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Civic Health and Unemployment

This 2011 “issue brief” published by the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) explores the relationship between civic engagement and economic resilience. The report finds that five measures of civic engagement – attending meetings, helping neighbors, registering to vote, volunteering and voting – appear to help protect against unemployment and contribute to overall economic resilience.

Civic Health and Unemployment: Can Engagement Strengthen the Economy?” was released by NCoC in partnership with CIRCLE (the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement), Civic Enterprises, Saguaro Seminar, and the National Constitution Center.

Table of Contents

* 1 – Civic Health and Unemployment: Can Engagement Strengthen the Economy?
* 2 – States with More Civic Engagement Have Experienced Less Unemployment
* 3 – Other Forms of Civic Engagement
* 4 – Discussion
* 5 – Patterns in Metropolitan Areas
* 6 – Conclusion
* 7 – End Notes

Be sure to check out and discuss NCoC’s 6 Hypotheses on the Link Between Civic Health and Unemployment at http://ncoc.net/jobsdiscussion.

Resource Link: www.ncoc.net/unemployment

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