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Job Claims Down, GDP Revised Up, And 2017?

Financial FAQs Initial weekly jobless claims for unemployment benefits, the best predictor of employment trends, continues downward, but with some upward blips of late that are probably due to still severe weather in the northeast (snow) and south (tornadoes). And … Continue reading

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Why A return to Goldilocks Growth?

Financial FAQs We could be back in the ‘goldilocks’ economy that was talked about several years ago. Growth is not too hot or too cold as we near full employment with very little inflation. It means the U.S. economy isn’t … Continue reading

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The Real Economy Trumps Republicans’ Dark Ages

Popular Economics Weekly Marketwatch’s Jeff Bartash is just one economic journalist busting the Donald’s ‘Disstopian’ views (Maureen Dowd’s term, not mine). Our economy is doing incredibly well for most people, including the bottom of the economic ladder—whose incomes are being … Continue reading

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Are Most of US Fully Employed?

Financial FAQs The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the number of job openings was little changed at 5.8 million on the last business day of April, in its JOLTS report. (But that’s not exactly true, as it is up … Continue reading

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Higher Productivity, Jobs, Could Mean 3.5 percent GDP

Popular Economics Weekly It looks like we are returning to the goldilocks economy that prevailed for much of last year—low inflation and interest rates plus continued good job growth. But it also could mean better economic growth that has stayed … Continue reading

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Employment Up, Interest Rates Falling Again

Popular Economics Weekly We are still in the Goldilocks economy—it’s not too hot or too cold. In fact, there is enough geopolitical unrest (now it’s the Hong Kong youth protests against China’s hardliners) to drive down interest rates, and boost … Continue reading

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Higher Retail Sales Point to Consumer Health

Popular Economics Weekly Consumers are buying more, a reflection of improving incomes and the jobs market. The U.S. Census Bureau announced Wednesday that advance estimates of U.S. retail and food services sales for February, adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday … Continue reading

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