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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From the “Difficult Run” blog post “Health Insurance vs. Food Insurance” by Nathaniel Given:
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From my op-ed in today’s Investor’s Business Daily:
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The excerpt below is from the article “Concepts and Implications of Altruism Bias and Pathological Altruism,” by Barbara Oakley, associate professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Oakland University (Rochester, MI), which was profiled in Saturday’s WSJ by James Taranto (“Pathological Altruism,” defined as ...
At a conference last week called “View from the Pulpit: Faith Leaders and Drug Decriminalization,” held at American Baptist College in Nashville, a group of black pastors and religious leaders gathered to discuss the moral injustice of America’s shameless and failed War on Drugs.
From my op-ed in today’s Detroit News titled “Gas engine stands the test of time“:
The automobile stands as an enduring symbol of mobility and opportunity in America — and of innovation that’s at the core of our nation’s economic strength and ...
Largely because of America’s failed and shameless “War on Plants” (aka the “War on Weeds” and the “War on Drugs”), the US is the world’s No. 1 jailer, with a higher incarceration rate than any other country (note that 47% of all federal prisoners ...