Unemployment The Number 1 Problem For Americans, Gallup Poll Says Yet there is a large number of people who are sick of their jobs... Why Do So Many Americans Hate Their Jobs? - MainStreet Americans hate their jobs, even with perks Is it really job satisfaction that is the problem, not unemployment? And you also have a problem of job stability and retirement stability now compared to my parents generation. There were still pensions, benefits, and medical/dental co-insurance for life. Now, we don't know when the next big stock market correction is coming and will wipe out our 401k's again. And you have to monitor your money a lot more and long term planning for 'big' purchases can be much more difficult. There has been a lot of talk about unemployment around my office recently since our funding might be cut later this year. Half of the people I work with had been unemployed in the past 2 years and were hired to work with us, so they remember what it is like. I haven't had a break in 10 years, yet I remember what it was like to be unemployed. But, that was when I was poor and would have considered myself a failure. Now I have tens of thousands of dollars saved, yet I still worry for some reason. Everyone else is freaking out, but they have expenses that I don't have. I don't hate my job, but there are some negative aspects to it. Outside of starting my own business or 14 other ideas I have, I don't think I could find another job like this one. And that is both a good thing and a scary thing. I kind of doubt I would find a job for an existing company in this field, even though many people do, and I don't know anyone who has been unemployed a long time personally. And seeing how my work-life balance and lifestyle turned out, I'm not sure it is a good thing to work 40-50 hours a week at a set time schedule. I have also never lived in a house that didn't have a steady consistent income. I'm not sure how I would handle having good months and bad months in terms of making money. If I was living is a sustainable home here, with no HOA fees, no natural gas connection fees, a big garden, and half of the property taxes, it might go a long way towards feeling secure, even though my expenses are much less than many families. The only real way to win the game is to have passive income streams that are stable. I wanted to make a list as to what people keep their jobs for and why they would have problems being unemployed, if you have any others please add to it: -Routine, fear of unknown -Stability in paychecks and life -You had the best job you could ever hope for -Problem getting back into field if you don't have a job -Worry about age discrimination -You live for work and it is your identity -Lack of savings to survive one month -Healthcare (might be less of a concern now) -Would consider yourself a failure if you didn't work -Too many expenses and savings wouldn't last long -Would have to take a pay cut -Would have to take a lifestyle cut -Retirement planning would be impacted if you couldn't contribute the same amount. -Would have to find entry level job in new field -Afraid of taking government assistance -Competition between siblings -Fear of losing partner or considered a jobless unmotivated poor person by dates -Kids are expensive and can be impacted by it -Nothing to do with your time -Job searching is horrible -Afraid of losing your house, or having to move from the city you live in. Just moving or selling stuff is bad enough -Lack of socialization with work colleagues Can these things be overcome? I have heard of others who have dropped out and are surviving just fine. They don't all have homes, but they travel around the world, do long distance bike travel, or live on sailboats and hang out where it is nice.