Unemployed facing perfect storm

And most of it can be traced back to the GOP:

If the expiration occurs, North Carolinians would receive up to 26 weeks of regular state benefits rather than what had been up to 99 weeks of state and federal benefits. This means anyone whose job was terminated or ended after June 30 will not get any more federal unemployment benefits.

Leaving them to rely exclusively on the absent sympathy of NC Republicans:

However, some Republicans in Congress and the N.C. General Assembly say that cutting off or reducing unemployment benefits may be the motivation required to get those dropouts back in the job market.

On Dec. 5, a group of Republican state legislators unveiled a plan to pay off a nearly $2.51 billion unemployment benefit debt by slightly raising business taxes, cutting the maximum payment to future jobless workers by a third and reducing the benefit period.

The maximum weekly benefit for workers would fall from the current $525 to $350, while the maximum number of weeks a jobless claimant could receive state benefits would drop from 26 weeks to 20 in periods of the highest unemployment.

Missing from that last sentence is the reduction down to 12 weeks depending on how low the enrollment goes. Which is another example of the GOP co-opting an existing trigger for their own nefarious purposes.

And as for Brother John's two cents:

John Hood, president of the John Locke Foundation, a libertarian policy research group, said North Carolina should reform its unemployment-insurance system as soon as possible.

“We need to bring our benefits in line with those of competing states and end the current disincentive for recipients to take jobs they might not prefer but that would get them working again,” Hood said.

I throw those two pennies back, and add an extra quarter so he can call someone who knows what the hell they're talking about.

The vast majority of those suffering from long-term unemployment have applied to all sorts of jobs that weren't on their wish list, and received the same "nothing" in response they get from other more palatable jobs. It ain't like it used to be, where you went banging on doors to present yourself for a job. Nearly every employer these days demands online applications be filled out, and no amount of smiling or buttoned-down shirts will help you get your foot in the door.


I am one of these people

I, too, have applied to many jobs that I might not prefer. But why would these people hire me because they know that as soon as something better comes along I will leave so fast you'd see tire skids and they'll have to train someone all over again. It's very clearly a placeholder job. They know that. I know that. Why doesn't the NC GOP know that?

Sorry, Nate

I know what you're going through. Aside from struggling to pay bills and not become homeless thing, the second hardest part (for me) was the feeling I no longer had anything to offer that society needed.

But you know what? That was just a feeling, not an incontrovertible fact. Try to remember that.

Every time a society sets up

Every time a society sets up a 'system' or a program, there will be someone who tries to game that system for their own benefit.

Liberals look at this and see those in real need who are sustained and aided by the program. They recognize that users do exist, and want to root them out, but are not willing to give up the whole to stop the few who abuse it. No need to throw the baby out with the bath water.

Conservatives see only the gamers and don't acknowledge that anything good does come out of these programs. They want to destroy the system, regardless of those it really helps. They want to throw out the baby, the bath water and the whole tub as well.

We can see this pattern in regards to almost every aspect of politics today. I don't understand why Republicans think that people who used to make so much more money than they get from unemployment benefits actually want to stay out of the job market. People really do want a better paying job.

NC has been rated 3rd in the nation in terms of taxes, business regulations and the quality of our workforce. We are only behind Texas and Florida as a good place to do business. (http://www.bizjournals.com/charlotte/blog/morning-edition/2012/05/north-carolina-rated-as-third-best...)
This year, Forbes magazine ranked NC as number 4 best in the nation for business climate, saying, "People have been flocking to North Carolina over the past five years, as the state has the highest net migration rate in the U.S. They are chasing jobs, but the unemployment rate for the state was stuck above 10% for most of 2009 through 2011. North Carolina has the smallest union workforce in the U.S. in terms of percent of total employment. The benefit is labor costs that are 19% below the national average—third lowest in the country." (http://www.forbes.com/pictures/mli45khhf/4-north-carolina/)

This would lead one to believe that North Carolina is already doing something right. John Hood needs to get a grip; if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

The whole world has changed and NC has changed, too. There was a time when a worker could count on any spell of unemployment being of short duration, but that is no longer true. Our citizens aren't lazy; there just really are not enough jobs out there.

Work on DHHS or the Prison System

Where is the state money being spent? Why can't the GOP find a way to alter the budget for the prison system or DHHS? Take away the only means of support that a man have to live on.
What are they thinking about? Now the food stamps will increase.