Unemployment in the countries of Europe varies greatly depending on the country but on average Europe’s unemployment rate is about eight percent. Over the past couple of years southern Europe has seen the most improvement in reducing the employment rate. For example Portugal has the lowest employment rate in thirteen years which is a huge achievement for the country defiantly something to be proud of. On the other end of the spectrum there is Greece which has the highest unemployment in all of Europe with twenty percent of Greece being unemployed. Naturally for all countries unemployment is a problem which is why some countries are putting more effort into programs that allow people to get education, and training for jobs as an attempt to reduce the rate of unemployment in Europe.
What the Unemployment Rate Doesn’t Measure?
But there is another problem with unemployment measures for Europe it just takes into consideration those that are currently out of work completely not those that are severely underemployed, and in those situations that individual is often just as reliant on the government as an unemployed individual. The economy has seen growth, people are getting more jobs so the unemployment rate is going down which is a huge reason to be pleased while focusing on who are still unemployed. Everyone needs a job to support their family, and themselves but everyone needs a job(s) that will allow them to be self- sufficient. The new economy is one where most work is part time meaning one job isn’t going to be enough for most people.
Costs of Living
The cost of living in on the rise making it even harder to live on a meager income to begin with; but for those that get motivated to find the right part time jobs they may end up better off despite there being no benefit packages, often no paid vacation, and luxuries the older generations took for granted as it was normal during their time. So while the unemployed need to be trained, and need to find work the severely underemployed need that same opportunity as they are not self- sufficient which is the entire point of a job. This is where the unemployment statistics fail because it’s not a measure of poverty just of those that are out of all types of work.
Anti- Semitism is Europe was at its highest during the days of Hitler something that no one will forget as it was a hideous tragedy in European history. Since that time things have come a long way in the form of tolerance, or so it seemed. The question today is- are those feelings of hate arising again? In countries like France Jews are getting murdered, synagogues attacked causing many Jews to be concerned for their safety often moving out of the countries in which this is the highest. But on the down side some see the immigration due to fear possibly only making matters worse and bringing out anti- Semitic views to the surface where they were once hidden.
Increasing Anti- Semitic Incidents
In response to the attacks on Jews countries all across Europe have spoken out making it clear that any hate crimes against Jews or anyone else won’t be tolerated. This is bringing the problem to attention in the form of the news in many of these European countries causing more people to stand up and say that these actions are not ok. That is great news that it seems through polls taken that right now those that have anti- Semitic views are actually a very small portion of the population in Europe. But what many experts fear is that people are simply hiding their bias and true feelings in the light of governments standing up for tolerance and supporting the Jewish people. Thus many feel that when the violence ends the anti- Semitic views will simply return. This isn’t to say that Europe hasn’t come a long way as it has in history but the Jewish people should not feel threatened, or that they have to hide being Jewish in their day to day life. Nor should they fear attacks from people even if it is a small portion of the community that both feels that way, and acts out against the Jewish people.
Right now the governments must first focus on assuring the Jewish that they are safe and do not have to worry about history repeating itself, or being attacked in any way over their faith. But it can’t end there as there have to be movements to change the attitudes of people to the point no one has to live in fear or experience bias for being Jewish. Only when attitudes change will the violence cease to exist in these European countries. By making an effort for everyone to understand one another and see each other as people, and respect each other for their choice of faith like with everything else peace can start to happen. Many problems people have said in polls that they had towards the Jewish is that they felt the Jewish people believe they are better than everyone else which is a common theme for anyone with anti- Semitic views. That topic is something that should be discussed in order to have it set straight so people can move on instead of moving to violence where they shouldn’t be any.