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Existing research is compelling when making an argument that unemployment correlates with crime. In general, Bender & Theodossiou (2016) also offer some relevant evidence to assert how "After decomposing the unemployment effect on crime into a transitory and persistent effect, evidence of a strong positive correlation between unemployment and almost all types of crime rates is unearthed" (p. 609). Indeed, studies by criminologists, such as Crutchfield (2014), in his book, Get a Job: Labor Markets, Economic Opportunity, and Crime, indicate that "individuals who are marginalized from the labor market are more likely to commit crimes, and communities with more members who are marginal to the labor market have higher rates of crimes." The findings discuss how people's positioning in the labor market tends to affect "...their participation in all kinds of crimes, from violent acts to profit-motivated offenses such as theft and drug trafficking. Crutchfield also draws on his first-hand knowledge of growing up in a poor, black neighborhood in Pittsburgh and later working on the streets as a parole officer, enabling him to develop a more complete understanding of how work and crime are related and both contribute to, and are a result of, social inequalities and disadvantage" (Crutchfield, 2014).
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