Is it correct that when someone receives severance pay, that they don't file for unemployment until that runs out? So since alot of people began to get fired 6-9 months ago, many received severance packages of 4-12 months ect. So a bunch of these people are now reaching the end of their severance and then filing for unemployment. The point being, if the above is correct, that when the weekly unemployment filings is 550,000... a portion of these really lost their jobs many months back. So now we are at a point where the unemployment claims overstate job losses. This could be why the the unemployement claims are still very high but the actual number of jobs lost per month is alot lower?? Is any of this correct? On a sidebar, towards end of year millions of people's unemployment and severance will be running out. Seems like Q1 2010 will not be good after this Q3 and Q4 inventory build is completed.