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A comment in reply of "Desolations" post: Unemployment Insurance *can* benefit those making more than minimum wage. I am one of them. I worked full-time plus here in Oregon for over 13 years. Because of this, I am getting the max weekly amount from my UI benefits. However, I have little debt, am a renter (so no mortgage payments), and have always lived relatively frugally. I am able to keep afloat on my benefits while looking for work. I have also been keeping busy with volunteer activities and spending lost time with fam/friends (because I was such a work-a-holic, I missed out!)
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While I am eager to re-enter the workforce, I feel my benefits were definitely well-earned. I put a hell of a lot of blood, sweat, and tears into work---which contributed to paying into the Unemployment Tax. Although not the best of circumstances, I can't help but feel rewarded for my hard work.
I echo what "Dwills" has to say--YES, I think we should allow people to attend school while on UI (I'd love to go!) and get the job search criteria worked out more clearly. I have submitted many resumes to jobs I am over/under qualified for and have had no desire to work for some companies. I just did it to increase my contact list. But the goal of the Employment Dept. IS simply to get us back to work--not finding us dream jobs!
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