[rescue] looking for a Multia

Michael Schiller schiller at agrijag.com
Wed Aug 13 20:28:20 CDT 2003


On Wednesday, August 13, 2003, at 04:23  PM, Lionel Peterson wrote:

> Well, not to be a prick (well, not a big prick anyway ;^) - you can't
> track folks that have "given up even TRYING to look for work" - how
> would you capture that?
> The statisitic that is usually cited w/r/t unemployment numbers is the
> number of people that are currently receiving unemployment benefits,
> which expire after 6->12 months, IIRC. Once your benfits expire, you
> are no longer counted in the unemployment statistics, ince you are no
> longer enrolled/tracked.

One simple way would be via tax returns, or lack of same. Simply put, 
on last years tax return (2002) the majority of my income was from 
unemployment benefits. So far this year I have 0 income, so probably 
won't even file a tax return this year (unless I'm luck enough to get a 
job), so simple logic would show that if I don't file a return that I'm 
probably still unemployed. How hard is it for them to figure that out?

- -Mike
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