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Subject:  Re: note on non-employment Date:  9/6/2013  9:57 PM
Author:  PeterRabit Number:  433317 of 465013

From 1950 to 1970 about 60% of the US population had jobs. We don't remember those years as being bad economically.

See Table 4.
http://www.bls.gov/opub/mlr/2002/05/art2full.pdf

I think a bigger clue to our problems is that we have mostly eliminated housework. So in the fifties and sixties all of those stay-at-home spouses were working hard in the house and reducing the need for cash income from the breadwinner.

Now if one spouse loses a job, there is not that much they can do at home productively.

Peter
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