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A collection of graphic representations of data by CEPR researchers on important economic issues.



Change in Employment, Dec 2007 - Nov 2010 Print
December 3, 2010

The establishment survey showed the economy adding just 39,000 jobs in November. As a result of slow job growth, the unemployment rate rose to 9.8 percent. The employment-to-population ratio (EPOP) fell to 58.2 percent, the low hit in December of last year. The EPOP for white men and white women both dropped below their prior troughs. The EPOP for men fell to 67.3 percent, just below the 67.4 percent level of last December. The EPOP for white women fell to 55.2 percent, 0.1 percentage points below the 55.3 percent level of October. The EPOP for Hispanics also hit a new low of 58.5 percent, while their unemployment rate hit a new high of 13.2 percent.

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Median Sale Price of New Homes, June 2000 - Oct 2010 Print
November 30, 2010

The Census Bureau reported last week that the median price for a new home fell from $226,300 in September to $194,900 in October, a one-month decline of 13.9 percent. While new home sales prices are always erratic and the October data were pushed downward in part by a relative increase in sales in the low-cost South region, this is the lowest reported price since October of 2003, when the median price was $194,100. The October data suggests that house prices may again be falling rapidly.

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Monthly Change in Owners' Equivalent Rent, Jan 2008 - Oct 2010 Print
November 17, 2010

Rent and owners’ equivalent rent, which together compose 40 percent of the core Consumer Price Index, rose 0.1 percent in October. Over the last six months, each has run at a 0.6 percent annualized rate of inflation while core, nonshelter prices rose at a 1.0 percent annualized rate. This very low rate of inflation in rent prices has been very consistent for a year and a half now. Rent prices have not moved more than 0.1 percent in either direction since March of last year.

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Average Weekly Hours of All Employees in Selected Industries, 2006-2010 Print
November 5, 2010

The latest Bureau of Labor Statistics' employment report shows the average workweek increased by 0.1 hours, reversing a September decline. This is an important series to follow, since it has implications both for the theory that structural factors are responsible for high unemployment and also the claim that uncertainty is discouraging firms from hiring. In both cases, average hours should rise. In the first case, because firms are unable to find the workers with the skills they need; in the second, because firms are meeting their demand for labor by working the existing workforce longer rather than accepting the commitment associated with hiring new workers.

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Growth Rate of Investment in Equipment and Software by Quarter, 2009-2010 Print
October 29, 2010

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