This week I am officially unemployed. As an austerity measure, my employer is temporarily laying off employees in various divisions for 1, 3, even 6 weeks out of 2009. As I am fortunate to work in one of the more profitable divisions of the company, this week is my only week of layoff--so far (more temporary layoffs may be announced once the second-quarter earnings have been analyzed). But for the time being, everyone in my division--from the vice-president to the janitor--is laid off for one week. The company saves ~$1.25 million in salaries, and we get to return to our jobs on Monday.
All in all, it's not a bad deal. I've been able to enjoy an extra week off from work and five extra nights cuddling with my husband :-) Granted, I'm not making much money (the supplemental unemployment benefit is roughly 37% of my normal salary), but it's nice to have some extra down time to enjoy the summer. And did I mention the cuddles? :-D
But I gotta admit it was a surreal experience to file for unemployment this past Monday. A surreal experience felt by all too many Americans recently :-/ I'm grateful that my unemployment is only temporary.