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Change in GDP and Final Demand, 2007-2011 Print
January 27, 2012

A sharp reversal from the third quarter’s decline in inventories added 1.94 percentage points to GDP growth in the fourth quarter, bringing the rate to 2.8 percent. Final demand grew at just a 0.8 percent rate in the quarter, a sharp drop from the 3.2 rate in the third quarter, as a 4.6 percent drop in government spending lopped almost a full percentage point off growth in the quarter.

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For more, check out the latest GDP Byte.

 
Prices: Core and Core Excluding Shelter, 2006-2011 Print
January 19, 2012

With very high vacancy rates resulting from the housing bubble, shelter prices had grown slowly and even fell.  Thus, core prices excluding shelter had grown faster than core prices in general.  More recently, a slightly faster rate of growth in rent prices and a slower rate of growth outside of rent have brought the two more in line.

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For more, check out the latest Prices Byte.

 
Alternative Measures of Long-Term Labor Market Hardship, 2010 Print
January 6, 2012

The number of people involuntarily working part-time fell by 406,000 in December, the third consecutive month of sharp declines. On the other side, the unemployment rate due to job leavers fell by 0.4 percentage points, suggesting workers lack confidence in their job prospects. The unemployment duration measures edged down slightly, but did not completely reverse the jump seen in October. The percentage of workers experiencing long-term hardship, a fuller measure that includes people who have left the labor force, is near 7.0 percent, roughly twice the share of workers experiencing long-term unemployment.

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Housing Starts, Jan 2001 - Nov 2011 Print
January 3, 2012

The jump in housing starts in November 2011 was given considerable attention by those seeing signs of an uptick. In fact, the jump was driven almost entirely by an uptick in multi-family units. Starts of single family homes were up by just 2.3 percent from their October level and down by 1.5 percent from the November 2010 level. Starts in multi-family units are always erratic and most of the reported increase was just offsetting a sharp drop reported for October. While housing starts are probably on a positive path, it is likely to be a very gradual uptick over the next couple of years.

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For more, check out the latest Housing Market Monitor.

 
Change in Core Producer Prices, by Processing Stage, Jan 2007 - Nov 2011 Print
December 16, 2011

Price pressures at earlier stages of production continue to be weak. With a 0.4 percent fall in November, inflation in core intermediate goods has run at a negative 1.1 percent annualized over the last six months. Similarly, a 2.5 percent fall in core crude goods brought the category's six month annualized rate of inflation down to -5.2 percent.

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