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Miami Set for Growth

Miami saw a record year for real estate in 2014. Single-family home sales saw their highest number ever recorded on an annual basis, while condos sold the second-highest number on record. Miami consumers are feeling confident and are aware of … 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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Comerica Economic Weekly

It was a light week for U.S. data, dominated by a weak retail sales report. Retail sales this winter sagged under the weight of falling gasoline prices, but that is not all to the story. Even non-gasoline sales have been … 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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February 2015, Comerica U.S. Economic Update

A consistent clear positive signal for the U.S. economy is coming from job growth. Payrolls in January registered a stronger-than-expected 257,000 net new jobs. The already strong November and December jobs numbers were revised up to a robust 423,000 and … Continue reading

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Comerica Economic Weekly

U.S. economic data released in the first week of February was mixed, but capped by a strong jobs report. Payroll job growth in January registered a stronger-than-expected 257,000 jobs. The unemployment rate ticked up inconsequentially to 5.7 percent in January. … 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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Comerica Economic Weekly

It was an important week for monetary policy, with the Federal Open Market Committee issuing a policy statement on Wednesday afternoon. The FOMC statement of January 28 reaffirmed our expectations set by the Fed’s December communications. The Fed maintained its … Continue reading

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January Consumer Confidence, December Home Sales, Durable Goods, November House Prices

Mostly Positive Data for FOMC to Ponder, Policy Announcement Due Tomorrow New Home Sales for December increased by 11.6 percent to an annual rate of 481,000 units. December Existing Home Sales gained4 percent, to a 5,040,000 unit annual rate. New … Continue reading

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