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Lessons on Concept 'Unemployment' for 6-8

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Focus on Economic Data, April, 2013
Grade 9-12 / EconEdLink: This lesson examines the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, announcement of employment data and the unemployment rate for the month of April, 2013, reported May 3, 2013. This lesson introduces the basic concepts of the BLS employment and unemployment data.

What Is Unemployment, How Is It Measured, and Why Does the Fed Care?
Grade 9-12 / St. Louis Fed: In this lesson, students read and interpret choropleth maps, which contain unemployment data. They compare verbal descriptions of the labor market from the Federal Reserve’s Beige Book with the mapped data. In addition, students compare unemployment data for different years. Students access or observe how to access this data online.