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Economic Commentary

Measuring Total Employment: Are a Few Million Workers Important?

Each month employment reports are eagerly awaited by economic analysts and small and large investors alike. The Employment Situation Report provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports both the unemployment rate and the total number of jobs in the economy; both statistics indicate the overall health of the economy.

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Suggested Citation

Schweitzer, Mark E., and Jennifer K. Ransom. 1999. “Measuring Total Employment: Are a Few Million Workers Important?” Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Economic Commentary 6/1/1999.