July 18, 2004

[Bob]The other day I received my last unemployment check. I have used up my allotted portion.

A couple days later, I heard encouraging news on the radio: The number of people receiving unemployment benefits is down!

I guess I most not be unemployed any more. Praise Bob!

Jon Reid

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As an American missionary kid who grew up in Japan, I'm a child of two cultures, while not fully belonging to either. This gives me a sightly different view of the world.

8 responses to Argh

  1. Isn’t it great to be helping the economic indicators by falling off the unemployment rolls? You know that you’d fall of them if you got an underpaid job at McDonald’s, right? You’d fall off them twice if you got two underpaid jobs that together weren’t enough to feed your family, actually. And you fall off them after (I think it’s) six months anyway, because after that you must not be looking hard enough for work.
    Lies, damn lies, and statistics.

  2. “Lies, damn lies, and statistics.”
    Funny, Evan — the image I was originally going to use (and forgot) was the cover from How to Lie With Statistics. It’s a book that was old when I read it in elementary school, and its lessons have stuck with me. How many books that can you say that about!

  3. On the bright side, most of the newspaper articles I read about the unemployment rate tend to make note of the fact that the rates do not necessarily count all of the people who are out of work, merely those who are receiving unemployment insurance. The employment rate (a metric of who is paying payroll taxes, as I recall) is probably a better metric, but less frequently used.
    Anyway, can you apply for an extension? I thought there was an extension period available, or has that dried up as well?

  4. Jon, don’t know what to say….I pray you find work soon. God surely is not having an emergency committee meeting in heaven about your situation. 🙂
    Praying you’ll find peace in this place, and for the Lord’s provision for you and your family.
    Love, Helen

  5. hey jon, met you in habbo hotel tonight – cool to stop by your blog. I hope you find some work soon – Apple would be good to work for, so here’s hoping you have a breakthough with them.

  6. Gareth, it was a pleasure to meet you and Brad the futuristguy!

  7. Let me know what I can do.. 🙂

  8. “Anyway, can you apply for an extension? I thought there was an extension period available, or has that dried up as well?”
    The extension disappeared into the California budget. I can reapply — but only after a year has passed since my last application. Basically, my annual pot is used up. But I would be very surprised if I have to reapply.
    Dear friends, my post was merely pointing an irony of my life. I’m still laughing. But I appreciate everyone’s concern, and ask for your continued prayers.