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How Long Do Unemployment Benefits Last?

How Long Should Unemployment Benefits Last?

Everyone has a strong opinion on unemployment benefits because while it's helpful for those down on their luck, there are instances where the system is abused. Extending unemployment benefits is actually quite a hefty cost for the government — extending unemployment benefits in the last four years cost us $185 billion, says CNN Money. Then again, some experts argue that the money the unemployed receive goes back into the economy because it's spent on food, money, and other expenses. So, what do you think — how long should unemployment benefits last?

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It is likely that those individuals who select six months may have never needed unemployment benefits before. Being a hard worker who prides themselves on their career, I have been laid off three times in the past five years. Each time, as my resume grows, it becomes more and more difficult to find a replacement position. The market is innundated with workers who are taking pay cuts just to get work which, in turn, forces me to either keep plugging away or take a cut as well. Too many over qualified workers makes the employment situation all the more dire. I would like to say that anyone could find a replacement job in six months, but having now been through it a number of times, I understand that there is a serious difference between finding A job and finding THE job that will continue to support my family. A minimum of a year is my vote, though I've know many who have taken longer. Career professionals not only can't afford to get hired at Starbucks and Macy's, but WON'T get hired there either due to over qualification. So to understand the problem, you must also understand that finding a new job is more than just finding anything with a "now hiring sign". I can never explain the rock bottom feeling when you find out not even Starbucks will hire you.
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