What exactly is the unemployment rate?
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What exactly is the unemployment rate?

Note: This is post #98 in a weekly video series on basic economics.

If someone has a job, they’re defined as “employed.” But does that mean that everyone without a job is unemployed? Not exactly.

For the official statistics, you have to meet quite a few criteria to be considered unemployed in the U.S., explains economist Alex Tabarrok. In this video by Marginal Revolution University, Tabarrok explains how unemployment is officially defined by the federal government.

(If you find the pace of the videos too slow, I’d recommend watching them at 1.5 to 2 times the speed. You can adjust the speed at which the video plays by clicking on “Settings” (the gear symbol) and changing “Speed” from normal to 1.25, 1.5 or 2.)

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Joe Carter

Joe Carter is a Senior Editor at the Acton Institute. Joe also serves as an editor at the The Gospel Coalition, a communications specialist for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and as an adjunct professor of journalism at Patrick Henry College. He is the editor of the NIV Lifehacks Bible and co-author of How to Argue like Jesus: Learning Persuasion from History's Greatest Communicator (Crossway).