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RECESSION: The common term used for the contraction phase of the business cycle. A general period of declining economic activity. During a recession, real gross domestic product declines by 10 percent or so and the unemployment rate rises from it's full employment 5 percent level up to the 6 to 10 percent range. Inflation tends to be low or non-existent during a recession. Recession last anywhere from six to eighteen months, with one year being common.

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ORGANIZED LABOR: The general term used when referring to the collection of labor unions representing the interests of workers. Of course, to be "organized" labor, labor needs to "organized," which is what labor unions are all about. Prior to the onset of the labor union movement in the mid-1800s, labor was not organized, meaning that each and every worker acted independently in the pursuit of wages, fringe benefits, or improved working conditions. Even in modern times, organized labor represents only a fraction of the total labor force in the United States, something less than a fourth.

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CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS, FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM

The head of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, and thus the person who is effectively in charge of monetary policy for the United States. The Chairman, one of the 7 members of the Board of Governors, serves as Chairman for a 4-year term, and also is Chairman of the powerful Federal Open Market Committee--the Federal Reserve Committee that sets the course of monetary policy. Being positioned at the top of the central banking authority of the United States, the Chairman is one of the most powerful, if not THE most powerful, individuals in the economy.

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