What do blood pressure and batting averages have to do with the unemployment rate? 

Well, more than you might think — at least according to the Office of Legislative Research. This little-known state office is a gem, constantly providing reports that — more often than not — are well written and useful. 

And the report last November on the unemployment rate is just one of them. It answers questions such as: "Who figures out the rate?" (Bureau of Labor Statistics) and "Is it correct that the unemployment rate does not reflect the number of people who are unemployed and not looking for work?" (Yes). 

The OLR has also summarized its reports on "2011 Focus Areas" such as "Economic Development and Jobs" and "State Employees". 

As the 2011 General Assembly session starts to heat up, it’s a great resource.