May 2018

Currency Report

The dollar Broad Index posted a reading of 95.2 for April, relatively flat month on month yet still close to its lowest level in since July of 2015. The rate of decline has moderated over the past month likely because of the FEDs indication that there will be three and perhaps four interest rate hikes [...]

Employment by Industry

For the month of April, there were good gains in both construction and manufacturing. The total number of seasonally adjusted (SA), non-farm people employed in the U.S. in April was 148.424 million (M), an increase of 0.11% month on month, (m/m). The SA service providing sector employed 127.865M people in April, up 115,000 jobs, 0.09% [...]

April 2018

Employment by Industry

In March there were good gains in both construction and manufacturing. The total number of seasonally adjusted (SA), non-farm people employed in the U.S. in March was 148.230 million (M), a relatively flat increase of 0.07% month on month, (m/m). Over the past 12 months the U.S. economy has added 2.261M jobs, or +1.6% for [...]

March 2018

Consumer Confidence

The Consumer confidence index rolled-back 2.3 points in March according to the Conference Board. The index now stands at 127.7. Despite the decline, the index remains at elevated levels with a positive trend line. Businesses report being somewhat more pessimistic about current conditions as expectations fell across the board. On the other-hand, the labor market [...]

Automotive Sales

Data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), shows that total light (cars and light truck/SUVs), vehicle sales in January were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate, (SAAR) of 17.505 million (M), units, down 724,000 units or 4.0% from December. On a three month moving average (3MMA), basis sales were tracking at 17.867M, down 1.7% [...]

Employment by Industry

The economy created 313,000 jobs in February greatly exceeding analysts’ expectations. There were good gains in both construction and manufacturing. The total number of seasonally adjusted (SA), non-farm people employed in the U.S. in February was 148.177 million (M), an increase of 0.21% month on month, (m/m). Over the past 12 months the U.S. economy [...]

Employment: Initial, Continuous Jobless Claims

February seasonally adjusted, (SA) initial claims for unemployment insurance rose by 21,000 to 231,000. Despite the increase the total remains near the lowest level in nearly 50 years. The non-seasonally adjusted, (NSA) four week moving average (4WMA) was 216,850, 7.9% lower than for the same period last year. Layoffs are low and hiring statistics continue [...]