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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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Why Has U.S. Made Such a Mess of It?

Popular Economics Weekly Wrightson.com Private sector employment decreased by – 2,760,000 jobs from April to May according to the May ADP National Employment Report®, much less than the original estimate of –8 million jobs. It precedes Friday’s official government unemployment … Continue reading

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Why Has U.S. Made Such a Mess of It?

Popular Economics Weekly Wrightson.com Private sector employment decreased by – 2,760,000 jobs from April to May according to the May ADP National Employment Report® released today that precedes Friday’s official government unemployment report for May. Friday’s unemployment report is predicted … Continue reading

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Will Those Jobs Return?

The Mortgage Corner Wrightson.com Initial claims for unemployment benefits fell by just 249K to 2.438 million in seasonally adjusted terms in the week of May 16, as the businesses begin to reopen in all 50 states.  The aggregate level of … Continue reading

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Why the Huge Jobs Report?

Financial FAQS MarketWatch The unemployment rate edged up to 3.7 percent from 3.6 percent as more than 300,000 people entered the labor force in search of work, the Labor Department said Friday. That has confounded those that see slowing economic … Continue reading

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Why the Fed’s Obsession With Inflation?

Popular Economics Weekly tradingeconomics.com/FRED The Federal Reserve’s December FOMC statement, said, after increasing their overnight rate another one-quarter percent: “Consistent with its statutory mandate, the Committee seeks to foster maximum employment and price stability. The Committee judges that some further … Continue reading

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Where is Inflation, and Higher Growth?

Financial FAQs The drumbeat for a higher inflation target is picking up. The Chicago Fed’s Charles Evans recently advocated a less hawkish Fed stanch on maintaining the 2 percent inflation target with few signs of inflation even on the horizon. … Continue reading

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A Gangbusters February Employment Report

Popular Economics Weekly The U.S. added 313,000 new jobs in February, the biggest gain in a year and a half and clear evidence that a strong economy has plenty of room to keep expanding, said Marketwatch. The unemployment rate of … Continue reading

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Wages Rise in Unemployment Report!

Popular Economics Weekly The best news in January’s unemployment report was average hourly wages jumped 9 cents, to $26.74. It pushed the yearly increase to 2.9 percent from 2.6 percent, marking the highest level since the end of the Great … Continue reading

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Another Great Jobs Report

The Mortgage Corner Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 228,000 in November, and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 4.1 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Employment continued to trend up in professional and business services, manufacturing, … Continue reading

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