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Economic Statistics for 9 Jan 14

The Challenger Job-Cut Report shows layoffs in December hit a recovery low of 30,623.

Gallup’s US Payroll to Population index for December fell to 42.9% from 43.7% in November.

Initial jobless claims fell 15,000 last week, to 330,000. The 4-week moving average fell 9,750 to 349,000. Continuing claims rose 50,000 to 2.865 million.

The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index rose 0.3 points to -28.4.

The Fed’s balance sheet rose $4.6 billion last week, with total assets of $4.028 trillion. Reserve Bank credit increased $1.2 billion.

The Fed reports that M2 Money Supply fell by $-10.2 billion last week.

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