I Love Being Unemployed

I’ve worked for a company so long that I grew pissed off at the mundane tasks I had to do for people who didn’t care or respect what I did. After being fired for being “unmotivated,” I experienced relief and have a lot more time to do the things I actually want to do. I also receive 75% of my salary for doing NOTHING, and having to deal with NOBODY! If you’d like to learn how to reap the benefits, check out this article at Nolo.

I guess on the other end, unemployment could be troublesome. Unemployment is the condition of a person who wants a job and does not have one. Well, I don’t want one right now anyway. Usually a country is prosperous when it has little unemployment; that is, when most of the people who want to work can find jobs. A country is said to be undergoing a depression when it has a great deal of unemployment.

Let me give you a brief history. Early in the 1930s the United States was in the midst of the worst depression in its history, with many millions of people unemployed. This caused great hardship, and to prevent such hardships for unemployed people in the future, the United States government and the state governments set up a kind of insurance called unemployment insurance. The insurance is paid for partly by the employer and partly by the employee. When an employee loses his job and is unable to find another, he is entitled to receive a certain amount of money per week for a certain number of weeks, until he has found work.

Most states have also set up unemployment agencies which try to find jobs for people free of charge. If such an agency can find a suitable job for the person and he is unwilling to take it, he can no longer claim unemployment insurance.

Another way in which governments sometimes try to keep down unemployment is by creating jobs. During the depression of the 1930’s, the United States government set up the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and other government agencies that provided work for many people. Some of the persons who got jobs in this way were called “boondogglers,” which meant that the work they were doing was not important, but a great deal of useful work was done.