Measuring Unemployment: Family Considerations

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Unemployment statistics are based on aggregates of individuals, not families, yet the family as a unit suffers from unemployment-especially of the major wage earner. This paper explores the ramifications of using the individual rather than the family as the unit of analysis. Two issues in particular are discussed: the tendency to equate employment/unemployment with family economic well-being and the narrow operationalization of the term “unemployed.” Policy implications in the form of additional indicators are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)183-192
Number of pages10
JournalHuman Relations
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1980


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