A country’s economy operates in a cycle. Sometimes you are up and sometimes you are down below. An economic recession is the low part of that cycle. People do not notice that it is happening before because government was swift to act on it and its policies and clout were able to stabilize the country’s economy before much damage is done. However, recently, the efforts of the government and their policies were not enough to stop the downward spiral of the country’s economy.
With rising costs in oil affecting the prices of basic commodities, people are scrimping on their purchases. This has affected companies leading to job losses and financial problems. The real estate industry has also crashed leaving many foreclosed properties because people just can’t afford to pay the monthly premium anymore. The same goes with the banking and insurance sectors who are also feeling the heat of the economic recession.
But what is it really about? How can economic recession affect our daily lives and how is the government responding to it. Here are some of the things that you should know about recession and the things that it can do to you if you don’t watch out.
1. It can make you lose your job
Economic recession is a period known for job cuts. When demand for products lessened and companies lose their money, the only way they can survive is to cut jobs. And this they cab justify as there will also be reduction in production. If you are one of the unlucky few who are working for a company experiencing such losses, you may stand to lose your job.
To prepare for this eventuality, try to check the background of your company. Listen to the office grapevine about potential losses. Usually, you will know if a company is losing money. If you feel that your company is losing money, make a back up plan just in case you lose your job. This is especially true if you are working in the assembly line or in the production line.
2. It can make life harder
Prices will often be high during an economic recession. This is because fewer supply of products will cause a rise in the prices. Although government will try to balance the situation out by introducing tax cuts, this may not help the situation especially if there have been many job losses.
Besides this, outlook in life will also be more pessimistic and sadder. People will try to scrimp on their expenses, no longer going for their usual entertainment. Although, there has been a study that movie tickets sales go up during recession. This is perhaps because people want to forget their problems for a while and just enjoy the world of the make believe.
3. It is not forever
One hopeful thing that people can look forward to is the fact that economic recession is not forever. As mentioned before, recession is a cycle and when you are down, the only way you can go is up. That is why, for the meantime the goal during these trying times is to ride the waves and survive. There is no need to panic or to worry about the future. You’ll see, everything will right itself.