Are Wars to Blame for the Horrific Unemployment Rates?

Unemployment rates are now worse than ever.  We decided to learn more about this topic and do some research and determine what is really causing the employment rates to drop.  

Did you know that there are an estimated 102 million working age Americans who don’t work? Unemployment affects the stability of families and individuals. With unemployment rates extremely high during the times of wars, individuals struggle to find work and staying employed. The effects of a recession on families lasts much longer than the actual war itself. The mainstream media may speak about how “amazing” the reemployment has gotten. As you will see below, we are in the midst of a long unemployment crisis in America.

  1. During the year of 2009, what country was the U.S. at war with? The United States was at war with Afghanistan because of 9/11, in 2001. The war with Afghanistan was the worst in 2009, with a total of 71,000 U.S. troops.
  2. How did the war with Afghanistan in 2009 affect the employment of U.S. Citizens at the time? During December of 2007, the national unemployment rate was at 5 percent, by the end of the war at 2009, the unemployment rate was at 9.5 percent.
  3. When U.S. goes to war with other countries,why does it affect the economy? The increased military spending following 9/11  was financed was almost entirely by borrowing from China. But military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan have raised debt owed by the U.S. by about 1 percent of GDP, a trend that is expected to continue through 2020.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the highest unemployment rate was during the year 2009, due to the war in Afghanistan. Black and hispanic people have a higher rate of unemployment, than white or asian people. The number of working age Americans that are unnemployed have increased by about 27 million since the year 2000

What factors key in to unemployment rates?

Unemployment Rate based on Race

This dot plot represents the unemployment rate from the years 2009-1014. This graph also includes

This dot plot represents the unemplotment rates throught the years of 2009-2013. This dot plot also includes race to unemployment rates throughout the years. This plot represents that race does affect the chance of people getting unemployed. White people were less likely to get unemployed, rather than a black or hispanic person. The plots are not really scattered, showing that there is a pattern within the statistics.

The unemployment rate went up 2 percent from 2009-2010, this is due to the post-war recession.

This dot plot represents years to the unemployment rates in general (%). As represented in this  graph, throughout the years, the unemployment rates have gone up, then went down. This shows that the economy is worse after a war, rather than during a war.

Unemployment Rate in the years 2009 - 2013

Here are box plots to show the unemployment rates in  2009 versus 2013. As seen, the highest unemployment rate during 2009 was very high, at 9.4%. The highest unemployment rate in 2013 was at 7%. Therefore, was a higher range on unemployment rates in 2009, rather than 2013 and we think this is mainly because of the wars going on.

Unemployment Rate based on Age

These box plots are in order by age 16-19, 20-30, 30,40, and 40-50. These box plots allowed me to tell which age was the main age that are unemployed/lost thier jobs. Through the box plots and the medians of the data you can tell 16-19 year olds have the highest unemployment rate, with a median of 19.9 while are the other ones are in the range 4-7. So we have concluding 16-19 have the highest unemployment range based on age.

Project Produced By: Shani Katav, Briana Soler, and Cristal Juarez


  • Throughout the reasearch our group has been performing, we were all able to draw the conclusion that wars are affecting the economy, which falls back on unemployment rates. But we also discovered that there are many different factors other than wars to getting unemployed. We have discovered that race also takes a big role in the unemployment rates. We have found African Americans have the highest unemployment rate based on race, second comes hispanics, then caucasians come last. Age alos affects the unemployment rates, for example, ages between 16-19 have a higher unemployment rater, rather than a 40-50 year old . Through this project we hoped to figure out the key factors that effect the unemployment, and we have done so. With all this information we hope America changes it's way of being and finds a way to accommodate  people and their needs for a job. We hope you can take something back from this research and find a way to make a change.

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