Paul Watkins, Naples
Working or not?
I work for a company where I telephone-screen job applicants to determine whether or not we should go forward with a personal interview.
While I believe in the need for insurance for the unemployed, I admit there are times when I have to question the "unintended consequences" of such a program.
I have had applicants tell me they really don't want a job, but have to interview to show they are actively looking as a requirement of their continuing benefits; or, they only want a job for a couple of months so they can restart their "soon to expire" benefits; or, "I don't want this job. I'm making more while I'm on unemployment, and I don't want to risk anything."
I read recently where it seems the average time it takes to get a job is about a month shy of the maximum time one can collect benefits. I do not believe any benefit program should compete with the job market, but it seems our system does just that.
I'm sure there are those who will say my experiences in this regard are isolated instances and not indicative of the actual conditions in the country today.
I admit, while not the norm, neither are they unique in my experience.