Unemployment involves hardship for those who are seeking but cannot find work and can be signal of a national economic recession. While unemployment numbers have improved as the economy slowly recovers from the recession, many are still out of work. Brookings experts examine what unemployment numbers mean for the state of the economy, and discuss the role the government should play in helping the unemployed get back to work.
Alternative Seasonal Adjustments: The Economy Actually Added 211,000 Jobs Last Month, Not 175,000
March 7, 2014, Jonathan Wright
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the economy gained 175 thousand jobs last month, but new analysis from BPEA author Jonathan Wright finds that the economy actualy gained 211 thousand jobs. Wright's new methods to adjust for seasonal patterns in employment data have proven to be more accurate.
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