Synopsis by The Editor:
Under President Obama, bad news about the economy was always unexpected. Under President Trump, good news is always unexpected.
economy adds 313,000 jobs in February, crushing expectations. In February, nonfarm payrolls grew by 313,000 and
the unemployment rate held steady at 4.1%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Over the last three months, job
gains have now averaged 242,000 per month. February's payrolls gain was the largest since July 2016. February
marks the fifth-straight month the unemployment rate has been at 4.1%, which is the lowest level since December 2000.
Economists had expected the report to show nonfarm payrolls grew by 205,000 during the second month of the year with the
unemployment rate falling to 4%.
jumps 441 points, Nasdaq hits record as February job growth blows past estimates. Stocks posted sharp gains
Friday, with the tech-heavy Nasdaq hitting a record high, as investors reacted to stronger February job growth than expected.
Non-farm payrolls increase
by 313,000 in February vs. 200,000 est. The economy added 313,000 jobs in February, crushing expectations,
while the unemployment rate remained at 4.1 percent, according to a Labor Department report Friday [3/9/2018] that could
help quell inflation fears. Economists surveyed by Reuters had been expecting nonfarm payroll growth of 200,000 and the
unemployment rate to decline one-tenth of a point to 4 percent. An increase in the labor force participation rate to its
highest level since September helped keep the headline unemployment number steady, as the number of those counted as not in the
workforce tumbled by 653,000 to just over 95 million.
jobs grow by 235,000 in February, vs 195,000 expected: ADP/Moody's Analytics. Job creation saw another
powerful month in February, with companies adding 235,000 positions, ADP and Moody's Analytics reported Wednesday [2/7/2018].
The total again defied Wall Street expectations, as economists surveyed by Thomson Reuters were expecting payrolls to grow by
195,000. Growth actually decelerated slightly, as January posted an upwardly revised 244,000 from the initially reported
Adds 200,000 Jobs in January, Beating Expectations. Nonfarm payrolls rose by 2oo,000 in January while the
unemployment rate held steady at 4.1 percent, the Labor Department reported Friday [2/2/2018]. Economists had
expected nonfarm payrolls to grow by 180,000.
Fed Sees GDP Rocketing to 5.4% in First Quarter. The American economy is on track to grow at a 5.4 percent
annualized rate in the first quarter of this year, the Atlanta Federal Reserve's GDPNow forecast model showed on Monday [1/29/2018].
The regional Fed's forecast rose from last week's 4.2 percent growth following a report on manufacturing that showed more expansion
than expected. The forecast of real consumer spending growth rose from 3.1 percent to 4.0 percent, while the forecast of
investment growth soared from 5.2 percent to 9.2 percent.
Anyone Noticed That Trump's Economy Keeps Beating Expectations? The number of people filing for unemployment
benefits last week came in "unexpectedly" low. Instead of 240,000 claims, there were 236,000, which marked the third
week in a row this number has dropped. That's not a big deal in the grand scheme of things. It's just one
measure, after all, and the differences aren't huge. Except it adds to a pile of "unexpectedly" good economic reports
that have been coming out these days.
Business Optimism Beats Forecast, Hiring Strongest Since 1999. The National Federation of Independent Business
(NFIB) Small Business Optimism Index rose to 105.2, fueled by significant gains in hiring. The headline number beat the
103.2 consensus forecast. A seasonally adjusted net 19% said they plan to create new jobs, a gain of 4 points to the
highest level since December 1999. Among the 10 components making up the Small Business Optimism Index, 7 improved, 2
declined and 1 was unchanged.
Now let's look at the unexpectedly bad news under Obama:
Rises To 5 Percent In September; 94,184,000 Out of Labor Force. The national unemployment rate in September
rose to five percent, as the United States economy added only about 156,000 jobs, according to statistics released by the Labor
Department on Friday [10/7/2016]. That number is lower than analyst expectations, who predicted a 175,000 boost in jobs.
growth in May worst in 5 years. The unemployment report for May is an absolute disaster. "Unexpectedly,"
after economists predicted that 164,000 new jobs would be created, only 38,000 nrew jobs were counted. While the
"official" unemployment rate dropped to 4.7%, the reason for the drop was familiar: more people became discouraged about
looking for work and dropped out of the labor force entirely. In fact, that broader measure of joblessness was more
than twice the "official" rate: 9.7%.
