While the headlines tell us the monthly unemployment rate, we can look at other numbers in the report to get the whole story.
Far more than constraining Saudi women, Saudi Arabia’s discrimination diminishes the entire economy’s production possibilities.
Partially reflecting more women in the labor force, the participation rate rose from the 1970s until recently but now the mystery is why it is falling.
There is probably a tradeoff between health insurance and the demand for jobs. During 2005 in Tennessee, the demand for jobs increased when 170,000 people lost their Medicaid health insurance coverage. Researchers call that jobs/health insurance tie, the “employment lock.” Looking at…