My friend lost her job last night when the school she was working for closed. She said she'd seen it comming because she wasn't paid for August, but said that she didn't see the owner just walking in last night and saying, sorry folks, this is it.
He said a partner had run off at the end of July and taken a bunch of money, and he hasn't been able to keep up with things financially. But he has still been collecting fees from parents, who are now pissed.
Anyway, my friend's chances of being paid seem very slim, she's out of a job, and still she trusts him not to cancel her ARC right away, but to wait until she can find a new job and transfer it. Hopefully, she can find one quick, but I wouldn't be trusting anything anymore.
So, yes, OP, life here can be complicated and not exactly easy in some ways. But you will take chances in the States, too, with job stability. The government job may be a treat, but government workers get laid off, too--starting with the newest guys.
In a situation like this, what can you do but close your eyes to the potholes and run flat out for the hurdles? Sometimes, with enough momentum, you fly right over the potholes before you've had a chance to worry about them, anyway. Just decide what you want out of life and go for it straight on.
In my firend's case, I sort of see this as a good thing dressd up as a bad thing. She needs to get on with some things and has been very reluctant to do anytihng that she needs to do. She's afraid to moving forward--for very understandable reasons. She's been staring at her potholes for too long. But now she's going to have to do something.