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Unemployment measures the percentage of [able bodied]? workers that are not employed.

The category able bodied workers does not usually include:

This is a little strange because employment is usally defined by converting into a percentaage the ratio of: (people who are employed)/(able-bodied persons). Then for the set of {people who are employed} we include the disabled but employed. But for the set of [able bodied]?, we exclude them. In an ideal world where the majority of disabled people have the necessary accomodations and health care to work, this ratio could conceivably be over 100%.

Q. Is this a formal definition from somewhere and a current one?

In the United States, the number is complicated because it does not count able bodied workers that are no longer looking for work.

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