Grade level/band: 11–12
- Students collect data about the U.S. unemployment rates over the last twenty years and create a graphic representation of trends in unemployment. After researching topics related to unemployment in macroeconomic textbooks and other sources, students write a 3- to 4-page paper that examines causes and effects of unemployment. Additionally, they attempt to draw conclusions or implications about U.S. unemployment trends over the last two decades.
- This task is best used after students have learned unemployment-related concepts and topics, such as computing the unemployment rate, types of unemployment (cyclical, frictional, seasonal, and structural), and government automatic stabilizers.
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