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Economy Builds Momentum as Jobs Rise for 15th Consecutive Month; Political and Eurozone Uncertainty Tempers Optimism for 2012

January 6, 2012 December capped a solid year of job growth as the economy generated positive hiring every month in the year for the first time since 2005. The private sector led the way, marking its most substantial growth in six years. This trend should continue, with the labor market generating gradual momentum during 2012 […]

GDP Gains Encouraging But Recovery Remains Fragile

November 1, 2011 U.S. consumers and businesses spent much of the first half of the year disappointed by frequently mixed economic indicators, slow economic growth, lagging employment and, perhaps disproportionately, the debt crisis in the eurozone. Third quarter GDP data confirmed stronger and more dispersed economic growth than previous estimates. Demand has held up relatively […]

Fresh Data Confirms Growth; Economic Recovery Still Fragile

October 21, 2011 The equity markets have modestly quieted relative to last month’s daunting volatility, accompanied by plunging consumer confidence and a brief pullback in hiring. However, despite ongoing concerns regarding consumers’ and corporate America’s reluctance to enter a full expansion phase, two closely watched measures of economic health soundly beat expectations last week. These […]

Third-Quarter Job Growth Outpaces Expectations, Alleviates Recessionary Pressure, Though Significant Risk Remains

October 7, 2011 An uptick in hiring by private-sector employers in September yielded better-than-expected job growth in September. The positive results for the month, combined with upward revisions to July and August, confirm a trend of steady, though modest hiring that partially mitigates the potential for a new recession. Still, downside risks remain. The Eurozone […]