Unemployment rates are going down. That however is partially a fake out because unemployment is measured by people getting paid unemployment benefits, and some people are just falling out of the workforce or into welfare.

There is the concept of people that become unemployable. What that means in part is that they lose their motivation and will. Their habits change and they adapt to living life in a different manner – one without much hope.

How did they get there? In part this is because they have failed too often, been rejected too often, and just don’t want to experience the pain anymore. In part, its because they just don’t know how to do better. Some people don’t even know how to write resumes or interview properly – not their fault, they were never taught.

Of those who find jobs – many find jobs that are far below where they should be working, and over time they lose hope for better. In reality, as far as the economy is concerned, the effect of that isn’t that different from someone being jobless because ultimately their ability to add to the whole is still lower than what it should have been.

The key factor here is motivation and knowing how to succeed – like knowing how to interview or do your job better. Its feeling good and having a positive opinion of yourself. Even for those who are receiving unemployment, if they have to give up too much they may be losing some of the pleasures of life that give them the will to fight.

What is needed to really turn things around, is a focus on the people.

People must be helped to feel better and perform better.

Starting solutions could be as simple as creating motivational websites and creating awareness so that people go there to find inspiration. Start initiatives to help communities learn how to strengthen themselves.

And maybe have places where people who are unemployed or on welfare can go to enjoy themselves… if they take some kind of productive action. They do need to get back into the habit of earning their happiness – but the demands made on them have to be practical based on their situation. Like going on a website, reading up and then passing a test on communication skills that they can then solidify through practice in a community group… That’s a practical improvement and it would make sense to have a reward for that. And through such actions they can improve their habits, work on regaining their self-esteem, and then make their lives better so that not only are they themselves able to be happier but they also once again contribute to making the country a better place.