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Technical Problems 1/21/15

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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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December 19, 2014, 4:34 pm, 1392310
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August 19, 2014, 8:34 am, 1320916
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August 5, 2014, 8:34 pm, 1312433
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August 5, 2014, 8:34 pm, 1312432
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July 2, 2014, 10:34 pm, 1294651
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July 2, 2014, 10:34 pm, 1294650
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July 2, 2014, 10:34 pm, 1294647
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July 2, 2014, 10:34 pm, 1294649
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