Posts Tagged ‘productivity’

Latest Economic Data Offers Little Comfort

New claims for jobless benefits jumped again last week. Initial claims for the week were up to 626,000 for the week ending January 31. The four week moving average which is subject to much less noise also jumped 39,000 to 582,500. In terms of raw numbers, this puts us at 1982 sort of reporting levels. […]

How Improving Productivity May Boost The Recovery

The Wall Street Journal Real Time Economics site is reporting some surprising productivity numbers. They report these by Presidential terms so don’t blame me for the context. It seems that during the Bush Presidency productivity grew at an annual rate of 2.6%, versus 2% during Clinton’s term and 1.6% under Reagan. Now we all know […]