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    Jul 10, 2011 2:20 PM GMT
    I am asking this question for a close friend. He has been unemployed since last October (2010) and has already collected his first 26 weeks, as mandated by the State of CA. He is now on his first tier of benefits and set forth by the Obama administration. This period extends his benefits for an additional 20 weeks, which will expire the end of August (2011).
    There is a second tier for an additional 14 weeks that are available through the Obama administration.
    My question is: Has anyone had to go for the second tier of 14 weeks? If so, what are the requirements and parameters for collecting these additional weeks? I have not been able to find anything on the State website that gives this information.
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    Jul 10, 2011 4:10 PM GMT
    I don't understand how anyone could be unemployed for long periods of time unless their seriously ill (in the hospital) or in a coma.

    I've had no problem getting $12+ hour jobs with my GED and no college education. Seriously..tell your friend to get off his ass and find work.

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    Jul 10, 2011 4:33 PM GMT
    I hate to say it and agree with joey. I spent the last 2 years in college to get my degree. Now here i am a graduate and in a field i am passionate about but I am going to have to go back to the dead end no degree required jobs.
  • NerdLifter

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    Jul 10, 2011 4:41 PM GMT
    I'm currently unemployed, but I'm also a mechanical engineering undergrad, do I even count? I applied to three different jobs though, here's to hoping I get one of them!
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    Jul 10, 2011 4:42 PM GMT
    My best friend did 99 weeks. Found a job. Had it for 10 months. And is out of work again now.
  • masculumpedes

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    Jul 10, 2011 4:49 PM GMT
    JoeyJoe saidI don't understand how anyone could be unemployed for long periods of time unless their seriously ill (in the hospital) or in a coma.

    I've had no problem getting $12+ hour jobs with my GED and no college education. Seriously..tell your friend to get off his ass and find work.




    Speaking as an employer....age ( among other things ) is a very large deciding factor when it comes to hiring. Perhaps this is the case for the friend of Friendsrbetter also. icon_wink.gif
  • MarvelClimber

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    Jul 10, 2011 4:53 PM GMT
    Location and job field are huge factors. You can do all the right things, but sometimes the job market is just too weak to accomodate you. Also, finding a job isn't just finding "any" job... it's finding a job at the same level or above what you had.
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    Jul 10, 2011 5:05 PM GMT
    I was unemployed for 2 years - all of 2009 and 2010... I'm really glad and thankful I have a job now. It's so sad that so many people still can't find work, it's such a shitty situation that doesnt seem to be getting better at all.

    But the whole unemployment period does things to you... For one, it makes you a more humble person.
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    Jul 10, 2011 5:08 PM GMT
    JoeyJoe saidI don't understand how anyone could be unemployed for long periods of time unless their seriously ill (in the hospital) or in a coma.

    I've had no problem getting $12+ hour jobs with my GED and no college education. Seriously..tell your friend to get off his ass and find work.



    Most people could not survive on it and it wouldnt be worth taking a job like that while unemployment is available.
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    Jul 10, 2011 5:13 PM GMT
    Dallasfan824 said
    JoeyJoe saidI don't understand how anyone could be unemployed for long periods of time unless their seriously ill (in the hospital) or in a coma.

    I've had no problem getting $12+ hour jobs with my GED and no college education. Seriously..tell your friend to get off his ass and find work.



    Most people could not survive on it and it wouldnt be worth taking a job like that while unemployment is available.


    Another great point my handsome friend. icon_wink.gif
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    Jul 10, 2011 5:14 PM GMT
    Tell him to come to Alabama...we just passed a piece of legislation that requires all businesses to e-verify their employees and also cracks down on illegal immigration in other ways...

    needless to say we have a shortage of field workers.
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    Jul 10, 2011 5:22 PM GMT
    JoeyJoe saidI don't understand how anyone could be unemployed for long periods of time unless their seriously ill (in the hospital) or in a coma.

    I've had no problem getting $12+ hour jobs with my GED and no college education. Seriously..tell your friend to get off his ass and find work.



    You're a fuckin asshole JoeyJoe. You have absolutely no grasp of the situation. It's not about "getting of your ass and find work." Have you heard the unemployment numbers? Many people have a family to support. A $12 job leaves you with $9/hr after taxes. So you would probably need 3 of those jobs to just make it through. Even the college student would need several jobs just to pay off the damn student loans... which you wouldn't have any idea about.
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    Jul 10, 2011 5:22 PM GMT
    ConfederateGhost saidTell him to come to Alabama...we just passed a piece of legislation that requires all businesses to e-verify their employees and also cracks down on illegal immigration in other ways...

    needless to say we have a shortage of field workers.


    Good Luck....Vegas would be a ghost-town if that ever happens here. icon_eek.gif
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    Jul 10, 2011 6:40 PM GMT
    Most or all state employment security commission or dept of labor websites should have this information on the main page. My state does.

    As to the foolish one who thinks that everyone who is unemployed should "get off his ass and find work." has no concept of what it means to do so in job depressed markets.

    As MaleFeet alluded to, age does play a role in the hiring process (which is illegal, but hard to prove a case against age discrimination these days). I'll give you a snapshot of my situation:

    I was rehired by the company that me let go in January. I am suppose to start August 8th. This job is one of the 1200 positions the company announced in Charlotte back in March with the Governor and the President of the company. They apparently had secured an outsourced contract with United Health Group. This announcement was made at the beginning of March. I was asked it I wanted to come back right before the announcement was made. Of course I said yes. It is not 6 months later and I had an email battle with the VP of Human Resources about what was going on, seeing ads all of job websites for the position. Finally, I was asked to come in, only to find out that I would be starting in August and had missed a training class in July! On top of this, it is NOT the permanent position that was announced. I will be one of the folks who will be reviewed in the later days of November or the first few days of December and if I pass muster, I will be offered another position with in the company. And on top of that, no benefits will be offered until after that because you are not eligible for 90 days now (it was 60), The 90th day is the technical last day of this position and they wouldn't effective until the 1st day of the following month which is January!

