Economics Roundtable

NOTICE 4/30/18

The Economics Roundtable is back. The technical problem that has limited the set of blogs has been resolved. The RSS feed is, however, still not working.

Flushing caches will likely cause some old posts to show up for a day or two.


Employment as a Percentage of Population

The graph below shows employment as a fraction of population for people over 16 years old.


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March 2017 Payroll Employment

Payroll employment has not grown impressively since 2000. Some baby-boomers retired, but that does not totally account for this graph.

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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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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.


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November 21, 2018, 7:10 am, 1923032

This is the web version of the WSJ’s newsletter on the economy. You can sign up for daily delivery here.

The U.S. economy looks great. But markets tumbled Tuesday, wiping out yearly gains for the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average. Just some jitters or do investors know something we don’t? 

Good morning. ...


November 20, 2018, 7:10 am, 1922558

This is the web version of the WSJ’s newsletter on the economy. You can sign up for daily delivery here.

U.S. housing starts may rebound a little in October but that won’t signal liftoff for the housing industry. The sector has been a drag on the economy and is likely to stay ...


November 20, 2018, 5:50 am, 1922533

Many states are experiencing rapid labor-force gains as the economic expansion hums along. In Wyoming and West Virginia, the situation couldn’t be more different.

Since the recession ended in June 2009, Wyoming’s labor force has contracted by 5.1%, the biggest drop of any state in the nation during this period. West Virginia ...


November 19, 2018, 7:10 am, 1922174

This is the web version of the WSJ’s newsletter on the economy. You can sign up for daily delivery here.

An Asia-Pacific economic summit ended poorly this weekend as U.S.-China trade tension overshadowed…pretty much everything else. “President Trump believes that a [trade] deal is possible but we also believe we’re in a ...


November 19, 2018, 5:50 am, 1922150

WASHINGTON–Factories in the U.S. are churning through their inventories, as logistical problems keep some manufacturers from restocking rapidly enough to keep up with rising demand.

American factories’ sales rose 8% in September from the prior year, while their inventories grew just 5% during the same period, according to fresh data from ...


November 16, 2018, 7:30 am, 1921627

This is the web version of the WSJ’s newsletter on the economy. You can sign up for daily delivery here.

Inflation indexing is a mighty boring topic of conversation. But here’s something interesting: Congress and the IRS are using it to get you to pay more taxes. 

Good morning. Jeff Sparshott here to ...


November 15, 2018, 9:50 am, 1921252

Turn on, tune in, have babies.

The tide of medical-marijuana legalization making its way through American states is leading to a notable uptick in the birth of babies, according to a new paper published by the National Bureau for Economic Research.

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 33 ...


November 15, 2018, 7:10 am, 1921178

This is the web version of the WSJ’s newsletter on the economy. You can sign up for daily delivery here.

The divide between urban and rural America may only be getting worse. Amazon’s and Google’s plans to bulk up on the East Coast underscore the country’s diverging fortunes as some of the ...


November 14, 2018, 7:10 am, 1920731

This is the web version of the WSJ’s newsletter on the economy. You can sign up for daily delivery here.

Suddenly, the global economy isn’t looking so great. German and Japanese GDP shrank in the third quarter, momentum in China is vanishing, oil prices are tanking, the U.S. and China are still ...


November 13, 2018, 6:41 am, 1920181

This is the web version of the WSJ’s newsletter on the economy. You can sign up for daily delivery here.

Here we go again. The U.S. and China resumed trade talks last week, though divisions within the Trump administration make it hard to figure out whether we’re heading for a truce or ...