Unemployment: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

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    John Oliver details the many obstacles that impede access to unemployment benefits - often by design - and why the entire system needs to be rethought.

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    1. Hissing Spider

      ohhhh now i understand how you are able to keep doing this, it's the weapons grade cocaine.

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    3. Harshit Jain

      Yet people are leaving blue states to go live in red states. Of course this idealogue won't cover that.

    4. Blaire Sovereign

      "this is the way the state of Louisiana is doing it's part in the nationwide crusade against unemployment, fear and insecurity." This is so humane and common sense, WHY did our country degrade away from this??? why aren't we still like this T_T

    5. Blaire Sovereign

      "a long way of saying that we need to take all of the energy that we have been pouring in to make sure that people who don't deserve payment don't get them" This IS the problem. Right wingers care more about punishing people than they do helping those who need it. (and pretending EVERYONE is abusing the system, they say they don't think that but their priorities show it to be true) Don't ever let conservatives tell you we're a charitable country, they hate the idea of their tax dollars going to real charitable causes.

    6. Blaire Sovereign

      This problem is never going to get fixed b/c too many miserable conservatives refuse to accept that people who need help AREN'T "moochers." They've embraced social darwinism and don't understand why this country sucks. People who say crap like this: - "So the answer is some should have to work to the bone in dead end, life devolving jobs to pay for their food and shelter while others should be gifted that for free with funds collected from workers' pay cheques under threat of imprisonment? Why? It would be called charity in a culture familiar with shame and community but that is not alas where we are or what we are talking about here. This is the nonworking class, wards of the state by choice and privilege. Professional layabouts. Get people into employment, giving them an income to pay for their life's necessities. It's what everyone else fucking does. It's all that works." -Some conservative scumbag

    7. Horatio Weaver

      If you were really worried, just like all the other famous million or billionaire were. If y'all were really worried about helping your fellow man like john and everyone else always claims, you and they could have reached into your and their own pockets and helped out their fellow man. I'm not talking starting a fund or a charity. I'm talking going out or sending people out into the community with money from you to them. To like I said keep your amd their fellow man and woman above board with food and rent and mortgages. But nothing. That's for bringing to light. After everything almost done .once again like always john you are a guiding light to no where. If you are so educated on it why didn't you pipe up and try to fix it? No all you do is talk shit about people that try to actually do thing. Granted some of your stuff is funny more so beautiful of how crazy it is and how you can actually sway people to agree with you. Also something you are correct I would say in my opinion about 5-10% of the time the rest is just your bs... I also know there won't be any shortage of Jack off that get on here and read my comments and either try to sound smart, or cool, or edgy or funny or whatever other horseshit you think you are or are trying to be. So how about being on top of things and doing shows about shit within about at most a month, not shit that happened a year ago and that's going by when this said it was posted 3 months ago. Literally 10 to 11 months after everybody got caught with their pants down. My state did as well and there are only about 550,000 give or take in Vermont and it was a shit show. Be part of the solution don't just report and talk bullshit about a year old problem.get after them to fix it and report on how you went after them and they either hid like coward, lied to you or actually like sat down and talked to you about the problem with no, on subject question off limits.if they wint do that blow them up you have the perfect platform... idk just my 2 sense. The 2 sense of a crazy hillbilly from the mountains of Vermont. Sometime John's show is the shit and sometimes it's just bullshit. Sorry

    8. Scott Menard

      Socialism is great equalizer. This minimum wage is really a simple and tried and true method of running small businesses to ground, and making big businesses monopolies. And once monopolies, like big tech, pharma,oil,green incs, etc.,we all complain they are taking advantage of their non- competition , too big to fail, corporate status. Little things at first, invoices with add-ons, gigantic bonuses to top tier management, lower wages, below top mng. Oh no , have to do something now, couldn't see this coming.! We want government to save the day, step in and put these bullies in their place., right? This past year tell us all we need to know as to how government will run things. And now you have socialism. I can't wait , personally. Think I'm gonna try my hand at politics. How to run a multi- trillion dollar company,? ?.. ahhh perfect society, bliss!

    9. Allen Butera

      Get your sh*# together Florida politicians!!

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    11. Abi Ryan

      Stupid very smart sexy sarcastic John Oliver. Wierd crush

    12. Freya Buss

      14:00... nah, it’s like “recouping” the hip replacement by chopping off the whole leg.

