I called and emailed against amnesty and the healthcare bill. I demand the Bush tax cuts remain the same. I am against the stimulus and recognize it as an Obama slush fund of bribe money. I am against the Bush TARP money too.

    But I'm just me - one person, completely powerless to stop this. And so, yea, I understand the WHY quite a bit, thanks. I'd just like to keep my lights on while I pray for better days.

  • Unemployment insurance or stealth welfare?

    12/05/2010 5:53:38 AM PST · 61 of 71
    spiltmilk to upsdriver
    Comments? Yes, unemployment payments from day one is welfare. The employee never paid for the insurance, the employer did and they were forced by the government to do so.

    And the employer never makes adjustments to pay and benefits to account for this, right?

  • 99 Weeks is Slavery

    12/04/2010 6:35:40 PM PST · 20 of 28
    spiltmilk to upchuck

    Fair enough, I misunderstood that you were referring specifically to those taking the check and making no effort to get back to work. This strategy is foreign to me as I can’t make my bills on unemployment alone and am rapidly running through my own rainy day savings I have no idea how that’s appealing vs. working but I guess these types are out there if you say so.

  • Unemployment insurance or stealth welfare?

    12/04/2010 5:25:06 PM PST · 23 of 71
    spiltmilk to I see my hands
    Hi. I have worked since age 13. I've never been fired. I have never left any job without proper notice. I worked hard in high school, got into a decent college, got the degree. I got a job within a month of graduation and worked, worked, worked for 12 years after. I paid taxes too. I got good performance reviews, earned raises and bonuses, and truly contributed to the success of my team.

    Then in May, my job was offshored, I was given a severance check and the number for the unemployment office. You want my number so you can call me every day too?

  • 99 Weeks is Slavery

    12/04/2010 5:04:34 PM PST · 18 of 28
    spiltmilk to spiltmilk

    My point being that looking at unemployment on a theoretical level is one thing. As someone who has worked hard every day to try and get back to work at all sorts of jobs - in my field and equal to my level, entry level, “any job” just to get back to work - I can attest to the fact that there just are not enough jobs out there to get all the unemployed back to work at this moment.

  • 99 Weeks is Slavery

    12/04/2010 4:54:26 PM PST · 17 of 28
    spiltmilk to TXConservative25

    You are correct. It’s actually 3 work search “activities” per week. I can show you a log that documents hours of effort daily and over 1-2 job applications per day on average for six months. My unemployment check is half of what my paycheck was. I’m sure there are some who through large savings, under the table jobs or spouse’s income have no incentive to find work, but this single guy who is burning through his life’s savings just to supplement the UI check and keep the bills paid sure doesn’t see much fun in unemployment.

  • 99 Weeks is Slavery

    12/04/2010 2:07:16 PM PST · 14 of 28
    spiltmilk to Ethrane
    I don’t know what to think at this point...but continually extending the jobless benefits past two years doesn’t seem like a good answer.

    I agree that the answer to "how long is too long" is a tricky one. However, the extensions that have continually been funded have not extended the term over 99 weeks. The recent legislation (not passed) would extend the term one can claim unemployment for three months, provided they have exhausted their initial claim - up to 99 weeks.

    People who are only vaguely familiar with unemployment hear the word "extension" and the term "99ers" and immediately believe people are being allowed to collect UI forever. This is not the case. Currently, my own claim expires after 26 weeks. Without an extension, I'm done.

  • 99 Weeks is Slavery

    12/04/2010 1:14:49 PM PST · 10 of 28
    spiltmilk to upchuck
    Hi. I have collected unemployment after my job was eliminated due to offshoring. The latest unemployment numbers show 9.8% (fake/cooked numbers) and 17% (real unemployment once underemployed/99ers) are counted. If you have continually been employed/held your business togther, be grateful. I am on week 22 of my initial unemployment claim. I have indirectly paid into the unemployment trust fund in the form of lower wages/benefits to account for this cost to the employers I've worked for over the 23 consecutive years I've held a job. Should there be an extension, I will collect from federal tax dollars. In this year, I've had enough federal tax withheld to finance my own unemployment check until mid July 2011.

    Please explain how I am a leech. Thanks.

  • Unemployed, and Likely to Stay That Way (skill erosion and marketability)

    12/03/2010 8:54:24 AM PST · 28 of 49
    spiltmilk to Democrat_media
    Still wondering how you are doing. what is your situation.

    Thank you. My situation is extremely tedious at the moment. I'm on Week 21 of my initial unemployment claim. If there is no extension, I'm off of it in 5 weeks. That's something many people do not understand with these extensions. There is no unemployment check after 99 weeks. The funding of extensions is for those unemployed over 26 weeks and under 99.

