I attempted the following plot on Wolfram Alpha: Code (Text): plot United States unemployment rate,(United States federal deficit/United States GNP) The resulting graph is as attachment. According to my understanding of this graph, the derivative of the United States unemployment rate is a direct result of deficit spending by the United States Federal Government. The greater the amount of deficit spending the exponentially higher the unemployment rate. Are there any economists here that can improve upon my calculation? Reference: http://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?...ed+States+federal+deficit/United+States+GNP)"