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Just in time for Valentine’s Day was this week’s publication in Lancet Psychiatry of a study on suicide and unemployment. Globally, about 45,000 people have been ending their lives yearly in direct response to a lack of work. The study included dozens of countries during the period 2000-2011. That means even before the Great Recession unemployment was damaging mental health. Even during good economic times suicide prevention and social services must be tuned to the influence of unemployment.
Suicide, unemployment, and the effect of economic recession
link to abstract
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For more on this:
Government had warning about foreign workers and youth unemployment.
Five of the top six industries that employ youth are among top half of industries bringing in temporary foreign workers, internal documents show thestar.com
Artists have been practicing under austerity and precarity for centuries. So…
Hey! Let the kid become an artist
image: vintage payroll inserts Kevin Doolley/Flickr
Jian Ghomeshi gives us a glimpse into the character and psychology of Canada’s elites. Enough to make us shudder. Now Stephen Poloz adds something to the profile. Poloz is a $400k-a-year central banker who suggests serfdom to his country’s young people as they face record unemployment. With these shallow, narcissistic and glib role models oozing an odd admixture of indifference and authoritarianism what are the youth to make of their elders? The same elders soon to be at the pension counter.
39% of unemployed have given up job search, poll suggests
cbc.ca – video 2:33, audio 2:12
Lame jobs performance has brought criticism to bear on the federal Tories from the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. When a pro-business organization like that trashes a dedicated neoconservative entity like the Harper government it’s a true indication that new approaches are needed. Back in the late 1970s the neocon thing might have looked edgy in some quarters. It’s about as edgy as an old bar of soap now. The report is a very good recording of economic life in Canada. Among the Chamber’s findings:
- In 2013 the number of “prime working age” Canadians (those between 25 – 54) in employment declined.
- Employment grew a stunning 0.6% in 2013 – the lowest rate since 2009
- Youth unemployment is 14% – double the national rate
- Nearly all new jobs are part time, service sector jobs with poor wages
image: unemployed men prepare to ride rail cars in the 1930s, City of Toronto Archives via Wikimedia Commons