The Upside of Unemployment: 15 Stories

Where Are All the Jobs?

Just when we think we’re out, they pull us back in. The recession may be over, but the jobs are still not back. The unemployment rate is hovering around the dreaded 10 percent, and there are fewer job openings now than there were before. Those who are getting work are more likely to be stuck with a temp job, than steady employment and not only are more people unemployed, but they are unemployed for longer. As of last month, there were 6.1 million Americans who had been out of work for 27 weeks or more. All of this means that we as Americans may have to get used to being a nation with lingering unemployment. But for some, it’s not as bad as it sounds. Putting aside the obvious issues that come from joblessness and the lack of a steady paycheck, there can be some significant perks to being out of work. Photo Credit: slushpup