Milking Unemployment

Dear Dave, I had a motorcycle wreck seven months ago, lost my job as a result, and I've been drawing unemployment for the last five months. I was making $1,200 a month in retail management before this happened, but I'm getting just as much with unemployment even though I can work again. I'm married, have a small daughter and my wife doesn't work right now. Do you think I should just milk unemployment for as long as I can so I can stay home and help with our daughter? Tim Dear Tim, No, you shouldn't keep milking unemployment. You need to get a job right now! Man, you could make more than you were at your job or on unemployment delivering pizzas full-time. I know you probably wouldn't have benefits running pizza, but how about the benefit of working for a living and making some money? You need to get up off your tail right now and find something to do - maybe even two or three things to do - until you find a good paying thing to do. And I don't think I'd go back into the kind of management you were in before, because even working that gig you guys were living at the poverty level. You've got a career crisis on your hands. It's sweet that you're there with your baby, but it's seriously time for you to get a good job. Take classes and further your education, or get into another line of work. But you've got some serious responsibilities here, dude. Fix this thing now! - Dave
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