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ECON 2006, Chapter 7--Unemployment

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ECON 2006, Chapter 7--Unemployment ECON 2006

Shannon Cummins
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These notes cover all things unemployment--its definition, 3 conditions, different types, etc. They also discuss different measurements of unemployment and their formulas, including unemployment r...
Principles of Economics
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Econ, 2006, unemployment, Chapter, 7, condition, types, measurements, rate, Labor, Force, participation, Example, 6, shortcomings, healthy, contractionary, expansionary, natural, full
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Date Created: 09/06/16
Unemployment—8.29.2016 Unemployment – occurs when a worker who is not currently employed is searching for a job without success. 1. not employed 2. searching 3. without success Types of unemployment:  Structural unemployment – unemployment caused by changes in the industrial makeup (structure) of the economy. o New technology replaces jobs and industries altogether (i.e. U.S. steel industry)  Frictional unemployment – unemployment caused by time delays in matching available jobs and Natural and,workers. therefore, >o0% Also called the “matching problem.”  Cyclical unemployment – unemployment caused by economic downturns. o The worst unemployment; results from an unhealthy economy; not natural. o 0%, < 0%, or > 0% 8.31.2016 Unemployment rate – the percentage of the labor force that is unemployed.  U = number unemployed/labor force x 100%  Labor force = employed + unemployed o Retirees, full time students, people in jail, children under age 16 are NOT in the labor force o Jobless people not actively seeking employment are NOT in the labor force Natural unemployment rate – the typical rate of unemployment that occurs when the economy is growing normally.  U* = structural unemployment + frictional unemployment Full employment output (y*) – output level produced in an economy when the unemployment rate (u) is equal to the natural rate of unemployment (u*)  Real GDP = y Economical cases: 1. Healthy economy: F > 0%, S > 0%, C = 0%...................U = U* and Y = Y* 2. Contractionary economy: F > 0%, S > 0%, C > 0%.......U > U* and Y < Y* 3. Expansionary economy: F > 0%, S > 0%, C < 0%..........U < U* and Y > Y* Shortcomings of the unemployment rate:  Discouraged workers o If you are not actively looking for a job, you are not considered unemployed. In this case, unemployment rate is underestimated.  Underemployed workers o If you have a bad job, you are not considered unemployed. In this case, unemployment rate is underestimated.  Unemployment timeline o Unemployment rate lags behind economic activity. People may start looking for a job after the economy improves (making them unemployed when they weren’t previously), which may even lead to an increase in unemployment rate!  Who is unemployed? o It is difficult to capture the amount of unemployed people. Some people have no incentive to inform the government of their unemployment. Unemployment rate is therefore underestimated. Labor force participation rate – the percentage of the population that is in the labor force  Labor force participation rate = labor force / population x 100% 9.2.2016 Chapter 6 Example: Year Nominal GDP (q x p) Price Level Real GDP 2009 13939.0 109.7 100 x (13939/109.7) = 12706.5 2010 14526.5 111 100 x (14526.5/111) = 13086.9 Change in nominal GDP: 100 x (14526.5 – 13939.0)/13939.0 = 4.2% Change in price level: 100 x (111 – 109.7)/109.7 = 1.2% Change in real GDP: 100 x (13086.9 – 12706.5)/12706.5 = 3%


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