This brief discusses the sweeping impact the Great Recession has had on Americans, particularly men, single parents, young adults, and people with less education. Using data from the 2007 and 2010 Annual Social and Economic Supplement of the Current Population Survey, the authors report that unemployment is highest among men and among unmarried adults, regardless of place or parenting status. Although this was also true before the recession, gaps between men and women, and the unmarried and married, have widened considerably during the recession. Also during the Great Recession, unemployment rose more in central cities and suburban places than in rural places, perhaps because rural unemployment was already high prior to the start of the recession.
Issue Brief No. 35
Durham, N.H. : Carsey Institute, University of New Hampshire
Mattingly, Marybeth J.; Smith, Kristin; and Bean, Jessica A., "Unemployment in the Great Recession: single parents and men hit hard" (2011). The Carsey School of Public Policy at the Scholars' Repository. Paper 144.
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