Three Types of Unemployment: Cyclical, Frictional & Structural


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Derek was working in construction when the housing bubble burst following the 2008 financial crisis. The demand for new construction declined, and Derek lost his job. This scenario is an example of which type of unemployment?

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1. Why does frictional unemployment occur in the workforce?

2. Which of the following is NOT an example of seasonal unemployment?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Cyclical, frictional, and structural unemployment describe different conditions of unemployment. This quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your knowledge on each of these conditions. The questions on the quiz will test you on your understanding of these types of unemployment.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • Identifying types of unemployment from given scenarios
  • Unemployment that happens due to the ups and downs of the economy
  • Frictionally unemployed

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet will allow you to test your skills in the following areas:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw and retain the most important information on unemployment from the related lesson on this topic
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, mainly the different types of unemployment discussed in this lesson
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the related lesson, mainly the different types of unemployment
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about cyclical, frictional, and structural unemployment in practice

Additional Learning

To learn more about types of unemployment, review the accompanying lesson on cyclical, frictional, and structural unemployment. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define cyclical unemployment
  • Define frictional unemployment
  • Define structural unemployment
  • Discuss types of structural unemployment
  • Demonstrate your ability to identify types of unemployment given certain scenarios