The civil unrest now unfolding in Egypt and Tunisia causes one to ponder causes. One indicator that may be a starting point for analysis is the employment to population ratios of these countries. The chart below provides a ranking of countries in accordance with their employment to population ratios.
Countries with employment to population ratios below 50.0% appear to be more susceptable to civil unrest, though the statistics above are insufficient to conclude causation. Many economists believe that a nation's employment to population ratio provides a more reliable indication of macroeconomic health than the unemployment rate given the confusion surrounding the definition of "unemployment" in the public domain.
Source: United Nations
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