Traditionally, rational thought says that when people lose their jobs, they are more likely to turn to a life of crime, but is it really true? Does unemployment really affect crime levels?

The Wall Street Journal just published an opinion piece that covers the relationship between the economy and crime. Although the relationship between the economy and crime has been hotly debated for decades, you’ll find that this article offers some helpful insights and offers some practical advice about the relationship. For example, the article points out that property crime (theft, burglary, etc.) is likely to increase in a bad economy in areas with a high number of male unskilled workers who have been laid off, but murder and rape are not affected by the economy at all. For more details, read the full article by clicking the link above.

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