Initial Unemployment Claims

November 14, 2019 Initial unemployment claims rose 14 thousand in the week ending November 9 to 225 thousand.  The four-week average of claims rose 2 thousand to 217 thousand.  The 4-week average for the week of April 13 of 202 thousand was the lowest for the current...

Consumer Sentiment

November 8, 2019 The preliminary estimate of consumer sentiment for November came in at 95.7 which is marginally above the October reading of 95.5.  While volatile on a month-to-month basis consumer sentiment remains at a lofty level.  The peak for the cycle was 101.4...

On the rebound!

November 1, 2019 Occasionally, a single piece of information can alter the economic outlook.  As has been the case fairly often in the past, the catalyst is the employment report.  That was certainly true this time with the payroll employment data for October. ...

Private Employment

November 1, 2019 Private employment rose 131 thousand in October, but that excludes 42 thousand G.M. workers who were on strike during the survey week.  In addition, employment for August was revised upward by 41 thousand from an increase of 122 thousand to a revised...