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Economic Statistics for 21 Apr 16

The Philadelphia Fed survey plunged from 12.4 to -1.6 in April, returning to it’s long run of negative readings.

The Chicago Fed’s National Activity Index worsened to -0.44 from -0.29. The 3-month average fell from -0.07 to -0.18.

The Conference Board’s index of Leading Indicators rose 0.1% to 0.2% in March.

The FHFA house price index rose 0.4% in February, while the year-on-year rate fell sharply to 5.6% from 6.0%.

Initial weekly jobless claims fell 6,000 to 247,000. The 4-week average fell 4,500 to 260,500. Continuing claims fell 39,000 to 2.127 million.

The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index fell -0.7 points to 42.9 in the latest week.

The Fed’s balance sheet fell $-9.6 billion last week, with total assets of $4.490 trillion. Reserve bank credit rose $3.7 billion.

The Fed reports that M2 money supply rose by $0.5 billion in the latest week.

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One Response to Economic Statistics for 21 Apr 16

  • There were one in five families in the United States in 2015, or 19.7 percent, in which no one in the family worked, according to data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

    There were 81,410,000 families in the United States in 2015. Of those, there were 16,060,000 families in which no member was employed, or 19.7 percent of the total.