Personal troubles are private matters connected with individuals’ characters or confined to their immediate relationships (with family members, friends, acquaintances, co-workers, etc.). The resolution of troubles thus lies with individuals or their relationships. Public issues are matters that transcend the lives of individuals and cannot be resolved by changing them or their personal relationships. Unemployment is a personal problem when it is confined to individuals who lose their jobs due to personal shortcomings such as incompetence or dishonesty. It is a public issue when large numbers of people are unemployed as a consequence of bankruptcies, company downsizings, plant shutdowns and relocations, and other large-scale changes in the economy.