It has been a long recession. In recent years, our hard times have gone on for about six months or so, before we start getting things straightened out. This time we have gone on for a year or more, it seems.
One thing I’ve noticed as time has gone on, is that it seems people have gotten less and less generous. A few years ago it would have seemed unthinkable that unemployment insurance would not have been attainable for those out of work. Certainly, people have been looking for work a much longer time than normal.
Nevertheless, folks on the news and in everyday conversation seem to be talking about their neighbors in a very mean way. People are suggesting that many people are not looking for work and that some people are looking for a way of avoiding work altogether.
People that I know who have been out of work for a long time are eager to find work. Those who have been employed over the years and are accustomed to going to work every day are not used to being unemployed. Frankly, some of these people are bored with not having regular employment. In fact, several of the people I know who are unemployed, are accepting jobs that are unpaid simply to stay in the habit of working.
We need to be careful about making judgments about other individuals. Those of us who have been lucky enough to have jobs and have never been unemployed often do not know what it’s like to be on the other side of the fence. Many who have run out of unemployment insurance have children whom they are responsible for taking care of. It’s hard enough to take care of oneself when one is single and out of a job. Supporting a family on unemployment is often to have to do without many things to which one is accustomed.
Politicians who have salaries coming in to pay their debts, often have a lot to say about those who are unemployed. They seem to forget that one doesn’t have to have a job in order to vote.
I certainly hope the job situation continues to improve and that those who have been down on their luck manage to pull themselves back up. Maybe, this will be the year when everybody gets lucky.