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Are you on or have you been on unemployment the past year?

Have you filed for Unemployment?

  • Yes right now

    Votes: 3 12.0%
  • Yes in the past year

    Votes: 3 12.0%
  • No I have a job or N/A (retired for ex)

    Votes: 17 68.0%
  • No but I have no job

    Votes: 2 8.0%

  • Total voters
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JohnWOlin

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With much shame I finally caved in and filed for unemployment. I stubbornly refused to file for it at first, I don't know if it is pride or what but the idea of it pissed me off. My birthday is coming up and everyone keeps asking me, "What do you want for your birthday?" to which I reply, "A job."

"Oh nothing else you sure?"

"Naw I don't need anything but a job and I'll be happy."

I went over a month without a job and it was starting to get to a point where logic had to override my pride. I got to say, I am impressed with how much I am getting, but the jobs are opening up around here, and I actually got some interviews today. So who here has had to do this as well?
 

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I have been at the same job for 10 years now (with some promotions, but the same place). I guess I am one of the lucky ones.
 

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I have been at the same job for 10 years now (with some promotions, but the same place). I guess I am one of the lucky ones.
i have never been unemployed when it was not my choice. i am also very blessed.
 

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With much shame I finally caved in and filed for unemployment. I stubbornly refused to file for it at first, I don't know if it is pride or what but the idea of it pissed me off. My birthday is coming up and everyone keeps asking me, "What do you want for your birthday?" to which I reply, "A job."

"Oh nothing else you sure?"

"Naw I don't need anything but a job and I'll be happy."

I went over a month without a job and it was starting to get to a point where logic had to override my pride. I got to say, I am impressed with how much I am getting, but the jobs are opening up around here, and I actually got some interviews today. So who here has had to do this as well?
where approximately in KY are you?
 

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where approximately in KY are you?
Long story short, because of raising cost of living and such I had to move out of the most productive area of Kentucky (greater cincinnati) and move about an hour away east from there to the more rural area around Augusta and Maysville. The biggest advantage of living out here is the cost of living, wheras the biggest advantage of the greater cincinnati area is jobs. However even so, the jobs are still very scarce all around.

Currently in Kentucky we have a higher unemployment rate than average of 11% and several people are underemployed. I wouldn't mind the underemployed part though. I might actually be working for a commercial tobbacco farmer here soon, and waiting to get a call back from a mine and a few other places.
 

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Long story short, because of raising cost of living and such I had to move out of the most productive area of Kentucky (greater cincinnati) and move about an hour away east from there to the more rural area around Augusta and Maysville. The biggest advantage of living out here is the cost of living, wheras the biggest advantage of the greater cincinnati area is jobs. However even so, the jobs are still very scarce all around.

Currently in Kentucky we have a higher unemployment rate than average of 11% and several people are underemployed. I wouldn't mind the underemployed part though. I might actually be working for a commercial tobbacco farmer here soon, and waiting to get a call back from a mine and a few other places.
you could always commute. i lived in a small town and commuted 75 miles each way every day.........it was a pain but it was also a great job. what field are you in?
 

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you could always commute. i lived in a small town and commuted 75 miles each way every day.........it was a pain but it was also a great job. what field are you in?
The vehicle situation eeeh not so good. Commuting is not a big option right now. I couldn't see myself traveling 75 miles for the kinds of jobs that are available in my area. Being 25, I'm not really to established in any one job. I make/made side money from writing and designing online but I had not received my degree to actually go do it professionally around here. Other than that normally manufacturing or industrial print operation.
 

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I was unemployed by choice for almost a year, didn't draw unemployment.

I drew for about 4 months at the end of last year and the very beginning of this one after the seasonal work I did in Alaska, but found a job quickly once I left the Florida Keys. (no ****ing IT work in the Keys LOL)
 

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John, are you former military?

I've been at the same company for 11 years. I'm lucky.
 

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No I have a job or N/A (retired for ex)

Retired debt free, makes it easier with reduced income.
 

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The vehicle situation eeeh not so good. Commuting is not a big option right now. I couldn't see myself traveling 75 miles for the kinds of jobs that are available in my area. Being 25, I'm not really to established in any one job. I make/made side money from writing and designing online but I had not received my degree to actually go do it professionally around here. Other than that normally manufacturing or industrial print operation.
understood........get that degree, or at least certifications.
 

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Personally, I have never understood the shame people feel if they apply for unemployment.

