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Comerica Economic Weekly

U.S. economic data from first week of March was generally positive and consistent with an ongoing expansion through the first quarter of the year. The impressive February jobs numbers focused attention back on the Federal Reserve. Despite bad weather, 295,000 … 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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Comerica Economic Weekly

U.S. economic data from the end of February are consistent with an economy that expanded through the winter, but at a slower rate than we saw through the middle of last year. Fourth quarter real GDP growth was revised down … Continue reading

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Comerica Economic Weekly

The short week produced mixed U.S. data. Signs continue to point to a weak, but positive, GDP reading for the first quarter of 2015. Even though the GDP data is seasonally adjusted, we have had a spate of weak Q1 … 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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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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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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