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How the Unemployment Rate Drops When Folks Stop Looking for Work


In response to the latest unemployment numbers, I’m seeing people still wondering how the unemployment rate can go down if people stop looking for work. Way back in February 2010, I made a short video explaining the phenomenon of “discouraged workers” (although I never got into how one is considered part of the labor force). If you can stand the poor audio and video quality, it’s still accurate:

I taped that shortly before my second son was born. With my older boy now into superheroes and Legos, I have much more fun little figures to use if I ever do demonstrate how people depart the labor force.

Tags: Barack Obama , Unemployment


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