Originally Posted by Animal_Mother
Not entirely true. Sometimes, employees only need 13 weeks of employment and are then granted much longer than 13 weeks in unemployment insurance. Especially with all of the unemployment benefit extensions a few years back, there were plenty of people that didn't "pay for" those benefits that ended up receiving them.
Actually 13 weeks is far less than most people "pay for," at 12% 13 weeks is just over 2 years of paying in. Because of the higher numbers of more experienced workers becoming unemployed in the recession, it is a proper and correct reflection of value to extend unemployment benefits.
But regardless it is an insurance system. People aren't necessarily supposed to pay for as much as they claim, that's the point. Working for unemployment payments basically amounts to working for free, which creates social problems.