Un­em­ploy­ment kills

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION - FARAH IQBAL

Un­em­ploy­ment af­fects not just the per­son him­self but also his/her fam­ily, and in the long run the so­ci­ety where he lives. Un­em­ploy­ment brings with it de­spair, un­hap­pi­ness and an­guish. It forces peo­ple to live their lives in a way they do not wish to. The life ex­pectancy is neg­a­tively af­fected. Life ex­pectancy is the ease by which peo­ple liv­ing in a time/place are able to sat­isfy their needs/wants. The main as­pects in­clude de­plet­ing men­tal health, low self-con­fi­dence, feel­ing un­wor­thy, de­pres­sion and hope­less­ness.

With the lost in­come and the frus­tra­tion in­volved in it, the re­cently un­em­ployed may de­velop nega­tive at­ti­tudes and emo­tions, low self-es- teem, in­ad­e­quate­ness and feel­ing de­jected and hope­less. The un­em­ploy­ment’s over­all ten­sion can in­crease dra­mat­i­cally gen­eral health is­sues of in­di­vid­u­als. But ten­sion, quar­rels and ar­gu­ments at home may lead to ten­sion and in­creased num­ber of di­vorces etc.

Loss of trust in ad­min­is­tra­tion and the govern­ment may lead to po­lit­i­cal in­sta­bil­ity. Un­em­ploy­ment also brings up dis­con­tent and frus­tra­tion amongst the tax­pay­ing cit­i­zens. It may also in­crease in the rate of crime, in­crease in the rate of suicide at­tempts and ac­tual sui­cides as well. Un­em­ploy­ment may bring a de­crease in so­cial out­ings and in­ter­ac­tions with other peo­ple, in­clud­ing friends and thus also the liv­ing stan­dard of peo­ple with the salaries pack­ages and in­come re­duced. The un­em­ployed is not able to put his/her skills to use. And in a sit­u­a­tion where it goes on for too long the per­son may have to lose some of his/her skills.

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