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Harlan Green is editor/publisher of PopularEconomics.com, and content provider of 3 weekly columns to various blogs--Popular Economics Weekly and The Huffington Post

Big November Employment Boost

Financial FAQs MarketWatch.com Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 266,000 in November, and the unemployment rate was little changed at 3.5 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Notable job gains occurred in health care and in professional … Continue reading

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Economic Growth…Watch Out Below—Part II!

Popular Economics Weekly Wrightson.com It is obvious from the above graph that manufacturing activity is contracting, whereas the service industries continue to grow.  Exports that depend mostly on manufactured goods are therefore declining, while imports that depend on consumers will … Continue reading

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Consumer Confidence Is Boosting Housing

The Mortgage Corner StLouisFRED New-home sales are now back to the long term average in the above graph that dates back to the 1960s, and consumers are still reasonably confident of their future. “Sales of new single‐family houses in October … Continue reading

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Is It Start of a New Housing Boom?

The Mortgage Corner Calculated Risk We should be careful in announcing a new housing boom. It can be a two-edged pronouncement, since a housing bust followed the last housing boom and precipitated the Great Recession. But it certainly looks like … Continue reading

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Q4 Economic Growth…Watch Out Below!

Popular Economics Weekly We might have a problem with economic growth in the fourth quarter, thanks in part to Republicans’ 2017 tax cuts that were to stimulate longer term growth and jobs, believe it or not. The New York and … Continue reading

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Where are the Leaders?

Answering the Kennedys’ Call surveymonkey.com The congressional impeachment hearings illustrate one overwhelming fact; America has a leadership problem. President Trump is a very weak leader. He asked the newly-elected Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky (extortion or bribery are the legal terms) … Continue reading

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What’s Happening To Interest Rates?

Popular Economics Weekly StLouisFRED The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) rose 0.4 percent in October on a seasonally adjusted basis after being unchanged in September, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Over the last 12 … Continue reading

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