House says May jobless report is 'disappointing'. The White House acknowledged Friday [6/3/2016] that the economy grew at
a "disappointingly low" rate in May, blaming a strike by Verizon workers in part for the sluggish performance. Jason Furman, the
top economic adviser to President Obama, said the telecommunications strike and "volatility in monthly data" contributed to job growth
that was "considerably below" expectations. Employers added only 38,000 jobs in May, the lowest gain in five years.
Retail Sales Fell Unexpectedly In March As Americans Cut Back On Buying Cars. U.S. retail sales unexpectedly
fell in March as households cut back on purchases of automobiles, further evidence that economic growth stumbled in the first
quarter. The Commerce Department said Wednesday [4/13/2016] that retail sales declined 0.3 percent last month after
being unchanged in February. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast retail sales edging up 0.1 percent last
month. Retail sales excluding automobiles, gasoline, building materials and food services ticked up 0.1 percent last
month after an upwardly revised 0.1 percent gain in February.
Jobless Claims Unexpectedly Fall. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits
dropped 20,000 to a seasonally adjusted 268,000 for the week ended March 28, the Labor Department
said on Thursday [4/2/2015].
Claims in U.S. Unexpectedly Climb to Four-Month High. More Americans unexpectedly
filed applications for unemployment benefits last week, indicating companies let go of seasonal
workers following the holidays. Jobless claims climbed by 19,000 to 316,000 in the week ended
Jan. 10, the most since early September, from a revised 297,000 in the prior period, a Labor
Department report showed today in Washington. The median forecast of 48 economists
surveyed by Bloomberg called for 290,000.
Obama! 1st Quarter GDP Was Actually a Disastrous -2.9%. So basically it was three
times as bad as first reported, but let's all pretend things will improve in the second quarter.
This is all so unexpected.
economy shrank at steep 2.9 percent rate in Q1. The first-quarter contraction
reported Wednesday [6/25/2014] by the Commerce Department was even more severe than the
1 percent annual decline it had estimated a month ago.
Yellen surprised by jobs
report. In January, the US added just 113,000 new jobs, up from an even more disappointing 75,000 in December. Both
figures were well below economists' forecasts. Last year, the economy added an average of 194,000 jobs per month. "I was
surprised that the jobs reports in December and January, the pace of job creation, was running under what I had anticipated. But
we have to be very careful not to jump to conclusions in interpreting what those reports mean," she said.
Jobs: The Report, the Spin, and the Fear. The
monthly employment numbers are out and even the New York Times is dismayed. The economy added 113,000 jobs in January, which was (all
together now) unexpectedly short of the 180,000 economists were predicting.
Jobless claims rise more than
expected. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits increased 19,000 to a seasonally adjusted 348,000, the Labor Department
said on Thursday [1/30/2014]. Claims for the prior week were revised to show 3,000 more applications received than previously reported.
Unexpectedly! 4th quarter GDP cratered after Obama
reelected. C'mon now, what did anyone really expect when they re-elected the guy whose ecomomic policy is
"destroy America." The Food Stamp president and his magic unicorns still haven't fixed our economy. In fact, it's gone into a
nosedive. And it doesn't look like he's in any kind of hurry to change course either.
Dem leader Reid: 'We are in a recovery'.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Thursday said the American economy is "in a recovery" despite the decline in the nation's gross
domestic product (GDP). Reid made the remark after Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) blamed the White House for the
unexpected contraction in the economy.
In the Obama years, bad news has always surprised the media.
'Unexpectedly'. Certainly, a media that wanted to paint a more dire portrait of the economy would
have no shortage of material to work with. There's considerable evidence that America's problems in job
creation are much worse than the most widely cited numbers would indicate.
