Fallout from a crippled economy hit the Barnes’ household a couple months ago when Ernie was laid off from his job.
Just as any other person would, he filed for his pittance of unemployment. He worked for the Iowa-based company for over five years and easily qualified.
And, anyone who has ever had to file for unemployment knows there is criteria to retaining the weekly stipend. Possibly the most commonly known is that the unemployed has to make a diligent effort to find a new job.
I bet, however, that it is not commonly known that there is a ceiling to how many jobs one should apply for in a week.
Huh? You ask scratching your head and wrinkling your forehead with raised eye brows.
Ernie received a letter last week from the Iowa Workforce Development. Well, not a letter really; it was a warning that his benefits were in jeopardy.
You see, Ernie was an overachiever in his job search.
“You indicated on your claim for unemployment insurance benefits for the week ending Oct. 23, 2010, you made three job contacts. You are required to make at least two job contacts each week,” states the warning.
Since the warning uses the language “at least” you would think that it would be alright to make three job contacts.
Wouldn’t you think that any state’s workforce development cabinet would encourage its beneficiaries to seek as many applications as possible? Wouldn’t you think they would want you to try in earnest to be re-employed? Wouldn’t you think three is better than two?
Iowa’s unemployment rate for September was 6.8 percent compared to Kentucky’s 10.1 percent during the same period. Kentucky also requires only one weekly job contact.
I’m not really sure how that all ties in with Ernie’s warning notice, but it’s interesting that Iowa requires both a minimum and maximum of two attempts to find a job and has a lower unemployment rate than Kentucky.
Still scratching my head over this one.
Oh, and if there is a question regarding the warning, you can call the cabinet anytime during its six-hour work day.