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 .
June Payroll Employment
The slowndown in employment growth over the past few months is starting to become more apparent in the graph below.
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Focus on the Problem
U.S. payroll employment peaked at 132.5 million jobs in February 2001. For April 2012, U.S. payroll employment had reached 133.0 million jobs, marking the third month in a row above the February 2001 level.
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.
Looking Up At 2001
In February 2001, U.S. payroll employment peaked at 132.5 million. The November 2011 figure of 131.7 million still falls 800,000 jobs short of the earlier peak.
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 $1.6 trillion. Where is M1 headed?
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Saw this on my way home yesterday and got a chuckle (at a stop light in case you think I was violating Ohio's driving laws by taking a picture with a handheld device while moving). The bumper sticker reads "TOO POOR TO BE A REPUBLICAN." The car is a Lexus ...
What the @#$%, Ohio? You swear more than Illinois? More than New Jersey?
More than New freakinâ€™ York?!
Thatâ€™s the finding of the Seattle-based Marchex Institute, and if you donâ€™t like it, you probably shouldnâ€™t tell researchers where to stick it. They already think the Buckeye State has the tact of a drunken fool.
Men who are physically strong are more likely to take a right wing political stance, while weaker men are inclined to support the welfare state, according to a new study.
Researchers discovered political motivations may have evolutionary links to physical strength.
Men's upper-body strength ...
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For six decades, Americans have tended to drive more every year. But in the middle of the last decade, the number of miles driven â€” both over all and per capita â€” ...
In a recent blog post, Paul Krugman writes:
As far as I know, among basic textbooks only Krugman/Wells even talks about the liquidity trap.This is probably a true statement. It is not that other books don't cover the topic, however. It is just ...
... DeLong, Krugman, Econbrowser, Calculated Risk, Free Exchange, Environmental Economics, and a few more ...
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