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Most governments track how (un)employed their citizens are, and often aim to craft policies to create employment. Use for questions related to subjects like unemployment numbers and general policies aimed at creating or destroying employment.

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Have any [other] countries fired 50% [or more] of government workers (say over the course of one year)?

According to Reason magazine: Since taking office in December, Milei has cut the number of government ministries from 18 to eight and fired over 50 percent of all government workers. I'm curious: ...
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Is there any country that stopped releasing data on youth joblessness in the past aside from China?

China has suspended the release of data on youth joblessness, which hit a record high in June, citing a need to examine its method for calculating the key economic indicator. The country’s National ...
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Does low unemployment cause any political or social issue?

It seems that high unemployment cause a lot of social and political problems. Is the reverse also true i.e does low unemployment cause any political or social issues?
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How do national union/employer negotiations work?

There are currently a number of high-profile nationwide strikes taking place (or planned) in the UK: teachers, nurses, firemen, railway workers and university lecturers, amongst others. In all cases, ...
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What exactly does it mean for a strike to be illegal in the US?

There's been a lot of talk recently about a potential railway workers strike in the US, and Congress stepping in to prevent it. What, specifically, can be made illegal in this context? A railway ...
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Why is Empowering Women considered important by the UN? [closed]

I have some doubts about women empowerment, let's take 1 example to illustrate the problem: a group of women organized a free computer programming class or lesson ONLY for women, by the intention to ...
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Why does the "Fight for 15" movement not update its target hourly rate?

The US has not had a federal minimum wage update for a very long time. In 2012, there emerged been a loose movement to "Fight for 15" - push for an increase of the (federal and not just) ...
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How many US nationals were working for major US news outlets in China in mid-2020?

Back at the end of 2020, there was this spat: In a sharp escalation of tensions between the two superpowers, China announced on Tuesday that it would expel American journalists working for The New ...
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Did Kiev refuse to recognise educational documents obtained from Crimean peninsula? And on what grounds?

I was reading this RT opinion piece While opening opportunities for the residents of Crimea and Donbass to study at Ukrainian universities, Kiev refuses to recognize any educational documents ...
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What political factors led only Montana to legislate for statutory employment protection (ie, not at will)?

Of the 50 US states, 49 operate according to the common law rule of at-will employment (ie, with a few exceptions, an employee can be fired at any time unless contractually stipulated otherwise). ...
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How do governments (eg UK) shrink the civil service?

There is news that the UK government wants to reduce the civil service by about 65,000 which is almost 15% of the work force. This question is not about the politics of that, but about the ...
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How can the government improve employment in a capitalistic society? [closed]

When unemployment rates are rising, the blame is often put on the government, and it is said that "if the government were more competent, we'd be employed". I'm trying to understand this ...
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What is the political (moral) justification for terminating the employment of workers for moral reasons completely unrelated to their job? [closed]

In my country there was a recent moral panic, where it was discovered that a popular TV host had uploaded videos with private moments of his (now ex) girlfriend online. After this event was made ...
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What are the common features of pro-union and anti-union laws?

I often hear people talk about pro-union and anti-union laws being formulated in legislatures, but I don't really understand their differences. What sort of provisions usually appear in these laws? ...
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Has OSHA discussed why it missed Biden’s mask mandate deadline?

The day after President Biden took office, he issued an executive order instructing the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to consider instituting a mask mandate in workplaces: The ...
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How can governments convert informal work into formal work?

In Argentina, it is estimated that about 48% of all work is informal or off-the-books work which is not reported to the government or properly taxed. This hurts the government's tax revenue and can ...
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Do any US political parties support a reduced-hour work week?

John Maynard Keynes predicted the working hours would be reduced to 15 hours a week in 1930. Are there political parties in the USA that want to reduce the number of hours people work each week by ...
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Are the Withhold Release Orders published by US Customs and Border Protection the subject of the CBP's own investigations; is such evidence published?

The US CBP has issued a Withhold Release Order on a major Malaysian palm oil producer https://www.cbp.gov/newsroom/national-media-release/cbp-issues-detention-order-palm-oil-produced-forced-labor-...
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Why do government employees get pension but not those in private sectors in the US? [closed]

What justifies or is the reasoning behind not providing pension for one group of people as a good thing and the exact opposite for a different group of people all at the same time ?
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How/why was the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation set at a flat $600/week?

A major provision of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) was to give a $600/week payment (known as Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation or FPUC) to anyone ...
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Why doesn't the U.S. government cancel at least some existing work visas to decrease unemployment? [closed]

The U.S. economy is suffering from an unprecedented crisis/pandemic/unemployment. The American people need jobs right now. And still there are like 1 million or so foreign workers, temp workers, H1B, ...
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Is there mass unemployment in the USA or is there not?

When reading statements of Donald Trump, e.g. this Tweet, there is a better employment rate than ever in the USA right now. But many news sources in Europe report, that there is mass unemployment. ...
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What are the pros and cons of unionized vs non-unionized police force [duplicate]

My question is what are the advantages and disadvantages of unionized vs non-unionized police force. This was one of the demands which was put forward by the Black Lives Movement. Below is an article ...
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Are any governments promoting work from home as an effective solution to decreasing pollution and CO2 emissions?

There's much talk about work from home: efficiency, people who like it, people who don't, but I didn't see any policy talk, by governments, about its impact on the environment and whether it should be ...
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What proportion of unemployment benefit spending actually goes to the unemployed?

One of the arguments for Universal Basic Income (UBI) is that it would be more efficient; targeted benefits require a gatekeeper bureaucracy to decide eligibility, detect cheats, start and stop ...
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Why is the lack of seasonal agricultural workers considered a problem given the high unemployment rate in every Western country?

