Economics Roundtable

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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August 1, 2014, 9:03 pm, 1310089
From housing economist Tom Lawler:

The Ryland Group reported that net home orders in the quarter ended June 30, 2014 totaled 2,228, up 1.7% from the comparable quarter of 2013. Sales per community last quarter were down 13.8% from a year ago. Home deliveries last quarter totaled ...

August 1, 2014, 5:03 pm, 1309955
Based on an WardsAuto estimate, light vehicle sales were at a16.4 million SAAR in July. That is up 5% from July 2013, and down 2.5% from the 16.9 million annual sales rate last month.

This was below the consensus forecast of 16.7 million SAAR (seasonally adjusted annual rate).

August 1, 2014, 3:03 pm, 1309878
Earlier the Census Bureau reported that overall construction spending decreased in June:

The U.S. Census Bureau of the Department of Commerce announced today that construction spending during June 2014 was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $950.2 billion, 1.8 percent below the revised May estimate of $967.8 ...

August 1, 2014, 1:03 pm, 1309799
Earlier: July Employment Report: 209,000 Jobs, 6.2% Unemployment Rate

A few key points:
• At the current pace (through July), the economy will add 2.75 million jobs this year (2.64 million private sector jobs). Right now 2014 is on pace to be the best year for both ...

August 1, 2014, 11:03 am, 1309711

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The final Reuters / University of Michigan consumer sentiment index for July was at 81.8, down from 82.5 in June, and ...

August 1, 2014, 11:03 am, 1309710
The ISM manufacturing index suggests faster expansion in July than in June. The PMI was at 57.1% in July, up from 55.3% in June. The employment index was at 58.2%, up from 52.8% in June, and the new orders index was at 63.4%, up from 58.9% in June.

August 1, 2014, 9:03 am, 1309630
From the BLS:

Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 209,000 in July, and the unemployment rate was little changed at 6.2 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today.
The change in total nonfarm payroll employment for May was revised from +224,000 to +229,000, and ...

July 31, 2014, 11:03 pm, 1309351
From Goldman Sachs economist Sven Jari Stehn: July Payroll Preview

We expect a 235,000 increase in nonfarm payrolls and a one tenth drop in the unemployment rate to 6.0%. As far as payrolls are concerned, our forecast would be a solid gain but at a pace slightly below that ...

July 31, 2014, 7:03 pm, 1309215
Fannie Mae reported today that the Single-Family Serious Delinquency rate declined in June to 2.05% from 2.08% in May. The serious delinquency rate is down from 2.77% in June 2013, and this is the lowest level since October 2008.

The Fannie Mae serious delinquency rate peaked in ...

July 31, 2014, 3:03 pm, 1309062
Friday at 8:30 AM ET, the BLS will release the employment report for July. The consensus, according to Bloomberg, is for an increase of 233,000 non-farm payroll jobs in July (range of estimates between 200,000 and 280,000), and for the unemployment rate to be unchanged at 6.1%.

Note: ...