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What is Cyclical Unemployment?

Cyclical unemployment is closely related to Keynesian economics theory. It refers to a situation where there are more people looking for work than there are jobs available. This type of unemployment is caused by the business cycle. It can occur for a number of reasons but is related to the performance of the economy. A good example is when cyclical unemployment occurs due to a fall in consumer demand. This leads to manufacturers reducing production and thus not needing as many employees. This situation causes increased unemployment.

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