In all parts of the world, there are people who have a hard time finding work. A person who is unemployed faces a number of serious problems ranging from financial difficulties to low self-esteem. Some people believe the government should take steps to reduce the unemployment rate but others feel it is up to the individual to secure a job. In my opinion, there is an element of truth in both of these points of view. Government measures aimed at reducing unemployment include training schemes to teach the skills and qualifications required to compete in the job market and job creation through tax breaks and government funding programmes. By boosting the economy and offering incentives to businesses to take on new staff, governments can create new jobs. With more positions to be filled, the unemployment rate will decline. While there is much that governments can do to help people who want to find employment, a great deal of responsibility still lies with the individual. In order to secure work, we must be prepared to change or upgrade our skills and be willing to relocate if necessary. But some people are not interested in retraining to find work in another field, some people do not have the confidence to go out and look for work, and some refuse to accept a job they feel is below their level. Unless people like this change their attitudes, they will not be able to find work. In conclusion, the unemployment problem needs to be tackled at a national level to create a healthy economy with job vacancies waiting to be filled. But it is up to the individual job seeker to take the steps necessary to find work. Only if governments and individuals both do their part will progress be made.