Tag Archives: Great Recession

Does Lower Inflation Mean a Goldilocks Economy?

Popular Economics Weekly Graph: Calculated Risk Consumers are being helped by consumer prices that are barely rising. The Consumer Price Index is up just 2.7 percent, and core CPI without food and energy prices up 2.2 percent in 12 months. … Continue reading

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August Jobs Report No Big Deal

Popular Economics Weekly Graph: MarketWatch Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 201,000 in August, and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 3.9 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Job gains occurred in professional and business services, health … Continue reading

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Labor Productivity is the Golden Fleece

Financial FAQs Graph: Econoday Rising labor productivity is the golden fleece of economic growth, the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, because major economists maintain it is really the only way workers can raise their standard of … Continue reading

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Housing Sales Are Slowing

The Mortgage Corner Existing-home sales decreased for the third straight month in June, as declines in the South and West exceeded sales gains in the Northeast and Midwest, reports the National Association of Realtors. The ongoing supply and demand imbalance … Continue reading

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The Dire Consequences of Record Income Inequality

ANSWERING the KENNEDYS CALL In a new Economic Policy Institute report entitled The New Gilded Age, income inequality has risen in every state since the 1970s, and in most states it has continued to grow in the post–Great Recession era. … Continue reading

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Record Income Inequality + Trade War = Another Recession?

Popular Economics Weekly Graph: BigTrends.com The Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act, so called, was imposed in 1930 when the Hoover administration raised tariffs on 20,000 foreign, mostly agricultural, imports in an attempt to protect American farmers as we were entering the Great … Continue reading

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What Happened to Robin Hood?

Popular Economics Weekly Graph: Mother Jones The Brits in particular must be wondering what happened to Robin Hood, the legendary champion of the poor, who robbed the rich to give to the poor during medieval times when nobles ruled their … Continue reading

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