New Zealand could become one of the first developed countries to scrap benefits and introduce a basic citizens’ income. Leader of the opposition Andrew Little said his Labour party was considering the idea as part of proposals to combat the "possibility of higher structural unemployment". Citizens’ income, also known as Universal Basic Income (UBI), involves a basic, unconditional, fixed payment made to every person in the country by the state in lieu of benefits.
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Structural Unemployment in Western Europe: Reasons and Remedies (CESifo Seminar Series) by Martin Werding. $35.61. Publisher: The MIT Press; First Edition edition (March 31, 2006). Publication: March 31, 2006. 440 pages. Series - CESifo Seminar Series. Save 21%!
Changes in per-capita employment in routine-manual jobs since the 1970s (the pink bars are recessions): 92% of job loss in routine-manual jobs (typically blue-collar or low-skill work) since the 1980s happened during recessions. Most of these jobs never return, hence the term jobless recovery, as manual workers are replaced with technology. http://www.economist.com/blogs/freeexchange/2012/05/structural-unemployment?fsrc=scn/fb/wl/bl/jobsforthelongrun
This simple metric across two recessions indicates The United States now has a structural unemployment problem.