Tuesday, February 08, 2005


Training For The Dole

Germany's unemployment rate may be even worse than thought:

Unemployment is a deeply sensitive political issue for Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder. Back in 1998 he was elected for his first term on a promise that the jobless count would be brought down to three and half million.

He failed to deliver on that and now the official unemployment figure is above five million, the first time since the great depression of the 1930s, which brought the Nazis to power. And to make matters worse, the official figures may greatly understate the real extent of the problem. Once those on government training schemes and the like are included the actual number of people looking for work could be as high as nine million.
What does this say about the value of those "government training schemes?" Are they training people to be unemployable?