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On my last job, one of my coworkers asked me if I was going to put in for unemployment when my contract was finished.
“I hadn’t really thought about it,” I told him.
“You really should, ” he said. “After all, you’ve been paying for it all these years. It’s your right. I’m going to when I do contract work after I retire.”
He went on about it a while longer, but I didn’t have much to say on the subject.
I thought about it for a while, though, and concluded that, no, I was not going to apply for unemployment.
While the extra income would be helpful, I didn’t need it and, after all, it’s supposed to be used to help those who need it bridge the gap between jobs. I wasn’t going to be looking for another job.
For that matter, I didn’t actually need the contract job that I was working. It was helping to pay off some debt and, while I was working, we weren’t having to use any of our investment funds.
So, since I went to work when I didn’t need to, it just didn’t seem right to me to apply for unemployment. It felt like taking advantage of the system. (I’ll have more on this in a later post.)
What do you think? Should I have applied for unemployment?