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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.

 
Bolivia: Contributions to Real Quarterly GDP Growth (Seas. Adj.) Print
November 1, 2011

Bolivia's GDP growth slowed to a 2.4 percent annual rate in the second quarter, amid robust growth in some sectors and setbacks in others.  Manufacturing, logistics, and public administration collectively accounted for over three-quarters of economic growth in the second quarter, while hydrocarbons and minerals both shrank, shaving 0.7 percentage points off of growth.

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

 
Change in Selected Components of Real GDP Print
October 27, 2011

Investment performance in the last quarter was both a continuation of the healthy growth rate in equipment and software investment, which rose at a 17.4 percent annual rate, and a 13.3 percent growth rate in non-residential structures. The acceleration in the growth rate for equipment and software investment in the quarter puts it somewhat higher than its 10.0 percent rate over the last year. Some of this are likely erratic factors with the timing of investment, but equipment and software investment is likely to remain healthy. At 7.5 percent of GDP, this component is only modestly below its 8.0 percent pre-recession share.

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For more, check out the latest GDP Byte.

 
Construction as a Share of GDP, 1990-2011 Print
October 25, 2011

While it is unlikely that housing prices will go into another free fall, the near-record vacancy rates will continue to put downward pressure on prices for at least the next couple of years, making unlikely that house prices will keep pace with inflation. Residential construction remains near its post-World War II low as a share of GDP, but is finally on an upward trend. Still it will not reach its normal share until at least 2014.

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For more, read the latest Housing Market Monitor.

 
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