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CARIBBEAN STUDIES
INTERNAL ASSESMENT

An investigation into the types of unemployment faced by persons living in Bounty Hall between the ages of 18-45

Acknowledgement

This project could not be successfully completed without the guidance and protection given by the Almighty God. The permission and cooperation of the residents of the community of Bounty Hall was of utmost importance to the completion of this project. Gratitude is also extended to my parents, friend and well-wishers for their ubiquitous motivational, financial and moral support given that enabled the completion of this project. Last, but certainly not least, I would like to thank my teacher for his guidance and instruction that enabled me to ably complete this project. Thank you all.

Table of Contents

Introduction……………………………………..1-2

Literature Review……………………………..3-5

Data Collection Sources…………………….6-7

Presentation of Findings…………………..8-13

Interpretation of Findings………………..14

Discussion………………………………………..15-16

Conclusion………………………………………..17-18

Bibliography……………………………………..19

Appendices………………………………………20-21

Introduction

Topic: The Workplace
Problem Statement
- Patterns of unemployment; causes and effects of unemployment in the community of Bounty Hall, Trelawny, Jamaica.

Research Questions
1. What are the types of unemployment faced by persons living in the area. 2. What factors cause persons to be unemployed?
3. What can be done to lessen unemployment and the effects it has on individuals and their families?

Purpose of Study
This research is being conducted in order for the researcher to: ◦ develop a better understanding of the problem being investigated. ◦ develop the research and analytical skills already possessed. ◦ facilitate a more interactive learning and investigation of the topic. The researcher will be able to participate in the learning of this topic ◦ reach informed conclusions on the topic and make logical recommendations as to how the problem can be effectively dealt with.

Statement of Problem
This seeks to find out the impacts that unemployment has on the community. This small, rural community has a substantial amount of unemployed persons. The thorough research of this problem will better able the researcher to understand the real causes and effects of unemployment. The information gained will equip the researcher with a better interpretation of this problem and also assist in his overall educational development. This will also prove whether or not the theoretical causes and effects of unemployment are those experienced by everyday unemployed persons.

DEFINITION OF KEY TERMS
Frictional unemployment is unemployment which arises when workers are between jobs. Imperfect information - an unemployed person cannot know the location and status of all vacancies in their area.

Literature Review
Unemployment is a worldwide phenomenon being experienced by both developed and developing countries alike. However, each country varies in rate due to the factors, economically and socially. The unemployment rate of a country or area may also be linked to disturbances in its social spectrum. The importance of understanding unemployment at a community level has been discussed in a number of spheres therefore, there is increasing availability of literature on the topic. The Jamaica Observer (2010), placed the Don Anderson Poll under the microscope. According to Anderson, when his field team asked persons what worried them the most about Jamaica today, 27 %cited unemployment, lack of job opportunities or joblessness as the principal issues. Unemployment is an economic condition marked by the fact that individuals actively seeking jobs but remain out of one. The level of unemployment varies with economic conditions and other circumstances. “People will always be unemployed. These are the people who are not able or willing to...
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