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Assessing the Labor Market

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Check out the chart below. I am forming my own views but I’m curious to get reactions from you folks. I think it is extremely misleading to simply use the unemployment rate as an indicator for the health of the labor market. Note that the civilian-employment ratio is (obviously) not the same thing as the civilian labor force participation rate. What do you make of the US labor market since 2000, compared to the earlier pattern?

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Check out the chart below. I am forming my own views but I’m curious to get reactions from you folks. I think it is extremely misleading to simply use the unemployment rate as an indicator for the health of the labor market. Note that the civilian-employment ratio is (obviously) not the same thing as the civilian labor force participation rate. What do you make of the US labor market since 2000, compared to the earlier pattern?

Robert Murphy
Robert Patrick Murphy (born 23 May 1976) is an American economist, consultant and author. He is an economist with the Institute for Energy Research (IER) specializing in climate change and a research fellow with the Independent Institute, He was a senior fellow in business and economic studies at the Pacific Research Institute, and he is an associated scholar at the Ludwig von Mises Institute. In addition to economic subjects, Murphy writes about, and has presented an online video class in, anarcho-capitalism on the Mises Institute website. Murphy also has written in support of Intelligent Design theory and expressed skepticism of biological evolution.

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