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Unformatted text preview: long time. Not surprisingly, any college graduate would rather enter the labor force in a year of economic expansion than in a year of economic contraction. Because the condition of the overall economy profoundly affects all of us, changes in economic conditions are widely reported by the media. Indeed, it is hard to pick up a newspaper without seeing some newly reported statistic about the economy. The statistic might measure the total income of everyone in the economy (GDP), the rate at which average prices are rising (inflation), the percentage of the labor force that is out of work (unemployment), total spending at stores (retail M E A S U R I N G A N A T I O N S I N C O M E 493...
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