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Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is the value of all finished goods and services produced within a geographic area for a specific period of time. 

Consumer Price Index (CPI): Measure of the average change over time in the prices paid by urban consumer for a market basket of consumer goods and services ( 

Producer Price Index: Measures the average change over time in the selling prices received by domestic producers for their output ( PPI is a leading indicator for consumer inflation. 

Import/Export Price Index: Contains data on changes in the prices of nonmilitary goods and services traded between the U.S. and the rest of the world.

The term national debt refers to direct liabilities of the United States Government. There are several different concepts of dept that are at various times used to refer to the national debt:

  • Public debt is defined as public debt securities issued by the U.S. Treasury.  U. S. Treasury securities primarily consist of marketable Treasury securities (i.e., bills, notes and bonds), savings bonds and special securities issued to state and local governments.  A portion is debt held by the public and a portion is debt held by government accounts.

  • Debt held by the public excludes the portion of the debt that is held by government accounts.

  • Gross federal debt is made up of public debt securities and a small amount of securities issued by government agencies.

Debt held by the public is the most meaningful of these concepts and measures the cumulative amount outstanding that the government has borrowed to finance deficits.

Source: U.S. Department of the Treasury

To be considered "unemployed," you must be out of work, actively sought employment in the last 4 weeks, and available to work.

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Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) is a price-weighted index that tracks 30 large, publicly-owned companies trading on the New York Stock Exchange and the NASDAQ. (Source)

S&P 500 is a stock market index that tracks the stocks of 500 large-cap U.S. companies. It represents the stock market's performance by reporting the risks and returns of the biggest companies.

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