Rejection of possibility of work
Permanently discouraged workers
It is believed that many permanently discouraged workers fail to register as unemployed, notably in the USA, thus diminishing the apparent levels of unemployed in surveys.
Increasing proportions of young people are turning their backs on the possibility of work and are becoming resigned to a life on social security. Many young people in urban problem communities have parents and grandparents who have never been in stable employment. They see no realistic chance that they will ever find a place in the labour market. It is hard to convince them that there is any point in going to school.