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August U.S. Employment

Job Gains Disappoint At +142K, U. Rate Ticks Down to 6.1% The August Payroll Employment Survey showed a weaker-than-expected gain of 142,000 jobs. The Unemployment Rate for August dipped slightly to 6.1 percent. Average Hourly Earnings increased by 0.2 percent … Continue reading

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August ADP Employment, Auto Sales, ISM Non-MF, UI Claims, July Trade, ECB

Late Summer U.S. Data Sizzles, Draghi Doubles Down The August ADP Employment Report showed an increase of 204,000 private-sector jobs. Auto Sales for August geared up to a 17.5 million unit annual rate. The ISM Non-Manufacturing Index increased to 59.6 … Continue reading

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Comerica Bank’s Florida Index Climbs in June

Comerica Bank’s Florida Economic Activity Index improved in June, increasing 3.0 percentage points to a level of 119.3. June’s index reading is 39 points, or 48 percent, above the index cyclical low of 80.4. The index averaged 114 in 2013, … Continue reading

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Comerica Bank’s Arizona Index Shows Modest Growth in June

Comerica Bank’s Arizona Economic Activity Index grew in June, up 0.2 percentage points to a level of 110.3. June’s index reading is 39 points, or 55 percent, above the index cyclical low of 71.2. The index averaged 97 points for … Continue reading

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Comerica Bank’s California Index Improves in June

Comerica Bank’s California Economic Activity Index grew in June, advancing 0.4 percentage points to a level of 113.3. June’s reading is 41 points, or 56 percent, above the index cyclical low of 72.6. The index averaged 106 points for all … Continue reading

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Comerica Bank’s Texas Index Up for the Third Consecutive Month

Comerica Bank’s Texas Economic Activity Index grew 1.1 percentage points in June to a level of 111.9. June’s reading is 40 points, or 56 percent, above the index cyclical low of 71.7. The index averaged 105 points for all of … Continue reading

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Comerica Bank’s Michigan Index Improves Again in June

Comerica Bank’s Michigan Economic Activity Index increased in June, climbing 3.7 percentage points to a level of 127.8. June’s reading is 56 points, or 78 percent, above the index cyclical low of 71.9. The index averaged 125 points for all … Continue reading

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Comerica Economic Weekly

U.S. economic data at mid-August was favorable. July housing starts increased by a stronger-than-expected 15.7 percent. Existing home sales for July gained 2.4 percent, to a 5.15 million unit annual rate. The Leading Economic Index increased by 0.9 percent in … Continue reading

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Phoenix Economy Shows Signs of Moderate Growth in 2014

Phoenix year-over-year employment growth is slowing down. Area employment grew 2.8 percent in 2013, but is expected to increase by only 1.8 percent this year. The outlook for Phoenix area employment remains positive heading into 2015 as the effects of … Continue reading

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Miami Economy Continues to Strengthen

The Miami MSA labor market kept trucking along, building momentum in the first half of 2014. Miami added around 40,000 payroll jobs in the first two quarters of this year. We expect area employment to continue improving for the remainder … Continue reading

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