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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

Focus on Economic Data: U.S. Employment and the Unemployment Rate, January 13, 2015

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 December, 2014, reported January 9, 2015. The lesson focuses on the problems in measuring unemployment and the definitions used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

Grades: 9-12
Published: 01/29/2015

Focus on Economic Data: Employment and Unemployment October 3, 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 September, reported Oct. 3, 2014. The lesson presents the various BLS definitions regarding labor force attachment, as well as discusses the two surveys used in data collection. It also presents the BLS alternative measures of unemployment. This is a basic lesson, which will be built upon as the academic year progresses.

Grades: 9-12
Published: 11/14/2014

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Focus: Understanding Economics in U.S. History

Focus: Understanding Economics in U.S. History uses a unique mystery-solving approach to teach U.S. economic history to your high school students.

Grades: 9-12
Published: 2006

9 out of 40 lessons from this publication relate to this EconEdLink lesson.

World History: Focus on Economics

With lessons combining economics and world history, students discover how people and nations developed as a result of making decisions based on maximizing local resources.

Grades: 9-12
Published: 1996

4 out of 12 lessons from this publication relate to this EconEdLink lesson.

Focus: High School Economics

This revised edition features simulations, role plays, small-group discussions and other active-learning instructional activities to help students explore economic concepts through real-life applications.

Grades: 9-12
Published: 2001

3 out of 21 lessons from this publication relate to this EconEdLink lesson.