Study: People on unemployment benefits find work faster than those who do not use it
The very common Republican/Tea Party talking point is that people use unemployment insurance and just wait out their 99 weeks or that it's a luxury they get rich off of. Really.
Outside of talking points, and into actual research, the opposite seems to be true.
* People on unemployment still feel like they are a valued part of the economy
* They are required to look for a job and they do more job searches than a person who does not use unemployment insurance
* They apply to jobs that they are qualified doing instead of the first job they find
You get locked into some menial 40 hr a week job it's harder to be available for interviews on short notice and you have little free time left over for searching/filling out applications/submitting resumes/networking.