Economic Statistics for 2 Oct 14
Challenger’s count of layoff announcement totals 30,477 in September, the lowest since June 2000.
Gallup’s U.S. Payroll to Population employment rate fell a slight -0.1% to 44.8% in September.
Initial weekly jobless claims fell 8,000 to 287,000. The 4-week average fell 3,750 to 294,750. Continuing claims fell 45,000 to 2.441 million.
The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index fell -0.7 points to 34.8 in the latest week.
The Fed’s balance sheet fell $-8.8 billion last week, with total assets of $4,493 trillion. Reserve bank credit fell $-9.9 billion.
The Fed reports that M2 money supply fell by $-10.0 billion in the latest week.