Should I take this job?

After being unemployed for nearly 12 weeks, I've been offered a project for less than half my usual rate (not free-lance, but agency, so non-negotiable). In the US, you can receive unemployment benefits for 26 weeks, but must take any reasonable job offer or lose the benefits.

Is this a reasonable job offer?

Only other prospects are over 1 hr of driving each way, which is difficult for me because of arthritis.

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Jerson  Campos

Are you sure it's non-negotiable?  My current job was a junior level consultant position when I applied and would have been about half my previous jobs salary as well. After talking with the boss and letting him about my experience and skills, he realized I was more valuable and offered me a senior level position and matched my previous pay.