Since I have been two bouts of unemployment I know how difficult it is to be unemployed for long or any period of time. You may have all the time in the world but that is in it a curse since you don’t have the money to spend in that “leisure time”. Then if you have a family, you have to answer or at least avoid looking into the eyes of your significant other that you have sent out resume or at least contacted some companies. You really do feel a lowly person when you are out of a job. Although it is not your fault but the fact is if you are not working it may seem that it is your fault that you are even unable to secure the minimum wage job (not that I am looking down on this categories of employees) but if you are unable to land a minimum wage job, you really feel that you have let yourself and your loved ones down (no matter how bad the economy is).
Even if you trying to help your significant other by doing other chores like grocery shopping, laundry, cleaning around the house, lawn mowing, picking up kids, helping them with their homework, taking out garbage, etc., your family may rather see you working and bringing home the income than doing the other “chores”. If you are out of work for a long time (like more than six months or so), you try to avoid your relatives and your in laws lest the topics turn to “did you find a job”? It is not a pretty situation and believe me I really hate people who come back from vacation and say that it was too short. Would they want to trade in for a uncertain long term vacation?