As it can be seen from the graph, economic freedom does affect the unemployment rate. In fact, the influence of economic freedom accounts for almost 37 percent of the variation in the unemployment rate. Partial regression coefficient suggests that a 1 point increase in the Index of Economic Freedom would reduce the rate of unemployment rate by 0.1452 percentage point. The coefficient is highly significant with p-value equal to 0.001. Thus, one could hardly blame greater economic freedom and labor market deregulation for the rise of the unemployment rate.
Economic Freedom and Unemployment Rate