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Unemployment rate and real median-wage decline, 1991–2011

Note: In this graph, the unemployment rate is lagged by one year because its impact on unemployment is not immediate.

Source: Authors' analysis of Current Population Survey public data series and CPS Outgoing Rotation Group microdata

Updated August 22, 2012

Documentation and methodology

Underlying data for the unemployment rate are from the Current Population Survey public data series. The unemployment rate is lagged by one year in the figure. Underlying data for median wages are from CPS Outgoing Rotation Group microdata; see Appendix A for details.

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