When large numbers of people are unemployed, it has widespread economic and social effects. Hunger and homelessness are considered social problems. If you can't feed your family, or pay your rent, you need help. Social service agencies are set up to provide help and relief (albeit limited) for people in these situations; unemployment is therefore a social problem.
Due to the fact that literally millions of people are currently on unemployment it truly has become a social problem. Why? The reason is because our government keeps extending benefits for the unemployed and many continue to take them without really looking for a job. I realize the job market is a very tough place right now but we as a nation need to encourage all of these folks to try harder to find a job. More often than not that will mean taking on lower end job but it gets you out working and that is the key.
Unemployement should not be a social issue but over the last few years it has become a social issue. This is not good for the US economy. People are now looking for too much help from the government and staying unemployed. There is a need for change to remove it from being a social issue.
Since Society is a Social Issue, and Unemployment is the largest determining factor in a Society's collective quality of life which affects everyone, it is absolutely a social problem.
I support private sector employment which is tolerant and realistic as relates to employees. The problem with government and corporate employers is the regulations, the rules, and bureaucracy involved. People are individuals and the beauty of harnessing individual talent to create success is not commonly used by large employers. The problem is people cannot have a private employer unless people have a way to start new businesses which is something that has been far more difficult in the current socialist Administration to potential owners who can offer goods or service. In a society where people who cannot work will undoubtedly become dependent on others or homeless and in squalor without access to water or toilets or food preparation needs among other things, it is a social issue when people are sleeping in your complex parking lot of on your curb and storing their necessities on a local park bench means your kids cannot play there, and people don't just disappear in a humane land.
Unemployment is what gets people sleeping in the street and that is what makes it such a social problem. Not to say that it will make the economy even worst then it is now and you know what obama isnt doing any thing about it. He is just sitting back watching it all happen. Also the more unemployment the more every one goes out of business. This is why unemployment is such a harsh social problem.
While high unemployment does raise social issues it is not truly a social problem. It's an economic problem with social consequences. The unemployment rate is a direct indicator of the strength of the economy, a lagging indicator but still a direct indicator of economic strength. So high unemployment should be addressed as an economic issue and as unemployment's economic issues are resolved the social issues will also be solved.
It is undeniable that in the past widespread unemployment was serious concern, but in our present era it can safely be swept away or left to politicians to wax poetic about. The reasons our time is different is that in the past nations, police, and the power elite were vunerable to mass movements and, most importanlty, the masses could be moved. In our time however the negative effects of unemployment can be defeated in detail with ever falling cost. The crime associated with unemployment can be reduced with sophisticated surveilnce technologies like drones, statistical analysis, and modern riot control methods. The misery of struggling people that might inspire sympathy in the successful is hidden by income segregated housingand the entertainment complex. Most importantly our culture has evolved that unemployment cannot become a social problem, it instead is a myriad of individual problems.
In the past masses of starving or downtrodden might organize into a threat based upon recognition of their mutual suffering, but now that unemployment is seen primarily as a personal failing caused by the vicitims own faults and misdeeds they cannot organize meaningfully.
The is also the postive case to made about unemployment. The more people looking for work means that wages can be kept at a reasonable level for businesses and that prices can fall as they become more sensative to the buying power of those who are employed. It also means that labor power can be freed from the confines of the traditonal steady job and instead become fluid as businesses start creating more odd job model work.