When I became unemployed last year, I couldn't wait to try and find another job. UI was NOT a motivation to be lazy about it. It was only enough that I wasn't going to be thrown on the street or starve.
I'm pretty sure it's not the fault of the unemployed. Maybe certain companies should redirect some of their profits and their political contribution kitties toward hiring a couple of people.
What kind of delusional world do these people live in? This is nearly as bad as Ben Stein's column in the American Spectator:
"The people who have been laid off and cannot find work are generally people with poor work habits and poor personalities."
Stay classy, investors.
My wife didn't apply for 3 or 4 jobs, because they would have been a less than she was making on unemployment - it's true. And due to the way unemployment works, had she been offered any of those jobs, she would have HAD to accept them or lose benefits. Why would any sane, rational person take the job(s), however?
Of COURSE high unempoyment is the fault of the unemployed. Something like 75% of our economy is based on consumer spending, and these unemployed folks aren't doing their part to spend, spend, spend and stimulate the economy. If they'd start spending some money, we'd pop out of this recession in nothing, flat. Can't they see that?
Count me as just as incredulous about Paulsen's comments and his mystery survey. There was a great post on the MinnEcon blog not that long ago about unemployment incentives.
Why might someone remain on unemployment...maybe because they only job otherwise available pays well less than the one they lost just as Tyler mentioned.
It looks like someone got shorted a compassion gene. I suppose the sick are to be blamed for the high cost of health care and victims create crime. It looks like the public schools system failed us by the generation this kind of room temperature IQ intellect.
I almost get the feeling that some of these talking heads are borrowing the concept popularized in the '60s by the late Art Linkletter on "Kids Say the Darndest Things."
Their inflamed ego(s) apparently cause neural disruptions between the part of the brain responsible for analysis and their vocal cords.
They seem to be cut from the same cloth as the Senate Republicans in D.C. who seem to have cornered the market on saying things over and over to the point they (and their groupies) actually believe what they are saying.
Paulson doesn't seem to understand how UI works. You have to be actively looking for work (and you be audited on your job search) and ready willing and able to take a job offered. Early on, you may get away with rejecting a job that pays considerably less than your last job, that is geographically distant, or far outside your work experience, but by the 4th month, you're going to have to accept just about any offer, or lose your benefits.
A couple of other points: A significant number of workers never qualify for benefits to begin with. Including part time or temporary workers, self employed, and "independent contract" workers.
Second, there have been reports circulating for awhile now that some employers are adding an "unemployed workers need not apply" policy to their available jobs, making the return to work all that much more difficult.
And this entire argument bypasses the real clear and present danger: given new technologies, we will never see full employment again UNLESS government takes a more active role in creating jobs and expanding educational opportunities.
We've let the business community run this country since 1981. The results are in. We're heavily in debt, only the children of the rich can afford to go to college, normal workers no longer see pay increases (only cuts and lay-offs), and literally all proceeds from productivity increases are given to the richest few, not the people responsible for doing the actual work.
But the worst part of this is that all of these things were achieved deliberately by a Republican party that has eschewed conservatism and gone over to the dark side of American politics: the yahooliganism of southern racism, faux populism, and the sacred belief that to the winners go ALL the spoils.
My last paid position didn't pay enough for long enough for me to get unemployment benefits right now. I have had a few interviews and certainly have been applying and sending resumes but...
From Pete above: "I suppose the sick are to be blamed for the high cost of health care."
Well actually, in a lot of cases - yes. Many Americans are notoriously bad in managing their own health. They smoke, drink, use drugs, eat horrible diets, and never get any decent exercise. The rest of us pick up the tab for these slouches.
I blame the 199 hiring managers who’ve placed ads I’ve answered over the last 17 months in which I’ve been unemployed for not picking me (and my MBA and 12 years experience) over one of the other 300+ applicants more than I blame my UI benefit for still being unemployed.
I can tell you the UI benefit, which leaves less than $100 after paying my (conservative, not sub-prime) mortgage, utilities and insurance to buy food and gas to get to interviews is NOT an incentive to stay unemployed.