What you should know about structural unemployment
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What you should know about structural unemployment

Note: This is post #101 in a weekly video series on basic economics.

As we saw in the last video, some forms of unemployment—such as short-term, frictional unemployment—can indicate a healthy, growing economy. But what about persistent, long-term unemployment?

When a large percentage of those who are considered unemployed have been without a job for a long period of time and this has been true for many years, it’s considered structural unemployment. Structural unemployment can result from shocks to an economy that drastically alter the labor market. “These shocks are not all bad—the rise of the Internet is one such example,” says Alex Tabarrok of Marginal Revolution University. “Regardless, it can take a while for an economy to adjust to big changes.”

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Joe Carter

Joe Carter is a Senior Editor at the Acton Institute. Joe also serves as an editor at the The Gospel Coalition, a communications specialist for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and as an adjunct professor of journalism at Patrick Henry College. He is the editor of the NIV Lifehacks Bible and co-author of How to Argue like Jesus: Learning Persuasion from History's Greatest Communicator (Crossway).