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I'm beaming, Frances. :)

I would put "Duration of Unemployment" and "Time Spent in Underemployment" in your New Misery Index.

For scientific purposes I define Underemployment as a position taken solely for money with no realistic expectation of furthering a career. Thus if I take a position that may appear to make me underemployed but has significant advantages in securing me my "dream job", I'm not underemployed and not contributing to the New Misery Index.

"For scientific purposes I define Underemployment as a position taken solely for money with no realistic expectation of furthering a career"

By that definition, most Canadians are underemployed. How many people become coal-miners, fish-gutters, cab-drivers, bar-maids, strippers or auto-workers because they've always dreamed of a life of back-breaking manual labour/long hours/nudity? They're in it for the money.

Determinant, Bob, this discussion reminds me of Nick's post last month on Instrumentalism, and the satisfaction one gets from doing meaningful work well, even if that work involves digging ditches. It's hard to measure the meaningfulness of work just by looking at the type of work done or the skills involved. Hence the potential of harvesting information on moods and emotions from all of the words on the internet.

Well, we've overfished the cod which relied on those kinds of gutting operations. The salmon are a bit iffy.

Cape Breton coal is no more.

Auto-workers are unionized and highly paid. They aren't underemployed, by my definition. The long line to get those jobs ensures that.

Because autoworkers are highly paid that means they aren't taking that job "solely for the money"? Interesting logic.

I would guess that unpopular jobs would tend to have a very high turnover. There's probably a correlation between employment turnover and underemployment.

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