Would most people in that situation apply for it?
I can think of multiple scenarios where people would not - especially given the idea that unemployment is now treated as welfare and not insurance. Here's one:
My job lands me somewhere in the range of your IT example above. If I got laid off tomorrow, I could start drawing unemployment. Meanwhile, my wife, who works part-time at the local school decides to put her finance degree to work and make $50K, which she could do very easily (she's already had people contact her). So I collect unemployment. I know that right now, today, I could easily go get a $60K/yr job in my field at a somewhat lesser, but easier position. It's a very plausible scenario for me to watch what congress does and then just apply for nothing but jobs I'm not qualified for and take the handout society supposedly wants to give me for producing nothing. It's a microeconomic decision, based on incentives.
Now I would not do that personally because it's a moral issue. I don't care what congress does, I do not have an inherent right to anyone else's production.
BL, you and I agree there ought to be a safety net. I can tell you we entirely disagree on what degree and who provides it. The minimum wage "issue" that started this thread doesn't do a thing to help that net, and more likely hurts it. That, and many other ideas that throw money at problems in the name of "fairness" - however that's defined.