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Seasonal and Business Cycles of U.S. Employment

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The authors document several facts about the seasonality of U.S. employment, including its marked decline since the 1960s. In addition, they find there is little evidence that industries or states that are more seasonal are also more sensitive to the business cycle, contrary to some previous studies.

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  • Menelik Geremew & François Gourio, 2018. "Seasonal and Business Cycles of U.S. Employment," Economic Perspectives, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, issue 3, pages 1-28.
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:fedhep:00032
    DOI: doi.org/10.21033/ep-2018-3
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