Consumer Price Index

September ll, 2020 . The CPI rose 0.4% in August after climbing 0.6% in both June and July, but having declined 0.1% in May, 0..8% in April, and 0.4% in March.  The CPI excluding the volatile food and energy prices rose 0.4% in August after gaining 0.6% in July and...

Producer Price Index

September 10, 2020 The Producer Price Index for final demand – intermediate demand  includes producer prices for goods, as well as prices for construction, services, government purchases, and exports and covers over 75% of domestic production. Producer prices...

Initial Unemployment Claims

September 10, 2020 .Initial unemployment claims for the week of September 5 was unchanged at 884 thousand after having decline 127 thousand and 93 thousand in the two previous weeks.    Claims have fallen steadily since reaching a peak of 6,867 thousand in the week...

Unemployment vs. Job Openings

September 9, 2020 The  Labor Department reported that job openings rose 10.3% in July to 6,619 thousand after climbing 11.7% in June and 7.5% in May, but  after having declined 16.9% in April and 14.2% in March.  As the economic expansion gathers momentum the number...

Gasoline Prices

September 9, 2020 Gasoline prices at the retail level fell $0.01 in the week ending September 7 to $2.21 per gallon.  After hitting bottom at $1.77 in the week of April 27, gasoline prices have been rising steadily.  In South Carolina gasoline prices tend to about...

Small Business Optimism

September 8, 2020 Small business optimism rose 1.4 points in August to 100.2 after having declined 1.8 points in July.  But this series fell a total of 13.6 points in March and April.  Seven of the 10 index components improved in August, 2 declined, and 1 was...