As long as the state continues to intervene in the economy, I am not overly optimistic. We should not expect the employment situation to improve very quickly as long as the state makes it more difficult, more risky, and less economically feasible to hire workers on the one hand, and also pay people not to work on the other.
If, however, the state does significantly reduce its presence in the economy by halting monetary inflation, cutting spending, and reducing business regulation, we would move toward a better outcome. There would be increased liquidation of malinvested capital. There could be increased unemployment in the short run, as increased lay-offs would be likely. If, however, markets for products and labor were kept flexible, workers would more quickly find their way into those occupations that are needed by successful entrepreneurs who are profitable precisely because they are producing what people want. In a free society, unemployment that results from a recession need not be prolonged and especially agonizing. If that does happen, it is a sure sign that the government is not allowing the market to function properly.
The unions have enjoyed a social prestige and power that was not seen anywhere else in Europe.They were very politicized and were very protectionist of those who had jobs, but they didn't think about the jobless.