Unemployment and its impact on US and Global Economy

Unemployment and its impact on US and global economy by Fida Hussain

What is Unemployment? Those people who have no job or they are looking for some new job and are available to work are unemployed people. Unemployment is one of the major issues faced on a global level because without jobs, as they are major sources of income, common people will suffer and it becomes challenging for them to survive.

Why unemployment increases OR decreases?

There are two major sides which play the main role in the increase/decrease of unemployment:

1. Supply
2. Demand

Supply and demand curve of unemployment

The supply side can include different types of unemployment like:

– Frictional Unemployment
– Structural Unemployment
– Geographical Immobility
– Real Wage Unemployment
– Technological Change

If we talk about the demand side, Different types of Unemployment caused by the demand side like:

– High Interest Rates
– Global Recession
– Negative Multiplier Effect
– Financial Crisis

Similarly, there are many other external reasons, which lead to an increase in unemployment and has a huge effect on the global economy.

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How unemployment rate can affect the economy?

Different factors like GDP, Inflation, Interest Rates and Unemployment Rate (One of the major instrument) are used to determine the health of the economy. The Unemployment rate can be a cause a very disastrous effect on the economy, It can lower the GDP rate. According to the researchers, It was concluded that even a +1 % increase in the unemployment rate can cause a multiplier effect on the GDP Rate and it can be lowered to about -2%. Whenever the unemployment rate increases the government and the federal reserve has to pay more Unemployment-Benefits which is a burden on the economy as a liability.

Usually, It is the goal of every country to lowering its inflation rate and unemployment rates. But if we see the US Unemployment Rates have lowered but the inflation rates have increased. US Is having the highest inflation rate of 2.8% which is mainly due to the increased prices of shelter and gasoline.

The Relationship between unemployment rates and inflation rates is inverse. According to the Philips Curve, If Unemployment rate decreases, The Inflation must increase and the same case lies here. Let’s have a look at the curve.

Short run Philips curve explains unemployment

On the other hand, If we compare the rate and the GDP Rate, Here the OKUN’S Law applies, According to the rule of thumb it states that if Unemployment rate declines about 1%, The GDP Will increase about 2% which is a multiplier effect. Let’s have a look at the OKUN’S Law about the relationship of Unemployment Rate and GDP.

A sight on the statistics from US

The United States in 2010-11 has already observed a huge increase in the unemployment rate which caused a large negative impact on the US Economy. Usually, Unemployment falls during different periods also can be called as Extraordinary Events which can be like Tax Revenue Falls, Net Costs Increase, and Economic Prosperity etc. United States had always a goal to achieve full employment rate and decreasing the inflation rates. United States is currently working hard to achieve their goals.


The total population of United States currently is 325.7 Million, Which is such a big population and if we see around 125 Million People are working full-time (35 hours in week total). According to 2017, The Unemployment rate of United States was 4.7%, It looks very little but if we compare it with the population size, 4.7% of 325.7 Million Population is such a big figure. However, According to 2018, the job openings in United States were 6.3 million which would have increased the employment rate.

Let’s have a look at the United States employment statistics during the last 10 years as according to the reports published by IMF

United States US employment graph

According to the recent paper published by “Bureau of Labour Statistics”, The research for the 48 states of America. A huge decrease in Unemployment Rate was observed. About 15 states observed a huge decline in Unemployment Rate which is a very good factor about One-Fourth states of United States are increasing their employment rates which is a big contribution to the economy. 3 states had the largest jobs gain, A large increase in these states which included:

1. Florida( +180,200)
2. Texas (+325,100)
3. California (+306,000)

As in May 2018 – The Unemployment rate in United States had declined from 4.7% to 3.8%. The table below indicates the unemployment rates of different states of United States till May 2018, let’s have a look:

 Unemployment rate of different states of US

Here, Alaska with the highest Unemployment Rate of 7.2% and Hawaii with the lowest Unemployment rate of 2.0%, The Largest % gain occurred in Idaho +3.4% if we compare it with the last year. While other states excluding Texas, California, Florida which have already been discussed having the highest job gains. While the other states had minor changes or remained unchanged. United States is on its way to achieving the goal of Complete Employment Rate, However, these changes can be a big contribution towards the economy of the country.

The Author is an Economist and an administrator at Sambara Education System, Pakistan.

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