If you work hard, pay your taxes, and are a good member of the community when you have a job, then why feel ashamed to accept help from a system you helped pay for and that is set up specifically to help you in this instance?

I'm going through the process of filing for unemployment (hopefully it goes through soon, end of the month is nigh) and it's frustrating because I WANT to work, I WANT to hold down a steady job, but there are too few jobs for too many workers so some of us are going to get left out. It sucks, but thats the economy. All I can do is accept help for now and use it as long as I need it until I get a job and can get off of it.
 

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With much shame I finally caved in and filed for unemployment. I stubbornly refused to file for it at first, I don't know if it is pride or what but the idea of it pissed me off. My birthday is coming up and everyone keeps asking me, "What do you want for your birthday?" to which I reply, "A job."

"Oh nothing else you sure?"

"Naw I don't need anything but a job and I'll be happy."

I went over a month without a job and it was starting to get to a point where logic had to override my pride. I got to say, I am impressed with how much I am getting, but the jobs are opening up around here, and I actually got some interviews today. So who here has had to do this as well?
I have. Only worked for five months, and that was after eight years as a housewife. Not much of anybody wants to hire me even if I am quite good at what I do. Too much of the past ten years I didn't hold a job, so.

I was on unemployment for as long as there were funds available, and now I'm not on anything. I make ends meet with my online stuff, and the help of a few friends, but something has got to give. I don't want to wind up on general assistance. I have considered going to school or seeing if I'm entitled to any training as a "displaced housewife". *despite the fact I remain married*
 

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I have. Only worked for five months, and that was after eight years as a housewife. Not much of anybody wants to hire me even if I am quite good at what I do. Too much of the past ten years I didn't hold a job, so.

I was on unemployment for as long as there were funds available, and now I'm not on anything. I make ends meet with my online stuff, and the help of a few friends, but something has got to give. I don't want to wind up on general assistance. I have considered going to school or seeing if I'm entitled to any training as a "displaced housewife". *despite the fact I remain married*
You can apply for federal aid such as pell grants and what not, scholarships and they now made it towards if you are in school depending on your situation you may be eligble for the benefits, at least that is what it said on the letter I got from the unemployment office.

@Hoplite I know what you are saying but man, I am constantly pissed off I'm not working. Like I seriously get angry about it. The only reason I post here so much is because after calling back places for an hour or two, going out looking for a job twice a week, and giving people my resume like a dumbass, coming here and bitching is a good pass time and way to let out agression...I guess it beats punching a hole in a wall.

I guess besides being stubborn and having to much pride its the kind of people I've known in the past to take unemployment were practically bouncing up and down knowing they could get it, instead of pissed they had to take it to get by. I know this isn't everyone, but it really drives me crazy.
 

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@Hoplite I know what you are saying but man, I am constantly pissed off I'm not working. Like I seriously get angry about it. The only reason I post here so much is because after calling back places for an hour or two, going out looking for a job twice a week, and giving people my resume like a dumbass, coming here and bitching is a good pass time and way to let out agression...I guess it beats punching a hole in a wall.

I guess besides being stubborn and having to much pride its the kind of people I've known in the past to take unemployment were practically bouncing up and down knowing they could get it, instead of pissed they had to take it to get by. I know this isn't everyone, but it really drives me crazy.
I totally understand. I've broken down crying after getting in my car after bad interviews. Looking for a job is a mentally and emotionally taxing process that REALLY shakes your self-confidence and tests your patience. I've been out of work for almost six months now so I'm very familiar with the frustration.
 

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I have not, but my wife was on unemployment for about a week and a half earlier this year when she was laid off from her job.
 

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Nope. Although then again most places in Boston try to not hire ungrads. They tend to look for people with a bit more flexible schedules.
 

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You have no reason to feel ashamed. You paid into the system and there's no reason to let your pride get in the way. Your entitled to it.

I wish you the best of luck man. Keep your head up.

I almost needed unemployment but in Japan there's so much red tape I got my new job before I could collect.
 
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I haven't been unemployed, but I have reduced the amount I pay myself quite a bit to avoid it happening to any of my employees.

They have been making more than I do the last year or so.
 

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I am currently at a job I had to scramble to get to pay my bills. I am currently looking for a 2nd job without success. I am hoping to find a 2nd job in the next few months.
 

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Well judging by the poll, it makes me feel like less of a failure and dumbass at least. Also yeah man I took on 2 jobs before, and if I could do it again I would. Really though man it sucks having to do 2 jobs. :(
 
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