Monthly Archives: May 2012

Comerica Economic Weekly

The U.S. international trade gap widened in March to $51.8 billion with a little help from higher oil prices. But most of the push came from non-petroleum imports, which increased by $9.4 billion for the month. Exports remained strong, increasing … Continue reading

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Jobs, Cars and Houses: Where is the Real Economy?

For the second straight month, the gains to payroll jobs were disappointing as the April employment report showed an increase of just 115,000 jobs, after the now-revised March increase of 154,000. The better news in the April jobs report came … Continue reading

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Southern California Faces Challenges

In addition to entertainment and tourism, Southern California relies heavily on international trade and defense spending. The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach together are the fifth-busiest port in the world. The good news in the Southern California story … Continue reading

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Northern California Boosted by Silicon Valley, Anchored by Government

Strong expansion by Silicon Valley’s high tech industries is helping to revitalize the Northern California economy. Hiring remains strong amongst major software firms. General Electric is not usually associated with Silicon Valley, but soon will be. The company is building … Continue reading

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Detroit Finds Breathing Room but Faces Challenges

The Detroit metro area economy is stabilizing with the help of increasing auto sales and an upsurge in auto production. U.S. auto sales were at a 14.3 million unit pace in March and are expected to continue to climb through … Continue reading

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Central West Michigan Benefits from Manufacturing Boost

Central West Michigan’s unemployment rate of 6.9 percent in February is well-below the February state-wide rate of 8.8 percent, as well as the March national rate of 8.1 percent.  And while Ann Arbor maintains the lowest unemployment rate of the … Continue reading

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