Episode 5: Unemployment

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If you are not actively looking for work, are you considered unemployed? Scholars research what economic factors earn a person the designation of unemployed. The fifth lesson of a 21-part series from Econ Lowdown looks into unemployment, underemployment, and discouraged members of the work force. Historians use a podcast to analyze how those searching for work impact the overall health of the economy. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Extend the lesson with an exercise on the changes in the unemployment rate since 1929
  • Assign a reading on the definition of unemployment as a preview of the lesson
Classroom Considerations
  • Makes the podcast available as a video lesson if needed 
  • Teacher portal on Econ Lowdown contains ideas for lesson extension 
  • Resource provides audio and visual material for differentiated instruction 
  • None