Isn’t cash assistance (like unemployment insurance) enough?

Work is an essential source of meaning in peoples’ lives and unemployment is associated with many negative health and social consequences. Cash alone cannot address them. Job guarantee projects integrate workers into their communities, creating value and positive change in the process. Even countries with generous unemployment insurance and cash assistance programs suffer the high social costs of involuntary unemployment and are seeking ways to tackle it (see France and Austria on our world map)

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