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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

Who Decides Wage Rates?

In this lesson, students play the role of either buyers or sellers of labor to examine the interconnectedness of individuals and companies in labor markets. Students learn that the demand and supply for labor determine market wage rates and that wages depend, in part, on individual productivity.

Grades: 9-12
Published: 12/31/2014