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Focus on Economic Data: U.S. Employment and the Unemployment Rate, November 8, 2014

This lesson uses the latest employment and unemployment data release by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, for the month of October, reported Nov. 7, 2014. The lesson presents the kinds of unemployment and asks students to think about what the optimal level of unemployment is and how unemployment and inflation are linked.

Grades: 9-12
Published: 11/19/2014

Focus on Economic Data: U.S. Employment and the Unemployment Rate, December 7, 2014

This lesson uses the latest employment and unemployment data release by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, for the month of November, reported Dec. 5, 2014. The lesson presents the role that seasonality plays in unemployment and employment.

Grades: 9-12
Published: 12/19/2014

Focus on Economic Data: U.S. Employment and the Unemployment Rate, March, 2013

This lesson examines the April 5, 2013, U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, announcement of U.S. employment data and the unemployment rate for the month of March, 2013. This lesson introduces the basic concepts of the BLS employment and unemployment data. The meaning and importance of the data are discussed. Assessment exercises are included for reinforcing knowledge of the concepts.

Grades: 9-12
Published: 05/10/2013