Many Americans will soon run out of unemployment benefits. Perhaps the federal or state governments will make yet another extension, but I wouldn’t bet on it.
I think that’s for the best. I should be hunching my shoulders to protect against an angry response when I write such things, but there it is: I’m not a fan of extensions to unemployment.
In my experience, projects take the amount of time we allot them. When someone no less influential than the government implies a proscribed length to that project by providing a standard 26 weeks of benefits, that timeline becomes the de facto standard for job search itself. I can’t begin to count the times over the years when I’ve heard newly laid-off workers proclaim, “I’ve got six months to find a job before my unemployment runs out.”
I should believe they’re thinking differently when the unemployment is set to last eight months or a year? No. If we’re able to scrape by,