My 98 Days in Unemployment Purgatory
The New Republic
As a reporter covering unemployment, I thought I knew everything I needed to get by. Then I was laid off.
i spent 98 days chasing down my unemployment. if i hadn't reported on the issue and had access to policy experts/lawyers who insisted i was eligible, i would have given up my claim a long time ago. i'm sure many do.
The difficulty I've had getting UI while work-sharing — as someone very familiar with the program and with union/lawyer assistance — was stunning. How anyone does it alone I will never understand. I'm sure many people just give up.