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What are the three types of unemployment?

Posted on April 16, 2014 at 9:55 AM

There are three types of unemployment that make up the rate of unemployment in a given economy.


1. Frictional unemployment (temporary, seasonal): includes recent graduates and people who quit their job to find something better.

2. Structural unemployment (skills no longer needed): includes people who are replaced by technology or new industries (creative destruction). These people need to retrain or move to find work.

3. Cyclical unemployment (due to recession): includes people who are laid off because the economy is weak (downturn in the business cycle).


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