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Economy in Brief
Kansas City Federal Reserve Factory Index Strengthens; Expectations Surge
The Kansas City Fed reported that its index of regional manufacturing sector business activity increased to 20 during March...
U.S. Initial Unemployment Insurance Claims Rise
Initial claims for unemployment insurance increased to 258,000 (-3.0% y/y) during the week ended March 18...
U.K. Retail Looks Less Bulletproof
For the most part, the assessments embodied in the March survey from the UK's CBI are being taken as being upbeat...
U.S. Existing Home Sales Fall to Five-Month Low; Inventory Remains Tight
Sales of existing single-family homes declined 3.7% (+5.4% y/y) to 5.480 million units (AR) during February...
U.S. FHFA House Price Index Momentum Diminishes
The FHFA U.S. house price index remained unchanged during January following a 0.4% December increase ...
Japan's Trade Trends Turn Sharply Higher
Japan has logged its largest current account surplus since April 2010...
by Tom Moeller October 11, 2016
The Labor Market Conditions Index from the Federal Reserve Board includes 19 indicators of labor market activity, covering the broad categories of unemployment and underemployment. These include jobs, workweeks, wages, vacancies, hiring, layoffs, quits and other surveys of consumers and businesses. Because the trends in the index are slow-moving, Haver presents only the changes in the index. All are measured monthly and have been seasonally adjusted.
During September, the index was again in negative territory, where it's been in all but one month this year. The index value of -2.2 was the weakest since May. The unemployment rate rose, nonfarm payroll employment growth over three months weakened and the gain in average hourly earnings eased. To the upside, the number of initial unemployment claims fell and the ISM jobs figure rose. The LMCI data are available in Haver's SURVEYS database.
Labor force participation: what has happened since the peak? from the Bureau of Labor Statistics can be found here.
|Labor Market Conditions Index (SA)||Sep||Aug||Jul||Sep'15||2015||2014||2013|
|Monthly Index Change||-2.2||-1.3||0.8||1.1||2.1||5.5||3.8|