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Unemployment can be an extremely taxing time, both financially, professionally, and personally. Luckily, help is out there. Government agencies often offer resources and career assistance to those looking for work or in career transition. On the web, employment guides, job boards, and career advice sites can help get your career back on track. If you are unemployed, the hardest matter is keeping optimistic, so be sure to carry on your normal routines as much as possible and continue networking with your personal and professional friends and contacts.

The International Labour Organization (ILO) defines "unemployment" or "joblessness" as the state of being without a job for at least four weeks while having actively sought employment. Unemployment rates are calculated by dividing the number of currently unemployed individuals by the population of the current workforce.

Business Week reported in 2011 that ""More than 200 million people globally are out of work, a record high, as almost two-thirds of advanced economies and half of developing countries are experiencing a slowdown in employment growth." What precisely causes this, the regular and necessary consequences, and the most suitable means of resolving the dilemma are wildly contested.

Classical economic theory would rely on the mechanisms which drive the open market as the best means of resolving the problem and so would shy away from outside intervention by way of unions, legislation, taxation, and other government regulation. Keynesian economics would rely more strongly on the seemingly cyclical pattern of this and so would stress the importance of regular intervention, especially approaching and during periods of recession, in order to allay the difficulties which arise during periods of this. These interventions generally fall to the government and include especially financial stimuli and job creation which is publicly funded. The Georgists also recognized the cycles of supply shock the attendant reduction in demand for workers more than half a century before Keynes, but they emphasized the role of land speculation.

While the economic factors contributing toward employment are widely debated, its effects are not. Unemployment can be disastrous to a person's mental, physical, and financial well-being. Firing and terminations are not a decision to be made lightly if you are in management or Human Resources, and should be weighed against all other available options. If you are seeking employment and having a difficult time psychologically, be sure to consult a professional.
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