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November 20th, 2018 by

by Raymond J. Keating- Over two days, November 19 and 20, three key pieces of data on housing were published, and when taken together, they signal that housing warrants continued watching. First came the National Association of Home Builders Housing Market Index. This measure of builder confidence took a dive in November – from an […]

November 18th, 2018 by

by Raymond J. Keating- Industrial production in October edged ahead by 0.1 percent compared to September, according to the latest report from the Federal Reserve. Compared to a year earlier, industrial output was up by a solid 4.1 percent. The lone growth area among major industry groups in October was manufacturing production, which was up […]

November 18th, 2018 by

“Policies matter” by Raymond J. Keating- On November 14, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis served up its latest estimate on real economic growth in the states. U.S. real GDP grew at a strong 4.2 percent in the second quarter of 2018, and looking at the data from the 50 states, the news was good […]

November 18th, 2018 by

by Raymond J. Keating- The latest state employment report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics pointed to nonfarm employment in October being up in 9 states, and effectively unchanged in 41 states. However, over the past year, 36 states added jobs, with 14 basically unchanged. So, which states were the top gainers? During October […]

November 14th, 2018 by

by Raymond J. Keating- The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics noted that the Consumer Price Index increased by 0.3 percent in October. That was the fastest monthly increase since January of this year. Over the past year, CPI inflation registered 2.5 percent. But over the past six months, the annualized inflation rate came in at […]

November 8th, 2018 by

Small Business Insider by Raymond J. Keating- Small Business Policy Index 2018: SBE Council’s “Small Business Policy Index 2018” ranks the 50 states according to 55 different policy measures, including a wide array of tax, regulatory and government spending and performance measurements. Small Business Tax Index 2017: SBE Council’s “Small Business Tax Index 2017” ranks […]

November 7th, 2018 by

Small Business Insider by Raymond J. Keating- State policymaking affects entrepreneurs, small businesses, investors and workers. SBE Council’s Small Business Policy Index 2018 and Small Business Tax Index 2017, which rank the states on their policy and tax climates for small business, showcases that effect. There were 36 races for governor on November 6, and the […]

November 2nd, 2018 by

    by Raymond J. Keating- When it comes to economic and income growth, productivity is a central issue. But productivity growth also had been rather abysmal from 2011 to 2017, with annual average growth registering 0.7 percent. Fortunately, according to the latest report on productivity from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. nonfarm […]

November 1st, 2018 by

Small Business Insider   by Raymond J. Keating- Consumer confidence rides high, according to the latest take from the Conference Board. The board’s consumer confidence measure improved in October to 137.9 (1985=100), up from the September level of 135.3. Breaking this down further, the Conference Board reported: “The Present Situation Index – based on consumers’ […]

October 27th, 2018 by

by Raymond J. Keating- The headline on real economic growth for the third quarter of this year pointed to continued strong growth. As reported by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis on October 26, real GDP growth came in at 3.5 percent in the third quarter. That followed on 4.2 percent in the second quarter. […]

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