Category Archives: US economy

This category considers blogs that specifically analyse the US economy.

The urban impact of the failure of austerity

I use the descriptor ‘failure’ in a selective way, although it is probably the meaning that that vast majority of citizens would ascribe to the term. In this context, I’m thinking that successful policy improves the lives of the most … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Britain, Demise of the Left, Economics, UK Economy, US economy | 22 Comments

US labour market appears to be marking time

Last week (December 8, 2015), the US Bureau of Labor Statistics published the latest – Employment Situation – December 2015 – and the data shows that “Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 292,000 in December, and the unemployment rate was … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in US economy | 9 Comments

Mental illness and homelessness – fiscal myopia strikes again

Yesterday, as I was going about my business in San Francisco, I passed a man lying in the gutter outside the Westfield Centre on Market Street (the swish multilevel shopping complex with some expensive label stores), who was poorly dressed, … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Economics, US economy | 25 Comments

Central bank propaganda from Minneapolis

My blog in the next week or so will be possibly rather holiday-like given the time of the year and the fact that I have rather a lot of travel and related commitments to fulfil over that period. So I … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Central banking, US economy | 27 Comments

There was no reason for the US to raise interest rates

Last week (December 16, 2015), the US Federal Reserve Bank raised its policy interest rate by 25 basis points (1/4 percentage point) for the first time since 2005. In its – Opening Statement – the Federal Reserve chairperson said that … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Central banking, US economy | 6 Comments

US jobs recovery biased towards low-pay jobs

Last Friday (December 4, 2015), the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released the latest – Employment Situation Summary – November 2015 – which showed that “Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 211,000 in November, and the unemployment rate was … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in US economy | 7 Comments

Friday lay day – Eurozone, lessons have not been learned

It’s my Friday Lay Day blog and my head is firmly in the 1960s and being helped along by music from the early 1970s. I’m currently trying to trace the evolution of intellectual ideas in the French Ministry of Finance … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Central banking, Eurozone, US economy | 18 Comments

Time for George Osborne to expand discretionary deficit spending

The British Office of National Statistics released the latest – Public Finance, October 2015 – last week (November 20, 2015), which showed that the British fiscal deficit has grown by around 16 per cent in the past 12 months and … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in UK Economy, US economy | 21 Comments

The massive Eurozone real income losses continue to mount

Eurostat released the third quarter National Accounts data for Europe on Friday (November 13, 2015) – GDP up by 0.3% in the euro area and by 0.4% in the EU28 – which showed real GDP growth slowing in the Eurozone … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Economics, Eurozone, US economy | 7 Comments

European Commission forecasts – a denial of their only effective policy tool

In Greece, the national unemployment rate has been around (or higher) than 25 per cent since 2013 so it is little surprise that mortgage defaults has spiralled and people are selling of family heirlooms to wealth antique dealers in Switzerland … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Eurozone, US economy | 6 Comments