Unemployment Rate

The unemployment rate represents the percentage of the total workforce, between the working ages of 15-64, who are unemployed, but who are actively seeking work, in a specified period (monthly or yearly usually). It is calculated by dividing the number of unemployed individuals by those currently working, in a specified period. This is a closely watched measure for governments around the world, because it is a key gauge of how economies are performing.

A very low unemployment rate signals a strong economy and is used as a barometer for wage inflation and capacity utilization. A very high unemployment rate is a sign of a weak economy, including slacking capacity and falling wages.


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.

2015 Predictions: U.S. Dollar to Collapse?

By Monday, August 10, 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.

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
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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.

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:.
Sep. 2, 2015
Trailing 12-month EPS for Dow Jones companies (Most Recent Quarter) $1014.15
Trailing 12-month Price/earnings multiple (Most Recent Quarter)

17.44

Dow Jones Industrial Average Dividend Yield 2.71%
10-year U.S. Treasury Yield 2.14%

Immediate term outlook:
The bear market rally in stocks that started in March 2009, extended because of unprecedented central bank money printing, is coming to an end. Gold bullion is up $1,000 an ounce since we first recommended it in 2002 and we are still bullish on the physical metal.

Short-to-medium term outlook:
World economies are entering their slowest growth period since 2009. The Chinese economy grew last year at its slowest pace in 24 years. Japan is in recession. The eurozone is in depression. With almost half the S&P 500 companies deriving revenue outside the U.S., slower world economic growth will negatively impact revenue and earnings growth of American companies. Domestically, America’s gross domestic product grew by only a meager 2.3% in the second quarter, which will negatively impact an already overpriced equity market.

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