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The Atlanta Fed


The Ups and Downs of Unemployment

Screen capture of videoWe all know the unemployment rate is important, but do you know the factors that make it move up and down? Do you know who is in the labor force in America and who is not? The latest video in the Atlanta Fed's Fed Explained series seeks to answer these questions.

The employment and unemployment rates and the makeup of the labor force are critical economic issues. Economists monitor these indicators in order to get a big-picture view of the economy. Want to learn more about these and other key indicators? Visit The Fed Explained to watch the latest video and others in the series. There you'll find a host of additional resources about the economy and the work of the Fed.