Category Archives: Weekly Financial News

What Future Job Growth?

Financial FAQs Calculated Risk The Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) put out by the Labor Department (BLS) probably only makes sense to economists, because it gives a picture of the job market in coming months, as well as … Continue reading

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Employment Picture Still Unclear

Popular Economics Weekly Marketwatch.com The official unemployment rate fell for the third month in a row to 10.2 percent from 11.1 percent, the government said Friday. The hot pace of U.S. employment growth in the late spring gave way in … Continue reading

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Alas, The Recovery That Was…

Financial FAQs Reuters.com Because the deadline has passed to renew unemployment benefits enacted by the CARES Act, it looks like there will be no quick economic recovery in the fall. I am supposing the recovery could ultimately be shaped like … Continue reading

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When Will Growth Return?

Financial FAQs FRED-MarketWatch The headline decline in Q2 GDP growth only touches the surface of what economic growth to expect this fall and winter. The drop of minus -32.9 percent was inevitable with the pandemic lockdowns, but not the severity … Continue reading

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Consumer Confidence in Decline

Popular Economics Weekly FRED There are a number of reasons that consumers are becoming more fearful after that initial boost of spending with the spring holidays. It’s not only the prospect of a COVID-19 resurgence in the fall when we … Continue reading

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What ‘V’– Shaped Recovery?

Popular Economics Weekly FREDInitialClaims It’s becoming obvious to me there will be no ‘V’ shaped economic recovery with positive GDP growth resuming in the fall and winter quarters, after the plunges we are seeing in Q1 and projected Q2 growth. … Continue reading

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Why So Much Inequality?

Financial FAQs Wrightson/ICAP Nobel Laureate and NYTimes columnist Paul Krugman has said it would probably take something on the scale of an alien invasion to create the emergency programs and policies that would benefit all Americans, such as another New … Continue reading

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Why the Uneven Recovery?

Financial FAQs Wrightson.com Consumer confidence is returning from its recent lows over the past two months with it main index up 12.1 points for a 3-month high in May as the lockdowns ease in some states, said the Conference Board … Continue reading

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Job Losses Still Too High

Popular Economics Weekly St.LouisFRED The U.S. economy is recovering very slowly, in part because the number filing for first-time unemployment benefits is still too high (see above graph). Why? Businesses are still shedding workers because the COVID-19 pandemic is not … Continue reading

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Economic Recovery Picks Up Steam

Popular Economics Weekly FREDUMich The head of steam analogy seems to be working for our economic recovery, as consumers let off steam after two months of staying at home with a burst of shopping activity from the re-openings. We said … Continue reading

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