The word unemployment is one of the most feared terminologies in both finance and economic sector. Despite studies suggesting that there will always be a natural level of jobless rate which cannot be erased, having no source of steady income has negative effects not only on the individual but on the country as well. Worse, most of the consequences are of the dead loss category wherein there are no offsetting gains to the costs.

Individual damages The effect of unemployment to a person is pretty obvious. First off, the standard of living is changed, which includes savings. Before the Great Recession, the savings rate in the US has been hovering near zero and reports have concluded that an average person is weeks away from a complete financial slump without a job.

Despite government assistances covering basic necessities such as food, consumption is still remarkably reduced. Usually, portions are scrapped out of retirement funds, draining them in the long run and causing more problems in the future.

Personally, being out of work for an extended period of time also results to deterioration of skills, depriving the economy of potential talents. It can also lead to a sacrifice of education, robbing people of their enthusiasm to invest in themselves. Moreover, prolonged idleness is harmful for mental and physical health, as research revealed it shortens lifespans.

Societal influence Persistence of unemployment may lead to protectionism and a crackdown on immigration. The former is at risk of initiating tensions among countries, while a cut down on trades is harmful to all participating partners.

Human interaction is also affected as there will be less volunteerism and higher crime rates. This makes sense as the absence of a regular wage-paying job may push people to commit offenses in an attempt to make ends meet or alleviate boredom. There are also potential psychological impacts such as resentment towards those without jobs.

Nationwide cost Unemployment pushes the state to pay more for benefits. In addition, they are not able to obtain as much income tax as before, which forces them to borrow money or reduce spending level. In the case of US, around 70% of what they produce goes to jobless individuals and personal consumption. These causes cuts in GDP, unabling effective distribution of resources.

Another factor to note is its impact on individual companies as aids for those without livelihood often come from business taxes. A high level of inactivity in from the working field will result to the state seeking for replenishment through increased taxation on entities, hence, discouraging them from hiring more staff which further burdens the initial conflict.