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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

July 03, 2014
Strong Job Growth Continues in June
The economy added 288,000 jobs in June, making it the fifth consecutive month in which the economy added over 200,000 jobs. This is the longest stretch of 200,000 plus job growth since before the recession. The job gains were broadly based. Retail was the biggest gainer, adding 40,200 jobs, with professional and technical services adding 30,100 jobs. Manufacturing added 17,000 jobs for the second month in a row.

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GDP Byte

July 30, 2014
Strong Inventory Accumulations and Car Sales Boost 2nd Quarter Growth
GDP grew at a 4.0 percent annual rate in the second quarter after shrinking at a 2.1 percent rate in the first quarter. Much of the shift was due to a considerably more rapid pace of inventory accumulation. Inventory changes, which had subtracted 1.16 percentage points from first quarter growth, added 1.66 percentage points to growth in the second quarter. New car sales added another 0.42 percentage points to growth, after adding just 0.13 percentage points in the first quarter.

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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 24, 2014
Union Membership, 2013
The number of union members rose 162,000 in 2013, reflecting a drop of 118,000 in the public sector that was offset by a rise of 281,000 in the private sector. Expressed as a share of the workforce, the union membership rate was unchanged in 2013, at 11.3 percent.

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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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