What are the effects of unemployment on the social worker?
This is a very broad question and so there will be many answers. Perhaps one of the most powerful effects of unemployment on the social worker is that his or her job would be more difficult. They will have to serve more people who are depressed and down and out. In short, in recessions social workers have more to do. It is always inverse of the economy. This fact, in turn, can cause the social worker to feel overwhelmed with worries and extra stress. Just think of what he or she has to do during the day. If unemployment becomes so bad that social workers lose their jobs as well, then we are in bad shape!
If the question is how unemployment impacts the social worker attempting to perform their job, I think that it has a variety of effects. The social worker is trained or equipped (hopefully) to address sociological realities and their impact on individuals. Certainly, unemployment impacts different people in different ways and the social worker should have a variety of approaches in helping individuals with this difficult time. Certainly, the issue of unemployment is a universal one, and is one where the social worker has to be extra vigilant to not succumb to the fears being articulated.