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Study finds divorce rate drops when unemployment is rising

Studies in the USA have found that, suprisingly divorce rates appear to drop when unemployment increases and increase when economies recover.

Penn State sociology professors Paul Amato and Brett Beattie have found that after analyzing data from all 50 states between 1960 and 2005 that there presumptions were wrong.
Prior to 1980, when unemployment numbers spiked, divorce followed suit. But, since the 1980s, when unemployment rates have risen, divorce rates have dropped.

In March 2007, before the bubble burst, 4.6 percent of the labour force was unemployed, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Three years later, the unemployment rate jumped to 10.2 percent. Divorce, on the other hand, decreased by 1.4 percent between 2007 and 2008, according to the report, and then by another 2.8 percent between 2008 and 2009.

While these results could indicate that couples pull together in times of crisis, experts are less sure.

More on this story in The Huffington Post

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This post was written by Mark Keenan. Editor of the Divorce Online Blog and Managing Director of Online Legal Service Ltd. Mark has been writing about divorce and related subjects for over 20+ years and is an expert in legal marketing.

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