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Dow Jones Stock Market Index - DJIA
Dow Jones Stock Market Index Return Rate / Unemployment Rate
Dow Jones Stock Market Index Return Rate vs. Unemployment Rate
 
DJIA Return Rate
Simultaneous Change
DJIA Return Rate
Subsequent Change
1% Rise in Unemployment Rate over 1 Year
+3.12%
+6.61%
1% Decline in Unemployment Rate over 1 Year
-3.33%
-5.88%
What does the table mean?
It indicates that a 1% Unemployment Rate increase over a 12 month period, (from 5%
to 6% for example) has typically been accompanied by a 3.12% Dow Jones Stock
Market Index Return Rate increase during that year and a 6.61% Dow Jones Stock
Market Index Return Rate increase the following year.

It also indicates that a 1% Unemployment Rate decline over a 12 month period, (from
5% to 4% for example) has typically been accompanied by a 3.33% Dow Jones Stock
Market Index Return Rate decline during that year and a 5.88% Dow Jones Stock
Market Index Return Rate decline the following year.

The center column shows the change in the Dow Jones Stock Market Index Return
Rate over 12 months, depending on whether the period experienced a rising or falling
Unemployment Rate. The right column shows the change in the Dow Jones Stock
Market Index Return Rate during the year following an increase or decrease in the
Unemployment Rate.

The data history in the middle column shows a strong tendency for the two
rates to move in the same direction during the same time period.

The evidence for using the previous 12 month change in the Unemployment
Rate to predict the future direction of the Dow Jones Stock Market Index
Return Rate is strong (right column).

Annual rates are shown in the graph and calculations.



How Do I Use This Information?
There are many investment theories that are well publicized in the financial press.
Even though little or no historical data may be offered as evidence for such theories,
many investors use them subconsciously, if not intentionally.

Example Theories: Rising Inflation is bad for the stock market. A booming housing
market is good for the S&P 500 stock index. A falling fed funds rate means that long
term interest rates will fall.

There are many such theories. In this site,  long term investment and economic data
is tested against decades to determine whether a relationship actually exists or not.
This historical correlation provides a vital aid in interpreting the often confusing
behavior of the financial markets. The perspective gained may be the difference
between staying the course or being blown and tossed by every investment theory
that is popular at the moment. What the majority assumes to be true, often is not. In
the final analysis, readers are admonished to follow the evidence, wherever it leads.

This page tests the relationship between the Unemployment Rate and the Dow Jones
Stock Market Index Return Rate. Suppose you are making a business or investment
decision. Suppose again that the decision hinges on whether the Unemployment Rate
and the Dow Jones Stock Market Index Return Rate tend to move in the same or
opposite directions. The data, graphs, and analysis above will enlighten you. You'll
discover whether they move with, inversely to, or independently of each other.

Suppose that the Unemployment Rate has risen sharply and that you need to know
what direction the Dow Jones Stock Market Index Return Rate is headed in the near
future. Does the recent increase in the Unemployment Rate provide a clue about the
future direction of the Dow Jones Stock Market Index Return Rate? The data history,
graph, and analysis above will show you how the Dow Jones Stock Market Index
Return Rate has performed after increases in the Unemployment Rate. You'll see if
one indicator has been likely to signal a change in another. This is not intended as a
prediction, but merely as a clue to the future from the annals of history. No man
knows the future, unless he has the ability to control the future.

This site compares data series for interest rates, stock indexes, economic indicators,
currency exchange rates and real estate values. Suppose that you want to see how
stock indexes are influenced by interest rates or the value of the dollar. Click one of
the stock index links on the right side of any page. Links to our multi-series graphs
and correlation analysis may be found at the bottom-center of the stock index pages.


Formula for periods with a rising Unemployment Rate:
1) Change in the Dow Jones Stock Market Index Return Rate DURING periods with a
rising Unemployment Rate:
The abbreviated formula is: (Dow Jones Stock Market Index Return Rate Change /
Unemployment Rate Rise) x 1% = Published Rate.

The complete formula is: [(Average change in the Dow Jones Stock Market Index
Return Rate over all rolling 12 month periods with a rising Unemployment Rate) /
(Average Rise in the Unemployment Rate over the same 12 month periods)] x 1% =
Published Rate.

2) Change in the Dow Jones Stock Market Index Return Rate AFTER a rising
Unemployment Rate:
The abbreviated formula is: (Subsequent Dow Jones Stock Market Index Return Rate
Change / Unemployment Rate Rise) x 1% = Published Rate.

The complete formula is: [(Average change in the Dow Jones Stock Market Index
Return Rate during the 12 months following any rolling 12 month base period with a
rising Unemployment Rate) / (Average Rise in the Unemployment Rate over the 12
month base periods)] x 1% = Published Rate.


Formula for periods with a declining Unemployment Rate:
1) Change in the Dow Jones Stock Market Index Return Rate DURING periods with a
declining Unemployment Rate:
The abbreviated formula is: (Dow Jones Stock Market Index Return Rate Change /
Unemployment Rate Decline) x -1% = Published Rate.

The complete formula is: [(Average change in the Dow Jones Stock Market Index
Return Rate over all rolling 12 month periods with a declining Unemployment Rate) /
(Average decline in the Unemployment Rate over the same 12 month periods)] x -1%
= Published Rate.

2) Change in the Dow Jones Stock Market Index Return Rate AFTER a decreasing
Unemployment Rate:
The abbreviated formula is: (Subsequent Dow Jones Stock Market Index Return Rate
Change / Unemployment Rate Decrease) x -1% = Published Rate.

The complete formula is: [(Average change in the Dow Jones Stock Market Index
Return Rate during the 12 months following any rolling 12 month base period with a
declining Unemployment Rate) / (Average decline in the Unemployment Rate over the
12 month base periods)] x -1% = Published Rate.


Rolling 12 Month Periods Defined:
Overlapping 12 month periods in a monthly data base.

For example:
In the 24 month period included in 2000 - 2001, there are 13 complete rolling 12
month periods. The first is January, 2000 - December, 2000. The second is February,
2000 - January, 2001. The third is March, 2000 - February, 2001 and so on. The last
complete rolling 12 month period in the 2000 - 2001 period is January, 2001 -
December, 2001.
1/50          1/1960            1/1970            1/1980           1/1990             1/2000            1/2010            1/20
The 12 month Dow Jones Stock Market Index Return Rate, is shown in gray. The rate is based on the
DJIA monthly close, excluding dividends. DJIA refers to the Dow Jones Industrial Average. The annual
US Unemployment Rate is plotted monthly in green. Other graphs showing two data series are
available. See links at the bottom-center of each page.
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-20%
-30%
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The Dow Jones Industrial Average, is shown above in gray and is measured using the left axis.
The US Unemployment Rate is shown in black and is measured using the right axis.
Dow Jones Industrial Average
Unemployment Rate
14%
10%
8%
6%
4%
2%
0%
12%
1/2000        1/2002               1/2004               1/2006               1/2008               1/2010           1/2012
Multi-Index Chart
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To see the Dow Jones Industrial Average on a chart with many other indexes like the
Gross National Product, Oil Prices or Unemployment Rates, click
Dow Jones Indicators.
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