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Alternative seasonal adjustments close to official totals
August 7, 2015, Jonathan Wright
Each month, many thousands of workers across the U.S. lose their jobs, while others find themselves newly employed. But the raw number may not speak to the economy but rather many of these changes are the result of predictable seasonal fluctuations.
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