Thomas Bebb spoke to the national daily newspaper after figures from the GMB union last week showed that nearly one in three households in Liverpool had no-one in work.
Bebb, who lost his job in November, said he was living "substantially below the poverty line". Nevertheless, he volunteered with his old employer once a week because he enjoyed his work and wanted to return if there was an opening.
He described the loss of his full-time grounds maintenance job two years ago as "the end of the world", but said life looked up when he went back on a short-term contract. However, the work lasted only a few months until late last year.
He receives about £67 a week as Jobseeker's Allowance, but £15 is deducted in child maintenance and another £10 to repay a crisis loan provided by the job centre to tide the family over. This leaves him just over £40 a week.