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    15. TVP-RBE Watson, Jacque, Skinner

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    16. Hoot

      speaking for nebraska, there is always jobs near the larger 'metro' areas out east

    17. MIDBC1 MIDBC1

      Unemployment is too much like socialism for the republicans and they will continue to screw-up and dismantle that part of government as long as it benefits them

    18. Mani Mustermann

      I somewhat feel sorry for the people over there. I would just leave. Come to germany, enough work for everybody here who wants to work. Unemployment benefits for people who worked and a social system for people who can't. sure you got those we just dont want to, but the minimal benefits are so low, that you just have enough to survive (even rent and stuff is free)


      Laura. Why some obstetricians should just keep spanking!

    20. Stacy #TheFancyBogan

      I wonder if Laura would be happy for these hungry people to plant sprouting potatoes, onions, carrots and just eating street pigeons. While not contributing to her system and live in caves instead.

    21. TVP-RBE Watson, Jacque, Skinner

      Guys please look up to "the Venus project" seems to me it offers solutions to most of the problems we face today

    22. Jerry Garcia

      California rocks. I cant believe how easy it was to get unemployment benefits. Zero complaints, very proud of my state! Cali #1!!! P.S. Fuck Florida, our sunshine is better!

    23. Game Account

      Republicans are the bane of this nation. All their rhetoric and lies is killing the nation.

    24. Julia

      It's fascinating how that Governor creature at 14:38 is, objectively seen, a fairly good-looking man in good shape for his age. And then the moment I know about his policies, I think he's the most punchable thing I've seen since ... well actually, since 6 minutes earlier in the same video.

    25. Kelo Palaita

      I'm not white but Macklemore is dope yo ✌️so what's wrong with him? Other than beating out some R&B rappers for some racist af awards a few years back? Allegedly racist,I heard Will Smith was rapper of the year once...I think

    26. Richard Spillers

      When are you gonna talk about the labor shortage and shitty employers, John?

    27. Stewart Laird

      Laura Ingraham has clearly never been hungry with a mindset like that

    28. Astro Wolvez

      Ever notice the people who say hunger gives you drive, if you have a paycheck coming in you won’t work are the people who have probably never been remotely poor and struggled in their life.

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    30. Ely lioney

      I didn’t know Elmo had parents

    31. Dylan Wells

      “We need a larger federal government state rights don’t exist, and all white people are racist” There youve watched this video and learned nothing

    32. Louis huntsman

      Hear me know! Indiana resident who was working, like many others, at the start of this pandemic ,I was put out of work Well I took the first 3 or 4 weeks off. After being home and isolated for awhile i decided that my mental health wouldn't survive the whole pandemic so i went to work for GM and ventec making venitilators. We all thought we was saving lifes, at least that's what people said. About 6 weeks the pqndemic restrictions were lift so i went back to the job i intended to goto from the beginning considering it had lil better chance of staying in my city. 5 months after that I was told by the people and the company that the hired for ventilator ventec was hear to stay for at least another 1 or possibly 2 years. I was a really good worked so i reapplied and got rehihired. They schedule me orientation and so i goto it. After orientation they told us they would call us with a start date. The start date never happened because of they wasn't making ventilators anymore. The job i initially was hired for was filled with high tenson and stress. In that 5 or 6 months time of me we had a whole lot of people who got covid or who was within 6 feet of someone tested then you would be required either miss from 14 then 10 days of work. So on these 3 weeks out off from my 1st job i mentioned still hasn't been paid. Been like 10 month. So for me going to make ventilators for GM, that was ordered by the govt in the 1st place , i was punished by not getting the 3 weeks paid. and they also said i owed that i to pay one of my previous weeks back. Just crap man. Guess the only lifes i saved was the unemployments.

      1. Louis huntsman

        Of course i appealed but have gotten nowhere. Need help in indiana.

    33. Rylund Steele

      Elmos mom got the cake tho

    34. Oвıтσ Ucнıнα

      People don't hate working, people hate working for pennies. If companies and corporations would stop paying people 2 or 3$ per hr people wouldn't mind going back to work

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    38. amir naghipour

      This unemployment assistance does not just pay for food, but also helps with shelter, medical assistance, utilities, and other basic necessities. What is her solution for these items? Furthermore, as mentioned, the money is circulated back into the economy when people spend it on their financial obligations. Throwing salt on the wound is not a remedy, it hurts and will cause adverse reaction. People! change your way of life when go back to work, don't give the rich your money, make them go bankrupt by boycotting their useless products and services.

    39. Ytrix

      Why would the government take money from workers that use drugs. But won’t give them unemployment insurance if they use drugs?

