Quoting The (super kinky) Master:" There"s a debate going on on facebook thats got me thinking. If a man is able to provide adequately for ... [snip!] ... partner wssn't earning enough to provide for the family ... but if their wage wasn't 'needed' to provide for the family. "
If I understand your question correctly, here is my answer.
Welfare and unemployment and different programs
Unemployment are those who have either been laid off or have other wise lost their job at no fault of their own. The amount you get is based on how much you made the previous year.
I am currently on unemployment and making less than minimum wage.
Welfare is based on current income. If you are making what the government determines to be decent income, which is counted before taxes (IE before you actually take any money home) It is relatively difficult to get help, regardless of how much you might need it. With welfare, you can be an at home mom, single mom, family w/two working parents. It doesn't matter, but you have to be making almost nothing. Funny enough, the program is easy to doupe. You just have to work under the table and they'd never know. That's why you hear people complaining about welfare recipients. You can walk into almost any office and you will see ladies w/ designer clothing and their nails done.
Like someone said, the unemployment isn't counted as a populous, only the one's collecting, so no. that wouldn't help the problem.