Cause and Effect Essay: Unemployment
Length: 665 words (1.9 double-spaced pages)
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It’s hard to live a normal healthy life without a job and money. There are a variety of reasons why people are unemployed. Being unemployed can cause one to experience financial, emotional, and personal problems.
The most common causes of unemployment are getting fired and layed off for specific reasons. People might get layed off if a company is going out of business or maybe if there are positions in the company that are no longer needed. It’s difficult to find a job right away after being fired. Companies don’t want to hire someone who has just been fired for reasons such as failure to do a sufficient job, not showing up to work, stealing, etc. It’s also hard to find a job instantly after being layed off. In some cases the economy is down and it is hard to find any work in general.
Some people can’t get hired because they don’t have an education and they are not qualified to do the work required. Most companies call a person’s references and if they don’t have a good work record they are not likely to get hired. Employees will always hire the most qualified person based on their resume, or brief account of one’s education and professional experience.
Other people can’t find jobs because of disabilities or health problems. If someone gets into a car accident and gets physically injured long-term or becomes disabled, it becomes difficult to do many types of jobs. In another case a person may become ill and not be able to work for a long period of time or at all.
One of the most life changing effects of unemployment is the loss of income. Especially if they are a single parent of if they have a large family to support. Having no money means eventually having no food, no clothes, no shelter, and no car. It also prevents one from doing many things and activities, even though their amount of leisure time has increased. One might not have money to go to the movies, play on sports’ teams, or do any other recreational things. Being unemployed for a long enough time leads to a lot of debt. Any money that has been saved ends up getting spent rather quickly with all of today’s living expenses. Twenty thousand dollars may seem like a lot of money to some people, but with no income that money gets spent before you know it.
This may cause a person or family to be forced to rely on welfare.
Unemployment can also lead to emotional or psychological problems. When a person has no job, whether they were fired or just can’t find a job, their self-esteem tends to go down. They start feeling worthless and unimportant because they as though they are “not good at anything.” The stress of not having anything to do and having no money may start to build. Some people turn to alcohol to make themselves feel better. The stress and loathing leads to depression, which in some cases causes alcoholism.
Family problems are also associated with unemployment. Some of these problems include not having enough money to feed the whole family, the stress of the unemployed effecting the rest of the family, and the transition from having money to having none. An unemployed parent might end up taking their depression and anger out on their children or spouse. In another case, these family problems may lead to divorce. The combination of all these problems creates too much stress for a family to handle.
Furthermore, there are many reasons for becoming unemployed, such as being fired, getting layed off, physical injuries or handicaps, or just having no experience. It can happen to almost anyone, and it happens out of their control. The consequences of having no job can be harsh and unfair to people. It becomes a much bigger issue than just having no money. It effects peoples’ lives as a whole.