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CEPR produces same-day analyses of government data on employment, inflation, GDP and other topics. Data Bytes are released by 11 a.m. and titled, as appropriate, Jobs Byte, Prices Byte, etc.

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Jobs Byte

March 06, 2015
Job Growth Remains Strong in February
The labor market had another strong month in February, with employers adding 295,000 jobs in the month. While there were small downward revisions to the January numbers, this still left the three month average at 288,000 jobs. The unemployment rate dropped to 5.5 percent, its lowest level since May of 2008, the early days of the recession. The employment-to-population ratio (EPOP) remained at 59.3 percent, more than 3.0 percentage points below its pre-recession level.

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GDP Byte

January 30, 2015
2014 GDP Growth Lags 2013 Rate, Due to Slower 4th Quarter Growth
A weak trade performance and a sharp reversal in military spending held GDP growth to 2.6 percent in the fourth quarter. This brought the full year growth (Q4 to Q4) to 2.5 percent, a modest slowing from the 3.1 percent rate in 2013. The growth rate of final demand in the fourth quarter was even weaker at 1.6 percent, as inventory accumulations added 0.82 percentage points to growth.

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Housing Market Monitor

January 28, 2014
Housing Market Shows More Evidence of Stabilizing
Though house prices in the bottom tier of some markets continued to rise, the overall housing market shows signs of stabilization.

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Social Security Byte

May 31, 2013
Social Security and Medicare Reports Little Changed from 2012
The projected shortfall in Medicare has fallen by almost 70 percent since 2008.

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Prices Byte

July 17, 2012
CPI in June Shows Little Sign of Rising Inflation
Core inflation increased by just 0.2 percent as trade prices fell.

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Union Membership Byte

January 23, 2015
Union Membership Byte 2015
The share of the U.S. workforce that is a member of a union dipped 0.2 percentage points to 11.1 percent in 2014. The drop was on par with the average pace of decline in the union membership rate since the early 1980s, when directly comparable data first became available.

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Latin America Byte

April 27, 2012
Brazil: Job Market Swings Back Toward Industry
On a seasonally-adjusted basis, unemployment in Brazil rose to 5.8 from a record low of 5.5 in December.

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Prices Byte

July 17, 2012
CPI in June Shows Little Sign of Rising Inflation
Core inflation increased by just 0.2 percent as trade prices fell.

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Poverty Byte

November 07, 2011
The New Supplemental Poverty Numbers: Do They Paint an Accurate Picture of Poverty Today?
The new Supplemental Poverty Measure data released this morning for 2010 suggest that 3.2 million fewer children were poor (about 4.3 percent fewer) under the SPM than under the official poverty measure, while about 2.7 million more people age 65 or over were poor (almost 7 percent).

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