Currently farmers in Western countries are warning governments that without foreign workers their fields will be impossible to harvest: “We are in need of a lot of foreign workers,” Eystein Ruud, a ...
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How did ending collective bargaining affect health plan costs in Wisconsin after Act 10?

I don't understand the relationship between Wisconsin's Act 10's collective bargaining and health plan costs. In his book, "Unintimidated", former Governor Scott Walker claims several times that this ...
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What is the current paid leave system in the United States given the COVID-19 outbreak?

The US has enacted law H.R.6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act which seems to mainly tackle elementary/secondary students' food availability, but also expanded FMLA among other things. I've ...
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What are the (bidirectional) flows of skilled workers between Australia and the UK, presently?

In relation to an Australian statement that there would be "brain drain" from Australia to the UK should a visa-free worker system be adopted between the two countries... Surely, both Australia and ...
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Why would low-skilled British workers go to Sydney and Melbourne (in large numbers)?

News from earlier this month The Australian government has turned down the UK’s offer of a post-Brexit trade agreement that included visa-free work and travel between the two countries. Trade ...
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Does any country in the EU allow forced prison labor?

I'm aware that some democratic countries, including the US and Japan allow forced prison labor, meaning that refusal to work in prison is punishable e.g. by solitary confinement (or a "chill box&...
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Is there a more recent estimate on the number of Syrians in Saudi Arabia?

According to Wikipedia As of September 2016, the number of Syrians in Saudi Arabia is estimated to be 500,000 and consists mainly of temporary foreign workers. According to the United Nations High ...
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Is intra-EU movement/migration of EU/EUAA citizens a sizeable contributor to illegal work?

French president Macron has recently caused controversy with his contrast of extra-EU legal immigration and intra-EU illegal movements of EU/EUAA people: Last week, the right-wing French magazine ...
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What type of employees are "obliged to join a union as a condition of employment" in New York?

This is an excerpt from an article explaining why Amazon is reconsidering opening its headquarters in New York: New York is a pro-labor city, whereas Virginia is a right-to-work state where ...
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What fiscal backbone is there for employees who are now on "leave without pay" due to government shutdown?

Well considering a shutdown takes quite some time, it means there are lots of people with various skillsets who are literary thumbling thumbs. Just to wait till they can get their job back. Since not ...
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Do non-working, non-essential US Gov't employees get back paid for time not worked?

Essential employees who are working will receive back-pay when the Gov't reopens. What about the non-essential employees who are not working? Will they get back-pay even though they did not work ...
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What leverage do U.S. federal workers' unions have?

Federal workers in the United States are bound by law to not strike, and many union leaders claim their workers "believe in public service" and "they’re not just going to walk away". Given that ...
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Is there a "healthy" value / interval for unemployment rate?

A TV show depicting US politics features a fictitious big political program called AmericaWorks or AmWorks. Its goal is to greatly reduce unemployment (virtually to zero or "Universal Employment"). Of ...
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Is there any backlash against Ukrainians working in Poland? What's the Polish public opinion on Ukrainian guest workers?

According to Eurostat, in 2016 the vast majority of new work permits for non-EU citizens were issued by Poland for Ukrainians, nearly half a million such permits. Bloomberg has a background article ...
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How many "Blue Cards" have EU countries issued?

The "Blue Card" is EU-level scheme allowing high-skilled non-EU citizens to work and live in any country within the European Union, excluding Denmark, Ireland and the United Kingdom, ...
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Are there EU countries that offer a path to citizenship for non-EU foreign workers?

In the US there exist "dual intent" visas, e.g. H-1B, which while being a temporary work permit, nevertheless can lead to a permanent residence rights ("green card", usually sponsored by the employer ...
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Are there statistics on the origin and length of stay of non-EU foreign workers in the EU?

According to Wikipedia In 2016, around 7.14% (15.885.300 people) of total EU employment were not citizens, 3.61% (8.143.800) were from another EU Member State, 3.53% (7.741.500) were from a non-EU ...
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Why do nations require that police hires be more scrupulous than average?

Why are policemen generally required to first attest to being and remaining uncommonly virtuous, (even when off-duty), as a primary duty, rather than being mainly valued for their relative skills in ...
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What is the justification of imposing higher minimum salary for foreign workers than for the local ones?

According to this article and this one, the minimum monthly salary for foreign workers in Romania is significantly larger than the minimum one for local workers: Effective January 6, 2018, the ...
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Why is Hawaii's unemployment rate so low when they have such little economic freedom?

Hawaii's unemployment rate is the lowest in the nation (2.1%). https://www.bls.gov/web/laus/laumstrk.htm Yet they are almost last in economic freedom (#48). https://www.freedominthe50states.org/...
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Are there political answers to AI-induced mass unemployment? [duplicate]

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is widely discussed at the moment, e.g. on numerous occasions at the World Economic Forum 2017 and 2018 in Davos (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rw4aWeL3v5g) (2018 ...
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Why does the media workforce lean liberal or democrat

There is some evidence that the mainstream news media workforce leans liberal, or at least towards democratic party candidates. There are many examples. One from the 2008 general election: The ...
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Why did a trade-union and labour movement not arise in the United States, as it did in other developed countries?

Last night I watched the Panorama programme on BBC TV, which examined the views of several Trump voters a year after the election. What struck me was the extent to which Trump was able to garner the ...
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Global policies on hiring ex-convicts

Spawned from this other SE question. In the United States it is challenging for ex-convicts to find gainful employment. A few states have gotten on board the Ban the Box initiative, referring to the ...
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Biggest lobby firms for labor

I am trying to find out which lobbyists do the most work for organized labor in the United States. I have done a Google search but have not come up with anything meaningful.
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