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your comment " how high the USA is on labor market "inactivity" - higher than OECD averages in almost every category." reminded me of the charts/data I was looking for.  I thought based on your wording we were thinking along the same vein.  I think the data compares the working population to either total population, or working age population.  It's a different way of looking at this, stripping away all of the different buckets countries sometimes put the unemployed in for statistical purposes.  Our previous conversations had focused on the group of people that had just given up looking for jobs.

I should be able to find this myself, but I have not been successful.

by wchurchill on Mon Oct 24th, 2005 at 01:05:57 PM EST
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"for statistical purposes" actually means "for obfuscation purposes".

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Oct 24th, 2005 at 01:40:10 PM EST
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Well, you have to try and work out why people aren't working: in an economy that was doing well and lots of people get rich, people might stop working earlier because they have enough to be comfortable on.

Being inactive isn't necessarily a bad thing.

Here's the real point: comparing unemployment rates across economies is at best difficult, at worst wilful bullshit.

by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Mon Oct 24th, 2005 at 03:23:53 PM EST
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