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Lesson 5: Market Demand | Unit 5: Scarcity Page: 19 of 20

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Demand is closely related to the scarcity problem, especially unlimited wants and needs.
  • Scarcity arises because society has limited resources but unlimited wants and needs.
  • The connection between demand and scarcity is:
    • The demand side of the markets comes directly from the unlimited wants and needs side of the scarcity problem, and
    • The supply side of the market comes from the limited resources side of the scarcity problem.

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STRUCTURAL UNEMPLOYMENT

Unemployment caused by a mismatch between workers' skills and the skills needed for available jobs. Structural unemployment essentially occurs because resources, especially labor, are configured (trained) for a given technology but the economy demands goods and services using another technology. Employers seek workers who have one type of skill and workers seeking employment have a different type of skill. This mismatch in skills, largely the result of technological progress, creates unemployment of the structural variety. Structural unemployment is one of four unemployment sources. The other three are cyclical unemployment, seasonal unemployment, and frictional unemployment. Frictional and structural unemployment are the two components of natural unemployment.

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