In the age of unexpectedly.
It is, of course, as with all historical periods, difficult to pinpoint exactly when it began. Perhaps the earliest sign was a Reuters story
dated May 19, 2009, which reported that "new U.S. housing starts and permits unexpectedly fell to record lows in April ... denting hopes that
stability in the housing market was imminent."
Great Expectations, Disappointing
Results. The media breathlessly report an "unexpectedly" large increase in unemployment applications
with inflation rising "faster than expected." Given the wasteful spending spree we've been on, what do
What Do You Expect with
Obama? It's funny how the media almost always use the word "unexpectedly" whenever they report
this country's state of affairs under the Obama administration.
Double Standard Disease [is] an affliction that causes the media to ignore, rationalize or trivialize in
order to defend, support and advance the tax-the-rich, spread-the-wealth, expand-the-government agenda of President Obama
and his party. ... [For example,] When the economy recovered under President George W. Bush, the major news media
pronounced it a "jobless recovery." Now, despite unemployment stalled at 9.7 percent for several months, the
same media call it a "surprising" or "unexpected" recovery.
These days, it's best to expect
the 'unexpected'. The national economy is in the tank — unexpectedly. At least
it's "unexpected" by the mainstream media, and professional economists. After all these months, these
pampered pukes remain flummoxed by how clueless their hero Barack Obama has shown himself to be on economic
(and other) issues.
The cost of
progressivist worship. Why is it that one government report after another "unexpectedly" bears
more bad news about jobs? Last week, according to Bloomberg, "The number of unemployment claims unexpectedly
shot up." Before that, Reuters reported, "Employers unexpectedly cut jobs." This "unexpectedly" bit
has been going on for quite a while, suggesting that journalists continue to be surprised that President Obama's
progressive agenda has failed to revive private-sector job creation. One might as well say, "Monday
unexpectedly will come next week."
Consumer Sentiment Index Unexpectedly Declines. Confidence among U.S. consumers unexpectedly
dropped to a one-year low in September, indicating the biggest part of the economy is being handcuffed by
a struggling labor market.
Daffy Ducks. "In
a surprising setback, the nation's unemployment rate climbed to 9.8 percent in November, a seven-month high, as hiring
slowed across the economy," the Associated Press reports. Another surprising setback!
Jobs Don't Matter To the EPA.
The EPA doesn't look at the impact on jobs at all when they issue regulations. They don't
consider jobs to be part of a "detailed economic analysis." That goes a long way toward explaining why
President Obama keeps talking about his "economic recovery" when every week seems to bring fresh "unexpected"
news about the shrinking U.S. workforce.
media always shocked by bad economic news. Unexpectedly! As megablogger Glenn Reynolds,
aka Instapundit, has noted with amusement, the word "unexpectedly" or variants thereon keep cropping up in
mainstream media stories about the economy.
Here's an example:
Jobs Data is
'Last Nail in the Coffin' of Economic Recovery. April's gain was revised downward to 232,000.
The unemployment rate unexpectedly ticked up to 9.1 percent in May from 9 percent a month earlier.
Clearly the labor market is in a precarious state.
tunes out, and business goes on hiring strike. Last week I noted that various forms of the word
"unexpected" almost inevitably appeared in news stories about unfavorable economic developments. You can
find them again in stories about Friday's shocking news, that only 54,000 net new jobs were created in the
month of May and that unemployment rose to 9.1 percent. But with news that bad, maybe bad
economic numbers will no longer be "unexpected."
headline: 'New Jobless Claims Unexpectedly Rise'. When will bad economic news be "expected?"
The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment aid unexpectedly edged higher last week, stoking
fears of a stalled economic recovery even as a separate report showed record U.S. exports in April.
"Unexpectedly bad" ends up being "much worse".
