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Published 29/12/2011 | 05:00

Unemployment – the social evil which tops the misery index
Unemployment – the social evil which tops the misery index

The social evil which tops the misery index must surely be unemployment -- a condition which, let us remember, is not the fault of the unemployed.

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Joblessness is neither a statistical problem nor an economic problem, although it has components of the latter. It is a human problem. And one being dealt with unproductively here -- a failure with far-reaching consequences.

Reducing unemployment is the most important challenge for 2012. This is crucial from the perspective of the State's recovery, but it also matters for the self-respect of those hundreds of thousands of individuals affected by job loss.

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