Originally Posted by 8BallHammer
My point is, that if a guy made $14 or more per hr he gets max benefits in our area which is $420/wk. If he finds a job that pays $12/hr is he going to take it? HELL NO. I didn't mean to imply he originally made $12/hr. And thanks for the congrats.
I just found the Michigan calculator here:
A $14/hr full time worker would be eligible for ~$300/wk (before taxes) according to it. And the length of time one can draw is proportional to the length of their last stint of work.
$1200 a month isn't exactly living high on the hog. It will pay the groceries and rent, but that's about it. I think that you're correct that it might lead someone to wait for a decent job rather than take the first thing that comes along.
Maybe that's wrong, but that's how insurance works. If you wreck your car, you'll probably expect to get one like it from your insurance company and not some jalopy they've got sitting in the junkyard.