Causes Of Unemployment

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Ifeoma Uzo-Okoro.
Unemployment as a Major social Problem in the United States Unemployment is a major social issue in the United States and affects not just the individual involved but also the public. And this affects the society as a whole. The most recent recession which began in 2007 and ended in 2009 has put so many Americans out of job. According to Walker, the unemployment rate reported in Baltimore alone in May 2003 was 4.8 percent. And in the nation alone unemployment rate rose to 6.8 percent in the space of nine years. And according to Walter,Glymour and Avendano in their journal written in 2014, the health effects of US unemployment insurance policy, the rate of unemployment rose to 8.2%
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Firstly, the rapid change in technology has been known to affect the workforce. “There is great concern that emerging technologies such as computers, robotics, and artificial intelligence are displacing human jobs, creating an epidemic of technological unemployment” (Marchant, Stevens, and Hennessy, 2014). With this rise in technological advancement, less manpower is needed causing people to be displaced from their jobs. Another reason for unemployment is the recession. When a country is going through a recession, business and companies stop making money, and might have to cut down on labor costs. When this happens people are out in the job market. In addition, unemployment compensation is another major cause of unemployment because it can make the people receiving unemployment wages too lazy and comfortable that they stop searching for jobs. The money they get from unemployment benefits might fulfill their day to day needs, that way they stop looking for jobs (Lawrence, 2014). Among the mentioned causes of unemployment, racial discrimination, employee values, job dissatisfaction are also factors that can cause of unemployment in the United …show more content…
The idea of losing one’s home, difficulty paying bills, lack of access to good healthcare and schools can lead to a decline in self esteem and greatly affect how an unemployed person sees life. Some of the ways in which unemployment can be addressed in a sociological sense include but not limited to empowering individuals to run their own business. This will not only put them out of the unemployed class but it will also help provide jobs for a number of other unemployed persons. Another way unemployment can be addressed it to is for the unemployed to get back into the social scene and stop being reclusive. By meeting and interacting with people they could meet potential employers who are willing to give them a chance. Besides, interacting with people who are employed can encourage them to actively look for a job. Finally, organizing unemployment programs that target groups of jobless people can also help to address unemployment issue and also help them transition into the workforce after long periods of being

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