Well, I’m not really all the unemployed but I thought that title sounded very author-y. And yet, I have been unemployed–on unemployment insurance two times. I’m not lazy or a leech. I don’t want to become dependent on government handouts and live unemployed for the rest of my life. I wanted a job both because I wanted to work as I always had and because unemployment pays less than fifty percent of what any of my jobs paid. However, I couldn’t find a job. I substitue taught but wasn’t hired to teach. I applied for many jobs because that’s part of receiving unemployment: you have to show that you are looking for a job. Wanting to work but not being able to find work is the story of the majority–if not all–the unemployed today.
Why are the unemployed called “unemployed”? Because they were at one time employed and then something happened which made them “unemployed.” Yes. the very term “unemployed” means that these people were working, were employed, had held down a job, earned money, supported themselves and their families.
Then they lost their jobs. Why? Could be because their job moved overseas, just got up and left. Could be because when the depression hit, EIGHT million jobs disappeared into the air. They are no longer available, no longer exist. No one can apply or be hired for one of those jobs. I was laid off because the non-profit had a huge deficit and they had to cut jobs. After jobs of low-salary employees were trimmed, I was next because I made a fair salary and had only worked there seven months. Not my fault.
The first time I was unemployed, we lived in a small town in West Texas where the only jobs were fast food and nursing. I have nothing against working in fast food but, physically, I can’t stand for any length of time. To become a nurse, I would have to go back to school which would take years and money we didn’t have. I was unemploysed for a year, until we moved to Houston where there were lots of jobs.
If you haven’t been employed, if you have a job now, please don’t judge the great number of those without work. It’s hard out there. For every job, there are three application. When a Wal-Mart opened in DC, there were six-hundred job opening. Seventeen-THOUSAND applied!
What are your thoughts? I’d like to know.