I find it unfair that I am unable to collect unemployment while I pursue a new job. The situation is simple, I was a full time employee for two years and seven months as an Activities Coordinator for senior citizens at a county based facility. For that entire period, I put my heart and soul into the work to make sure the elderly were kept in good spirits and actively engaged both mentally and physically. I paid my taxes back into the system. My job even consisted of gainfully utilizing people on benefits from the state – ranging from food stamps, unemployment, etc. There were good people getting back on their feet through those programs, but there were plenty of low-lifes simply mooching perpetually off the system that amounted to nothing and will continue to amount to nothing.
When my husband took a new job in Maryland, it was obviously a requirement to relocate from New Jersey. The job certainly didn’t pay enough for me to remain on location as a separate household. And after being separated from my husband for all of 2005 because of his military service in Iraq, I had no intention of straining our marriage with further separation just to remain a New Jersey resident. For those three reasons, it seems pretty obvious that I was forced to resign my position at the organization. So I filed for unemployment while I looked to transition my EMS credentials from New Jersey to Maryland and become either a paid EMT or a paid paramedic.
Then I receive this letter in the mail from the New Jersey Family & Social Service Federation denying my claim for benefits. The reasons being that relocation is personal and does not constitute a good cause. I have a serious problem with this – especially considering that the job I had to leave involved working with so many people in (and abusing) the system.
Why should I be denied benefits when I’ve diligently paid my taxes to the government to fund these programs? Why should I be denied benefits when my most recent employment and all previous employments for the past 19 years show I have a work ethic above and beyond those people lazily parked in the system? Why should I be denied benefits when so many people with no intention of getting a job are able to keep mooching off my years of hard work? Why should I be denied benefits when I’ve paid for college, certifications and extra training to be a more productive member of society when the people in the program get money without having invested anything in themselves.
Is this fair that I’ve been denied? What is the fix for unemployment?
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