you should have been able to find one even if it is working at like McDonald's or something like that.
A McJob is no job at all. Have you heard of "underemployment"? Some people collect welfare not just because they cannot find a job but because they cannot find a job that they can live on.
They need a job that pays for rent and food and you're just not going to find that working for minimum wage. So they suck up their pride and go on welfare. Only welfare has a bunch of red tape, just like any other federal program (due to people who don't understand it trying to legislate it). There was one case where a woman actually HAD a job, but just didn't make enough to pay rent and feed and clothe her daughter (she was a single parent). She applied for welfare after much deliberation, just looking for a little extra to help pay the bills while she kept looking for a better job. Thing was? The Welfare Office told her that in order to qualify for welfare, she'd have to QUIT her job. How is that for making sense?
Most complaints about no jobs are for high pay salary work, and sometimes in order to get those jobs, you have to work at a crappy place first.
That's if you can get a crappy entry-level job at a place that can offer promotions to better jobs. Where can you go if you work on the grill line at McDonald's? There's not exactly much. Oh, sure, one day, if you scrape by and get lucky, maybe even go back and finish up that degree, you can become manager. It's not much better. You'll never go higher. You'll never make General Manager or District Manager because those people are not ones who started by working the grill line. They were hired-in specifically to be Managers. They have degrees.
There's a glass panel between the blue collar jobs (say, the grill line cooks), and the white collars (the salaried District Managers).
if you are working multiple minimum wage jobs then finding the time for community service or job training could be a burden they cannot afford.
Exactly. A lot of people on welfare HAVE training, they just can't find a job in their field.
Plus, you have programs like the one in Georgia I believe it is that has the unemployed work for FREE for businesses in order to be "trained" but yet, after the month of their training period is up, when the businesses are supposed to hire the unemployed people that have been working for them for free, many DO NOT. They simply go out and get more unemployed people to work for them for free again.
I think that, right there, is the problem with America's welfare and unemployment rather than people abusing the system or not having skills and what not. It's the lack of social mobility in our nation nowadays, it's the lack of not being able to make it anymore at all the jobs that used to pay for not a lavish lifestyle but at least an acceptable one. At one point in time, being a waitress, while not glamorous, used to at least pay the bills. Nowadays, it's just considered that crap job you have while being told that you should go find a "real job."
I'm not against welfare recipients receiving training but I think that that should rather be an option rather than a mandate. It would not be a one-size fits all solution.