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Venezuela: Contributions to Quarterly Growth Print
December 13, 2011

Construction contributed nearly half of Venezuela's total GDP growth in the third quarter, even though it represents less than 10 percent of the overall economy.  Meanwhile petroleum's decline (dark blue), at a negative 8.4 percent annual rate, more than offset the growth of the previous quarter.  It has grown at just a 1.3 percent average annual rate since its trough in the fourth quarter.  At this rate, it will not reach its pre-recession level for another seven years.

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For more, check out the latest Latin America Data Byte.

 
Job Level Dec 2001 - Nov 2011 versus Trend Job Level Dec 2001 - Nov 2007 Print
December 2, 2011

The overall employment picture for November looks quite bleak with the weak growth in jobs and the reported drop in labor force participation. However, it is likely that the latter was simply an erratic fluctuation in the data. The establishment survey is by far the more reliable measure compared with the household survey. Over the last three months, overall job growth has averaged 143,000. It takes roughly 90,000 jobs to keep even with the growth of the labor force. At this rate, it will take close to 200 months, or 16 years, to make up for the 10-million-job deficit in the economy.

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For more, check out the latest Jobs Byte.

 
Change in Bottom-Tier Home Prices in Selected Cities, Jan 2007 - Sep 2011 Print
November 29, 2011

While prices have fallen almost everywhere since the peak of the housing bubble, it is striking how badly hit the bottom tier of housing has been in some of the most bubble-affected cities. Prices of bottom-tier homes are down by more than 50 percent from their bubble peaks in Chicago, Minneapolis and Los Angeles. They are down by more than 60 percent in Tampa and by more than 70 percent in Phoenix. Buying a moderate-income house in these markets near the peak of the bubble was an incredibly bad investment.

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For more, check out the latest Housing Market Monitor.

 
Change in Prices of Motor Fuel and Public Transportation Print
November 16, 2011

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics' latest reports on the consumer price, US import/export price and producer price indexes, transportation prices fell 1.1 percent, broadly reversing last month’s rise of 1.0 percent.  Though much of the fall was related to the reversal in the price of gasoline, the price of new vehicles fell 0.3 percent and the price of used cars and trucks fell 0.6 percent for the second consecutive month.  Public transportation prices also often reflect changes in energy costs, and so airline fares fell 0.1 percent in October, compared with gains of 1.0 percent in September and 1.1 percent in August.

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For more, check out the latest Prices Byte.

 
Change in Employment by Age Group, Dec. 2007 - Oct. 2011 Print
November 4, 2011

By age, younger workers (20-24) were the big gainers in the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics' employment report, increasing their employment by 285,000. Over the last year, this group has seen employment growth of 583,000, nearly half of the overall employment growth reported in the household survey. While this age group has done relatively well in the downturn, teens have been hit hardest with a decline in employment of more than 25 percent. By contrast, employment of older workers has increased by more than 10 percent.

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For more, see the latest Jobs Byte.

 
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