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Posted 5/9/15 , edited 5/9/15
There are a number of reasons why people are unemployed.

1. lazy 2 no skills or qualifications 3. too young or inexperienced 4. no connections 5. discrimination 6. they've tried so many times it got to point where they decided to give up 7. they've got someone to look after 8. mental health issues and/or disability

I think people sometimes make too harsh of opinion on these people. people have their own reasons, you shouldn't assume they're automatically lazy or exploiting welfare.
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Sogno- wrote:


deer wrote:

because i'm not broke so i don't need a min wage job to pay through school


well aren't you a lucky one ms high n mighty



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I work in a restaurant as a waiter. My bosses are very patient and understanding, and give a lot of different types of people a chance to work for them. They just hired someone for the dishroom that I personally could have spoken with for 5 min and known never to hire, but they hired him anyway. His first day he went on a racist and homophobic rant and verbally assaulted several employees without provocation and was fired at the end of his shift. This is an extreme example, but I believe a lot of people just don't understand what it means to be employed and how to act appropriately/professionally. I've overhead people make ridiculous comments during their interview including drug references, racial jokes and slurs. I don't understand it, but I think I was just lucky to have been raised to understand how to present myself at least half-decently and maintain and professional relationship...

Be polite, smile and say nice things. Don't come to your job interview high.


EDIT: I don't think all unemployed people are inappropriate losers. I don't want to come across like that. I have an anxiety disorder that I'm medicated for, and I am very lucky to have management that is understanding of that and they accommodate me when I am having a bad day. A lot of people are not as lucky as me and can't find that decency at their job and I feel for those people. That said, it's also difficult to find a job. I applied at a lot of places and only found my current job because I knew someone that works there and they vouched for me. I consider myself an intelligent, hardworking person but there are a lot of people who applied for the job I have and having a connection made the real difference.
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Okay, duly noted. The definition of unemployment in economics(and in turn 'full employment') however is vastly different than that of 'not in the labour force.'

I think it's safe to assume that yeah, there are plenty of lazy people that could be working, but there are so so many different reasons why one may not have a job.
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Because I'm too young to do anything hahah! Though this summer I will be the babysitter for my 3 younger siblings, so guess that could be considered a job
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I actually have a job, but those who don't and are able to work might not actually be benefiting from job growth at a given moment. A big part of April's job gains in the US were in either construction or healthcare, and in fact mining jobs are actually on a pretty strong decline in light of lowered oil prices. It's all well to note that job growth has taken place, but it doesn't take place uniformly throughout the country and it doesn't take place across all industries at the same time or rate. Unless you're geared to enter either a strong or growing sector, and further unless that growth is taking place somewhere you could realistically commute, positive figures don't really mean all that much in terms of opportunities to work.

Then there's to take concerns about underemployment into account. Since underemployment creates downward economic pressure which forces those without equivalent skills, education, and training into unemployment it's bad economic policy to encourage people to just take whatever jobs are available at the moment. It actually hurts the economy if a professionally educated person ends up flipping burgers, because although they are working they're actually creating an obstruction by working where they are.

So...there's all that to take into consideration.
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I'm currently in college and picked up a part time job in the middle of last year. So I work :P. I had a job before that one but the hours weren't flexible and I wasn't getting many hours on top of that.

It literally took about three months to get the job I have now though.
I live in a somewhat small town and applied to the five places that were hiring. I got two call backs: one interviewed me once (it was a pre-interview) and never called me back and the second interviewed me and called me back in. The second place is where I work now. Honestly, I'm not the best interviewer but I'm a hard worker (not to be cliché but it's true). It sucks when you make a lousy impression in the interview when you know you would work your butt off for the company if they hired you.
I have a relative who breezes through the interviews and gets hired but then quits or gets fired a few months later... then they are hired a week or two later somewhere else just to repeat the cycle -.-
I find that really annoying.

