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Looking Beyond Unemployment Rates Economist Mark Thoma has posted a useful primer on the strength and weakness of the unemployment as an indicator of the job market, and the importance of supplementing it with indicators such as the employment-to-population ratio. LMI Win-Win Network 1120 0  11/18/2013
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Leading Indicators of Unemployment Declines Researchers at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco have attempted to identify which indicators best predict improvement in the unemployment rate. They highlight 6 of 30 potential measures that better forecast unemployment six months into the future than does the past unemployment rate itself. LMI Win-Win Network 1145 0  10/17/2013
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4 Long-Term Unemployment Studies The growing proportion of the unemployed who have been out of work for an extended period is stimulating new research into this problem, with several new studies issued by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the Urban Institute. LMI Win-Win Network 495 0  08/27/2013
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Revisions in Monthly Employment Data BLS has issued an easy-to-understand explanation for why its monthly employment estimates are sometimes later significantly revised. BLS monthly employment and unemployment estimates emanate from two completely separate sources: the Current Employment Statistics (CES) survey (explained in the above article), and the Current Population Survey (CPS) — not discussed in the article. LMI Win-Win Network 411 0  08/21/2013
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Long-Term Unemployment: Consequences & Solutions The U.S. Congressional Joint Economic Committee recently held a hearing on "Long-Term Unemployment: Consequences and Solutions," with testimony from former BLS Commissioner Keith Hall, Harry Holzer of the Georgetown Public Policy Institute, and Kevin Hassett of the American Enterprise Institute, among others. LMI Win-Win Network 335 0  05/07/2013
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