Quote Originally Posted by spud_meister View Post
And the results of that?

According to this (I'm not sure if the link works), it had no visible effect on the trend.
Why would it? Unemployment rates are a result of a lot of factors, most of them beyond the control of the unemployed. More people looking for jobs doesn't magically create more jobs. The number of people collecting unemployment or welfare is a result of unemployment rates, not a cause of them.

What you're looking for is a trend in how quickly people moved from social safety nets to self-sufficiency.