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


December 8, 2018, 8:06 pm, 1927752
By Thomas Cooley and Peter Rupert

The establishment survey from the BLS employment report revealed a  155,000 increase in the number of new employees, with small downward revisions over the previous two months. This was slightly below analysts expectations but was also consistent with other signs in the labor market that ...


November 5, 2018, 8:06 pm, 1916498
By Thomas Cooley and Peter Rupert

The problem with being an economist when at a party or other social event is that certain questions are bound to be asked: “When will these good times come to an end?” “Is a recession around the corner?” The answers: No one knows. Yes, the ...


October 5, 2018, 10:35 pm, 1905409
By Thomas Cooley and Peter Rupert

September employment increased by 134,000 and there were significant upward revisions to July and August (18,000 in July and 69,000 in August) according to the establishment data from the BLS.


September 7, 2018, 7:44 pm, 1897646
By Thomas Cooley and Peter Rupert

The BLS announced payroll employment increased 201,000 in August with no real surprises…except 50,000 in downward revisions (-40 for June and -10 for July) that temper the strong report. Total private employment rose 204,000 while the government sector sank by 3,000. The service sector ...