mis-characterization, maybe, but ponder this. When the limit was extended to 99 weeks and the employee worked less than that to begin with, yet they are making 3/4 or more of what they made on the job, you seem to think that amount was paid in. That is generally never the case. Then take into consideration that many of those unemployed who do not qualify for actual unemployment go on welfare, and you have a worse problem. So yes, I still refer to it as 'free money'. Take it away and a lot of peoples 'need to work' ideas change fast.