Unemployment Statistics and Family Deconstruction

This week the Gallup Polling Company released its latest research on the unemployment rate, and its misleading analysis at http://www.gallup.com/opinion/chairman/181469/big-lie-unemployment.aspx. The U.S. Government is not counting as unemployed those who have given up looking for employment, as Gallup clearly states.  Though Gallup does not emphasize this, the unemployment rate also does not include those who have instead chosen to rely on public benefits and are no longer looking for work are.  What is also not obvious from this report, however, is that many who are unemployed and relying on public benefits reside in never-formed or fragmented families – a grave effect of family breakdown.


A thouroughly researched analysis of the effect of family breakdown on state costs for pubilc benefits was done by Rachel K. Toberty, now a California family attorney, and myself and published in Regent University's Law Review in an article entitled "Fifty State Survey of the Cost of Family Fragmentation," which you can download and review at http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2205349.  The article provides detailed dollar amounts which states spend to support family deconstruction,largely  because of unemployment of the family members.  The great government expense of family breakdown, whether from divorce or unwed childbearing and never-formed families, reveals that broken families are not simply about providing more federal funding for the unemployed, or about protecting individual privacy choices, but are a matter of legitimate and authentic concern for researchers, taxpayers, legislators, and all government officials, as well as individuals who care about the deconstruction - or restoration - of the family in the United States.


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