    I agree, it's a raw deal for business owners to have to pay in and to be unable to collect. On the other hand, those payments made, at least as far as I can assume, have to be recovered in less salary/benefits paid to the employee, so I get a little annoyed when some people assume UI = welfare check. I was paid less money to cover the cost somehow. I also don't know the answer to whether 99 weeks is too much. If it is, what is appropriate? 88 weeks? 52 weeks? I know for my own situation, if you agree that over the years I've indirectly paid many times over what I got in my initial claim (I've held a job steadily for 23 working years) and if I'm credited for the federal taxes I've had withheld this year, I've paid for a little over one year of my own unemployment claim on my own. I would have loved a new job on week 1 but there hasn't been one.

    I realize there are people who scam the system. I know people myself who have made zero effort for months. There are out there to be sure, but there is also today's jobs report - 17-18%. I don't happen to know the ratio of freeloaders to people like me, but I do know that 17-18% is very real.

    I've applied to every job I can find. I'm closing in on 250 since June. I'm working with 7 different job placement recruiters as well - mostly for temp/contract work. I had an interview request recently and the project got pushed until next year. I had an HR phone screen interview this week and am PRAYING to get a shot at a formal interview. If I get in the door, I know I can slam dunk any interview and put myself in the running. That's the trick - getting the interview. With so many unemployed it's very, very hard to get yourself through the bureaucracy. But I still work hard every day and try to keep positive. What else am I going to do?

  • Unemployed, and Likely to Stay That Way (skill erosion and marketability)

    12/03/2010 8:13:36 AM PST · 8 of 49
    spiltmilk to fightinJAG
    My point is that I hope our millions of unemployed (not the usual welfare crowd, but those affected newly by this recession) can keep their spirits up and find satisfaction in work that, while unpaid, is real and worthwhile work. In these days, just using your time being a good friend to those who are your friends is a great contribution.

    This post is a breath of fresh air compared to the many completely classless and uninformed comments on many of the unemployment threads. I'm one of the millions and I can confirm the truth of what you say. Just the other day, another company in my field announced layoffs and I prepared and sent a detailed guide to send to friends there who were worried and unsure how the process went down. Wasn't much, but it made me feel good to be able to deliver something that might be valued. I felt I owed it for all of the support I've received from friends, acquaintances and strangers over the last few months.

    Thanks for posting and have a great weekend.

  • Pelosi Remarks at Press Conference Today on Unemployment Insurance

    12/01/2010 6:27:29 PM PST · 25 of 30
    spiltmilk to Rusty0604
    The employees don’t pay the insurance, the employers do.

    And these payments are in no way incorporated into wages and benefits, right? They come from a magic tree out back? And also the federal taxes the employees pay before their job gets shipped overseas, these don't really count when it comes to "paying into" the "insurance" extensions, right?

  • Unemployment extension unlikely; jobless file for last checks

    11/30/2010 8:09:15 PM PST · 99 of 129
    spiltmilk to The Magical Mischief Tour
    These threads always follow the same course:

    1. Someone posts an article about unemployment extensions. Again, the Democrat controlled Congress which can pass anything it wants and bent every rule to get obamacare through, failed to pass the extension. Again the Republican's are asleep at the wheel in responding/getting it well known that they'd pass the extension with already appropriated funds.

    2. The next 25 posts are from the hardest working, highest achieving, driven to succeed Americans ever to walk the earth. They all work 100 hours a week and never in their life would take one dime in socialist unemployment. Despite their long hours working harder than you and me, they find time to come here and tell the unemployed that they are lazy failures.

    3. Now more geniuses arrive. Usually an economics professor and stict Constitutionalist will post a lecture on how unemployment checks increase unemployment and how we should abolish all but the Army. Also, they too founded their own business and saved 15 years of emergency funds so damn you if you didn't!

    4. Now the fun begins. One of the apparently many unemployed freepers quotes the largest A-hole of the above group and the back and forth begins. It takes 2, maybe 3 exchanges for the big mouth to step over the line and then....

    5. The passers-by/everyday freepers berate him and he suddenly stops responding.

    6. Finally, I open my big mouth to wish everyone who is unemployed, underemployed, fearing unemployment, afraid of their bills, afraid of their debts, afraid of their health, afraid of their future all the very best for brighter days this Christmas and in the coming new year.

  • Cut-off of jobless aid would lower economic growth

    11/30/2010 2:48:50 PM PST · 35 of 37
    spiltmilk to Kartographer
    Didn't read article.

    Agree the premise in the title is foolish.

    Just received 21st unemployment check. Offers zero apology to anyone here

    Hopes all the wonderful, perfect, hardest working, smartest people on the internet never lie awake wondering if they'll lose everything - for seven months straight.

    Will not reply on this thread again. It's just posted here for you to chew on in the back of your mind when it does happen to you.

