[T]his chart largely explains why sky-high unemployment hasn’t produced any real sense of urgency in our political class. It’s because unemployment is high among people who don’t vote and low among people who do. If the stock market were crashing or corporate profits were down, that would be one thing. But unemployment? It’s just not that big a deal.
James Joyner has little sympathy:
An alternative view of the charts is that the unemployed are mostly people who’ve done an incredibly poor job of managing their own lives. ... In this day and age, it’s simply irresponsible not to finish high school or at least get a GED. Hell, you’re required by law to go to school through age 16. How hard is it to hang around another year and get that diploma?
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