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Civic Health and Unemployment: Can Engagement Strengthen the Economy?

This 2011 Issue Brief from the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) explores the relationship between civic engagement and economic resilience. It 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.

Note: An update to this research was released in September 2012. “Civic Health and Unemployment II: The Case Builds” is available at www.ncoc.net/unemployment2.

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

“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.

Resource Link: www.ncoc.net/unemployment

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