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Back to a ‘V’-Shaped Recovery?

Popular Economics Weekly FREDcontinuedclaims Richard Clarida, No.2 official at the Federal Reserve said on Wednesday that the U.S. recession begun in March with the coronavirus pandemic may already be over. “This recession was by far the deepest one in postwar … Continue reading

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Unemployment Declines, Modest Hiring

Popular Economics Weekly MarketWatch The economy regained 661,000 jobs in September and the unemployment rate fell for the fifth month in a row to 7.9 percent, the government said Friday. It’s the smallest advance since a recovery began in May, with August … Continue reading

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Where are the Jobs?

Popular Economics Weekly Calculated Risk The number of job openings increased to 6.6 million on the last business day of July, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported last week, a good sign. Labor’s JOLTS report will be an important … Continue reading

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Employment Picture Improving?

Popular Economics Weekly MarketWatch It wasn’t as much improvement as expected, and more layoffs are coming with the end of the CARES Act benefits that kept workers on payrolls, or temporarily furloughed. The Labor Department (BLS) reported the August unemployment … Continue reading

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Joblessness to Increase This Fall

Popular Economics Weekly FREDinitialclaims The initial claims for unemployment insurance curve has flattened, rather than continuing to decline as the US economy opens. Not a good sign for future job growth.  Why? The coronavirus infection rate hasn’t declined, in a … 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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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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The Recession Has Arrived, No Big Surprise!

Financial FAQs The Dow plunged 1,862 points on Thursday, as the Business Cycle Dating Committee of the National Bureau of Economic Research, which maintains a chronology of the peaks and troughs in economic activity in the United States, had just … Continue reading

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May Employment Rise is Big Surprise!

Financial FAQs MarketWatch.com What happened? American workers are suddenly going back on the job; at least 2.5 million of them, according to the Labor Department. That knocks down the number of unemployed to maybe 20 million, and surprised economists. A … Continue reading

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Consumer Sentiment in the Dumps

Financial FAQs MarketWatch Consumer sentiment is plunging.  And why not? With an additional 6.6 million initial unemployment compensation claims this week, it brings the total in just the past three weeks to 16.8 million since the COVID-19 national lockdown of … Continue reading

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