|Growth Rate—Real Gross Domestic Product||0.3%||2.0%||4.7%||2.0%*|
|Inflation Rate—Consumer Price Index||2.4%||3.2%||3.8%||2.3%|
|Civilian Unemployment Rate||5.6%||5.6%||5.4%||5.2%|
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) conducts a monthly survey called the Current Population Survey. The BLS randomly chooses about 58,000 households to survey.
It counts people as unemployed if they: