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Unemployment Rate: Information Industry, Private Wage and Salary Workers

Economic and budgetary indicators are an important part of contextualizing many of the political and policy actions taken by lawmakers and politicians. Users here will find a number of key data series at the national level concerning healthcare, organized labor and employment, poverty, and government spending, among other categories. If compared, these indicators can provide interesting insights into the nation's economy in any given year. These economic data focus primarily on the second half of the 20th century to the present.

Sample Assignments:

  • Use Medicare and Medicaid spending data to analyze political rhetoric.
  • Study unemployment data to better understand legislative roll calls.
  • Identify years with federal budget surpluses and examine why they occurred.
Example Shown: Unemployment Rate: Information Industry, Private Wage and Salary Workers

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