As someone who has been laid off three times (!), and fired once for reasons that were not my doing, nope, being unemployed fucking sucks. I don't do well when I'm not working. Now, there may be other reasons involved as well for many people -- it's not a simple, black and white issue -- but being unemployed in this society REALLY SUCKS. You feel like a loser. Trust. I know the feeling well. Our society does not look kindly on unemployed people. That's a BIG part of it.
I'm not a depressed individual until I'm unemployed, really. Which is a reason why I tend to volunteer even when I'm unemployed (otherwise I spend too much time thinking, which just leads to getting even more depressed about my situation).
So while people are saying "tell me something I don't already know",
I didn't say that, btw, or even imply that. I just know very well how much being unemployed can suck.
And I think a LOT of it is the stigma of not working. Don't have a job? Or a car? You're a lazy bum. That's how our society works.
I moved to a different state due to being laid off again -- and my car decided to die the day before I got laid off, to boot, because I have all the luck. This means I'm unemployed, although I'm still getting plenty in unemployment insurance to keep me fine and dandy now that I'm not paying rent (I am living with family), but I ALSO don't have a car. And I'm living with family (after 14+ years of living on my own).
Try dating without a car. Or a job. That's fun.
And btw, getting laid off so much does not make me confident in myself. That is part of it as well.
I'm fine right now, but eventually it WILL catch up to me, and I WILL being to feel like a loser, which then will start the depression... Even though the reality is that I work my ass off, even when I don't get paid for it. And yet, that feeling of being a loser is still there. Ugh. It's the worst.