##### Discuss the unemployment and inflation rate

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DATA EXERCISE #2

Part 1: The Unemployment
Rate (weight 30% of the assignment grade)
Complete the following exercise

Visit the Bureau of Labor
Statistics Web Site,
www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.toc.htm . Select Employment Situation Summary.
Write a report (1-2 pages
double – spaced) to answer the questions:
1.
What month (and year) is summarized? What was the unemployment rate for that
month? How does that rate compare with the rate in the previous month?
2.
What were the unemployment rates for adult women, teenagers, blacks, Hispanics,
and whites? How did these rates compare with those a month earlier?
3.
What factors make it difficult to determine the unemployment rate?
4. Why is unemployment an
economic problem?
5. What are the noneconomic effects
of unemployment?
6. Who loses from unemployment?

Part 2: The Inflation Rate (weight 30% of the
Complete the following
exercise:
Visit the Bureau of Labor
Statistics Web Site,
www.bls.gov/news.release/cpi.toc.htm . Select Consumer Price Index Summary.
Write a report (1-2 pages
double – spaced) to answer the questions:
1. What month (and year) is
summarized? What was CPI-U for that month?
2.
What was the rate of inflation (percentage change in the CPI-U) for the month?
How does that rate of inflation compare with the rate in the previous month?
3.
Which two categories of goods or services had the greatest price increase for
the month?
4.
Which two categories of goods or services had the lowest price increase (or
greatest price decrease) for the month?
5. Who loses from inflation?

Part 3 CPI, PPI and GDP
deflator – (weight 40% of the assignment grade)
Complete the following
exercise:
One of the largest single influences on the level of interest
rate is inflation. There are a number of sites that report inflation over time.
of the President.
Select the following three tables: (a) Choose Table
B–63.—Change in special consumer price indexes, (b) Table B–68.— Change in
producer price indexes for finished goods; and (c) Table B–3. Quantity and
price indexes for gross domestic product, and percent changes
 From the table B-63. Copy
change in special consumer price indexes All Items Dec. to Dec.
for 1970– the most recent year into a separate spreadsheet.
 From the table B-68 Copy Change
in producer price indexes for finished goods – Total finished goods –
Dec. to Dec. for 1970 – the most recent year in to the same spreadsheet.

 From the table B-3 Copy Percent
change from preceding period- Gross domestic product (GDP) – GDP implicit
price deflator for 1970– the most recent year in to the same spreadsheet.
 Plot these three series on the same graph. Present the
tables and the graph in your report.
b) Write a report (1 page double – spaced), which contains
the analysis of the results that you received.
In this paper consider, but do not be limited to the
following:
How inflation is measured? What year had the lowest level of
inflation? What year had the highest level of inflation?