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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Colley-Rupert Economic Snapshot


July 10, 2018, 8:35 pm, 1874885
By Thomas Cooley and Peter Rupert

The BLS announced that total nonfarm employment increased by 213,000 in June with 202,000 of that from the private sector. Early forecasts were in the 195k range. In addition, April employment was revised up 16,000 and May 21,000. The only large decline occurred in ...


June 1, 2018, 2:05 pm, 1863749
By Thomas Cooley and Peter Rupert

The BEA’s 2nd estimate of Q1 GDP shaved off 0.1 percentage points to a now revised growth rate of 2.2% at a seasonally adjusted annualized rate.¬† Personal consumption expenditures were quite weak, revised down from 1.1% to 1.0% , the lowest reading since 2013 ...


May 4, 2018, 11:04 pm, 1852975

By Thomas Cooley and Peter Rupert

The BLS release showed 164,000 new jobs, with 168,000 added in the private sector in April and the government sector declining by 4,000. Service sector jobs increased 119,000 and goods producing jobs increased 49,000. The mining and logging sector has had non-negative ...


April 18, 2018, 10:06 pm, 1843103

We are pleased to announce that we have finished updating the U.S. Snapshot. It should now give us the same flexibility in our data presentation as in our partner page: the European Snapshot. We also hope to bring you more regional and state-level analysis in our future ...


April 18, 2018, 11:24 am, 1842909

By Thomas Cooley and Peter Rupert

The BEA announced that GDP grew 3.0% the advance estimate for Q3 following a 3.1% rise in Q2. This was the strongest two-quarter increase since Q2-Q3 in 2014. The economy is rolling along despite the disruption from ...


April 18, 2018, 11:24 am, 1842908

By Thomas Cooley and Peter Rupert

The BLS announced an increase in payroll employment of 261,000 in October and revised September’s preliminary estimate of a decline of -33,000¬†to an increase of 18,000 and August revised up by¬†39,000. The ...


April 18, 2018, 11:24 am, 1842905

By Thomas Cooley and Peter Rupert

The BLS announced that December employment rose by 148,000. The gains were broad-based, the only declines were found in retail trade, -20.3, and utilities, -0.9. This is well off the trend rate of job ...


April 18, 2018, 11:24 am, 1842907

By Thomas Cooley and Peter Rupert

The BEA announced a small upward revision to Q3 GDP, from 3.0% in the preliminary estimate to 3.3% in the second estimate. Year-over-year growth continues its upward trajectory. Consumption growth was revised down slightly to


April 18, 2018, 11:24 am, 1842906

By Thomas Cooley and Peter Rupert

Payroll employment rose 228,000 for November as reported by the BLS, with the private sector gaining 221,000. The increases were widespread, with only Utilities down slightly and Information employment down 4,000. The Goods producing ...


April 18, 2018, 11:24 am, 1842900

By Thomas Cooley and Peter Rupert

The BLS announced that nonfarm payroll employment rose by 103,000 in March and revised February employment up  13,000 to 326,000 and January down 63,000 to 176,000. The 50,000 in downward revisions and the weak 103,000 March number paints a fairly ...