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May 2014 Payroll Employment

After 76 months, we finally got back to the prerecession level of payroll employment.

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The best summary of the state of our economy is the graph (below) of employment as a fraction of population for people over 16 years old. The decrease is large, but the most troubling feature of the graph is the flat trend .

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Graph-of-the-Year Candidates

Donald Marron likes European interest rates. Click on the image to get a bigger version. Can you find three distinct subperiods?

Brad DeLong favors the U.S. gdp gap.

Remember M1?

Money Supply M1 growth is now over 20% per year over a 12 month lag. M1 growth has touched 20% before, but not with excess reserves of $1.6 trillion. Where is M1 headed?

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April 19, 2015, 11:03 am, 1457915
The NAR will report March Existing Home Sales on Wednesday, April 22nd. The consensus, according to Bloomberg, is that the NAR will report sales of 5.04 million. Housing economist Tom Lawler estimates the NAR will report sales of 5.18 million on a seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR) ...

April 18, 2015, 11:03 am, 1457649
The key economic reports this week are March new home sales on Thursday and existing home sales on Wednesday.

----- Monday, April 20th -----
8:30 AM ET: Chicago Fed National Activity Index for March. This is a composite index of other data.

----- Tuesday, April 21st -----

April 17, 2015, 9:03 pm, 1457533
From the Philly Fed:

The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia has released the coincident indexes for the 50 states for February 2015. In the past month, the indexes increased in 46 states, decreased in one, and remained stable in three, for a one-month diffusion index of 90. Over ...

April 17, 2015, 5:03 pm, 1457402
Some excerpts from interesting analysis by Goldman Sachs economists Alec Phillips and Hui Shan: An Update on Student Loans: A Bigger Headwind but Still Not a Deal Breaker

The upshot is that the student debt burden on young households has increased and it has become a bigger headwind to ...

April 17, 2015, 5:03 pm, 1457401
The Cleveland Fed released the median CPI and the trimmed-mean CPI this morning:

According to the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, the median Consumer Price Index rose 0.2% (2.6% annualized rate) in March. The 16% trimmed-mean Consumer Price Index also rose 0.2% (2.2% annualized rate) during the month. The ...

April 17, 2015, 1:03 pm, 1457246
From housing economist Tom Lawler: Texas: Non-Farm Payoll Employment Fell in March

The Texas Workforce Commission reported that non-farm payroll employment in the Lone Star State declined by 25,400 (or -0.22%) on a seasonally adjust basis in March, the first monthly decline since September 2009 ...

April 17, 2015, 11:03 am, 1457160

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The preliminary University of Michigan consumer sentiment index for April was at 95.9, up from 93.0 in March.

This was ...

April 17, 2015, 9:03 am, 1457061
From the BLS:

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.2 percent in March on a seasonally adjusted basis, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Over the last 12 months, the all items index declined 0.1 percent before seasonal adjustment.

The ...

April 16, 2015, 9:03 pm, 1456840
• At 8:30 AM ET, the Consumer Price Index for March from the BLS. The consensus is for a 0.3% increase in prices, and a 0.2% increase in core CPI.

• At 10:00 AM, University of Michigan's Consumer sentiment index (preliminary for April). The consensus is for a ...

April 16, 2015, 7:03 pm, 1456778
From the National Multi Housing Council (NMHC): Apartment Markets Expand in April NMHC Quarterly Survey

All four indexes landed above the breakeven level of 50 in the April National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC) Quarterly Survey of Apartment Market Conditions.

“The song remains the same—the apartment markets ...