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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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Jobs

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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June 25, 2015, 8:04 am, 1496789

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June 24, 2015, 10:04 pm, 1496615

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June 24, 2015, 10:04 pm, 1496614

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June 24, 2015, 4:04 pm, 1496460

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June 24, 2015, 2:04 pm, 1496368

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The company ...


June 24, 2015, 10:04 am, 1496195

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June 24, 2015, 10:04 am, 1496194

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June 24, 2015, 8:04 am, 1496115

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June 23, 2015, 6:04 pm, 1495883

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June 23, 2015, 6:04 pm, 1495882

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