Everything Wrong With Unemployment and How to Fix It

Updated on July 15, 2020
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Some Things That Don't Work Very Well When You Apply for Unemployment

You just want to complain, don't you?

Yes and no. Complaining is a means of pointing out a problem with hopes that someone else will find a way to fix the problem for you. Normally I would say that you should always find a way to fix a problem yourself, however since this a government problem I have to do things a little differently. The department of labor‘s unemployment office is a service for the general public, but one that doesn’t work very well. They are slow and require far too many steps to get the money that is rightfully yours.

I want to take a moment to point out some of the faults with the system along with some suggestions on how to correct them in hopes that perhaps someday these problems will be fixed.

The Timer

Great start
Great start

Allow me to paint a picture for you. You are applying for unemployment and they hit you with a question that you were not expecting. Okay, no problem, you think. You then take off to get said info and when you return the site has kicked you out and now you have to start all over again! This was my first problem with the website, some of the things they ask are complicated and may take time to gather. So why is it on a timer?

Some people need this money to live, especially with unemployment at an all-time high and businesses shutting down left and right. We don't need to be on a timer when filing for unemployment. We have been humiliated enough already, just by admitting we need to ask. The last thing a desperate person needs is to be pressured.

Too Many Steps

Just one would be nice.
Just one would be nice.

Okay so this one may not be that bad but can throw you for a loop if you’re not aware. Not only do you have to provide a weekly report on at least two to three job applications but, you have to log into a secondary account (all on the same website) and basically tell them that nothing has changed from the time you first applied for unemployment.

I suppose I understand some of the questions but why does it have to be tied to two separate accounts? Especially given that they are on the same website anyway? Feels like they created a middleman when all they needed was to have everything you need in one place.

Online Only!

Not yet but getting there
Not yet but getting there

I am sorry but not everyone has access to the internet, nor do they live close enough to a library (and libraries are shutting down all the time by the way). When a company or agency says that they are online only that could spell big trouble for those who do not have access to the internet, whether they had it and lost it or never had it at all.

Technically the department of labor hasn’t completely gone that way, yet. But they are mostly online and it is only a matter of time before they are fully committed. I just hope that when they do become online only, they have a plan that fits both those with and without the internet.

Not Enough People

Sorry I couldn’t find a better picture
Sorry I couldn’t find a better picture

Perhaps this goes without saying, but a company is only as good as the people running it. I am not trying to shame the government. They just don’t have enough people running the unemployment offices to help process the information. If they had more people working things would be done quicker.

As I just said, this is kinda of obvious. You know you go into a grocery store only to reach a line at the checkout because only 2 out of 10 registers are open? Same thing, just different company.

So, What Did This Complaint Accomplish?

I suppose nothing really. But with any luck someone with some actual ability will read this article and perhaps make some much-needed changes to our system so they can actually help the people who need it most.

I don’t normally write such articles, but I felt as though something needed to be said. I am sure someone with far more knowledge on the subject then I have has probably beat me to it. But what do you guys think of my suggestions? If you have any thoughts please leave a comment in the section below. I’m Wanderin Jim and I hope you all have a super happy day.


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