The unemployment rate is a key indicator of the health of any economy, and a harbinger of social ills: as the unemployment rate rises all kinds of social problems tend to grow, like poverty, crime, delinquency, alcoholism and domestic violence.  Despite its importance, defining the unemployment rate — especially who is considered employed and unemployed — is more complex than one might imagine, and the U.S. Government’s definition may surprise you.  Take this quiz to find out how much you know about how unemployment is defined in the USA.

Special thanks to Learning Life intern Kane Boynton for drafting this quiz, and to Learning Life Content Writer Craig Gusmann for editing the quiz.