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The King of Queens


									The King of Queens
Unemployment in the USA
Presentation by Kristin Wyrwa, Victoria Schubert, Astrid Möhring
Cultural Studies- Popular culture in US television

1) About the show
         -   Background information
         -   Main characters (Doug and Carrie Haffernan and Arthur)
         -   Doug’s friends
         -   What’s typical American in The King of Queens?

2) Unemployment

             -    “American Dream vs. Unemployment”
                  “The American Dream is that dream of a land in which life should be better, richer and
                  fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement.“

             -    Unemployment Overview
                  People are classified as unemployed if they do not have a job, have actively looked
                  for work in the prior 4 weeks, and are currently available for work.
                   Unemployment rate in the US in October 2004: 5.5%

             -    Reasons for unemployment
                  Bad economy worldwide, bad education (often “poor stay poor”), no dismissal
                  protection in the US

             -    US States with highest and lowest unemployment rate

             -    Statistics
                  Unemployment in different occupations, major working groups, sex and age

             -    Consequences of unemployment
                  “You don’t live when you’re unemployed – you exist”

             -    Financial state insistance
                  Intention, eligibility and benefits

             -    Comparison with Germany
                  Unemployment, financial state assistance in Germany


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