Unemployment and Underemployment

Publisher:  St. John's Oxfam Committee
Year Published:  1981  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX2312

Each year, Newfoundlanders head west to such provinces as Ontario and Alberta in search of work.

Abstract:  Each year, Newfoundlanders head west to such provinces as Ontario and Alberta in search of work. Despite government promises in the 1960s of "two jobs for every Newfoundlander," Newfoundland continues to have the highest unemployment rate in Canada.

Unemployment is a feature of every country, but such high unemployment rates as Newfoundland has endured are not merely due to the general problems of the world economy. Policies to develop the resources of the province and decisions made by the business community in search of higher profits have played an important role in creating the economic malaise which is responsible for the lack of jobs.

This curriculum unit addresses some of the major factors which have contributed to the economic woes of the province and looks at the role of companies and government in the development of Newfoundland.

The unit also answers some of the over-simplified causes of and solutions to this major problem and concludes by considering the implications for Newfoundland students who are soon to graduate into the working world.

The unit makes considerable reference to "Now That We've Burned our Boats," the Report of the People's Commission on Unemployment which was conducted by the Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour. Other resource materials are recommended as further reading or viewing and the unit suggests some projects in which students could engage to further their understanding of unemployment and underdevelopment.

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