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employment thumb100 SABC News reports that a new study conducted by the University of South Africa (Unisa) reveals that being unemployed for a long of period time lessens the chance of finding work because of job scarcity.  

Another finding was that it is difficult for those who were unemployed for a long time to retain their jobs once they become employed.  The research was published recently in the South African Science Journal.  Well-known labour analyst Terry Bell observed that it was hard for a person who has been unemployed for a long time to find work because they often become demoralised.  He commented:  “There are many people who have been unemployed for years and they just give up, they give up hope of ever being employed.  This leads to all sorts social problems, this leads to alcoholism, this leads to the use of drugs to escape, an absolute desolate life.”  Bell said job seekers faced difficulty because there was a shortage of jobs and there was likely to be an even greater shortage as time went on because of automation.  The study advised those without jobs to engage in training activities in order to enhance their skills to remain relevant and to increase their chances of getting employment.

  • Read Lebo Tshangela’s report in the above regard in full at SABC News

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