The lesson summarizes the content of the February 1, 2008, U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, announcement of the unemployment rate and employment data for the month of January, 2008. The meaning and importance of the data are discussed. Student consider the implications of the data for the economy and themselves.Exercises are included for reinforcing the concepts.
Real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) during the third quarter (July through September) of 2001 decreased at an annual rate of 0.4 percent. This is the preliminary estimate for the second quarter. The estimate is based on incomplete data and will be revised in the coming months. During the first and second quarters of 2001, real GDP increased at an annual rate of 1.3 percent and 0.3 percent respectively. For the year 2000, real GDP increased at annual rates of 2.3, 5.7, 1.3, and 1.9 percent in each of the four quarters. The slowing rate of growth throughout 2000 has continued through 2001. The growth rate in real GDP over the last 12 months has been 0.8 percent. That compares with a more than 4 percent annual growth rate over the last several years.
In March of 2001, a recession began. The current case examines the changes in real GDP in the most recent quarter and how those changes reflect the current recessionary conditions. The definition of a recession is a "significant decline in total output, income, employment, and trade, usually lasting from six months to a year, and marked by widespread contractions in many sectors of the economy."
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