Category Archives: United States

April 2015, Comerica U.S. Economic Update

If Punxsutawney Phil was an economist instead of a groundhog, he would have said on February 2, “six more weeks of soft data.” It was a bad winter for much of the country, and like the cold weather, soft economic … Continue reading

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Comerica Economic Weekly

This week’s U.S. data releases were mixed. Good news came from auto sales and unemployment insurance claims. Bad news came from a weaker-than-expected March jobs report. In March, just 126,000 net new payroll jobs were added to the U.S. economy, … Continue reading

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March U.S. Employment

Meek March Brings Jobs Data Back to Earth The March Payroll Employment Survey showed a weaker-than-expected gain of 126,000 payroll jobs. The Unemployment Rate for March was steady at 5.5 percent. Average Weekly Hours for all employees dipped to 34.5 … Continue reading

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February International Trade, March Auto Sales and UI Claims

Trade Gap Narrows, Autos Sales Jump, Claims Fall, Life is Good The U.S. International Trade Gap narrowed to -$35.4 billion in February. Light Vehicle Sales accelerated to a 17.2 million unit annual rate in March. Initial Claims for Unemployment Insurance … Continue reading

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March ADP Jobs, ISM MF Index, February Construction Spending, January Case-Shiller HPI

Grab Bag of Economic Data Consistent with Moderate Growth Economy The March ADP Employment Report showed a moderate increase of 189,000 private-sector jobs. The ISM Manufacturing Index for March eased to a still-positive 51.5 percent. Construction Spending for February was … Continue reading

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February Income and Spending, Pending Home Sales

Consumers Spend Less, Save More…Preparing to Buy Houses? U.S. Personal Income increased by 0.4 percent in February, boosted by dividends. After accounting for inflation and taxes, Real Disposable Personal Income gained 0.2 percent. Real Personal Consumption Expenditures decreased by 0.1 … Continue reading

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Comerica Economic Weekly

It was a good news/bad news story at the end of March, providing us with cause for optimism and also cause for caution. Good news came from new home sales. One month does not make a trend, but February new … Continue reading

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February Home Sales and Consumer Prices

Breakout Month for New Home Sales Despite Bad Weather New Home Sales for February increased by 7.8 percent to an annual rate of 539,000 units. February Existing Home Sales gained2 percent, to a 4,880,000 unit annual rate. The Consumer Price … Continue reading

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Comerica Economic Weekly

This week’s U.S. economic news was dominated by the Federal Reserve and their monetary policy announcement of March 18. As expected, the FOMC removed the word “patient” from their forward guidance on interest rates. FOMC chairwoman Janet Yellen, in her … Continue reading

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February Residential Construction, Industrial Production

Housing Stops and Industrial Reduction February Housing Starts fell hard by 17.0 percent to an 897,000 unit annual rate. Permits for new residential construction increased in February by 3.0 percent to a 1,092,000 unit pace. The National Association of Home … Continue reading

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