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Economic Update November 2000 Economics 285 Michael Smitka Recent Macro Growth Summary of the September 2000 Labor Force Survey [31 Oct. 2000] Employment -- Fell 0.5%. Unemployment -- Rose 30 thousand to 4.7%.

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Economic Update

November 2000

Economics 285

Michael Smitka



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Summary of the September 2000 Labor Force Survey[31 Oct. 2000]

Employment -- Fell 0.5%.

Unemployment -- Rose 30 thousand to 4.7%.

------------------------------------------------------------Population 15+ yrs old 108,460,000 +490,000 +0.5%Labor force 68,000,000 -310,000 -0.5% Employed 64,800,000 -340,000 -0.5% Unemployed 3,200,000 +30,000 +0.9%Not in labor force 40,340,000 +820,000 +2.1%Participation rate 62.7% -0.6% -Unemployment rate 4.7% +0.1% -



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Consumer Price Changes

Ku-area of Tokyo, October 2000

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| Index Change from Change from

| previous month previous year

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Ten Major Group Index

General | 100.8 +0.2 -1.2

(excluding imputed rent) | 100.9 +0.1 -1.1

(excluding fresh food ) | 100.9 -0.1-1.0

Food | 100.1 +0.5 -2.2

Housing | 99.6 +0.0 -1.4

Fuel, light & water | 101.1 -1.3 +0.5

Furniture & household | 89.9 -0.2-2.5

Clothes & footwear | 105.0 +0.0 -0.6

Medical care | 112.8 +0.0 +0.0

Transport/communication | 99.1 -0.2-0.6

Education | 108.8 +0.0 +0.9

Reading and recreation | 99.0 +0.8 -1.5

Miscellaneous | 103.3 +0.1 -0.1

Commodity and Service Group Index

Commodities | 99.0 +0.2 -1.4

Services | 102.2 +0.1 -1.0

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Interest Rates

Current lending rates:

Short-term prime rate: 1.5%

Long-term prime rate: 2.25%






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Only Items Up:Consumer Electronics & Foreign Travel

But Foreign Travel Doesn’t Help GDP!




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