    In the time I lost this job in January, I have applied to over 200 positions, 90% of them I can do in my sleep. Most of the companies that want to talk to me are commission only and I can not afford to spend money in hopes of making unknown money. In that time, I have had to seek assistance to pay my rent so as not to be evicted. I was forced to apply for and go on the state food stamp program (that was a BIG pill to swallow). And I am still applying for other work to secure a permanent job soon because my lease ends at the end of this month and I will have to move. I am open to relocation, but of course the job market in the city I chose to target is ridiculously open, but most will not consider out of town applicants unless the local job folks is saturated. And of course, I can't just up and move because I don't have the money and beginning Monday, I am starting the process to file bankruptcy. No there is no credit card debt (haven't used credit cards in over 10 yrs), but since 2008, I have been off and on, on the unemployment roles, the entire year from 2008 to 2009.

    So, yea, it has been rough and it still going to be rough if things don't change for a lot of us, especially those like me who are older, don't have family or friends to go to.

    JoeyJoe has hidden himself (coward), but he and others like him might want to consider that he doesn't live in a bubble and millions of us who are trying to do the right thing face an uphill battle daily.
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    Jul 10, 2011 8:04 PM GMT
    CHIdude said
    JoeyJoe saidI don't understand how anyone could be unemployed for long periods of time unless their seriously ill (in the hospital) or in a coma.
    I've had no problem getting $12+ hour jobs with my GED and no college education. Seriously..tell your friend to get off his ass and find work.

    You're a fuckin asshole JoeyJoe. You have absolutely no grasp of the situation. It's not about "getting of your ass and find work." Have you heard the unemployment numbers? Many people have a family to support. A $12 job leaves you with $9/hr after taxes. So you would probably need 3 of those jobs to just make it through. Even the college student would need several jobs just to pay off the damn student loans... which you wouldn't have any idea about.


    Thanks, CHdude.... the pussy hid his profile before I could read his stupid ass comments. I've never heard of him...but I WILL keep an eye out for him.
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    Jul 10, 2011 8:13 PM GMT
    Would any of you do door to door sales commission only? icon_question.gif
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    Jul 10, 2011 8:14 PM GMT
    No.
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    Jul 10, 2011 8:16 PM GMT
    Dallasfan824 saidNo.



    Thank you.
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    Jul 10, 2011 8:30 PM GMT

    I am trying to get info on the federal/state assistance for unemployment benefits which extend beyond the 26 weeks from the state, and tier #1 granted by the feds. Haven't gotten an answer to that one yet.

    My question is: Has anyone had to go for the second tier of 14 weeks? If so, what are the requirements and parameters for collecting these additional weeks? I have not been able to find anything on the State website that gives this information.
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    Jul 10, 2011 8:50 PM GMT
    brent6969 saidWould any of you do door to door sales commission only? icon_question.gif


    No, because as I said in my post, I can't afford to spend money while hoping to make money. No sale is guaranteed.
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    Jul 10, 2011 9:16 PM GMT
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    brent6969 saidWould any of you do door to door sales commission only? icon_question.gif

    No, because as I said in my post, I can't afford to spend money while hoping to make money. No sale is guaranteed.


    Who works door to door sales anymore?? I haven't even heard of that for at least 30 years.... icon_rolleyes.gif
  • masculumpedes

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    Jul 10, 2011 9:24 PM GMT
    Friendsrbetter said
    ErikTaurean said
    brent6969 saidWould any of you do door to door sales commission only? icon_question.gif

    No, because as I said in my post, I can't afford to spend money while hoping to make money. No sale is guaranteed.


    Who works door to door sales anymore?? I haven't even heard of that for at least 30 years.... icon_rolleyes.gif


    Let's see.....would that be the Jewel Tea man.....or maybe the Fuller Brush man...? icon_wink.gif
  • LJay

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    Jul 10, 2011 9:28 PM GMT
    The federal extension of benefits program, in Virginia at least, was accessed by filling out a form after all of the original benefits had run out. The state employment commission sent it to me automatically. Have your friend check with his state's commission.

    Jobs are tight indeed. What seems strange to me is that the basic jobs do not even seem to be advertised. I notice also that most positions seem to be settling for a simpler application, perhaps because there are so many applications that screening longer ones is too much trouble.

    As for Jewel Tea and Fuller Brush, the door to door guys have been replaced by the internet.
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    Jul 10, 2011 9:31 PM GMT
    door to door sales????.... LOL. I met them 2 week ago when they rang my doorbell. I thought it was Jehovah Witness but I found out guys for Energy light. They wanted me to switch Coned to them. I told them no. The Asian guy was cute
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    Jul 10, 2011 9:33 PM GMT
    LJay saidThe federal extension of benefits program , in Virginia at least, was accessed by filling out a form after all of the original benefits had run out. The state employment commission sent it to me automatically. Have your friend check with his state's commission.
    Jobs are tight indeed. What seems strange to me is that the basic jobs do not even seem to be advertised. I notice also that most positions seem to be settling fo a simpler application, perhaps because there are so many applications that screening longer ones is too much trouble.


    His ONLY experience is in the food industry and that's what we're holding out for....Oct. or Nov. when the "snow birds" come back to Palm Springs.
    We went to a job fair for a new restaurant opening in downtown Palm Springs last month....they had 100 jobs available...and 1,500 applications!! He DID get called back for a second interview, but apparently did not make the cut.