hidden unemployment

Hidden Unemployment

A term used to describe persons who are unemployed or underemployed but who are not counted in official unemployment statistics. For example, the hidden unemployed include persons who no longer actively look for work because they have returned to school for retraining, or persons who have decided to stay at home with their children but would in theory be open to go back to work. These persons are not considered part of the labor force and thus are not included in statistics. Some analysts believe that the existence of hidden unemployment means that unemployment statistics are inherently skewed, but this is not a universal opinion.

hidden unemployment

a situation in which although people are technically in employment, their PRODUCTIVITY is negligible or zero. This can occur when powerful trade unions are able to operate restrictive labour practices such as OVERMANNING or where governments employ vast bureaucracies of civil servants.
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Privatisation threw tens of thousands of older male workers on to the scrap heap of the hidden unemployment of incapacity benefit.
It's worth remembering that vast numbers now in over-16 education or at university would not be there if there was decently paid, intellectually stimulating employment to be had, so such folks are simply hidden unemployment.
It also comes after the Countryside Agency said in a report that rural areas suffered from falling farm incomes, hidden unemployment, increasing homelessness and the lowest weekly wages in England.
He said apparently low unemployment figures in countryside areas belie a heavy dependence on part-time and seasonal employment as well as hidden unemployment involving people who are not on the job seekers register.
Hidden unemployment involves certain people, mostly women and older men, who are jobless but fail to sign on the job-seekers register, and so do not appear in the claimant count unemployment figures.
Rural areas suffer from falling farm incomes, hidden unemployment, increasing homelessness, and the lowest weekly wages in England, according to the State of the Countryside 2000 report.
The report shows that Cornwall suffers the country's lowest weekly wages at pounds 297, with hidden unemployment 16.
While hidden unemployment is a concept that relates to the current supply of available labor, another concept, the "labor reserve," is somewhat broader and refers to the potential supply of labor,(10) It encompasses those nonparticipants who are most likely to join the labor force in the future under more favorable economic and social conditions.
The latest episode boosts the currently popular joke in Ankara's political circles, that "Davutoy-lu is the prime example of the hidden unemployment in Turkey.
These people are those who have apparently found a job for themselves and have had a salary and benefits, but in fact they get involved in hidden unemployment and do not play any role in national production.
Professor Steve Fothergill, one of the report's co-authors, said poorer areas like Merseyside had the highest levels of hidden unemployment.
But experts say the figures do not reflect the overall picture because of widespread undeclared or hidden unemployment, or the employment of educated, qualified people in menial jobs.