Work for All: Full Employment in the Nineties,
- Publication details
- Langmore, J. and Quiggin, J. (1994), Work for All: Full Employment in the Nineties, Melbourne University Press, Carlton, Victoria.
- Episodic increases in unemployment to ever higher levels have been a defining feature of the past two decades. From early in World War II until the mid-seventies the number of people who were unemployed was normally well below 100 000, and quite commonly lower than the number of jobs available. Since 1975 a minimum of 300 000 people have always been unemployed and for most of that period the total has been much higher. Early in 1993 the terrible total of over one million was reached. This book describes the dimension of the unemployment problem, and outlines a policy program aimed at restoring full employment.
A key feature of an employment-generating and sustainable development strategy must be in improvements to community services. Future employment growth is likely to be concentrated in human services. Unless these are allowed to grow with population and improve to meet community aspirations, the quality and accessibility of services will not only be unsatisfactory, but the employment which they could provide would be withheld. A large proportion of community services are in the public sector, and therefore continuation of rapid employment growth depends on expanding public outlays. One reason for the growth of unemployment during the last two decades has been the severe restrictions on public outlays.
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