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May 25th, 2022 by

by Raymond J. Keating – After a decline in February, manufacturers’ durable goods orders have grown in both March and April, according to the latest report for the U.S. Census Bureau. However, inflation significantly undermines these reported gains. New orders for durable goods grew by 0.4 percent (seasonally adjusted) in April, after an increase of […]

May 20th, 2022 by

by Raymond J. Keating –  According to the latest report on state employment from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 11 states saw statistically significant growth in nonfarm payroll employment growth in April 2022 compared to the previous month. That’s underwhelming and concerning. It also lines up with at least part of the mixed […]

May 18th, 2022 by

by Raymond J. Keating –   After the economy was hit by the pandemic in March and April 2020, the residential housing sector has been one of the strongest areas of the economy. Housing recovered and moved above pre-pandemic levels rather quickly and growth generally continued. That has been good news for the small businesses […]

May 17th, 2022 by

by Raymond J. Keating – The U.S. Census Bureau reported that retail and food services sales were up by 0.9 percent in April. For good measure, March sales growth was revised up from 0.7 percent to 1.4 percent. Of course, these nominal gains need to be put in perspective when inflation is running hot, as […]

May 16th, 2022 by

Bad Policy Fuels the Likelihood   81% of small business owners expect a recession to occur this year, according to the latest CNBC|SurveyMonkey Small Business Index Q2 2022 (May 5, 2022). by Raymond J. Keating –   With the change in real GDP turning negative in the first quarter of this year, a question inevitably keeps […]

May 11th, 2022 by

by Raymond J. Keating – The latest Consumer Price Index report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed inflation slowing in April compared to the previous seven months. According to the CPI, inflation came in at 0.3 percent in April. That was down from 1.2 percent in March. However, over the past 12 months, inflation […]

May 6th, 2022 by

by Raymond J. Keating – “The Employment Situation” report – or jobs report – released each month by the Bureau of Labor Statistics is one publication based on two different surveys. One survey is the establishment survey, which offers nonfarm employment numbers, and the second survey is the household survey, from which we get labor […]

May 5th, 2022 by

by Raymond J. Keating – Eventually, economic reality even catches up to the Federal Reserve. And the current reality is that inflation is running red hot. The question remains, however, if at least one part of the Fed’s remedy will actually work. In the May 4 FOMC statement, the Fed declared that it is “highly […]

May 3rd, 2022 by

by Raymond J. Keating – National Small Business Week is the right time to remind people, including policymakers, that small businesses are the engines of job creation in the U.S. economy. For example, as noted in the Office of Advocacy’s “Frequently Asked Questions” publication, 62 percent of net new job created since 1995 have been […]

April 28th, 2022 by

by Raymond J. Keating – Gallup asked Americans, “What do you think is the most important problem facing this country today?” The economy ranked number one – that is, as the biggest problem – followed by government, and then leaving all other answers far behind. Is anyone really surprised? While government or poor leadership in […]

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