The Ever-Shrinking Safety Net: Lost your job? Well, it better have been a good one

Urban Dialect - January 1, 2004
   

by Zach Schiller, in Urban Dialect 

One woman worked at a Southeastern Ohio restaurant for most of last year, averaging $174.68 a week. Another sold magazines over the phone in Cincinnati, working 20 to 25 hours a week all year, ending up at $7.50 an hour. When they lost their jobs and applied for unemployment insurance, they were told the same thing: They didn’t qualify because they didn’t make enough money.

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