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Federal Reserve: Alan Greenspan’s Warning from 1998 Holds True Today

By Friday, September 25, 2015
U.S._EconomyAlan Greenspan’s 1998 Statement Haunting Janet Yellen Today When Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan made a famous speech in 1998, no one knew how relevant it would be to Janet Yellen in 2015. Greenspan’s warning that the U.S. economy would suffer from global turmoil appears prophetic nearly two decades later. In a speech at the University of California, Berkeley, Greenspan dropped some big-picture wisdom. He said “it is just not .

2015 Predictions: U.S. Dollar to Collapse?

By Wednesday, September 23, 2015
U.S. Dollar Collapse 2015The value of the U.S. dollar is anchored in trust. As a fiat currency, the U.S. dollar isn’t linked to any physical reserves, like gold or silver; it’s just paper. For the U.S. dollar to be worth anything, it has to be backed by an economy people have faith in. Otherwise, the U.S. dollar would collapse. Regardless of its intentions, the Federal Reserve’s quantitative easing (QE) experiment has left .

Why the Unemployment Rate Doesn’t Matter to the Federal Reserve

By Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Unemployment RateUnemployment numbers are the most eagerly anticipated data points in financial news, but the Federal Reserve doesn’t care as much as investors think. The decision to raise interest rates is a complex one, and Chairwoman Janet Yellen will consider a range of data on wage growth, labor force composition, and gross domestic product (GDP) growth. The Fed will also think seriously about market expectations. The last thing they want is .

Job Numbers: The Texas Employment Chart You Have to See

By Wednesday, September 2, 2015
US-Job-NumbersLower oil prices are supposed to be a boon for the U.S. economy, but one look through the job numbers shows it could bring the country’s recovery to an abrupt halt. Only a few months ago, booming shale production from formations like the Eagle Ford and the Permian Basin had turned Texas into a jobs gusher. It was a pillar behind America’s economic recovery after 2008. Today, however, energy companies .

Economic Collapse: Italy Youth Unemployment Hits Record High 44.2%

By Saturday, August 1, 2015
Italy Youth Unemployment Hits Record High 44 PercentImage by Tax Credits
Youth unemployment hit a 33-year high in June, according to the latest data from the Italian national statistics office, signaling the troubled country and the wider eurozone area could be on the verge of economic collapse. It’s the disappointing unemployment rate that indicates the economic collapse would be imminent. Many economists had expected that the unemployment rate would fall to 12.3%. But it turns out that

U.S. Economy: 5 Problems with the June Jobs Report

By Friday, July 3, 2015
U.S. EconomyThe U.S. jobs report for June looks good. Or does it? On July 2nd, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released its job market report for the month of June. With 221,000 jobs added and the unemployment rate as low as 5.3%, there seemed to be steady growth in the U.S. economy. However, if you dig deeper, you’ll see that the situation is a lot more worrisome than the headline numbers .

U.S. Jobs Report Says Full-Time Positions Drop by 349,000 in June

By Thursday, July 2, 2015
U.S. Jobs ReportInvestors cheered on another strong U.S. jobs report. But beneath the surface, cracks in America’s economic recovery are beginning to appear. At first glance, the report appeared to be strong. Non-farm payrolls increased by 223,000 in June. The unemployment rate declined to 5.3%, the lowest rate in more than seven years. (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, July 2, 2015.) But for analysts willing to dig beneath the headline numbers, this .

Truth Behind So-Called “Recovery” in the U.S. Economy

By Monday, June 15, 2015
U.S. Economy SufferingLast Friday, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that in the month of May, 280,000 jobs were added to the U.S. economy. The unemployment rate was unchanged and stood at 5.5%. (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, June 5, 2015.) If you just look at the current unemployment rate, it’s a massive improvement from the 10% unemployment rate seen in the midst of the Great Recession. But here’s what the .

U.S. Job Openings Jumped to a 15-Year High in April; Wholesale Inventories Up

By Tuesday, June 9, 2015
U.S. Job Openings Jumped to a 15-Year High in AprilToday, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the number of job openings rose to 5.4 million on the last business day of April, the highest since the series began in December 2000. (Source: U.S Department of Labor, June 9, 2015.) April’s numbers were up from five million job openings in March. The job openings rate for April was 3.7%, which was an increase for total private jobs and .

U.S. Economy Added 280,000 Jobs in May

By Friday, June 5, 2015
payrollOn Friday, June 5, 2015, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 280,000 in May, and the unemployment rate rose to 5.5% from 5.4% in April. (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, June 5, 2015.) Job gains took place in professional and business services, leisure and hospitality, and healthcare; while mining employment continued to decline. The change in total nonfarm payroll employment for March .

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