There's little doubt that journalists are getting a bit touchy about using "the U-word," especially since,
far more often than not during the past several years, it has meant "unexpectedly bad." On Tuesday, in
the wake of yet another downward slide in consumer confidence after "experts" had predicted improvement, both
Bloomberg and the Associated Press let the U-word slip into their initial reports but purged it in later
Payrolls Grow at Slowest Pace in 9 Months. American employers added jobs at the slowest pace in
nine months in June and the unemployment rate unexpectedly climbed to 9.2 percent, sending global
stocks sliding on concern the world's biggest economy is faltering.
Liberalism: Out of a Job.
Robert Samuelson at the Washington Post provides details of the jobs report. First of all, few expected
the numbers to be this bad. The job numbers "unexpectedly" fell. The analysts expected a net
gain of 140,000 jobs. The actual was 18,000 — far below the number needed to keep pace
with new entrants. That was shocking in an of itself.
Completely Expectable 'Unexpectedness'.
Last Friday [7/8/2011], Americans revisited two of the most depressingly recurring themes they have been forced
to endure for almost three years. First, $3 trillion of debt-bloating, economy-killing, spread-the-poverty
around Keynesian economics once again proved itself to be a colossal failure. Second, economists who use
the word "unexpected" to describe that which is painfully obvious to everyone else have once again proven they
are unrelentingly clueless. The unemployment rate? "Unexpectedly" up to 9.2 percent. Job
creation? 18,000, "uber-unexpectedly" below the prediction of 90,000.
claims rise above expectations. Factory activity in the Mid-Atlantic region rebounded
in July, but stubbornly high new filings for jobless benefits suggested an expected pick-up in economic
growth in the second half of 2011 would be modest.
More unexpectedly bad news:
Employers Added No New Jobs In August. Economists had been expecting 93,000 new jobs
last month, down from 117,000 in July. The unemployment rate stayed, as expected, at
9.1 percent. The fact that no net new jobs were added in August was yet another
dose of bad news for the economy. ... Another disappointing sign was a drop in the average
workweek to 34.2 hours from 34.3 hours. Average hourly earnings fell 0.1 percent
when economists were expecting an increase of 0.2 percent. ... A more accurate portrait of
jobless America may be 16 percent to 20 percent, according to some experts.
The Editor says...
This is ABC doubletalk at its finest. "Economists had been expecting 93,000 new jobs", but there were
zero new jobs, just as they expected. If that makes sense to you, keep watching ABC News.
Sales Stall on Lack of Job Growth. Retail sales in the U.S.
unexpectedly stagnated in August as a lack of employment and limited income
growth restrained demand, highlighting the risk the economy will stall.
Consumer Prices, Jobless Claims Exceed Forecasts. The cost of living in the U.S.
climbed more than forecast and unemployment claims rose, battering the confidence of Americans
squeezed by stagnant wages and higher prices of food, housing and energy.
Claims in U.S. Unexpectedly Rise to Highest Level Since June. Applications
for U.S. unemployment benefits unexpectedly rose last week to the highest level since the
end of June, underscoring the risk of further weakness in the labor market. Jobless
claims climbed by 11,000 to 428,000 in the week ended Sept. 10 that included the Labor
Day holiday, figures from the Labor Department showed today in Washington.
Sinking Under Obama's Policies. Hardly a day goes by without some bit of bad news the media calls
"unexpected." But investors have noticed.
Volt sales don't have expected spark. General Motors insists it will sell 10,000 Chevrolet Volts
in the U.S. by the end of this year, but as of now, the numbers don't look good.
Does 99 Weeks of Unemployment Buy? Every Thursday, the financial markets wait with bated breath
for the weekly jobless claims report. The pundits claim any number below 400,000 is reason for optimism. ... In
addition to the magical Thursday number are the always expected words "revised from an initial estimate."
Somehow, the BLS always understates the initial number and then always revises it upward. Is it even
statistically possible to have that happen week after week after week?
