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Economic Statistics for 1 Oct 15

 September motor vehicle sales surged 2.3% to a far better than expected 18.2 million annual rate. 

Challenger reports that announced layoffs reached 58,887 in September, and the YTD number of 493,431 is now higher than all of last year.

The PMI manufacturing index was 53.1 in September, little changed from August.

The ISM Manufacturing index dropped -0.9 points to a barely positive 50.2, the lowest reading since May, 2013.

Construction spending rose 0.7% in August, and is up 13.7% on a year-over-year basis. 

Gallup’s US Payroll to Population rate was unchanged in September at 45.3%.

Initial weekly jobless claims rose 10,000 to 277,000. The 4-week average fell 1,000 to 270,750. Continuing claims fell 23,000 to 2.219 million.

The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index rose 1.1 points to 43.0 in the latest week.

The Fed’s balance sheet fell $-13.4 billion last week, with total assets of $4.484 trillion. Reserve bank credit fell $-8.5 billion.

The Fed reports that M2 money supply rose by $34.0 billion in the latest week.

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