Also, what many said above about the whole no or little experience and no connections could not be more true. What I hate is all the jobs out there that require one year or more experience but yet you can't get that experience because all jobs that would get you that experience require experience XD (if that makes sense). Also, it seems connections are important even when getting a job at a grocery store or fast food place. If a worker can vouch for you it's more likely you will get the job over someone else.
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GayAsianBoy wrote:

There are a number of reasons why people are unemployed.

1. lazy 2 no skills or qualifications 3. too young or inexperienced 4. no connections 5. discrimination 6. they've tried so many times it got to point where they decided to give up 7. they've got someone to look after 8. mental health issues and/or disability

I think people sometimes make too harsh of opinion on these people. people have their own reasons, you shouldn't assume they're automatically lazy or exploiting welfare.


9. They have enough money that they don't need to work.
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What if people already have enough money and/or income that they just don't feel like working? Are those people lazy? Are they not trying?
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What if people already have enough money and/or income that they just don't feel like working? Are those people lazy? Are they not trying?


Won the lottery?

Retired from working?

Or are you trying to pull a rabbit out of your hat and come up with some snide "gotcha!" that isn't going to work?


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I didn't have a job for the longest time because I was afraid of failure and trying something different. 7 months or so later, I like my job, love my co-workers (and they love me), and I'm on the path of a possible promotion. Guess I was scared for nothing.
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You really are a jerk. Obviously you are very unhappy with your pathetic life and feel the need to lash out at people who are struggling just to make yourself feel better.

For the record, I do work, but I don't have to. The only reason I work is to give more money to my kids so they can do whatever they love to do in life without basing decisions on money so much. I have no debts, no more mortgages to pay, and enough income from rental properties to live off of should I decide to become "lazy" one day and quit my job. I have studied hard and worked hard for my entire adult life and my parents are pretty wealthy, which I won't apologise for. Usually I hate bragging about money but it's time someone put an ignorant person such as yourself in your place and that someone might as well be me.

I have three friends who are all MDs and currently not working. One quit her job to take care of her autistic son. Another because her husband is making enough money so she wanted to spend more time with their kids. And a third because his family is super wealthy and he decided he wants to just travel and enjoy life. It's their money and their life so who are you to judge them for not working? I'm sure they've worked harder to get to where they are in life than an internet troll such as you have.

It's true some people are lazy but that does not apply to every person who is not working. In fact it does not apply to most people who are not working. Other posters have listed various reasons. So for you to make that statement means you are completely idiotic and/or have not had enough experience in life. You need to stop being ignorant and think before you write more idiotic stuff. It makes you look really bad, just an advice.

BTW, since you think so highly of yourself, what do you do for a living? Let me guess, 47, divorced, your kids are druggies and hate you, working a dead end job for the past 30 years, hates "libtards" and "obummer."

PS. Every job I've had is because of networking. I was just very lucky to know certain people, and a lot of people looking for jobs are not that fortunate. I'm not going to judge people just because they don't know the right people.
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Full time uni student.
Posted 5/10/15 , edited 5/10/15
Well, I actually have a job. 3 (kinda like 4) to be exact.

I'm just posting here to say that the reason they don't have jobs is because I took them all.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HbKPUqGgPzg
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GayAsianBoy wrote:

There are a number of reasons why people are unemployed.

1. lazy 2 no skills or qualifications 3. too young or inexperienced 4. no connections 5. discrimination 6. they've tried so many times it got to point where they decided to give up 7. they've got someone to look after 8. mental health issues and/or disability

I think people sometimes make too harsh of opinion on these people. people have their own reasons, you shouldn't assume they're automatically lazy or exploiting welfare.


Another reason could be employment taxes, I don't know how it's in your country. But over in Sweden (where I live) there used to be less taxes when you hire a younger person, however our current politicians are retarded sacks oh shit 'cause they decided it would be a great idea to make the tax equal for everyone... Meaning that if you at the age of let's say 20 and competing for a work place whit someone at the age of 30 then the one at 30 will get the job due to him/her having experience before... Therefore leading to more unemployment by young people
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