This chart compares the national unemployment rate, the ISM employment index and initial claims for unemployment using standard deviation. The unemployment rate and jobless claims are shown as an annual % change and all series use a six-month moving average to smooth out volatility.
This chart shows the relationship between non-farm payroll employment and the consumer price index during the stagflationary period of the 1970s and early 1980s. The two series are smoothed using a 3-month moving average.
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