percentage point


Definition of percentage point

: one hundredth of a whole : percent interest rates rose one percentage point from 6.5 percent to 7.5 percent

Examples of percentage point in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web According to a rule of thumb discovered by the economist Claudia Sahm, every time since World War II that unemployment has risen by a half-percentage point over several months, a recession has followed. Christopher Rugaber, ajc, 26 Sep. 2022 The result showed an 8 percentage point decrease between when the same question was asked in a July poll and this poll in September among Republicans who believe the former president should run in 2024. Merdie Nzanga, USA TODAY, 23 Sep. 2022 Democrat Wes Moore holds a 22 percentage point lead over Republican Dan Cox in Maryland’s race for governor, according to a poll released Monday. Erin Cox, Washington Post, 19 Sep. 2022 For much of last year, high-grade corporate bonds offered investors just 0.8 percentage point more yield than Treasurys, near lows dating to the 2008 financial crisis. Matt Grossman, WSJ, 8 Sep. 2022 The poll also showed Republicans holding a four percentage point lead over Democrats with all likely voters in a generic congressional ballot, 48% to 44%, as well as an underwater approval rating for President Biden at just 40%. Brandon Gillespie, Fox News, 1 Sep. 2022 The World Bank also predicted that global growth would slow to 2.9%, a drop of 1.2 percentage points from their January forecast, and a 2.8 percentage point drop from their 2021 estimate of 5.7% global GDP growth. Nicholas Gordon, Fortune, 27 June 2022 With that possibility, Englander predicts there’s a 10 percent chance of a 100-basis-point increase at the Wednesday meeting, with his baseline still a half-percentage point increase. Emily Graffeo,, 13 June 2022 Britt held a more than 16 percentage point lead over Brooks and is the frontrunner heading into the primary runoff. al, 25 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of percentage point

1958, in the meaning defined above

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30 Sep 2022

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“Percentage point.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Oct. 2022.

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