  • House GOP blocks bill to extend jobless benefits (YES!)

    11/19/2010 6:39:44 PM PST · 201 of 213
    spiltmilk to USALiberty

    Accepted. It’s very easy to type and hit send and have regret. I have done it plenty of times myself. In this thread, in fact.

  • House GOP blocks bill to extend jobless benefits (YES!)

    11/19/2010 9:40:37 AM PST · 138 of 213
    spiltmilk to Arthur Wildfire! March
    No question there are. There was one of the 30 or so who were laid off in my place who were happy about it. I have a friend in a union who has a down season every year and collects for weeks in the summer time. No doubt there are plenty who are fraudulently collecting and making no effort. If it bothers you that much, drop a dime. Call your local office and they will open an investigation. People are required to demonstrate effort in getting back to work. Now, it's a completely ridiculous burden of proof, but other than that, I don't know the course of action to suggest to you.

    What I do know is my own experience and I see way too much misinformation and ridiculous assumptions from people here and I am shocked by it. I use this site as a resource for all news topics because I trust that I will read honest, informed discussion that is censored out from the regular news media. I will continue to do so, but I can tell you from my experience in this thread, there are a lot of hollering, unaware people are here as well.

  • House GOP blocks bill to extend jobless benefits (YES!)

    11/19/2010 8:55:43 AM PST · 133 of 213
    spiltmilk to Grunthor

    I don’t know your brother and thus am unaware of what level of taxes he might have paid. Perhaps he has exceed his contribution. I’ll cover your end ok? I pay about $63 a week in withholding on my own unemployment. I’ll pay his check, you pay for the Stimulus Highway signs, ok? Is that fair? As for me, we’re talking deep 2011 before I pass the contribution line. So that’s two people’s hands out of your pocket due to unemployment and I hope that will let you sleep better at night.

  • House GOP blocks bill to extend jobless benefits (YES!)

    11/19/2010 8:42:19 AM PST · 131 of 213
    spiltmilk to TexasFreeper2009
    You see, conservatives see that world how is actually is, not how we would LIKE it to be. And I know human nature, and knowing human nature... I know that most people are LAZY. Knowing that most people are lazy, it becomes quite easy to predict their behavior. If you provide for someones every NEED for X amount of time, they will sit on their lazy butts until X amount of time is up. It's that simple.

    Is there any way you could write a book on all of this? Or teach a seminar on how simple it is? Funny how you talk about people seeing the world how they would LIKE it to be and then go on and paint millions of unemployed with a broad brush based on one example. See where I'm going here?

  • House GOP blocks bill to extend jobless benefits (YES!)

    11/19/2010 8:20:26 AM PST · 128 of 213
    spiltmilk to Grunthor
    You can only pay people just so long to NOT WORK before you run out of other peoples money.

    I have paid multiples in federal tax withholdings this year vs. what money I'm eligible for before losing my job. I'm not yet into federal extensions. I will be in December. Is that "my" money coming back to me, or other's people's?

  • House GOP blocks bill to extend jobless benefits (YES!)

    11/19/2010 8:12:11 AM PST · 127 of 213
    spiltmilk to USALiberty
    You cannot expect society to pick up the tab for your personal failures

    You've spoken up for the person you are here better than I ever could. Thank you for being honest. I still would not wish my circumstances on you. Good luck.

  • House GOP blocks bill to extend jobless benefits (YES!)

    11/19/2010 5:13:13 AM PST · 98 of 213
    spiltmilk to spiltmilk
    I'm sorry, that came off as overly testy and confrontational. I haven't yet had my coffee this morning. It is pretty true as far as I can tell though that just about every cost imposed on business on the payroll tax/labor laws side is eventually passed on to the employee (and consumer as well). Some of these are completely ridiculous and very much cause unemployment/offshoring etc. I don't dispute that at all.

    But hey, I didn't vote for the democrats and contribute to this decades long destruction of our economy. I don't think people can lament against Obamunism and the reckless expansion of socialistic policies on the one hand and then point to me as part of the problem on the other. Let's deport Obama's free loading aunt and stop repaving highways over and over before we start throwing willing, tax paying, law abiding Americans out on the street. Am I crazy to suggest that?

  • House GOP blocks bill to extend jobless benefits (YES!)

    11/19/2010 4:47:45 AM PST · 94 of 213
    spiltmilk to 2ndDivisionVet
    Unemployment Insurance (UI) taxes are paid by employers, not employees, so you haven’t “contributed” to it at all,

    And the employer pays these Take your time. Give up? Ok, I'll help. Every hourly wage, salary, bouns and benefit dollar I've earned since age 13 and continuing for the 23 years plus I've consistently held a job has been discounted by the cost the employer pays. Just as the same is discounted by the employer's half of social security. So yes, I have paid. So have you, so has everyone else.