Jobless Claims Unexpectedly Rise in Holiday-Shortened Week. More Americans than forecast filed
applications for unemployment benefits during the holiday-shortened week, signaling limited recovery in the
labor market. Jobless claims climbed by 6,000 to 402,000 in the week ended Nov. 26 that included
the Thanksgiving holiday, Labor Department figures showed today [12/1/2011] in Washington.
1 Million Workers Vanished Under Obama. Initial jobless claims unexpectedly jumped by 24,000
last week to 399,000 as more workers lost their jobs, the Labor Department said Thursday [1/12/2012]. At the
same time, the economy continues to lose workers. In the 30 months since the recession officially
ended, nearly 1 million people have dropped out of the labor force — they aren't working, and
they aren't looking — according to data from Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics. In the past
two months, the labor force shrank by 170,000.
laying off 1300 due to low Volt sales. General Motors Co. announced the temporary suspension of
Chevrolet Volt production and the layoffs of 1300 employees, as the company is cutting Volt manufacturing
to meet lower-than-expected demand for the electric cars.
US Adds 120,000 Jobs; Unemployment Falls to 8.2%. Employers added
120,000 jobs last month, the Labor Department said on Friday, the smallest increase since October. Economists polled by
Reuters had expected nonfarm employment to increase 203,000 and the unemployment rate [cnbc explains] to hold at 8.3 percent.
Than Projected Filed Jobless Claims Last Week. More Americans than forecast filed applications for unemployment benefits
last week and consumer confidence declined by the most in a year, signaling that a cooling labor market may restrain household spending.
Jobless claims fell to 388,000 from a revised 389,000 the prior week that was the highest since early January, Labor Department figures
showed today [4/26/2012] in Washington. The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index declined to minus 35.8 from minus 31.4 the
in U.S. Expands at 2.2% Annual Rate, Less Than Forecast. The U.S. economy expanded less than forecast in the first
quarter as a smaller contribution from inventories overshadowed the biggest gain in consumer spending in more than a year.
Gross domestic product, the value of all goods and services produced in the U.S., rose at a 2.2 percent annual rate,
Commerce Department figures showed today [4/27/2012] in Washington.
Sitting Out Obama.
We recently saw lots of sit-down strikes and demonstrations — the various efforts in Wisconsin, the Occupy movements, and
student efforts to oppose tuition hikes. None of them mattered much or changed anything. There is a sit-down strike,
however, that has paralyzed the country and has been largely ignored by the media. Most economists since 2009 have been
completely wrong in their forecasts, reminding us that their supposedly data-driven discipline is more an art than a science.
Private Sector Adds Just 119,000 Jobs in April: ADP. Private-sector
employment increased by just 119,000 in April, according a report from ADP that puts a dent into the notion that the jobs market
is on the path to a solid recovery. The report was well below forecasts of 170,000 and comes after a string of stronger
Job news bad for Obama. A
25 percent drop in the number of jobs added nationwide from March to April could spell trouble for President Barack
Obama's re-election hopes as the economy now struggles to recover at a slower-than-expected pace, local experts said
Obama's weakly job numbers.
The Labor Department reported Thursday [4/26/2012] that initial unemployment claims for the previous week had fallen by 1,000. This was
the sixth reported decline in the last eight weeks. The overall impression is that the situation is improving, slowly but
surely. Over that same period, however, the actual number of new jobless per week has increased by almost 40,000. The
Obama administration is managing perceptions by revising the weekly numbers upward after the fact. Every week for at least
the last eight weeks, the initial jobless number has been raised after it was released, sometimes significantly. So while
the combined initial figures over that period show a 13,000 new jobless decline, this is only because 49,000 jobless were not
included in the initial reports.
The Obama Jobs Disaster Worsens.
April's payroll job creation news was even worse than expected, as hiring slowed to only 115,000 jobs, well below the consensus
expectation. This marks the third consecutive year in which hiring has collapsed in the spring after showing some signs of life in
the winter. Interestingly, not all news outlets are willing to continue covering for the Obama administration.
The awful April jobs report. Any
way you slice or dice it, the April jobs report was terrible — and terribly disappointing. Employers added just 115,000 workers to their payrolls
last month, way below the 180,000 Wall Street economists were expecting.