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    42. Miss. Danni Tiger

      1:00 12:50 14:30

    43. Nostalgia _

      “When you’re hungry, you’ll find a way to eat.” says super rich privileged person who has never experienced anything like that.

    44. e2win

      Floridians, if you want to stop suffering, stop voting for idiots.

    45. doublejayb

      By saying that unemployed people can figure it out on their own without needing benefits, it is like saying that they should pick themselves up by their nonexistent bootstraps.

    46. doublejayb

      The fact that some people believe that unemployment benefits prevents people from wanting to work/working is ridiculous. People still need some kind of cash flow in order to survive while finding a job. While I will admit that there probably are some people who take advantage of such benefits and don't actively try to get employment, that doesn't mean that everyone who receives benefits are like that. Those who take advantage of it and don't actively try to get employment will really just harm their chances of being hired later on due to the gap of time since their last job to present day.

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    48. Carl Clausewitz

      Good thing I lived in New Jersey! :D

    49. PubestG

      In Massachusetts u have to apply to at least one place 5 days a week and go to a mandatory 3 1/2 hour seminar on job finding

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    52. Emmanuel

      9:10 no, she has a good point there. if the govt. continues to send some Americans unemployed checks meanwhile some unemployed Americans aren't motivated to find and obtain a working job...they are compelled to become lazier

    53. Brandon Young-Kemkes

      Canada’s national unemployment system works pretty good. If I lose my job I’m never worried.

    54. Emptee Errorhart

      Any chance you can make another statement on Unemployment? Like there cutting 18 states with out notice in less then 2 weeks.

    55. Sergio Jimenez

      Tucker Carlson you just got b**ch slapped by Jon Oliver. And we all just watched it, twice now. Loving that everything this guy says is exactly how I feel. #TELLITLIKEITIS

    56. B Mogs

      I hear that woman crying "Leave Brittney alone" substituting Brittney for Elmo!

    57. Octavia

      if only you were president

    58. Bada bing Brook

      Didn’t take long to bring race into it

    59. Zacharia Gamble

      I never would've expected a void to have such good acoustics when you clapped like that very impressive. Also, fuck Elmo for takin mah jerb!

    60. Nana Kwame Mireku

      Moving on, our main story... Never gets old.

    61. Retail Suxx

      Nothing wrong with asking someone to apply for jobs.

    62. Vsauce13

      I don't know about the cocaine claim. The background looks a bit more like Walter White's Blue sky methamphetamine.

    63. KNUKOK

      John Oliver, "your" country is broken.

    64. Brian Tang

      This makes me so happy I live in Canada. I've always paid taxes to cover Employment insurance and the only time I ever needed it was for 6 months last year during the pandemic. Received it immediately and found a job in Sept. EI isn't free, you fund it with your taxes, and the government just doesn't want to help you, of all the entities in the economy, I firmly believe the US government are the most incompetent and I feel bad for its citizens.

    65. Sage Tolley

      i agree but my dad was fired from his job after being accused of stealing a boom box and he definitely drew unemployment so idk what that says but yeah idk

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    67. Dayon Mage

      The "man" who doesn't see an issue with his home country being overrun, overpopulated, and ethnically cleansed of it's host population under a fair-seeming disguise of humanitarian compassion. Share and share alike, isn't that right, John Oliver? After all, it's not you who has to walk through the destruction of a gang-festering rap-music filled London cesspool, overpopulated and doomed to strife. After all, You are a successful celebrity living a comfortable life, making immense wealth by turning a phrase and portraying a joke, usually aimed at undermining Western civilization, and mocking the existential situation of your own people. Making light of our own obliteration. What a stand up guy you are, John Oliver.

    68. Ryan James

      That white woman's ridiculously entitled statement typifies what a disgusting, selfish, hellhole the United States is. No comment even needed on the perspectives of that elected official who is supposedly serving the people.

    69. Andrew

      Fast forward 6 weeks and you can find a job faster then it would take to stand in that line.

    70. Kristhell López

      At 1:04 was the hint about John Oliver doing a piece on hair.

    71. VultureClone

      Laura, hunger does not make you work harder. It weakens and demoralizes you. Let's take your food away from you and see how much harder you work without food in your belly.

    72. IO Tewks

      Yeah uh. In Virginia we STILL are waiting. Endless, useless phone lines, no information, ho hope.

    73. Ragnar Lothbrock

      In the meantime... Florida's real estate prices are skyrocketing because thousands of people from all those wonderful deep blue states like NY and NJ are moving down to "America's vestigial tail". Plus, there are "We are hiring" signs on every single business I stop by. Munch on that!

