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Is unemployment public assistance?

I was reading on another forum and read this type of comment. What's your opinion on this?

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Asked by ronjwake at 3:13 AM on Nov. 20, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • no,because its money that has been taken out of your paychecks when you are working. i applied for welfare today and they told me that bcuz my SO gets unemployment and my one day a week we make too much for it..BULLSHIT!

    Answer by MommaBear1129 at 3:28 AM on Nov. 20, 2009

  • Technically yes, it is a form of Public assistance. In the sense, if you were to work part time while your husband is UE you wouldn't qualify for the assistance. But it is different from PA because the Employer pays for this program from a tax not the employee and it is not used by state tax money just that surplus that is paid into by Employers. See below for more info!

    Benefits are paid by the state from a special fund. The fund gets its money from employers, who pay a tax specifically for this program. The funding mechanism is very different from a system such as workers' compensation, in which an employee receives payments directly from an employer through the employer's insurance company. It is also different from benefit programs that use state general fund money. The fund that pays unemployment insurance benefits is not available for other purposes. - Reference:

    Answer by Crissy1213 at 4:16 AM on Nov. 20, 2009

  • no,because its money that has been taken out of your paychecks when you are working.

    No it isn't. Unemployment is paid by your employer and/or the federal government depending on how broke your state is. Money from your check goes to state, federal and local taxes and social security.

    Answer by NotPanicking at 7:41 AM on Nov. 20, 2009

  • even though u payed into it- it is a handout from the government.

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:43 AM on Nov. 20, 2009

  • They way I look at it, it's called "Unemployment Insurance" for a reason. Your employer pays the premiums. If you lose you job, you collect from it. If you have never worked, or have worked under the table, you can't collect.

    It is different from public assistance. People who have never worked or paid taxes can still collect PA.

    Answer by mancosmomma at 9:42 AM on Nov. 20, 2009

  • We don't pay into unemployment the employer does. So it is a form of assistance.

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:21 AM on Nov. 20, 2009

  • Yes. It is.

    Answer by Raintree at 10:37 AM on Nov. 20, 2009

  • Not really, I consider it more of an insurance policy. There are many reasons why someone would get layed off but it's the employer who has to pay your unemployment if it is granted. Kinda keeps some of them honest I think, not being able to just lay someone off if they don't really have a reason to fire them but want them gone. They have a choice to either pay unemployment or face a law suit if the employee feels they have been fired without cause. It does aid you till you find work but it's not at all like welfare where we taxpayers pay for it. Believe me, the cost of the employers amount paid into this fund is paid for by the employee in a reduction of what they are paid. You never know it but it's there. If the employer didn't have to pay all these things you would be getting more money per hour. Consider it a benefit.

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 10:54 AM on Nov. 20, 2009

  • No it is not. Employers pay unemployment tax based on compensation paid to employees. It is paid by the employer on a specified amount of the earnings of each employee. So basically employers pay this tax for their employees. If you do not work for a company that pays that tax based on what they pay you, then you do not get unemployment. Those receiving unemployment even pay taxes on what they receive obviously those receiving public assistance do not. "Public assistance" is financed by the public. Unemployment is paid for by employers.


    Answer by Anonymous at 11:13 AM on Nov. 20, 2009

  • Is unemployment public assistance?

    Well the public is being assisted in paying their bill while employees so hmm...sounds like "public assistance" to me. What would you say is the difference between this and other forms of public assistance? Unemployment insurance  is partially funded by employers but it is also government funded so how is it not government public assistance?


    Answer by SRiveroC at 12:50 PM on Nov. 20, 2009

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