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U.S. TREASURY NOTE: One kind of government security issued by the U. S. Treasury to obtain the funds used to finance the federal budget deficit. A Treasury note (or T-note) has a maturity length of between one and 10 years.

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CURRENT ACCOUNT DEFICIT: An imbalance in a nation's balance of payments current account in which payments received by the country for selling domestic exports are less than payments made by the country for purchasing imports. In other words, imports (of goods and services) by the domestic economy are greater than exports (of goods and services). This is generally a not desireable situation for a domestic economy. However, in the wacky world of international economics, a current account deficit is often balanced by a capital account surplus, which is generally considered a desireable situation. If, however, the capital account does not balance out the current account, then a current account deficit contributes to a balance of payments deficit.

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FRICTIONAL UNEMPLOYMENT

Unemployment attributable to the time required to match production activities with qualified resources. Frictional unemployment essentially occurs because resources, especially labor, are in the process of moving from one production activity to another. Employers are seeking workers and workers are seeking employment, the two sides just have not matched up. This mismatch is largely the result of limited information, which is often compounded by geographic separation between producers and resources. Frictional unemployment is one of four unemployment sources. The other three are cyclical unemployment, seasonal unemployment, and structural unemployment. Frictional and structural unemployment are the two components of natural unemployment.

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