  • House GOP blocks bill to extend jobless benefits (YES!)

    11/18/2010 9:27:08 PM PST · 70 of 213
    spiltmilk to voteNRA
    Good luck, don't ever give up!

    Thank you very much. I don't intend to give up and I'm trying to come up with side projects or temp work myself. Unfortunately, I'm in financial services. Or WAS in it and so are 500 other people in this area. I've actually noticed more cold calls from recruiters since the election. Maybe it's just wishful thinking but I have to imagine that businesses now have an idea that some sort of checks will exist against the reign of terror of the past 2 years.

  • House GOP blocks bill to extend jobless benefits (YES!)

    11/18/2010 9:27:02 PM PST · 69 of 213
    spiltmilk to Democrat_media

    I live in Reality, USA where “the economy is so bad” from the mountains to the prairies to the oceans white with foam.

  • House GOP blocks bill to extend jobless benefits (YES!)

    11/18/2010 8:17:06 PM PST · 59 of 213
    spiltmilk to antceecee
    I understand on any internet forum you're going to get over the top comments and people pontificating. It's all noise. Most of the people making the more outrageous comments have no clue. I've found that just about anyone who's been employed through all of this has no clue. It's one thing to read about 10% unemployment and 99ers. It's something else to really experience it. I almost get the idea some of these posts are parody or DU trolls.

    I've only been out for 6 months. I'm lucky enough to have been responsible. I have no debt, a good amount of my own savings, and had the fortune to have foresight that my job loss was coming. I could not imagine if I had a family, a mortgage, medical bills, etc. It's tough to keep positive, but I do. I work hard every day to get back to work - any work. I'll take a pay cut. I'll do whatever job there is. But you know what I'll never do? I will never judge another man who's had misfortune that I know nothing about. Not here, not to his face, nowhere.

  • House GOP blocks bill to extend jobless benefits (YES!)

    11/18/2010 7:39:12 PM PST · 50 of 213
    spiltmilk to USALiberty

    I’d like to thank everyone on this thread. I have been out of work since late May. Though I have applied to nearly 200 positions - all of which I’m either greatly or vastly over qualified for - and this has yielded just two interviews with no offer, I see here that I’ve got it all wrong. The unemployment check - which is half of my salary and which I’ve contributed to my entire working life, has held me back. Thank goodness this madness is coming to an end. I look forward to the coming weeks when my original 26 weeks runs out and I cannot pay my bills. Then and only then, will I get back to work. Unemployment will be 2%. I will no longer be a bum. And with magic similar to hope and change, I will be back to work. Because, we’ll, that’s how easy it is. Thanks so much everyone!

  • JOBLESS BENEFITS EXTENSION FAILS! (Reporting by Andy Sullivan; Editing by Sandra Maler)

    11/18/2010 2:31:50 PM PST · 17 of 17
    spiltmilk to Stegall Tx
    Thank you for that. I am confused myself. I am on my first (state) tier and close to the end of that. My understanding was that there is a "funding" date (the legislation as here) and your "next tier" date, but wasn't sure how that all worked out. I knew there were several tiers though.

    Last time around there was a good month before they got something passed. Hopefully, one of the several temp jobs I apply for every day comes through and I won't have to worry about it. I really wanted to avoid getting the the "needing the extension" point, but here I am.

  • A witness to the unemployed

    10/26/2010 11:58:23 AM PDT · 55 of 69
    spiltmilk to Logic n' Reason
    Having read through the thread so far, I'm fairly certain that most of the "screamers"...most of those castigating, berating, slamming, or giving strident, useless advice to the unemployed are those with jobs.

    I really hate these threads and I'm always grateful to posters who identify themselves as having a grasp on reality. I guarantee every one of those who stick their middle finger at the unemployed would knock people over on the way to claim their own unemployment check if they needed it. It's real easy for them to be internet forum heroes. Thanks for posting.

  • 60 Minutes Just Blew The Lid Off The Unemployment Situation in the USA

    10/25/2010 8:54:31 AM PDT · 554 of 670
    spiltmilk to SamAdams76
    I'm a hiring manager at my company and what amazes me is the sheer amount of resumes pouring in from people who hold bachelor and master degrees and used to work in six figure jobs. They are applying for jobs in my company that pay maybe 40-50k a year.

    Oh really? What industry? I'm unemployed, in New England and would love to make 40k-50k a year and I won't leave.

  • Election Tampering Allegations “Overblown” Says Gibbs

    03/13/2010 7:58:14 PM PST · 19 of 19
    spiltmilk to John Semmens

    Every day someone posts a satirical news story that I fully read and believe. And only those who post “for a minute there I thought this was real” comments guide me to that fact. I’m not even kidding. I fully believed this story. January cannot come fast enough......