About Me....

If you've read any of the advice on Unemployment-Tips.com you know it decidedly exists to help an unemployed person understand how unemployment insurance benefits work in reality and that I believe part of that reality is employers long ago recognized it can be nothing more than your ignorance of how it works that enables this antiquated system originating as a solution to bolster the economy in the event of another devastating great depression that keep it all chug..chug.. chugging along and less and less well each year it seems.

My name is Chris.  I'm average, I'm ordinary, I'm a woman and I worked contentedly for thirty-five of thirty eight years as an at-will employee until I made the proclamation to my husband one day I would rather live in a tent and forage for nuts and berries than go back for someone else again.  Just saying it out loud changed something inside me.

It's true, I can be dramatic to emphasize a point I want to get across, but I also knew I'd be a lost camper without a job to do each day.

In retrospect, now that I'm fifty nine, I think I made the right decision after I won my unemployment hearing to give up on what remained of my benefits and just work here on Unemployment-tips.com .. and other ventures .. given the following statistics 

Recent historical data of the yearly unemployment benefit recipiency rate (percentage of the total unemployed who received unemployment benefits) from 2000 - 2013 is troubling to say the least.  (You can compare all the way back to 1976 if you want.)

  • 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? Really?)
  • 2011 - 26 (All better now?)
  • 2012 - 26 
  • 2013 - 25 percent of the total unemployed are get benefits.  

The last three years of 2011, 2012, 2013 are all unprecedented lows in the number of unemployed people receiving benefits since at least 1976.  Now, if you're old enough to remember 2002 you know it was nothing like the great recession.

Apathy will not help win an unemployment appeal, at least not anymore than overwrought irrelevant feelings in place of a valid argument.

If you're an employee at this moment, you must stop ignoring reality, or simply ignore me and don't.  But know what you do to be able to win an unemployment hearing legitimately, is most often due to your reasonable actions.   And documenting those actions and reactive responses of an employer will add weight to what is a credible story.

Now is not a time to act as if you are a true victim without any choices to make.


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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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