Unemployment and Incarcertation

Think I was overstating the case with respect to unemployment being drastically higher than the official measurement suggests? A recent criminology study that looks at the relationship between incarceration and unemployment gives some tangible numbers behind the methodological critique I was making. To summarize the study’s findings, it don’t look good:

“Then, given the staggering scale of black incarceration, the authors looked at the effect on employment data if prisoners were factored into the unemployment numbers generated by the government. Using that more realistic measure of unemployment, they found that fewer than 30 percent of black male high school dropouts are currently employed. Seventy percent are jobless. Those are the sorts of unemployment figures one associates with failed Third World states rather than the largest, wealthiest economy on earth. And they augur ill for long-term social stability.”

This is from a Slate article on the study which is available here:

http://www.slate.com/id/2270328/

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Used to be an academic... now I'm a washed up academic. I like cooking, blues music, black writers, and morally compromised people of all persuasions.
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