My husband was downsizes a few years ago. Unemployment insurance is not enough money to live on. And, it is a privilege that workers have earned. Please do both think of it as a handout. His industry seems to me to have run itself into the ground. 20 years ago he had a good work environment, bonuses, good insurance, enough people and equipment to do a good quality job. Now, he hasn’t had a raise in several years, labs are running on skeleton crews, he often works 50+hours per week with no extra pay because he is salaried, and benefits pay less and less as the years go by.