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    • July 22 Week in Review July 22, 2017
      This was a slow week in the news . Last Friday was a different matter. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) and the the Monthly and Annual Retail Trade Survey (MARTS) data was released. This week we saw the New Construction data and the weekly unemployment claims data released. This means that there was time to […]
    • Red, Gray, and Blue: Jobs Up June to June July 21, 2017
      The June Jobs Report was even better than is being reported. This column has already published numerous articles on June Jobs Report, even as the rest of the media is moving on with their coverage of Fake News. While some commentators are lamenting that the seasonally adjusted data is less than spectacular, this column focusing […]
    • First-time Unemployment Claims Near Record Low July 20, 2017
      The Department of labor still releases its weekly unemployment claims report on a weekly basis. WE continue to see historically low claims for this time of year. The rest of the world reports the seasonally adjusted data for first-time claims and continuing claims. The data that is recorded is the non-seasonally adjusted data. When seasonally […]
    • June New Construction Building Momentum July 19, 2017
      The June Residential New Construction data was released this morning. The media is covering a second "private meeting" with Putin and President Trump - not that private when you are with hundreds of leaders, spouses, and interpreters. This is a "red" herring to divert attention from good news "having" to be reported. There are three […]
    • Inflation Waning, Except Shelter and Medicine July 17, 2017
      There was some concern when the February Consumer Price Index Report was released for the month of February that we might see inflation exceed 3.0% during March. Inflation has waned, overall, since that time. When the March data was reported this April it was noted that the weighting of all goods surged from 93.5% to […]
    • July 15 Week in Review July 15, 2017
       This week was a slow week for data until Friday.  This is normal for the week after the Jobs Report is released. The slowness of data release is a good opportunity to do a deeper dive into the Jobs Report data.(July 10) The June Jobs Report revealed that we had a drop, month to month, […]
    • June Retail Better than Last June July 15, 2017
      The monthly retail sales report (MARTS) reveals changes in spending patterns across numerous categories. The data that is reported elsewhere is the seasonally adjusted data. The seasonal factors used to convert non-seasonally adjusted data to seasonally adjusted data changes by category, month, and year. Another way to look at the data is the current year […]
    • Education and Health Services Sector Growing July 13, 2017
      The June Jobs Report was even better than is being reported. This column has already published numerous articles on June Jobs Report, even as the rest of the media is moving on with their coverage of Fake News. While some commentators are lamenting that the seasonally adjusted data is less than spectacular, this column focusing […]
    • Seriously Low Weekly Unemployment Claims Data July 13, 2017
      Thursdays used to be the day that people waited with anticipation for the weekly unemployment claims data. Were we below 500,000 first-time unemployment claims? Were we below 400,000? 300,000? These numbers were the seasonally adjusted  (SA) claims. The non-seasonally adjusted data is converted to SA data by using seasonal factors that change week to wee, […]
    • Is the War on Men Waning? July 12, 2017
      There has been a considerable amount of discussion in the media since the 2012 election regarding the "War on Women" and "Binders Full of Women." The untold story, at least in other venues, has be the "War on Men." We have seen dramatic changes in the number of men working full-time jobs since July 2007. […]

 

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