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Job Polarization and the Natural Rate of Unemployment in the United States

Didem Tuzemen ()

No RWP 18-3, Research Working Paper from Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

Abstract: I present a new estimate of the natural rate of unemployment in the United States that accounts for changes in the age, sex, and skill composition of the labor force. Using micro-level data from the Current Population Survey for the period 1994-2017, I find that the natural rate of unemployment declined by 0.5 percentage point since 1994 and currently stands at 4.5 percent. My projections show that ongoing demographic and technological changes could lower the trend rate further to 4.4 percent by the end of 2022.

Keywords: Natural Rate of Unemployment; Job Polarization; Labor Demand; Skills; Aging (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E24 J21 J23 J24 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 6 pages
Date: 2018-03-15
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