Jobs report a
trainwreck. The U.S. economy added just 69,000 jobs in May, well below expectations of 150,000 job gains, according
to a report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Not only did BLS report terrible numbers for May, but it made downward
revisions to previous months job growth numbers, which were already considered weak.
A No Confidence Vote For
Obamanomics. Analysts had predicted the Conference Board's Consumer Confidence Index would climb to 70 in May.
Instead it dropped more than four points to 64.9, the biggest drop since last fall. It's the latest in another round of
disappointing numbers. Just a few weeks ago, new jobs came in "unexpectedly" low. And before that, GDP data
disappointed. Underperforming economic indicators have been so common under Obama that the only mystery is why the
experts keep getting caught off guard.
Does Anyone Still Like
Obama? In another blow to Obama's reelection bid, consumer confidence, which has been low throughout Obama's
presidency, stumbled badly last month after economists initially predicted confidence would go up.
Message from the flight
deck. [Scroll down] Well, last Friday [6/1/2012] the cockpit warning lights for our economy lit up.
The Labor Department reported that the number of jobs produced in May was a dismal 69,000 — well below predictions.
Additionally, the job creation numbers for March and April were revised significantly downward and, overall, the unemployment rate
edged up from 8.1% to 8.2%.
Jobless claims on the rise.
The number of Americans filing for first-time unemployment benefits climbed last week, indicating continued trouble for the labor market.
The Labor Department reported Thursday that 386,000 people filed new jobless claims in the week ended June 9, up 6,000 from the previous
week's revised figure. That was 11,000 more than expected.
More Americans Than
Forecast File for Jobless Benefits. More Americans than forecast filed applications for unemployment benefits last week,
indicating the labor market continues to struggle.
Miss: 0 of 70 Economists Polled By Bloomberg Expected Contraction. All 70 economists polled by Bloomberg came in on the high side.
Collapses are never expected.
June Jobs Report Unexpectedly Worse Than Lowered Expectations. The
experts who constantly guess wrong thought we'd create 90,000 jobs in June. We created 80,000. Unemployment rate holds
Next Month's Job Growth Could Be Even
Lower. The Labor Department released jobs numbers for June today [6/8/2012] and the results were disappointing. Estimates were that non-farm
payroll would add around 100K jobs last month. Instead they added just 80K, which is just over half the number needed to keep up with population growth.
Corn-Crop Forecast Cut as Drought Dims Supply Outlook. The U.S. cut its corn-harvest estimate 12 percent
and said inventories next year will be smaller than forecast in June as the worst Midwest drought since 1988 erodes prospects
for a record crop. Farmers will harvest 12.97 billion bushels (329.45 million metric tons), down from a June
prediction of 14.79 billion, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said today in a report. Analysts expected
13.534 billion, based on the average of 14 estimates in a Bloomberg survey.
Manufacturing Unexpectedly Shrinks for Second Month. American manufacturing unexpectedly contracted in July
for a second month, reflecting a drop in orders that threatens to undercut a mainstay of the recovery. The Institute for
Supply Management's factory index was 49.8 last month, little changed from a three-year low of 49.7 reached in June, the Tempe,
Arizona-based group said today [8/1/2012]. Economists surveyed by Bloomberg News projected a reading of 50.2, according
to the median estimate, just above the 50 mark that separates expansions and contractions.
Jobless claims hold steady.
The number of people filing for their first week of unemployment benefits was unchanged last week, following three straight
weeks of increases, the government said Thursday [8/30/2012]. The Labor Department said 374,000 people filed first-time
jobless claims in the week ended Aug. 25. That was slightly more than the forecasts of economists surveyed by
Briefing.com. The previous week's reading was raised from the initially reported 372,000.
Weak jobs report fuels QE3 hopes.
The unemployment rate ticked down to 8.1% from 8.3%, but only as a result of a significant drop in the number of people looking for
jobs. Economists were expecting the jobless rate to hold steady at 8.3%.
