Discouraged Worker: Definition & Effect Video


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Which one of the following is the BEST explanation of a discouraged worker?

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1. Which of the following is NOT a criteria the United States government uses to determine whether someone is a discouraged worker?

2. How long can you not look for work before the United States government counts you as a discouraged worker?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use this worksheet and quiz set to assess your knowledge of how the United States defines a discouraged worker and how these workers affect the job force. Topics you need to know to correctly answer the quiz questions include how these workers can influence unemployment numbers during periods of job growth.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Check your knowledge of these topics by completing the worksheet and quiz:

  • Definition of a discouraged worker
  • Criteria to be considered a discouraged worker by the United States government
  • Impact of discouraged workers on an unemployment rate during job growth
  • Role of discouraged workers on unemployment when the job market is bad

Skills Practiced

Test these skills when you use the quiz and worksheet:

  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as discouraged workers and unemployed people
  • Critical thinking - examine information about how discouraged workers play a role in the fall of unemployment numbers during economic decline or stagnation in a different light
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the criteria used by the United States government to define a discouraged worker

Additional Learning

To learn more about discouraged workers, read through the accompanying lesson on the subject. This lesson explores the following objectives:

  • Define discouraged worker
  • Identify the criteria that need to be met for a person to be considered a discouraged worker
  • Recognize how discouraged workers skew the calculation of the unemployment rate
  • Understand how discouraged workers entering the job market influence the unemployment rate during times of economic growth and decline