Making Sense of Unemployment Data (Page One Economics)

Job growth has been healthy over the past five years. However, many people are still concerned about the overall health of the labor market. The February 2016 issue of Page One Economics explains what the unemployment rate does—and does not—measure and whether it is a reliable indicator of the health of the labor market.

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Education Level: 9-12 College Non-educators
Subjects: AP Economics Economics STEM
Concepts: Employment Unemployment
Resource Types: Publication Lesson
Languages: English
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