The Psychological Impact Of Being Out Of Work - Medical News Today (article link)

Researchers from UCLA and the State University of New York-Stony Brook found that out-of-work Americans face [discrimination] that is unrelated to their skills sets or to the conditions of departure from their previous jobs.

"We were surprised to find that, all things being equal, unemployed applicants were viewed as less competent, warm and hireable than employed individuals,"

"We were also surprised to see how little the terms of departure mattered. Job candidates who said they voluntarily left a position faced the same stigma as job candidates who said they had been laid off or terminated."

"To our knowledge, this is the first study to examine the psychological stigma of unemployment,"