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Unemployment has become an increasing national and local concern. Many people are having to face the prospect of never returning to their old jobs. What employment means and the extent and effects of unemployment were researched in the literature. This research focused on the "newly unemployed"--e.g. white, older (45 years or more of age), married males who have never before experienced the problems and frustrations of long-term unemployment. This specific group was chosen for research because they are a departure from those traditionally seen in the Black Hawk County Comprehensive Employment and Training Program (CETP). The problems relating to their values, beliefs, and economic situations were explored. In addition, the effects of long-term unemployment on their families was researched. An economy in which jobs are scarce, even for those with good work records, presents frustrations and problems for both the unemployed and those working with them. Limits in terms of job duties and time of the Manpower Specialist I (MSI) are looked at, and conclusions drawn regarding what can be done to help.

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Master of Arts


Department of Educational Administration and Counseling

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Robert T. Lembke


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