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Macro (EC102)_ Unemployment

by: Linda Perks

Macro (EC102)_ Unemployment EC102

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Date Created: 02/29/16
Zara Mahmood September 12, 13 EC102 Lecture 3: Unemployment BLS Monthly Employment Survey As of August, U.S. unemployment rate was 7.3%  Employed – worked, even part time, in the last week  Unemployed – Did not work in the last week, but did look for job over the last month o Together constitutes the labor force o Labor Force – The sum of employed and unemployed workers in the economy  Not in Labor Force – did not work in the last week or actively look for job in last month o Discouraged workers – People who are available for work but have not looked for a job during the previous four weeks because they believe no jobs are available for them  Unemployment Rate – The percentage of the labor force that is unemployed Unemployment rate = (# unemployed/# in labor force) x 100  Labor force participation rate – the percentage of the working age population in the labor force Labor force participation rate = (labor force/working age population) x 100 Types of Unemployment Frictionally – Short term unemployment that arises from the process of matching workers with job  people between jobs  Normal type of unemployment  not worrisome Zara Mahmood September 12, 13 EC102 Structurally – Unemployment that arises from a persistent mismatch between the skills and attributes of workers and the requirements of jobs  In between jobs because they need to update their skills in order to find a new job  Learn new accounting software, familiarize with robotic equipment  Normal type of unemployment  not worrisome o Find a better job in more dynamic economy *Both Frictional and Structural  natural rate of unemployment Factors Which Influence the Natural Rate What determines how much frictional and structural unemployment there will be? Government policies  Training programs  decrease natural rate, gets people reemployed faster o Trade adjustment assistance program  Minimum wage laws  Forces wage to remain above equilibrium o Quantity labor supplied > quantity labor demanded Unemployment compensation  More incentive to stay unemployed o Reduces opportunity cost of being out of work o Increases frictional unemployment o U.S. equals about half the average wage for 6 months  Canada/Eur is 70-80% of wage for a year+ Labor Market Policies Legal restrictions on hours, vacations, retirement  Esp.firing; especially restrictive in Europe Labor Unions Bargain with employers over wages, benefits, working conditions  Important in airlines, autos, steel, and telecom o Can keep wages above equilibrium in unionized industries o Surplus of labor is unemployment o 9% of private workforce is unionized Efficiency Wages  Above equilibrium, increase local productivity  Efficiency Wage – A higher-than-market wage that a firm pays to increase worker productivity o Reduce worker turnover o Reduce absenteeism o Increase productivity o Attract higher-quality job applicants  Can increase unemployment  more people want to work Identifying Unemployment Natural rate of unemployment – Consists of frictional and structural unemployment  Normal rate of unemployment Zara Mahmood September 12, 13 EC102 Cyclical unemployment  worrisome Cyclical Unemployment – Unemployment caused by a business cycle recession  Deviation of unemployment from its natural state  Currently 2.3% of natural 7.3% How is unemployment measured?  Unemployment rate o Percentage of labor force that is unemployed o (Number of unemployment/labor force) x 100  Labor-force participation rate o Percentage of adult population that is in the labor force o (Labor force/adult population) x 100 Introduction to Economic Growth Growth – Is the change in real GDP over time Growth Rate – the annual percentage change in real GDP  %∆Y  (Real GDP later yearal GDP earlier yearP earlier year What we really care about is the change in real per capita GDP *Small differences in economic growth rates result in big differences in living standards The Rule of 70 Enables you to calculate the years it takes some growing quantity to double  Years to double  70/Growth Rate o Growth rate = 2% o Years to double 70/2 = 35 years Per Capita GDP  Per Capita GDP = GDP/Population Growth rate of real per capita GDP  %∆Y (Y/Pop)  Growth rate of Y – Growth rate of pop  %∆Y - %∆pop The Significance of Growth Economic growth is the ultimate determinant of such variables as…  Nutrition  Literacy  Infant mortality  Life Expectancy


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