I found this WSJ piece to be very interesting. Most people who have never had to meet a payroll have absolutely no idea how expensive it can be to employ people. Michael P. Fleischer: Why I'm Not Hiring - WSJ.com With tax hikes looming, increasing health care costs and reporting obligations for employers, inevitable energy taxes and the soon to be coming VAT, is it any wonder that businesses aren't hiring? And let's not forget that there are many businesses out there that are hiring and offering training but people would rather stay on unemployment because the benefits are either more than that of a salary or close enough that people don't care to work for the same amount that they can collect while not working. http://www.businessinsider.com/us-companies-cant-find-enough-skilled-workers-right-now-2010-8 So next time you argue for extending unemployment benefits think about this.