a) Many are concerned that the U.S. go directly from a period of high cyclical unemployment to a period of high structural unemployment. Should an unemployed person care which label an economist applies or is out of work is just out of work?
b) In terms of economic health, what do you think is more telling, the trend in job damage or the trend in job creation? If you could only see one of these series before making a guess on the economic health of a nation, which would you want to see? Why?