Get Paid to Explain Why You're Unemployed

job opportunities for the unemployed
job opportunities for the unemployed

If you can explain the current unemployment situation and come up with ways to help people find jobs, the government might have a check for you. It helps, of course, if you know a thing or two about research.

The U.S. Department of Labor just announced a competition to fund one or two qualified researchers to carry out projects that will help them make unemployment policies, and "contribute to the Department's mission of fostering, promoting, and developing the well-being of wage earners, retirees, and job seekers."

But you have to act fast. Proposals are due before March 1, 2011. And Uncle Sam isn't exactly offering a fortune -- just enough to keep you and a couple of assistants going for about a month, plus expenses, which could include travel. But hey, that's plenty of time to deliver a research paper at least 25 pages long, appropriate for submission to a recognized journal in the field. That's the main requirement, although there are others.