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May U.S. Employment, April International Trade

Poor May Jobs Report Reduces Likelihood of June 15 Fed Rate Hike May Payroll Employment increased by just 38,000 jobs, the lowest since September 2010. The Unemployment Rate for May fell to 4.7 percent as the labor force declined sharply. … Continue reading

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March ISM Non-MF, February Trade and JOLTS

Trade Expected to Drag on Q1 GDP, Service Sector and Labor Data Positive The ISM Non-Manufacturing Index for March increased to 54.5 percent. The U.S. International Trade Gap widened in February to -$47.1 billion. The JOLTS Report for February showed … Continue reading

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February U.S. Employment, January Trade

Strong Jobs Data Confirms Economic Momentum February Payroll Employment increased by a strong 242,000 jobs, well above consensus expectations. The Unemployment Rate for February was unchanged at 4.9 percent. Average Hourly Earnings dropped by 0.1 percent. Average Weekly Hours dipped … Continue reading

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January U.S. Employment, December Trade

Payroll Gains Less Than Expected, But Other Labor Indicators Positive January Payroll Employment increased by a 151,000 jobs, below consensus expectations of 185,000. The Unemployment Rate for January declined to 4.9 percent. The U.S. International Trade Gap widened in December … Continue reading

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June U.S. Employment, May International Trade

Robust Job Growth Signals Ongoing Expansion for U.S. Economy The June Payroll Employment Survey showed a gain of 288,000 jobs. April and May were revised up. The Unemployment Rate for June fell to 6.1 percent. Average Hourly Earnings increased by … Continue reading

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May ADP Employment, ISM Surveys, Auto Sales, April International Trade

Mixed Bag of Data Mostly Positive, Consistent With Ongoing Moderate Expansion The ADP Employment Report for May showed a moderate increase of 179,000 private-sector jobs. The ISM Manufacturing Index for May improved to 55.4 percent, indicative of healthy conditions. The … Continue reading

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Yellen Testimony, Q1 Productivity, April ISM-NMF, March Trade

No Surprises from Yellen Testimony, Eyes on Housing  FOMC Chairwoman Janet Yellen delivered reassuring testimony before the Joint Economic Committee. U.S. Nonfarm Productivity declined at a 1.7 percent annual rate in the first quarter of 2014. Unit Labor Costs increased … Continue reading

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Comerica Economic Weekly

True to form, March came in like a lion and went out like a lamb, at least in terms of economic data. Now we get to see whether or not April is in fact the cruelest month. So far, it … Continue reading

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February International Trade, March ISM Non-MF and UI Claims

Trade Likely to Weigh on Q1 GDP, ISM Reports Supportive of March Jobs  The U.S. International Trade Gap widened to -$42.3 billion in February, as exports eased. The March ISM Non-Manufacturing Index increased to 53.1, the jobs sub-index was positive. … Continue reading

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December International Trade, Q4 Productivity, Jan. UI Claims

Trade Data Points to Downward Revision in Q4 GDP The U.S. International Trade Gap widened to -$38.7 billion in December, weighing on Q4 GDP. Nonfarm Productivity increased at a 3.2 percent annual rate in 2013Q4. Unit Labor costs went down. … Continue reading

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