    74. Anon

      Perhaps when this is all over we can start to challenge the government line *"there is no evidence"* ... On drug policy, On prison reform, On mental health, On socioeconomic outcomes.... The countries of the world have done extensive research and they have *"The Evidence"* just like all those times during the pandemic when the government said: There's no evidence the virus affects children, There's no evidence general mask wearing affects transmission, There's no evidence the virus spreads in the air, There's no evidence of asymptomatic spread, There's no evidence of long term health consequences... NO EVIDENCE MY ARSE. If the pandemic has taught us ANYTHING it should be that sharing medical and scientific research with other countries is not just *_possible_* but is actually sensible.

    75. Calvin Winters

      What ru going to do?? Look it up online? Lmao 😂😂😂

    76. Craig Firman

      Jesus Christ I never knew the US unemployment system was this bad... Thank god I was born in Australia and Labor set up a much better welfare system then that... back in the 1940s...

    77. arlond palmer

      Ridiculous. The entire message of the video is that the state should take care of you and you shouldn't need to ever work

    78. Mark H

      Lots of people aren't going back to work now because they make far more by collecting unemployment benefits. I know people getting $600 per week (double the usual) on unemployment.

    79. Pen Androll

      Ooooh the communists...theyre so generous when its about other people's money....ain't that right John?

      1. Kaspar

        you do know communist is partly about the elimination of money

    80. Taylor Green

      I've been looking for a means to get my life back on track since my divorce, my advice? start your own business. working for an organization is a waste of time. i started a day care during the covid crisis and now i have close to 400k in my savings account

      1. Donald Locher

        @Taylor Green i feel this is a 50/50 thing but there's no harm in trying, i really need the money. thanks for the info i'll give this a shot, i need capital for my business and it seems your people are giving out assistance to small business aspirants so why not. let's do this

      2. Taylor Green

        covidunemploymentprobono @ gmail . com

      3. Taylor Green

        @Gagne Caron i can't leave their lawyer's details here but sure you can reach them through their mail

      4. Gagne Caron

        @Taylor Green what's the name of this organization and how can i get to them please?

      5. Taylor Green

        @Robert Thurmond i understand that but if you're really passionate about this you'd find a way, or you can do what i did and get funding from a Covid NGO and start your own business, they took a look at my work history and i don't know how but their pro Bono lawyers got me $35,000 as compensation for getting laid off from my last job due to covid

    81. Michelle Sassouni

      Laura Ingrahm is awful and so is Rick Scott, he’s easily the most ruthless and corrupt Governor we’ve had in my lifetime. But has anyone considered that the massive numbers of unemployment that we’re seeing right now is because the government forced businesses to shut down thus forcing people out of work. Also, when the federal government fumbled the COVID response so badly, why should we have any faith that it would be able to handle unemployment if 20 million Americans suddenly became unemployed again like they did during this pandemic? And before you say “that was just Trump’s fault” remember the debacle that was the rollout of Obamacare; the website literally crashed several times over a period of weeks. My point in all of this is that John Oliver makes a lot of good critiques, but seems to leave some key points out and then just comes to the wrong conclusion of “let’s put all of our faith in the federal government to handle it properly”

    82. gnitpeohseluj

      In New York State, where unemployment payments are on the higher end, the additional $600 made it so that people who filed and received unemployment during the pandemic were making more money then those working minimum wage jobs. So, for a while there, a lot of people chose not to go back to work because they'd make less money at work. Keep in mind the cost of living in a lot of New York State --- state, not city -- is pretty low anyways. As a country, we definitely need to rework the unemployment system.

    83. Aaron Richardson

      I'm a seasonal work and get laid off in the winter, and because of how disorganized CT's unemployment was, I couldn't get ahold of a representative...until AFTER I went back to work. It meant that I only got a fraction (2 weeks) of the two months I was laid off, so now I have to dip into my savings because unemployment was supposed to cover those two months, but now I'm almost two months short in my checking for my rent and other bills. We'll see if, even now that I've returned to work, if I can even afford to spare enough to eat healthily.

