Category Archives: Daily

February Retail Sales, January Inventories, March UI Claims

Sales Disappoint Again, Weather Blamed, Gasoline Prices Up February Retail Sales fell by 0.6 percent; down for the third consecutive month. Ex-auto Retail Sales decreased by 0.1 percent even as gasoline sales increased. Business Inventories for January were unchanged for … Continue reading

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February U.S. Employment, January International Trade

Despite Bad Weather, Another Strong Month for Job Growth The February Payroll Employment Survey showed a stronger-than-expected gain of 295,000 payroll jobs. The Unemployment Rate for February fell to 5.5 percent. Average Weekly Hours for all employees were steady at … Continue reading

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February ISM Manufacturing, January Income and Construction Spending

Manufacturing Sector Still Expanding but Headwinds are Increasing The ISM Manufacturing Index for February decreased again to a still-positive 52.9 percent. January Personal Income increased by 0.3 percent for the second month in a row. January Personal Consumption Expenditures decreased … Continue reading

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January Residential Construction, Producer Prices, Industrial Production

Home Construction Snowed In, Producer Prices Falling, Production Warmed Up January Housing Starts fell by 2.0 percent to a 1,065,000 unit annual rate. Permits for new residential construction dipped in January by 0.7 percent to a 1,053,000 unit pace. The … Continue reading

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January Retail Sales, December Inventories, February UI Claims

Job Gains and Cheap Gasoline Were Not Enough to Spur Sales January Retail Sales decreased by 0.8 percent, as non-gasoline categories slumped. Ex-auto Retail Sales fell by 0.9 percent. Business Inventories for December were up by 0.1 percent. Initial Claims … Continue reading

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January 2015 U.S. Employment

U.S. Jobs Machine in High Gear The January Payroll Employment Survey showed a stronger-than-expected gain of 257,000 payroll jobs. The Unemployment Rate for January ticked up to 5.7 percent. Average Weekly Hours for all employees were steady at 34.6 hours. … Continue reading

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January ADP Employment, ISM Non-Manufacturing Index, Auto Sales, Rig Count

January Numbers Point to Ongoing Momentum While Oil Patch Consolidates The January ADP Employment Report showed an increase of 213,000 private-sector jobs. The ISM Non-Manufacturing Index for December increased to a still-positive 56.7. Light Vehicle Sales for January eased to … Continue reading

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January ISM Manufacturing, December Income and Construction Spending

Manufacturing Sector Still Expanding but West Coast Docks Problematic The ISM Manufacturing Index for January decreased to a still-positive 53.5 percent. December Personal Income increased by 0.3 percent with little help from wages and salaries. December Personal Consumption Expenditures decreased … Continue reading

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2014Q4 GDP, January UI Claims

Fourth Quarter Real GDP Growth Eased to 2.6 Percent Real Gross Domestic Product growth for 2014Q4 eased to 2.6 percent after 5 percent growth in Q3. Inventories were stronger than expected, setting the stage for weaker gains in 2015Q1. Real … Continue reading

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December 2014 U.S. Employment

Another Strong Month for Job Creation, Unemployment Rate Falls to 5.6 Percent The December Payroll Employment Survey showed a gain of 252,000 payroll jobs. The Unemployment Rate for December dropped to 5.6 percent. Average Weekly Hours for all employees were … Continue reading

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