Paul Solman shows how the number of people who fall outside of official jobless rates indicates that the actual unemployment rate is higher than reported.

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Key Concepts

Full Employment, Types of Unemployment, Unemployment, Unemployment Rate


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 ...

Grades 9-12

U.S. Senate Rejects Minimum Wage Bill

In 1998, the Senate voted to reject a $1 increase in the federal hourly minimum wage. The vote fell along party lines, with Democrats voting in favor of the proposal and Republicans voting against it. Interview your classmates to find arguments for and against.

Grades 9-12

Phillips Curve

This lesson explores the relationship of unemployment to inflation in the 1960s and after. Students will discover the short-run trade-off between inflation and unemployment when unemployment is less than its natural rate. Students will learn how wage setters formed adaptive expectations about fu...

Grades 9-12

The Unemployment Game

Students will learn about important labor market statistics that are frequently discussed in the media. An understanding of the unemployment rate and labor force participation rate will be developed through participation in an interactive simulation game.

Grades 9-12

Jobs: Who Needs 'Em?

In this lesson, students will look at the importance having some kind of job. At early ages they sometimes get the idea that money grows on trees and they should get anything that they want. This lesson will look at the consequences of having a job, having a non-paying job (like a stay at home mo...

Grades 3-5


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