Updated data at the request of Andrew Sentence on participation and unemployment in the U.S.
Business cycles are about unemployment; not about changes in the participation rate.
|(c) Roger E. A. Farmer March 2015|
See my twitter posts today on this topic.
If people choose to look for a job; that's their business. If people can't find a job; that's our collective business as a society.
Participation is a voluntary choice. Unemployment is not.
The idea that unemployment is voluntary is classical nonsense.
Anybody want to explain to me why they think labor force participation is a cyclical phenomenon?
Participation is not cyclical! Unemployment is!
The secular trend in participation dwarfs the cyclical movement. That's an important fact!Follow me on twitter @farmerrf