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Natural Rate of Unemployment (Long-Term) (NROU)

Source(s): US. Congressional Budget Office
Release: Budget and Economic Outlook  

Description of growth rate formulas  
Not Seasonally Adjusted 
Notes: The natural rate of unemployment (NAIRU) is the rate of unemployment arising from all sources except fluctuations in aggregate demand. Estimates of potential GDP are based on the long-term natural rate. (CBO did not make explicit adjustments to the short-term natural rate for structural factors before the recent downturn.) The short-term natural rate incorporates structural factors that are temporarily boosting the natural rate beginning in 2008. The short-term natural rate is used to gauge the amount of current and projected slack in labor markets, which is a key input into CBO's projections of inflation. 
Updated: 2015-09-01 9:56 AM CDT 

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