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Second/Third Quarter 2012

Where Have All the Workers Gone?

Why are more people leaving the labor force, and what are they doing?

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Elsby, Michael W.L., Bart Hobijn, Aysegul Sahin, and Robert G. Valletta. “The Labor Market in the Great Recession: An Update to September 2011.” Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, Fall 2011, vol. 43, no. 2, pp. 353-384.

Kudlyak, Marianna, and David A. Price. "The Increased Role of Flows Between Nonparticipation and Unemployment During the Great Recession and Recovery." Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond Economic Brief, June 2012, no. 12-06.

Sahin, Aysegul, Joseph Song, and Bart Hobijn. “The Unemployment Gender Gap During the 2007 Recession.” Federal Reserve Bank of New York Current Issues in Economics and Finance, February 2010, vol. 16, no. 2.

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Van Zandweghe, Willem. “Interpreting the Recent Decline in Labor Force Participation.” Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City Economic Review, First Quarter 2012, vol. 97, no. 1, pp. 5-34.

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