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October unemployment rates down over the year in 354 of 372 metro areas

December 18, 2014
Unemployment rates were lower in October than a year earlier in 354 of the 372 metropolitan areas, higher in 14 areas, and unchanged in 4 areas. Eight areas had jobless rates of at least 10.0 percent, and 144 areas had rates lower than 5.0 percent. Full Text »
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  1. Complete the statement with the correct percentages:

    Among people who had completed a bachelor's degree or more education and were no longer enrolled in school, __________ were employed in civilian jobs during October when age 25. In comparison, __________ of high school dropouts were employed in civilian jobs in the October they were age 25.
  2. Hint:
    Young adult employment varies by education.

  3. Complete the statement with the annual percent increase in the price for gold ores:

    In 2012, price increases for gold slowed, rising less than they had in each of the previous 4 years. The __________ increase in 2012 was the smallest yearly increase since the 2.6-percent advance in 2008.
  4. Hint:
    Gold prices rise more than 100 percent since 2008.

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