While unemployment rates have been declining since they hit a nearly three-decade high of 10.2 percent in October 2009, they are still above a normal rate. State governments and the federal government have implemented measures that combat the effects of this, but they have still failed to address many of the causes.

The government does play a role in ensuring stability for those who have lost their jobs, but all too often citizens play the system to gain benefits that they are fully capable of earning on their own merits. We need a better unemployment system that encourages individuals to gain employment and allows an atmosphere for businesses to provide it rather than one that delivers a gravy train to those who are able yet unwilling to work.

Jeff Goodrich