So seem to be taking this personally so I'd have to presume that you've been laid off or out of work under some other circumstance. Are you telling me that there is not a single job available in your area? The unemployment office closed it's doors because there were simply no jobs to be had by anyone?
I say BS. I was laid off once. Completely blind sided. I had a new job in 2 weeks that lasted 2 years until I found the job I wanted. Meanwhile I fed and clothed my family by doing something I wasn't overly happy about. That's how it is. So, you can be a doer or a taker. Which are you?
You are assuming that because I commiserate with the long term unemployed it must be my personal story too. Thanks for the vote of confidence of my being a self-absorbed prick. However, I am not sure the continued high unemployment might not be by design. I say this for two reasons:
1) The U.S. military benefits, since without the universal draft, the Air Force and Navy do not get the same number and quality of recruits (avoiding the draft) to ingratiate some into a twenty year career.
2) During the 1929 Depression, and high unemployment, the government came along with the WPA. However, that would compete with corporate America for employees.
In effect, for the benefit of maintaining a high tech career military, and not competing with corporate America for good employees, the government might be engaging in a policy of benign neglect, in my opinion. Notice that the WPA did not make coal miners out of those who were unemployed writers. The WPA published writing that reflected unemployed writers' efforts.
You also make the assumption that if someone is not finding work, to end their unemployment, he/she is not looking for work. Naturally, people have to survive, and perhaps some unemployed are in retraining programs at community colleges, and just living off relatives. So, that might be what will be increased, if the unemployment benefits are not extended - more relatives supporting those in retraining efforts.
I find it interesting that the anti-unemployment benefit opinions seem to envision unemployed folks fat catting on a couch, enjoying the slothfulness of each day unemployed, and on unemployment benefits. You guys might have a low opinion of the average American, in my opinion.
What you left out of your ways to cope with unemployment was to join one of the military branches, if one was young enough. Now that is a viable option; perhaps, even nicer than coal mining or truck driving, since one is at least doing something beyond the benefit for oneself, and possibly interacting with a segment of society that one might have a lot in common as a military careerist? Interesting that it wasn't an option.