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Economic Data (USA)

Thursday, June 24, 2010

New Unemployment Insurance Claims for The Week of June 19, 2010

Earlier today, the Labor Department released the New Unemployment Insurance Claims report for the week that ended on June 19, 2010:

Predicted: 465,000
Actual: 457,000

The above figures represent the number of first-time claims for unemployment benefits for the entire United States. The "predicted" figure is what economists and Wall Street forecasters were expecting, while the "actual" is the true or real figure.

Click here to view the full Labor Department report.

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Leading Economic Indicators for May 2010

The Conference Board report on the nation's Leading Economic Indicators for May 2010 was released this morning:

Predicted: +0.6%
Actual: +0.4%

The above numbers represent the month-to-month change for the nation's leading economic indicators. The "predicted" figure is what economists and Wall Street forecasters were expecting, while the "actual" is the true or real figure.

The Leading Economic Indicators Index is a composite of 10 of the nation's economic data releases that's put together by The Conference Board. Statistically, the components listed below have shown a significant increase or decrease before national economic upturns or downturns, respectively:

  1. The Money Supply (M2)
  2. The Standard + Poor's 500 Index
  3. The interest rate spread between the yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury Note and the Fed Funds Target Rate
  4. Manufacturer's new orders for consumer goods or materials
  5. Manufacturer's new orders for non-defense capital goods
  6. Average weekly claims for unemployment insurance
  7. Average weekly manufacturing hours
  8. The Index of Consumer Expectations
  9. Vendor performance
  10. Building permits for new private housing


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