Statement of the Problem According to research, unemployment is one of the main problems in Jamaica. This study intends to discover the effects of unemployment on family lives in Brown’sTown, and the factors contributing to the increase in the number of unemployed persons. The study also seeks to determine the causes of unemployment in the society andthe factors which are likely to get you into the unemployment queue. According toobservations and some books, unemployment creates a depressive impact-familyinstability and relationship problems. The internet depicts that unemployment causesfamily disorders.An interview was conducted which shows that unemployment is alsocaused by religious, political and educational reasons.
Rastafarians for examples have ahard time getting a job because of their religion, the winning political party does not give jobs to voters or supporters of the opposing party and a lack of education is responsiblefor many people being unemployed as most jobs require at least a high school. The Daily Gleaner dated; September 07, 2008, shows that unemployment iscaused by laziness and lack of education, because jobs are always being advertised in theDaily Gleaner and most times no one turns up for the position.The growing rate of unemployment in Jamaica has always been an issue that puzzles and interests me. The many problems include crime and violence and thelowering of people’s self-esteem. By completing this research, the researcher hopes toexplore the many causes of unemployment, a realization of the seriousness of the problem in the country and suggestions as to what can be done to alleviate this problem. My views on the minimization of unemployment is for the Government to increase theGrowth and development of the educational and training systems and the economy.Description of Information GatheredCauses and effects Observations were conducted among employed and unemployed families.
Theunemployed families suffered from abnormal family functioning andinstability, contemptible spending pattern and life style, low social class. Father’sunemployment on the family affects adolescent’s behavior. The internet wikipedea. comUnemployment and the family by Voydanoff,Patricia (2006) and lubs. leeds. ac. uk.
com-Causes of unemployment and policies toachieve full employment By Malcolm Sawyer (2007) support my observations.I drew aconclusion from the websites that unemployment is caused by varieties of problems,mainly, education and training, or physical disabilities, for example; blindness, paralysisand non-consciousness. of persons Yes No Opinions Bar graph showing No. of people thatunemployment affects their family’s relations andstability 4 According to the web site STATIN. com the statistical institute of Jamaica definesthe unemployed as “Persons who are available to work and currently seeking work, butthe person is withoutwork ” .From November 2008, the world is experiencing a drasticeconomical depression, which affects the Jamaican labor force ruthlessly. The labor forcesurvey published late January 2009 says that the unemployment rate increased by 20%since November 2008.
Even at this rate Pearnel Charles (Minister of labor) believesThat “unemployment is a most difficult problem facing the majority of our peopleespecially in the inter city areas and in particular the youth” he said that not being able tocare for one’s family and putting a shelter over their heads is dehumanizing anddebilitating for those affected.He concluded that the opportunity to provide jobs lies atthe basis of the country’s development. To solve the problem of unemployment he said“we need to provide a developed society with a macro economy frame work that willencourage people to invest in the country”. He noted that we should not only beconcerned about those who are recorded as unemployed but those who areunderemployed, and special attention to those who are unemployable.