Hidden unemployment among men: a case study

BEATTY, C. and FOTHERGILL, S. (2002). Hidden unemployment among men: a case study. Regional studies, 36 (8), 811-823.

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Link to published version:: https://doi.org/10.1080/0034340022000012261


The debate about the extent of hidden unemployment is central to understanding the contemporary UK labour market. This paper provides a detailed case study of one area - Barrow-in-Furness - where major industrial job losses have co-existed with falling claimant unemployment among men. Using aggregate statistics and new survey evidence, it argues that these trends mask extensive hidden unemployment, especially among men on sickness-related benefits. Comparisons are also made with areas covered by similar surveys. The paper concludes that the claimant and International Labour Organization measures of unemployment both appear deeply flawed in the UK context because of the diversion from unemployment to sickness benefits.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: barrow-in-furness, benefits, job, loss, sickness, unemployment
Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/0034340022000012261
Page Range: 811-823
Depositing User: Ann Betterton
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2009
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 21:31
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/824

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