Category: Economic

Who is Paying the Tariffs?

“The tariffs are a tax on American consumers!”  “The tariffs will drive up the prices of everything!”  Those were the cries of the critics of President Trump’s tariffs on Chinese goods.  But it seems that prices at the consumer level are flat and prices at the wholesale level actually declined in the most recent reports.  […]

Recessions & Decades

An interesting piece of research from Crestmont Research reveals that if a recession does not occur before the end of the year, it will be the first decade without a US recession in 170 years. As you will see in the graphic below, it is common to have 3 or 4 recessions per decade. What […]

How Bad Does China Need the US?

Take a look at the numbers below to get an idea of how badly China needs the US market and how significant is the trade imbalance. There is no other market to which China can turn to sell the amount of goods they sell to the US.

US States Equivalent GDP’s

It is well-known that the United States economy is the largest in the world, but by how much?  Mark Perry at the American Enterprise Institute created a very interesting infographic that shows each of the individual states in the U.S., labeled with the name of a country of comparable GDP.  For example, the GDP of […]

Record Low Jobless Claims

The number of new jobless claims just reached its lowest level since November of 1969.  That alone is impressive, but to truly get an understanding of the tightness of today’s labor market it has to be compared to the size of the U.S. labor force.  Indeed, the U.S. labor force has more than doubled over […]

First Time for Everything

For the first time ever, there’s now a job opening available for each and every unemployed worker.  According to the Labor Department’s Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS), there were 6.6 million job openings in March, compared to 6.59 million unemployed workers.

Best month in history for U.S. budget

The government collected $515 billion and spent $297 billion, for a total monthly surplus of $218 billion. That swamped the previous monthly record of $190 billion, set in 2001. https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/may/7/cbo-says-april-was-best-month-history-us-budget/

Salary Needed To Buy Average Home – By State

How much income do you need to afford the average home in your state?  The answer may surprise you.  Most of the nation’s housing markets have now almost completely recovered back to pre-housing-bubble levels, with many markets far surpassing those peaks.  Howmuch.net collected average home prices for every state from Zillow, and then plugged the […]

Some Huge, Good & Interesting Economic News

Here is some interesting economic news…   The Port of Los Angeles moved more cargo in 2017 than in any time in the Port’s 110-year history, racking up 9,343,192 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs), a 5.5 percent increase over 2016’s record-breaking year. It’s the most cargo moved annually by a Western Hemisphere port. “We are powering […]