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Daniel Boyd

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Educated people should not consider themselves too good for unskilled labour

In Western society we all have the privilege of extensive education in which we have the freedom to choose a direction of our own interest. If work is subsequently available in this area, it is obviously an optimal use of human capital for trained people to do what they are trained for.

On the other hand, maintenance of the comfortable, clean and safe society we live in requires a fair amount of unskilled labour.

The question is what should happen when trained people cannot find a job in their chosen vocation: in other words, society does not need them in this role at this time. Do they have a right to expect unemployment benefits while waiting for a 'suitable' job to arise? Or should they be expected to contribute something to the maintenance of society (in the form of unskilled labour) in return for their own maintenance?

In other words, should unemployment benefits be coupled to community services?


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  • Nov 7 2013: I agree and have done many physical jobs, like construction and garbage collection. I never felt that it was demeaning. On the other side, I have seen people do things to avoid what they thought were demeaning -like separating printouts, they take their printout and leave a pile or mess for someone else to clean up. I have asked and they say they are not clerks.

    I agree there are people who abuse the unemployment insurance system. Unfortunately, some systems pay more than minimum wage and there is no advantage to working. A better system is needed.

    For those who are interested, in the US the unemployment insurance system is run by each state with Federal audits. The Insurance rate is set by the number of people who worked for a company are claiming unemployment benefits. If a company has not laid off anyone will pay the minimum rate. While a company that has laid off a large number of individuals will pay a higher rate. Each state sets the requirements and manages the payment.
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      Nov 7 2013: Interesting, but rather strange. So if a company faces hard times and has to lay people off, they have to pay for it? Sounds like it could easily spiral into bankrupcy.
      • Nov 8 2013: It is not as bad as it sounds - it based on a pool - normal insurance. for each employee, the employer pays a percentage of the 1st 5k to 10k (depends upon the state). The percentage for those that have a low unemployment is .06 % (3 to 6 dollars ) to a max of 6.34% (317 to 634) and it is an annual payment.

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