Economic Statistics for 21 Mar 13
Here are today’s statistics on the state of the economy:
Initial jobless claims rose 2,000 to 336,000. The 4-week average fell 7,500 to 339,750, while continuing claims rose 5,000 to 3.053 million.
The Philadelphia Fed Survey jumped 14.5 points in March, to a positive reading of 2.0.
Existing home sales rose 0.8% in February, to an annualized pace of 4.98 million, thanks to a rise in the supply of available homes.
The PMI Manufacturing Index Flash fell 0.3 points in March, to a still-positive 54.9.
The FHFA House Price Index rose 0.6% in January, up 6.5% on a year-over-year basis.
The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index fell 2.3 points to -33.9 in the latest week.
The Index of Leading Economic Indicators, which indicate economic conditions six months from now, rose a better-than-expected 0.5% in February.