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Employment [Mar. 26th, 2013|07:11 pm]
Back in 2011 I was laid off from work. During George W. Bush's administration congress had cancelled the project I worked on and the funding finally wound down. There was some meager unemployment to be had. Over the 559 days I was unemployed I averaged approximately $29.62 per day, or an average of $207.37 per week. My "work" was looking for a job. It usually took about 2 hours per week, once I was good at it. Some weeks were harder; any government jobs, for instance, could easily take two or three hours each, and I had to apply to two per week. So I made a little money for a little work, nothing spectacular. A congressman makes about $3336.99 per week, just to give you a comparison.

But I'm employed now, since February 19. Since that day my work has technically compensated me with $507.17 but they took money away from me to pay for the benefits they provide, so really, only $450.89 for my time. That comes out to $12.88 per day, or $90.18 per week.

The moral of this story is that I'd be better of being a congressman. I'd have tons of cash, little moral or ethical restrictions, hot interns to take care of any personal things I need taken care of, and a far better retirement plan.

[User Picture]From: fitfool
2013-04-11 01:46 am (UTC)
Yeah but you'd need a small fortune to start with just to run a campaign that may or may not work the first time.

Meanwhile, is your job part-time? I'd count the money that goes to pay for benefits as income too since paying for health insurance solo is expensive. Still...$90-100/week doesn't sound like enough to live on.
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[User Picture]From: schlake
2013-04-11 05:07 am (UTC)
I forgot about LJ! A few days later I finally got my first real paycheck. So my numbers all drastically improved.
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