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Well, there's the matter of having jobs that people want to do...over in my Finnish conservative diary we've noted that being a nurse is considered a "low status" profession, all the while we're running short on qualified nurses. I, for one, hold nurses in very high regard, but how do you fight that "low status" perception? Just by significantly increasing their salaries?

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by NordicStorm (m<-at->sturmbaum.net) on Thu Aug 30th, 2007 at 03:27:04 PM EST
Yes, nurse is a low status profession, as are most nurturing (female coded) professions. I would say it is mostly about the pay, since doctors are generally a well-payed high-status profession and they work in the same buildings.

But I do not see this as a factor really to explain unemployment. Sweden had about full employment (which was measured as 80% employment) in the 80ies and it did not end because of people getting to picky about their jobs.

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by A swedish kind of death on Thu Aug 30th, 2007 at 04:03:06 PM EST
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