# 7.9: Introduction to the Unemployment Rate

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## What you’ll learn to do: describe and calculate unemployment

Figure 1. Out of Business. Borders was one of the many companies unable to recover from the economic recession of 2008-2009. (Credit: modification of work by Luis Villa del Campo/Flickr Creative Commons)

In this section, we’ll examine unemployment. First, we’ll take a look at what it is, how it it measured, and general trends over time.

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