Category Archives: Research

Moderate Retail Sales Mask Positive Underlying Trends; Robust Growth on the Horizon

July 21, 2014 The bevy of recent economic indicators has mostly fallen into two camps; one suggesting the economy is poised to break out of the slow-growth slumber recorded since the recession and another signaling cautious expansion will continue to reign. The pace of job growth and consumer confidence, for example, are near post-recession highs, […]

Employers Pick Up Pace in June; Elevated Job Creation Points to Robust Growth in 2Q

July 7, 2014 Robust job creation in June exceeded expectations and effectively extinguished concerns that the negative reading in first-quarter gross domestic product was more than an aberration. The increase in U.S. private sector and government payrolls in June, combined with favorable trends in business investment, and manufacturing and service sector activity, signal that economic […]

Job Market Surpasses Previous Peak; Economy Shifts to Sustainable Growth

JuneĀ 10, 2014 Supported by positive manufacturing and service-sector activity, the U.S. economy has settled into a steady pace of economic growth with strengthened hiring trends. Total employment has passed its pre-recession peak, adding back the 8.7 million jobs lost during the recession. This will be regarded as a positive sign by the Federal Reserve, which […]

Hiring Hits Breakout Pace in April as Total Employment Flirts with Pre-Recession Peak

May 6, 2014 Job creation accelerated in April, with private-sector industries and government agencies combining to lift payroll gains to their highest monthly level in more than two years. The aggressive pace of hiring signals that economic expansion could accelerate despite the weak initial first quarter GDP reading. The improvement in the labor market also […]

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