Why is the media so judgmental on the long term unemployed?
Whenever I read articles about long term unemployment still being out of work, that the first assumption is that people are not wanting jobs that pay less than what is given through unemployment compensation of just being freeloaders?
Most people, like myself, are very aware and frightened of the consequences of being long term unemployed, that we really want to work, but facing a lot of discrimination (over/under qualified & stigma of unemployed). As for myself, I had to pull some unthinkable stops to get back into the work force (moving to Fargo, ND by myself, without money or knowing anyone). I had student loans, which were already deferred many times, along with other debt. The experience was dangerous (& I stayed I'm shelters- including Churches United and the YWCA). But, the outcome was that I finally had a work reference that I took with me back to the Kansas City area.
This solution would not work for everyone, because some unemployed are bound by a mortgage, which they don't want to lose through foreclosure (quick sale approach didn't being in buyers).. So these people stay on unemployment compensation.
What if people are trapped I'm their situations, that they don't want to lose their families, and hurt their children, through potential transition and homelessness?
Homelessness is a very scary prospect.
Thanks I'm advance