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Employment-to-Population Ratios for Men and Women Aged 20+, Jan 2000 - Jan 2011 Print
February 4, 2011

For the second consecutive month, the unemployment rate fell by 0.4 percentage points, despite the weak job growth reported in the establishment survey. The establishment survey showed a gain of just 36,000 jobs in January, following a revised gain of 121,000 jobs in December.  The big gainers in January were white men, who saw their unemployment rate fall by 0.6 percentage points for the second consecutive month; although at 7.9 percent it is still somewhat higher than the 7.0 percent rate for white women, which is a decrease of 0.3 percentage points since December. The unemployment rate for Hispanics also fell by 0.6 percentage points to 11.9 percent. The latest data from the employment-to-population ratio for men is still 7.7 percentage points below its peak in 2000, while the EPOP for women is down by 3.6 percentage points.  There was little change in the employment situation of blacks. Their overall unemployment rate of 15.7 percent remains near the peak for the downturn, as does the 45.4 percent unemployment rate for black teens.

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Change in Residential Construction Following Largest Recent Recessions Print
January 28, 2011

Investment growth weakened in the fourth quarter, growing at just a 4.4 percent annual rate. Most of the slowdown was attributable to less investment in equipment and software. This component increased at just a 5.8 percent annual rate after increasing at nearly a 20 percent rate over the prior four quarters. The biggest factor in the slowdown was a sharp drop in investment in transportation equipment. This will likely be reversed in future quarters.

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Change in Bottom-Tier Home Prices, Jan 2009-Nov 2010 Print
January 25, 2011

Housing price declines continue to be led by the bottom third of the market, which is in a virtual free fall in several cities. Prices for homes in the bottom tier in Atlanta fell by 9.4 percent in November and have fallen at a 69.6 percent annual rate over the last three months. In Minneapolis, prices for bottom-tier homes fell by 1.7 percent in November and dropped at a 40.9 percent annual rate over the last three months. The annual rate of decline for bottom-tier homes over the last three months was 16.3 percent in New York, 21.7 percent in Boston, 28.8 percent in Chicago and 31.8 percent in Portland.

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Change in Employment in Selected Industries, Dec 2007 - Dec 2010 Print
January 7, 2011

The big job gainers in December were the health care sector, which added 35,700 jobs, and the restaurant sector, which added 24,500 jobs. Health care employment has remained consistently strong through the downtown; although the December rate is somewhat higher than the 20,000 monthly pace over the last year. The jump in restaurant employment is also somewhat above the 15,000 pace over the year. This could mean slower growth in future months.

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Monthly Change in Core CPI and Core Finished Goods, Nov 2008 - Nov 2010 Print
December 15, 2010

In recent months, inflation in core producer prices have varied by stage of production. The core finished goods index rose 0.3 percent in November, following a 0.6 percent fall in October. The price of core finished goods has otherwise risen steadily at a 1.3 percent rate over the last 12 months. As with imports and exports of industrial supplies, inflation in core intermediate goods has resumed—growing at a 5.9 percent annualized rate over the last three months compared to -3.0 percent for the three months ending in August.

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