Yet Another Question on Unemployment Benefits
I am currently employed at a private school in the state of Maryland, but my position (librarian) has been eliminated for next year (you'd think a private school could at least afford a librarian, but no, not this one), so as of June I'm out of work. I am, of course, scrambling around trying to find another job to start then, but so far no luck - seems like there are a whole lot of out-of-work librarians out there, and each and every one of them says "shhhhh!" better than I do. (I'm actually not all that good at "shhhhh!"ing.) I want to know, just in case my streak of bad luck continues until summer, whether I might be eligible to collect unemployment. I did not lose this job through any fault of my own, it's just that my position was eliminated, but I am kind of concerned since, as with any school job, it's contract labor - I signed a one-year contract last August (and will, in fact, be drawing a paycheck through August although my job is over 2nd week in June), so is the MD unemployment office likely to tell me I was only guaranteed one year of work, so now it's my tough luck? I do have a young (2 1/2 years) child, no spouse, no child support, no income other than what I make, so I'm actually really concerned here. If I can't collect unemployment and can't find a job (one that will cover child care - I can't go work at McDonalds since even if we sleep in my car, never eat, and never go to the doctor it still wouldn't pay for child care), does anyone know how I go about applying for welfare? I've never been in this position before since this is the first time I will have been out of work since my son was born (and before him I wasn't so concerned about living on the streets and scrounging out of dumpsters, not that it ever happened).