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Technical Problems 3/9/15

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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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March 29, 2015, 9:03 pm, 1447335
From the NY Times: A Deadline for Greece, and U.S. Jobs Data

Greece hopes to gain approval on Monday for a detailed list of economic changes that its international creditors have demanded ...

... recent economic data has been anemic, and it is likely that hiring has ...

March 29, 2015, 7:03 pm, 1447328
CR Note: The NAR is scheduled to release Pending Home Sales for February tomorrow at 10:00 AM ET. The consensus is for a 0.3% increase in the index. Housing economist Tom Lawler mentioned in his existing home sales forecast a week ago:

While not enough local realtors/MLS ...

March 29, 2015, 1:03 pm, 1447259
Here are some excepts from two research reports ... first from Merrill Lynch:

The recent employment reports have been exceptionally strong with job growth averaging 293,000 a month for the past six months. Although we expect a slight moderation in March with job growth of 270,000, this would still ...

March 28, 2015, 3:03 pm, 1447002
The key report this week is the March employment report on Friday.

Other key indicators include†the February Personal Income and Outlays report on Monday, March ISM manufacturing index also on Wednesday,†March vehicle sales on Wednesday, and the February Trade Deficit on Thursday.

Also, Reis will release their quarterly ...

March 28, 2015, 11:03 am, 1446900
This is an unofficial list of Problem Banks compiled only from public sources.

Here is the unofficial problem bank list for March 2015.

Changes and comments from surferdude808:

Update on the Unofficial Problem Bank List for March 2015. During the month, the list fell ...

March 27, 2015, 7:03 pm, 1446719
From STR: US hotel results for week ending 21 March

The U.S. hotel industry recorded positive results in the three key performance measurements during the week of 15-21 March 2015, according to data from STR, Inc.

In year-over-year measurements, the industry’s occupancy rose 3.2 percent to 69.3 ...

March 27, 2015, 5:03 pm, 1446652
From Fed Chair Janet Yellen: Normalizing Monetary Policy: Prospects and Perspectives. Excerpts:

Why Might an Increase in the Federal Funds Rate Be Warranted Later This Year?
The Committee's decision about when to begin reducing accommodation will depend importantly on how economic conditions actually evolve over time. ...

March 27, 2015, 1:03 pm, 1446506
From the BLS: Regional and State Employment and Unemployment Summary

Regional and state unemployment rates were little changed in February. Twenty-six states had unemployment rate decreases from January, 6 states and the District of Columbia had increases, and 18 states had no change, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics ...

March 27, 2015, 11:03 am, 1446423

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The final University of Michigan consumer sentiment index for March was at 93.0, up from the preliminary estimate of 91.2, and ...

March 27, 2015, 9:03 am, 1446340
From the BEA: Gross Domestic Product: Fourth Quarter 2014 (Third Estimate)

Real gross domestic product -- the value of the production of goods and services in the United States, adjusted for price changes -- increased at an annual rate of 2.2 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014, according ...