Typical discussions about unemployment treat it like a mystery, but its causes are actually straightforward
Tony Dejak / AP
Media reports will again speak of unemployment as if it were some kind of ghostly vapor that mysteriously sinks upon an economy, the same way that people used to think about the plague and then seek to cure it with spells, canon blasts, or bleeding. Unemployment at this stage in the cycle has clear roots in the hampering of free enterprise: regulatory burdens on business, antitrust interventions, mandated benefits, the push to mandate health care coverage, high taxes, labor market interventions like minimum wages and child-labor laws, unstable investment environment, as well as overall regime uncertainty. See Out of Work.
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