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The Economics Daily

181 of 389 metropolitan areas had jobless rates above the U.S. rate of 4.0 percent in January 2020 

March 27, 2020
In January 2020, a total of 196 metropolitan areas had jobless rates below the U.S. rate of 4.0 percent (not seasonally adjusted), 181 areas had rates above it, and 12 areas had rates equal to that of the nation. Ames, Iowa, and Burlington-South Burlington, Vermont, had the lowest unemployment rates, 2.2 percent each. El Centro, California, had the highest unemployment rate, 18.8 percent. Full Text »
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Estimating variances for modeled wage estimates  
Christopher J. Guciardo


Beyond the Numbers

A historical look at soybean price increases: What happened since the year 2000?

Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Producer Price Index (PPI) program show an overall increase in soybean prices over the past 20 years. From January 1999 to December 2018, prices increased by 61.7 percent. This Beyond the Numbers article will focus on three periods (2003–04, 2006–08 and 2012–14) and examine the irregularities in the supply and demand for soybeans within each period. Each time frame includes various causes for the surge in the prices of soybeans.
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