Chart of the Week: Augmented Unemployment Rate
The Augmented Unemployment Rate reflects the discouraged, the underemployed, the part timers. It provides a more helpful macro view of employees as potential retail consumers.
According to this government statistic, the actual unemployment rate is closer to 9%. This may be a more accurate measure of labor than using new unemployment claims.
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What on earth is the vertical scale on that graph?
6, 7, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10, 10
I can *almost* explain it by assuming that every other number N is actually N+0.5, and rounding for presentation makes the '.5's disappear. But neither rounding up nor rounding down explains why 9 only appears once.
Posted by: John Aspinall | Jan 13, 2004 11:18:08 AM
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