Loss of one's job called worse than divorce
Douglas McArthur -
Workopolis at the Globe and Mail
The researchers found that people who lose their job never return to the same levels of well-being they had enjoyed when previously employed — even if they subsequently rejoin the work force, according to Dr. Yannis Georgellis of Britain's Brunel University. Also involved in the project, which involved more than 24,000 out-of-work individuals, were researchers from France, the United States and the Gallup Organization.
Loss of a job, even briefly, scars a person for life, says Dr. Georgellis. The findings contradict the accepted view that unemployment has no long-term ill effects for workers. The study also suggests that workers who lose their jobs may be less motivated to find work in the future — or worse, might drop out of the job market altogether.