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Thursday, July 31, 2014

New Unemployment Insurance Claims for The Week of July 26, 2014

Earlier today, the Labor Department released the New Unemployment Insurance Claims report for the week that ended on July 26, 2014:

Predicted: 305,000
Actual: 302,000

Last Week (Revised): 279,000

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.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

New Unemployment Insurance Claims for The Week of July 19, 2014

Earlier today, the Labor Department released the New Unemployment Insurance Claims report for the week that ended on July 19, 2014:

Predicted: 310,000
Actual: 284,000

Last Week (Revised): 303,000

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.

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Thursday, July 03, 2014

Employment Situation Report for June 2014

The Employment Situation report for June 2014 was released by The Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics this morning:

Unemployment Rate
Predicted: 6.3%
Actual: 6.1%

Non-farm Payrolls (month-to-month change)
Predicted: +211,000
Actual: +288,000


Average Hourly Earnings (month-to-month change)
Predicted: +0.2%
Actual: 0.2%

Average Workweek
Predicted: 34.5 hrs
Actual: 34.5 hrs

Economist, academics, central bankers and investors pay very close attention to the monthly Employment Situation report as it offers penetrating insight as to the current and near-future state of the overall U.S. economy. If a) Americans are earning more money and b) the economy is creating new jobs, this typically translates to more money being pumped into the economy (and vice versa.)

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New Unemployment Insurance Claims for The Week of June 28, 2014

Earlier today, the Labor Department released the New Unemployment Insurance Claims report for the week that ended on June 28, 2014:

Predicted: 314,000
Actual: 315,000

Last Week (Revised): 313,000

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.

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Tuesday, July 01, 2014

ISM Manufacturing Index for June 2014

Earlier today, the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) released their Purchasing Manager's Index (PMI) for June 2014:

Predicted: 55.6%
Actual: 55.3%

Every month, the ISM surveys purchasing and supply executives at hundreds of companies across the country who are involved in manufacturing in some form. The resulting index is watched closely by academics, economists and investors because manufacturing accounts for about 12% of U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

The PMI is a reliable barometer of U.S. manufacturing: A PMI above 50% implies that U.S. manufacturing expanded during the month specified, while a reading below 50% implies that the factory sector contracted.

Last month, the PMI was 55.4%.

The following is a sampling of quotes from a diverse pool of U.S. manufacturers:

"...'Business volume is increasing at a good pace and consumers appear to be spending more.'
(Food, Beverage & Tobacco Products)


'The strength of the automotive industry continues to drive the high demand for steel.'
(Fabricated Metal Products)


'Business still very solid and strong — Class 8 Truck and RV.'
(Transportation Equipment)


'Seasonal business remains strong.'
(Primary Metals)


'Another strong month overall.'
(Computer & Electronic Products)


'Outlook is better. General uptick in our company's confidence.'
(Chemical Products)


'Orders are picking up, but pricing has declined in last month. Not the norm for this time of year.' (Wood Products)


'Conditions are slightly more favorable than last year.'
(Printing and Related Support Activities)


'Business is picking up once again.'
(Machinery)


'Business conditions are stable to improving.'
(Miscellaneous Manufacturing)..."

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