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Maybe all you need to know is why Unemployment-Tips.com decidedly exists to help an unemployed person understand how unemployment insurance benefits and it's appeal processes work because that would not be the norm.

Well the answer is  my own unemployment experience. 

Maybe you want to know why, after seven and half years of unemployment tips and a recession and long term benefits being a thing of the past now, this website is still active.

The answer, although I realize there are a lot fewer people losing their jobs now, there is now,  a significantly larger percentage applying for unemployment being purported to of lost their job through their own fault.  

And to underscore the drop .. I mean at anytime in history since they began keeping that statistic in 1976.

In the general scheme of how I see life, employment and unemployment benefit appeals,  I still believe good intentions will be self evident.

Somehow I also think this quote by Albert Einstein is relative to why Unemployment-Tips.com will probably continue to exist .. until my carpal tunnel makes me no longer capable of typing

“A human being is part of a whole, called by us the ‘Universe’ —a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts, and feelings, as something separated from the rest—a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”

And I might add .. people we don't know, but share a common experience with.

But these are my personal feelings and I really haven't been shy about telling anyone who will listen, expressing our feelings is not how we should go about collecting unemployment benefits, because they are indeed, controlled by laws we don't get to write.  

But wouldn't it be lovely, if in each state, we could access how a law is supposed to be interpreted!

If you want to know why I think those of you with a winnable case for benefits should never go unrepresented, or at the very least, unprepared, to a first level unemployment hearing especially now ..

It's history.  History of the yearly benefit recipiency statistics (percentage of the total unemployed who received unemployment benefits) from 2000 - 2013 as compared to the prior years reaching back to 1976 

  • 2000 - 36 percent  of all unemployed people received unemployment benefits
  • 2001 - 43 ( recession year)
  • 2002 - 42 (recession year)
  • 2003 - 40 (recession year)
  • 2004 - 36 (recovery year)
  • 2005 - 34
  • 2006 - 35
  • 2007 - 36
  • 2008 - 37 ( recession began at end of the year)
  • 2009 - 40 ( great recession goes into full swing)
  • 2010 - 30 ( Recovery year???)
  • 2011 - 26
  • 2012 - 26
  • 2013 - 25 percent of the total unemployed received benefits.   But are recipiency rates back to normal yet, or is this the new normal?  And if so, why?)

If you don't see what I see, so be it.  

But I for one, continue to find it impossible to ignore, or remain silent (thus the website), about what I see employees as being responsible for in regards to their own demise after a hearing.

Employees in this country are losing more than just appeals for benefits.. incrementally.  We are literally being slowly conditioned to expect less pay and respect, for more work.

And although we may only begin to notice when we lose unemployment benefits that's not where the problem usually begins.

So, that's why I willingly stepped away from "we" (as in still being an employee) and instead chose the "for whom" I would work (myself and you).

Unemployment-Tips.com now pays less than it once did, but then this is just one part-time gig I'm now in control of .. including balancing my life with my work!

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Questioning why is one of the seven steps to thinking like a lawyer and is an important step to not miss when deciding for yourself if you can win an unemployment hearing.

Yet, this is not the only place, or time one needs to use the "technique" of asking questions that begin with why. It's the whys in my life that have led me to making better choices for my own life which is right now, how.. whom I choose to work for.

I feel like I have survived all my years so far, with my eyes wide open to the good, the bad, and my least favorite .. ugly indifference.

I am thankful I never stopped asking why, because that is the question I believe gives me insight to see all three of those things within myself.

And in the end, the courage to change what I think needs to be changed .. about me.

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