Unemployment From the Early 20th Century to Today

by mpellicer on Février 2, 2016 - 11:36am


Topic & Type of Paper

The social issue that I have chosen to write about is the evolution of unemployment from the early twentieth century to today in Quebec. This paper will be analytical. It will analyze what has caused unemployment throughout the years, what solutions were applied and can be applied, and how people live when unemployed.

            The term “unemployment” applies to anyone who is capable of working and desires to work but cannot find work (Palmisano, 2001). Unemployment is a social issue because it represents a loss in salary for the worker who lost their job and it also represents a burden for society today as they now claim unemployment from the government.

            The areas I would like to address are the causes, the solutions, and also would like to show the way that people are living when on unemployment. The best way to find a solution is to identify the causes of the problem. The causes are then solved and allow for a more long-term solution instead of just placing a bandage on the wound. Unemployment also causes more than just a lack of revenue. It can often lead to health concerns and other issues including a concern for the children and shame for the unemployed person (Ranatkeisu, Starrin, & Hagquist, 1997, p. 155).

Major Areas of Interest

·      Should the government intervene in unemployment and are the government’s current programs helping?

·      What causes massive unemployment?

·      What are the possible solutions to unemployment?

Groups Involved

The groups involved in this issue will be anyone who has been or is unemployed in Quebec from the early 20th century to today. It can be looked at on an individual level and on a broader societal level.


Palmisano, J. (2001). Unemployment. World of Sociology, Gale .

Ranatkeisu, U., Starrin, B., & Hagquist, C. (1997). Unemployment: A Double Burden and a Public Issue. Social Justice Reasearch , 10 (2), 153-173.

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