August Jobs Miss Expectations: 96k Jobs Added, Rate
at 8.1%. The Department of Labor released its initial report on August non-farm payrolls this morning [9/7/2012].
Job growth in August was a sub-par 96k jobs created. The unemployment rate fell to 8.1% though, as more people left the workforce.
Consensus on Wall Street had been for a 125,000 increase in the number of jobs last month. That number is slightly below the
number of jobs needed to keep up with population growth.
Weekly Jobless Claims Jump. The number of Americans filing new claims for
jobless benefits rose more than expected last week, with several states reporting an increase related to Tropical Storm Isaac.
Jobless claims rise more than expected.
Initial claims for unemployment benefit rose more than expected last week, hitting 382,000 compared with a forecast of 370,000 in a
Reuters poll and up from 367,000 the previous week.
Jobless Claims to U.S. Leading Index
Add to Weakness. More Americans than forecast filed claims for unemployment benefits and an index of leading indicators declined for second
time in three months, adding to signs of weakness in the world's largest economy. Jobless claims decreased by 3,000 in the week ended Sept. 15
to 382,000, Labor Department figures showed today [9/20/2012] in Washington. The median forecast of 49 economists surveyed by Bloomberg projected
375,000. The New York-based Conference Board's gauge of the outlook for the next three to six months fell 0.1 percent after a 0.5 percent
increase in July.
Durable goods drop worst since recession.
The Commerce Department said on Thursday [9/27/2012] durable goods orders dived 13.2 percent, the largest drop since January 2009, when the economy
was in the throes of a recession. Orders for July were revised down to show a 3.3 percent increase instead of the previously reported
4.1 percent gain.
in U.S. Shrinks for First Time Since 2009. Business activity in the U.S. unexpectedly contracted in September for the first
time in three years, adding to signs manufacturing will contribute less to the economic recovery.
Jobless Claims Hit Four-Month
High. For the third straight week, the number of Americans filing for new unemployment benefits rose. Thursday's [4/4/2013]
increase was quite dramatic. Though economists expected new claims to fall to 350,000, claims actually rose to 385,000 —
the highest number since November. The four-week rolling average also increased to 354,250.
in U.S. Tapers Off as Economy Fails to Gain Speed. American employers increased their payrolls by 88,000 last month,
compared with 268,000 in February, according to a Labor Department report released Friday [4/5/2013]. It was the slowest
pace of growth since last June, and less than half of what economists had expected.
The 'New' Economy Takes
Shape. It is amazing just how wrong economists were in their predictions for the number of jobs that were to be created in
March. The "consensus" figure was 200,000 — a far cry from the actual number created which was 88,000. Totally
"unexpected," as usual.
Workers Stuck in Disability Stunt Economic
Recovery. The unexpectedly large number of American workers who piled into the Social Security Administration's disability
program during the recession and its aftermath threatens to cost the economy tens of billions a year in lost wages and diminished tax revenues.
GDP Might Fuel Slow-Growth Fears. The economy regained speed in the first quarter, but not as much as expected, heightening
fears it could struggle to cope with deep government spending cuts and higher taxes. Gross domestic product expanded at a
2.5 percent annual rate, the Commerce Department said on Friday, after growth nearly stalled in the fourth quarter. Economists
had expected a 3.0 percent growth pace.
Uncertainty Is the Enemy of Recovery.
Anyone hoping for signs of a healthy economic recovery was disappointed by lower-than-expected GDP growth for the first quarter of 2013 — a
mere 2.5%, far short of the forecast 3.2%.
GDP grows 1.8% in Q1, below estimates.
The economy grew at a 1.8% annual rate in the first quarter, the government reported Wednesday [6/26/2013], well below previous estimates of
2.4% growth and missing forecasts.
