World's Without Work - Unemployment in Newfoundland and Latin America.

Publisher:  St. John's OXFAM Committee
Year Published:  1981  
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Resource Type:  Serial Publication (Periodical)
Cx Number:  CX2302

Monthly statistics consistently show that the unemployment rate in Newfoundland is higher than in any other province.

Abstract:  Monthly statistics consistently show that the unemployment rate in Newfoundland is higher than in any other province. Most Canadians have, in fact, come to expect that Newfoundland will continue to endure such critical levels of unemployment - after all, Newfoundland is a "have-not" province. Despite this label, the fact is that Newfoundland does have the potential to employ and support all of its 600,000 people. Jobs are based on the processing of raw resources into consumer goods and Newfoundland is rich in resources. It lands one-quarter of Canada's seafish; it provides half the nation's iron ore; and it is rich in forests, minerals and energy. These resources, however, are not processed in Newfoundland, but are sent to the industrial centres of the United States and central Canada. This export of raw resources means an export of jobs.

Newfoundland is not unique; its role in the world economy is similar to that of many developing countries such as those of Latin America. "Worlds Without Work" analyses this role and looks at the relationship between high unemployment and multinational companies, government and foreign creditors. Interviews with people from the high unemployment area of Bay d'Espoir and from Stephenville highlight the urgency to change this role by establishing the fact that unemployment is not merely a statistic, but a problem of people.


Available from St. John's OXFAM Committee, 382 Duckworth Street, St. John's, Newfoundland A1C 1H8. (709) 753-2202. Purchase $100, Rental $10. Also available from DEC Films, 427 Bloor St. W., Toronto M5S 1X7, Ontario. Rental $15 (Community groups); $30 (Institutions). Purchase $120. Slide-tape show. 18 minutes.

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