The Economics Daily Quiz

Test your knowledge of labor economics and related statistics. These questions are based on recent BLS news releases and other publications, especially those featured in The Economics Daily.

1.In 2014, North Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, and South Dakota were the states with the highest employment–population ratios, all above __________.

2.During 2013, changes in consumer spending varied among the seven largest categories. Spending __________ in three categories: housing, transportation, and healthcare. Spending __________ in three: apparel and services, entertainment, and personal insurance and pensions. Spending on food __________.

3.__________ of the population 16 years and older volunteered through or for an organization at least once between September 2013 and September 2014.

4.In 2014, there were __________ major work stoppages. ("Major work stoppages" includes both worker-initiated strikes and employer-initiated lockouts that involve 1,000 or more workers and last for at least one shift.)

5.The unemployment rate is the percentage of people in the labor force who are jobless, looking for a job, and available for work. The U-6 measure of labor underutilization, which decreased from 12.7 percent to 11.2 percent in 2014, is calculated with everyone included in the unemployment rate, as well as others who are not classified as unemployed. These are people who are:

6.In 2014, __________ had the lowest union membership rate. The state that had the highest union membership rate was __________.

North Carolina ... New York

7.In 2014, the professional and business services industry gained 732,000 jobs. This increase was the largest among all major industries and represented __________ of total nonfarm employment growth.

25 percent

8.From December 2013 to December 2014, while the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.8 percent, the __________ declined 10.6 percent, led by sharp declines in the indexes for __________.

medical care services index ... hospital services

9.Production and nonsupervisory employees in manufacturing worked an average of 42.0 or more hours per week during 9 months of 2014 and 1 month in 2013. Before 2013, the last time the average manufacturing production and nonsupervisory workweek was 42.0 hours or higher was during __________.

the 1940s
10.In June 2014, Washington County, __________, had the highest concentration of employment in the oil and gas extraction industry. Among the 10 counties with the highest concentrations of oil and gas employment, 5 were in __________.
Texas ... Oklahoma

Oklahoma ... Texas

11.By age 27, __________ of young adults (born from 1980 to 1984) had moved out of their parents' homes at least once for 3 months or longer.

12.In 2013, the nonfatal injury and illness incidence rate for men in private industry and state and local government was __________ per 10,000 full-time workers. The incidence rate for women was __________.

13.Many industries follow seasonal employment patterns over the course of a year as holiday schedules and weather affect hiring. Among industries that employ more workers in the winter than any other time of year, the largest relative change in employment over the year occurs in __________.
skiing facilities

14.During the 20-year period from 1992 to 2011, __________ was the month that had the highest number of fatal occupational injuries.


15.In March 2014, among all workers in private industry, 77 percent had access to __________, 76 percent had access to __________, and 61 percent had access to __________.

paid vacation days ... paid holidays ... paid sick leave



Last Modified Date: April 6, 2015