The decline of manufacturing in the United States can now be seen as the source of a painful menace to public health.
As jobs left the US, suicides rose
The devil is in the sedentary details, apparently. As Alberta’s fossil fuel economy falters the layoffs go up, house price rises soften and the personal health of unemployed people suffers.
Alberta’s oil slump could trigger a spike in obesity rates as thousands cope with layoffs, specialists say
image: Filimonas Tryanatfillou via Flickr/CC
You know what? The sheer amount of daily flak the unemployed, underemployed and the totally broke get makes us angry.
Swedish discrimination exposed in bus video
thelocal.se – with video 3:10
Criminalizing the unemployed
image: Stockholm bus by Yvonne Larsson via Flickr/CC
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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The Atlantic’s Citylab asks why wages are going nowhere. If the US economy is said to be improving shouldn’t working people be getting some of the action?
The rise of invisible unemployment. Three theories about today’s biggest economic mystery. If unemployment is shrinking, why aren’t wages growing?
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.
Bank of Canada governor tells jobless youth ‘living in folks’ basements’ to work for free Hamilton Spectator
New survey numbers indicate that the number of longer term unemployed giving up on finding work has grown, and quite seriously.
39% of unemployed have given up job search, poll suggests
cbc.ca – video 2:33, audio 2:12