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JOLTS Survey Reports Increase in Hiring

Financial FAQs Calculated Risk This Calculated Risk graph for the Labor Department’s Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey says (almost) all of it. The yellow line signifying job openings is still soaring far above hires (blue line); so much so … Continue reading

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Factory Orders, Business Investment Rising at the Right Time

Popular Economics Weekly The US Dollar’s decline against foreign currencies, mostly due to geopolitical worries such as N. Korea’s nuclear intentions, is already helping the manufacturing sector with a sharp rise in factory orders. This will be aided by Hurricanes … Continue reading

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Retail Sales and Consumer Prices Show Real Life

Financial FAQs Retail sales rose 0.4 percent last month following a much bigger gain in December than originally reported, the government said Wednesday. Economists polled had forecast a 0.2 percent increase. Retail sales are now up more than 5 percent … Continue reading

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Consumers are Happier!

Financial FAQs The consumer is happier, at least, due mostly to higher wages, even if overall economic growth is lagging. Consumer sentiments and retail sales are rebounding after a punk first quarter. Corporations don’t want to invest in new plants … Continue reading

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Friday’s Unemployment Report Was Gangbusters!

Popular Economics Weekly Why start with motor vehicle sales, I said yesterday? Because jobs are created these days only when consumers buy more, and they will only grow their purchases when incomes are rising. So the good news in Friday’s … Continue reading

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Payrolls Rising with Lower Labor Productivity

Popular Economics Weekly Suddenly it looks like the U.S. economy isn’t stalling. Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 165,000 in April, and the unemployment rate fell slightly to 7.5 percent from 7.6 percent in March, reported the U.S. Bureau of … Continue reading

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Employment Will Drive Recovery in 2012

Popular Economics Weekly It seems the lingering doubts about better growth in 2012 have nothing to do with reality. Predictions that job growth may have slowed come from a recent uptick in weekly initial jobless claims, but such numbers are … Continue reading

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