Unemployment From the Early 20th Century to Today

by mpellicer on February 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.


Hey, first of all, this outline is pretty good as it's clear & concise, which makes it really to understand your main points.

The fact that you decided to focus mainly on the province of Quebec is pretty brave on your part, mainly because it makes finding proper information a lot harder than it would be for a country such as the United States, especially considering you are looking for an overall history (20th century and on) of unemployment. When it comes to finding solutions to this issue, I suggest that you look at other countries' solutions to solving Quebec's unemployment issues. I also like the fact that you're focusing on the effects of unemployment on people; it is a perspective that is not often looked upon when talking about this subject. All in all I think you know very well what you're doing on this paper.

I find that this topic is very pertinent in society and has affected many people, either directly or indirectly. The fact that you're focusing on Québec for such an important topic is good because it hits close to home for the reader, especially since unemployment insurance or benefits can vary greatly from province to province or country to country. However, since you're talking about 20th century unemployment along with present unemployment, I would consider also adding a comparative aspect to the paper. You could analyze the evolution of unemployment by comparing present day to other time periods in the 20th century. This comparison could help you make an argument for your paper and make it more focused. Overall, I think it's an interesting topic considering we are about to enter the work force or are new to it.

This topic is very well explained and i'm happy that you took this topic because in our days it is extremely difficult to get a job. I cant wait to see what you will say about this problem!

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