There is also a huge lie about people who supposedly gave up on looking for work. In the 80's when you ran out of unemployment benefits you could still register with the unemployment office for help finding jobs. These days however when your benefits run out that's it. They simply take you off the unemployment roles. When I got laid off in 2002, I got unemployment benefits for around a year. When my benefits ran out does anyone really think i stopped looking for work? It took to 2007 until I found a full time corporate job although I was able to get short term work as a contractor. A couple months here and there with 6 month between them. I'm s software engineer with in-demand skills!