U.S. Economy Adds 195,000 Jobs in June. The U.S. economy added
195,000 jobs in June, ahead of forecasts and more than May's figure, perhaps alleviating some concerns that the labor market is stuck in neutral and not
contributing enough to the economic recovery. The headline unemployment rate was unchanged at 7.6%. Economists had predicted an increase of
165,000 jobs and that the rate would drop to 7.5% from a month earlier.
Economy added a disappointing 162,000
jobs in July. July was supposed to mark the starting point for an amped-up economy. Instead, data on Friday [8/2/2013] showed the
recovery remains stuck in second gear. The Labor Department said that the economy added 162,000 jobs in July — enough to nudge the
unemployment rate down to 7.4 percent, but short of analysts' expectations.
Canadian Job Creation Triples Forecasts in
August. Canadian employment rose faster than economists forecast in August, gaining for the first time in three months led by part-time work
and service industries. [...] Canada's dollar jumped as the gain contrasted with a U.S. report that showed payrolls rose by less than was forecast.
2013 ends with weakest job growth in years.
The job market suddenly looks a lot weaker than economists' had thought. Hiring slumped sharply in December, as the economy added only 74,000
jobs, according to the government. This was the weakest month for job growth since January 2011 and came as a huge surprise to economists,
who were expecting an addition of 193,000 jobs.
All Your Health Are Belong to Us.
"Expect the unexpected" has been good advice for anyone following American economic news since 2009. That news has usually been bad, and
almost always "unexpectedly" so. [...] A cynical observer might suggest that there is an element of deliberate spin involved, with reporters
hoping to keep readers' expectations afloat until next month's report.
Temperatures Lift US Economy. Economists had expected growth to accelerate in 2014 after two years of
slow and steady improvement. But an unusually bitter winter sent factories, hiring and consumer spending into
U.S. Economy Unexpectedly Shrinks by 1 Percent. We know that... err... certain things
shrink on contact with the cold, and the winter is among the factors being blamed for an unexpected
1 percent contraction in U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP). After healthy growth in the fourth
quarter of 2013, a slight slowdown was expected at the beginning of 2014, but the downturn caught
economists by surprise. The last economic contraction was during the first quarter of 2011.
than forecast file jobless claims. The number of Americans filing for unemployment
benefits unexpectedly rose last week to a two-month high, interrupting a steady decrease to the
lowest level since before the last recession. Jobless claims climbed by 11,000 to 315,000 in the
week ended Sept. 6, which included the Labor Day holiday, a Labor Department report showed Thursday
[9/11/2014]. It was the highest reading since June 28 and exceeded the Bloomberg survey median
forecast of 300,000. The data are difficult to adjust during holiday periods, a Labor Department
spokesman said as the figures were released.
claims surge to 11-week high. The number of people who applied for new unemployment
benefits in the week before Thanksgiving jumped to an 11-week high and topped the 300,000 mark for
the first time since early September, fresh government data showed Wednesday [11/26/2014]. Initial
jobless claims leaped by 21,000 to 313,000 in the week ended Nov. 22, the Labor Department said.
Economists polled by MarketWatch had forecast claims to total a seasonally adjusted 288,000.
surges as U.S. unemployment stays steady at 5.8 percent. The U.S. economy added a
whopping 321,000 jobs in November — far more than analysts had expected —
although the national jobless rate remained stuck at 5.8 percent, the Labor Department reported
Friday [12/5/2014]. The November number of new jobs was nearly 50 percent higher than the
consensus economist forecast, and sparked an early rally on world stock markets. The Labor
Department also revised September's report up by 15,000 to 271,000 jobs, and revised October up by
29,000 jobs to 243,000.
U.S. Adds 142,00 Jobs in September, Badly
Missing Expectations. The U.S. added 142,000 new jobs in September, a disappointing figure that fell well below expectations.
[...] The headline unemployment rate held steady 5.1%, according to figures released by the U.S. Labor Department, but the labor force
participation rate fell slightly to 62.4% from the prior month, another ominous sign that usually suggests discouraged job seekers are
no longer even looking for work. Economists had forecast 203,000 new jobs and that the unemployment rate would remain at 5.1%.