U.S. Economic News

U.S. Economic News

April 8, 2021

U.S. Economic Indicators

Initial jobless claims increased 16,000 to 744,000 last week. The four-week moving average increased 2,500 to 723,750. DOL Report

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The New York Times reports that office vacancies across the country have climbed to their highest levels in decades as more businesses embrace remote work and rent less space. In city centers, the vacancy rate for office buildings climbed to 16.4 percent over the past year, but that could change in the long-term depending on whether companies shift to more permanent remote or hybrid work or back to more traditional in-person work. NYT

U.S. Economic News

U.S. Economic News

April 7, 2021

U.S. Economic Indicators

The U.S. trade deficit widened from $67.8 billion (revised) in January to $71.1 billion in February. The goods deficit increased by $2.8 billion, while the services surplus decreased by $0.5 billion. Census Bureau Report

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Bloomberg reports that a recent poll from the New York Fed found that consumers are expected to spend less than 25% of their latest stimulus checks, instead using the majority of funds to pay down debt and add to savings. In comparison, consumers spent 29% and 26% of their first and second stimulus checks, respectively, highlighting the divergent needs of households over the course of the pandemic. Bloomberg

U.S. Economic News

U.S. Economic News

April 6, 2021

U.S. Economic Indicators

The Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (“JOLTS”) indicated that the number of job openings edged up to 7.4 million in February. The number of hires ticked up to 5.7 million, while the layoffs and discharges rate was little changed at 1.2%. BLS Report

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The Wall Street Journal reports that the International Monetary Fund now expects the world economy to grow 6% in 2021. The upward revision from its January forecast of 5.5% is largely due to aggressive stimulus spending and accelerated vaccine rollout in the U.S. and other advanced economies. WSJ

U.S. Economic News

U.S. Economic News

April 5, 2021

U.S. Economic Indicators

New factory orders for manufactured goods decreased 0.8% in February following a 2.7% (revised) increase in January. New orders excluding transportation ticked down 0.6%, while new orders for nondefense capital goods excluding aircraft fell 0.9%. Census Bureau Report

The ISM Services Index increased 8.4 points to an all-time high of 63.7 in March, indicating the tenth straight month of growth for the services sector. The New Orders Index increased 15.3 points to 67.2, while the Employment Index improved 4.5 points to 57.2. ISM Report

U.S. Economic News

U.S. Economic News

April 2, 2021

U.S. Economic Indicators

The U.S. economy gained 916,000 jobs in March, well above consensus expectations. The unemployment rate edged down by 0.2 percentage point to 6.0%, and the labor force participation rate ticked up 0.1 percentage point to 61.5%. BLS Report

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The Wall Street Journal reports that the U.S. is predicted to be the main driver of global growth this year, which is already brightening growth forecasts for countries closely tied to the American economy but could contribute to divided global recovery. For example, Vietnam and Thailand are both expected to benefit substantially from U.S. stimulus packages, while the eurozone and lower-income economies are expected to be left out. WSJ