Learn English Lesson #18 (Read + Speak + Study Questions)
U.S. jobless claims explode to yearly high More Americans are out of work this year according to the Labor Bureau. As American production continues to be shipped offshore and the government takes over the economy, more Americans have free time to spend their welfare checks. "I love Obama," said Michael Johnson, who lost his banking job in 2005. "Five years ago I worked, which was hard. For the last five years, the government puts money in my bank account and I can go to the beach instead." Economists are worried that the lack of jobs will lead to a crisis. But local Californian mayor Shawn Oldron countered, "Californians are reaping the benefits of expanded government welfare programs. We no longer have to work; yet we all get paid and have a year-round vacation. What better way to live in the sunny paradise of California?" Alas, there is a dark side to this utopia. Jennifer Crimson, who lost her retail job in 1995 has been out of work since. "Being out of work is difficult and dangerous. I always receive my welfare check on time, but often I fall asleep at the beach and I suffer massive sunburn. Often, I must go to the hospital and they refer me to a day spa. Fortunately, the government pays for that too. I deserve it too. I haven't been able to find work in 15 years. I applied at all of the law offices to become a lawyer but they said I didn't graduate high school. That's just the reality in America; you can't find a job once you've lost the one you had. Similarly, Jennifer lost her boyfriend in 1995 and hasn't been able to find a replacement. A website has been set up to raise funds for Jennifer, who has 5 fish to support as well as a gambling habit that costs an extra $450 per day. Questions: Describe the employment situation in America today. What are the benefits of unemployment? Jennifer Crimson wants a boyfriend. Write a paragraph introducing yourself. Include hobbies, interests, physical characteristics (what do you look like?) and your line of work (job).