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Economic Statistics for 14 Jun 13

Here are today’s statistics on the state of the economy:

Producer prices jumped 0.5% in May, while the core rate, ex-food and -energy, rose 0.1%. On an annual basis, prices rose 1.8% overall, and 1.6% at the core.

The nation’s current account deficit for the 1st Qtr came in at a smaller-than-expected $106.1 billion.

Foreign demand for long-term US securities rose to $-37.3 billion in April, the third consecutive monthly outflow of capital.

Industrial production was unchanged in May, while capacity utilization in the nation’s factories fell 0.2% to 77.6%.

The Reuter’s/University of Michigan’s consumer sentiment index fell 2.2 points to 82.7.

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Economic Statistics for 13 Jan 13

Here are today’s statistics on the state of the economy:

Initial jobless claims fell 12,000 last week to 334,000. The 4-week average fell  7,250 to 345,250. Continuing claims rose 2,000 to 2.978 million.

May export prices fell -0.5% while import prices fell -0.6%. On a year-over-year basis, export prices fell -0.9% while import prices fell -1.9%.

May retail sales rose 0.6%, while sales ex-autos and ex-autos and -gas both rose 0.3%.

April business inventories rose 0.3%, while wholesale sales fell -0.1%.

The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index fell more than 2 points to -31.3.

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Economic Statistics for 11 Jun 13

Here are today’s statistics on the state of the economy:

ISCS-Goldman reports last week’s retail sales fell by -2.7% due to bad weather, while the year-on-year rate declined to 2.2%. Redbook, however, is reporting a 2.8% year-on-year same store sales increase, with no significant weather effects.

The NFIB Small Business Optimism Index rose 2.3 points to 94.4 in May.

The Labor Department’s Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey reports there were 3.757 million job openings on the last day of April, little changed from March.

Wholesale inventories rose 0.2% in April, against a o.5% rise in sales, resulting in a leaner 1.21 stock to sales ratio.

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Economic Statistics for 7 Jun 13

Here are today’s statistics on the state of the economy:

The BLS reports that 175,000 net new jobs were created in May, while the unemployment rate rose a tick to 7.6%. The U-6 unemployment rate, the government’s broadest measure on unemployment, actually fell a tick to 13.8%. The labor force participation rate was little changed at 63.4%, though 420,000 workers entered the labor force. The average for weekly hours remained unchanged at 34.5 hours, while the average hourly earnings rose a penny to $23.89. The "real" unemployment rate, as I calculate it using the historical average for labor force participation, fell 0.13% to 11.41%. Overall, a lackluster report showing no substantial gains in the employment market.

Revolving credit is not moving much, but non-revolving credit—mainly from strong increses in auto sales—moved up sharply, resulting in an increase in overall consumer credit to $11.1 billion in April from $8.0 billion in March.

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Economic Statistics for 6 Jun 13

Here are today’s statistics on the state of the economy:

The Challenger Job-Cut Report shows that layoff announcements fell about 1,600 to 36,398 in May.

Initial jobless claims fell 11,000 to 346,000 last week. The 4-week average rose 5,250 to 352,500. Continuing claims fell 52,000 to 2.952 million.

The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index held at its five and a half year high of -29.7.

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Economic Statistics for 5 Jun 13

Here are today’s statistics on the state of the economy:

The ISM Non-Manufacturing Index rose 0.6 points to 53.7 in May.

The MBA reports mortgage applications fell -11.5% last week, with purchases down -2.0% and re-fis down -15.0%.

The ADP Employment Report shows an increase of 135,000 private payroll jobs in May, still a fairly weak number.

The Commerce Department’s final reading on 1st quarter productivity wqas revised down to 0.5% annualized, with unit labor costs down -4.3%.

Factory Orders for April rose a weaker-than-expected 1.0%, only a partial clawback from March’s drop of -4/0%.

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Economic Statistics for 3 Jun 13

Here are today’s statistics on the state of the economy:

Auto sales rose in May, and the Big 3 Automakers all report sales increases: GM 3.1%, Ford 14%; Chrysler 11%. Total us auto sales rose 8% from last year, to an annual pace of 15.2 million vehicles.

The PMI Manufacturing Index for May rose 0.2 to 52.3.

ISM Manufacturing Index fell -1.7 to 49.0, with all major components showing weakness.

Construction spending rose a less-than-expected 0.4% in April, which is up 4.3% on a year-over-year basis.

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