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Hidden Unemployment Among Men: A Case Study

  • Christina Beatty
  • Stephen Fothergill
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    The debate about the extent of hidden unemployment is central to understanding the contemporary UK labour market. This paper provides a detailed case study of one area - Barrow-in-Furness - where major industrial job losses have co-existed with falling claimant unemployment among men. Using aggregate statistics and new survey evidence, it argues that these trends mask extensive hidden unemployment, especially among men on sickness-related benefits. Comparisons are also made with areas covered by similar surveys. The paper concludes that the claimant and International Labour Organization measures of unemployment both appear deeply flawed in the UK context because of the diversion from unemployment to sickness benefits. Le debat sur l'importance du chomage cache est essentiel a la comprehension du marche du travail contemporain au Royaume-Uni. Cet article cherche a fournir une etude de cas detaillee d'une zone - Barrow-in-Furness - ou d'importantes suppressions d'emplois ont coexiste avec une baisse du nombre d'allocataires masculins. A partir des chiffres globaux et des preuves provenant d'une enquete recente, on affirme que ces tendances deguisent un niveau du chomage cache statistiquement important, surtout parmi les hommes qui touchent des allocations pour cause de maladie. On la compare aux zones oudes enquetes similaires ont ete conduites. L'article conclut que, dans le cadre du Royaume-Uni, la mesure du chomage, en termes du nombre des allocataires ou selon la definition BIT, semble defectueuse a cause du transfert de fonds des allocations chomage aux allocations maladie. Die Debatte u�ber das Ausmass verborgener Erwerbslosigkeit ist wesentlich fu�r ein Versta�ndnis des gegenwa�rtigen Arbeitsmarktes im Vereinigten Ko�nigreich. Dieser Aufsatz liefert eine ins einzelne gehende Fallstudie eines Gebietes - Barrow-in-Furness -, wo bedeutende Stellenverluste in der Industrie mit einer Abnahme der Antra�ge auf Arbeitslosenunterstu�tzung einhergehen. Gestu�tzt auf aggregierte Statistiken und Beweismaterial neuer Untersuchungen, vertritt er den Standpunkt, dass diese Tendenzen weit verbreitete, verborgene Erwerbslosigkeit verdecken, besonders bei Ma�nnern, die Unterstu�tzung in Form von Krankengeld beziehen. Es wurden auch Vergleiche mit Gebieten angestellt, fu�r die a�hnliche Gutachten erstellt wurden. Der Aufsatz zieht den Schluss, dass die Inanspruchnahme und ILO Erwerbslosigkeitsmassnahmen im UK wegen der Verschiebung von Erwerbslosen - zu Krankengeldzahlungen schwerwiegende Fehler aufweisen.

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    Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Regional Studies.

    Volume (Year): 36 (2002)
    Issue (Month): 8 ()
    Pages: 811-823

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    Handle: RePEc:taf:regstd:v:36:y:2002:i:8:p:811-823
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