    84. Stella Rodriguez

      Puerto Rico's unemployment max: $133 a week. For real

    85. Nicholas Arden

      "It's nobody's fault." But it is - the government's. It's the government's fault. They created the unemployment with their draconian policies and continue to subsidize it. The businesses who were fortunate to survive the last year are now having a hard time hiring anyone back because people can take more for unemployment. The economic benefit of unemployment insurance he talks about goes directly to the large corporations where the vast majority of that money gets spent. The very corporations that politicians pretend to be against. Meanwhile small and medium size businesses disappear because they can't even hire staff to scale up their operations again. This causes even more people to go on unemployment and gives even more market share to large corporations. It's a vicious cycle that only creates more economic misery in the long run. It's a fine policy to get some people by in a rare tough time, but not this many people and not for this long. Unfortunately, you can't solve problems created by government with more government. Then people wonder how the rich got richer during a pandemic. Tax the rich and give us more government benefits they scream. Will we ever learn?

    86. James Griffin

      Shut down unemployment ok all u bums it is now time to go back to work .time to feed ur own kids

    87. Wastag

      Imagine being English and saying ‘mom’, Jesus Christ John Oliver what have you become?!

    88. Cailan Shannon

      We live in Florida. My partner was laid off when covid hit. After months and months of attempting to apply for unemployment on a site that constantly kicked him out, we almost gave up. Once he finally did, apply he was turned down for no reason sited. It is ABSOLUTELY TRUE that the Florida state government makes it near impossible to receive unemployment. The state in general handled the pandemic so poorly. I will hate to see how it handles what comes next, but we are not going to wait around to see.

      1. Myka Ruest

        So, I guess you're moving? It's kinda nice with the pandemic knowing in Massachusetts I'm pretty much safe since it's a liberal state. My uncle wanted to move the entire family to Florida since Mass is too liberal and expensive but since this pandemic hit we realized how good of a state we lived in. It blows my mind how unsafe in my own country some areas are. I hope the best of luck to you!

    89. Hester Fairclough

      John please come back to the U.K.! We really need your commentary on our current government... think of all the material Boris Johnson and cronies would give you! 😞😢😢😢😢😢

    90. Anton Brakhage

      Universal Basic Income would solve this entire issue, among many others. Just saying.

      1. Anton Brakhage

        @Mark H No, billionaires and megacorporations should pay you, me and everyone else because there aren't going to be enough jobs left due to automation, and because every person's life is inherently valuable.

      2. Mark H

        So I should pay you just because your Mom was able to reproduce?

    91. Pandor25

      8:32 Someone should eat her dog... Like hey if you are starving you will find a way to eat. :/

    92. legendhero 45

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    93. First Last

      There is no country on earth that is more generous to unemployed people than America. Californians were given more than any low/medium wage worker in the world due to our uncontrollable spending. America basically pays taxes to the military industrial complex to maintain a strong dollar, so it can borrow as much as possible to give it to the most undeserving among us.

      1. Craig Firman

        @First Last You needed to be a bit more specific, *during COVID*. yes, the US spent big to save the unemployed during Covid, but before, and most likely after, their generosity will disappear and fall behind Germany, Portugal etc.

      2. First Last

        @Romit Kumar You're wrong. I understand socialists keep saying this but it is incorrect. www.instituteforgovernment.org.uk/coronavirus-support-workers-comparison The system is also too easy to fraud. There are millions of illegal claims, and many employers are more than happy to cut your hours or lay you off in order for you to get the benefits.

      3. Romit Kumar

        I don't think that's true. Germany, Portugal, France, Spain, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Norway, Belgium, and the Netherlands all provide higher minimum unemployment benefits than the maximum that is provided by the US. And remember, these benefits aren't given to people who quit their jobs or never had a job in the first place, they're given to those who were laid off.

    94. magnet Fisher Irish boy

      The term 'emergency crematorium' aged either very good or very poorly depending on where you live

    95. Jonathan

      Downvoted for bad economic understanding. Do better. Also, can I remind people that government is always inefficient and if you want to take care of yourself and your family for uncertain times, you should take out your own private unemployment insurance with the monthly payments you are comfortable with and the sums of money you would need if you find yourself out of work. Same goes for life insurance. If you want to help poor people in your area, there are insurances for towns or councils, to prevent people from sudden poverty where everyone in the town needs to chip in a little.

    96. Mark

      At 13:33 If a State did this in 'error' the recepient should get their money back at 400% also. This should encourage getting the job done right.

    97. khal odetunde

      Laura Ingram said let these niggas starve lol

    98. LoonySpoons

      Who designed this system, why did they design it this way, and how do I get the fuck out of here right now is literally how I feel after watching every LWT 😂😭

    99. Vincent Bartholdi

      What about everyone who was working essential jobs throughout the whole pandemic?

    100. the weirdest person you would ever meet

      0:27 "Is it because Elmo has too many toys" Bro, Elmo that's so relatable.