The Divorce Rate Bounces Back Up

But there’s a silver lining:

According to a 2013 paper by the University of Arizona’s Jessamyn Schaller, quoted by Bloomberg, a one percentage point increase in the unemployment rate correlates with a 1.7 percent fall in the divorce rate. Another study, by researchers at the Universities of Maryland and North Carolina, suggests that recessions are especially likely to stop women without a college education from ending their marriages, potentially because they’d have the most trouble landing work or finding money for a lawyer.

So the recent uptick in unhappy endings is, perversely, good news for the rest of us.