At People Science we speak on average to 4000 job seekers per week. we conducted our own observance survey.
Using three separate positions Sales, Customer Service and Marketing for samples from the time period of February of 2010 through September of 2010, 46 percent of candidates on unemployment informed us they would consider the position if their unemployment was running out.
In fact many suggested they would be very interested but wanted to take some time for themselves. Many others had been looking for sometime but were going to wait and see what opportunities arose while they collected.