Economy News - part 2
ECONOMY February 8, 2012 | 10:19 AM
- Unemployment drops to 8.3%, lowest since February 2009
- Nasdaq Composite hits 11-year high; Treasury debt prices fall as investor expectations change
- Political scientists expect employment news to boost Obama's campaign
The jobless rate in the US has dropped to 8.3%, marking the lowest rate in three years, according to US Labor Department data.
Growing at a rate of 200,000 jobs per month, the economy is looking up. Prior to the latest unemployment data, economists had expected stagnant employment growth in January.Read more »
ECONOMY January 23, 2012 | 9:26 AM
- Factory output grew 0.9% last month
- World Bank reduces 2012 growth forecast to 2.5% from 3.6%
- US factories hire 23,000 workers — best job growth since July
American factory output of vehicles, computers and construction material grew last month, resulting in a 0.9% increase in output, according to data released by the Federal Reserve.
Total industrial production, including mines, utilities and factories, grew 0.4% last month. Fourth quarter industrial output was up 3.1% annually for a tenth quarter of consecutive growth.Read more »
ECONOMY December 27, 2011 | 2:33 PM
- European Central Bank lending banks a record $645 billion
- EU needs over $1 trillion to repay debt
- EU consumer confidence falls for the 6th-consecutive month
The European Central Bank is lending its banks a record $645 billion to retain credit flow and encourage banks to give loans to businesses and households.
This new cash flush exceeds the $577 billion lent two-years ago, and is part of the largest European loan operation ever. The money is being lent at the current benchmark interest rate of 1%, with Barclays estimating that the project will release $252 billion into the European economy.Read more »
ECONOMY December 19, 2011 | 4:37 PM
- 14 US states spent more than 25% of overall expenditure on Medicaid
- Medicaid spending totaled over $398 billion for 2011, 10% more than last year
- North Carolina is overpaying for Medicaid because of issues with new billing system
Overall US state spending on Medicaid has increased this year to nearly 25%, while education funding has dropped by 20%, according to a report by the National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO).
The NASBO report shows that 12 states have spent more than 10% on Medicaid, while 14 US states spent over 25% and California has spent up to 40% this year. Meanwhile, in Maine, Nebraska and New Mexico, Medicaid spending dropped due to a decline in federal funding.Read more »
ECONOMY December 15, 2011 | 3:52 PM
- Credit Agricole stocks fall 52% in 2011, third-quarter profit down 65%
- Global banking sector sheds 120,000 jobs in 2011
- Moody’s downgrades top three French banks
France’s third-biggest bank Credit Agricole has announced plans to let 2,350 of its employees go, mostly from its investment-banking sector, in an effort to cut costs in the face of the Eurozone debt crisis.
Among the cuts are 600 jobs in Credit Agricole’s factoring and consumer finance branch and 1,750 jobs at its corporate and investment bank, which has a staff of 13,000 total. Among the 1,750 corporate and investment positions to be axed, 500 will be cut in France.Read more »
ECONOMY December 6, 2011 | 5:02 PM
- European PMI falls to 46.4, lowest rate since 2009
- Manufacturers cut jobs due to low sales, unemployment rises to 10.3%
- Czech and British factories slow output, German manufacturing declines
- Reuters poll: 60% chance of EU recession
Europe's manufacturing sector fell in November at its fastest pace in 28 months, with production and new orders down to levels not seen since the height of the credit crisis in mid-2009.
Markit's, a financial services firm, Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) for the Eurozone fell from 47.1 to 46.4 in November, marking the lowest PMI since the summer of 2009. A PMI under 50 marks a contraction, while anything above suggests growth. This is the Eurozone's fourth consecutive month below 50.Read more »
ECONOMY December 1, 2011 | 10:37 AM
- Central bank lowers banking reserve, promotes capital flow
- Global stocks improve as Chinese stocks fall
- China's real estate market, manufacturing sector drops
China is reducing its banking reserve requirements for the first time since 2008. According to the central bank's website, the reserve ratios will be cut by 50 basis points on December 5, leading to an increase of 350 billion yuan ($55 billion) to their money supply.
Bloomberg News speculates that the shift in China's monetary policy might signal that the government believes that the world's second-largest economy may be entering a deeper slowdown.Read more »
ECONOMY November 29, 2011 | 9:51 AM
- Heavy opposition to FDI in India's retail sector, government to meet today
- Participating foreign companies must invest minimum $100 million in next 5 years
- Discussion represents a significant change in India’s legislation on foreign ownership
India’s cabinet has voted to allow foreign investment in the nation’s $500 billion retail sector, a move touted by India’s Commerce Minister Anand Sharma, who hopes it will provide farmers fairer compensation and create 10 million jobs.
Potential investors, including retail giants such as Wal-Mart, Carrefour and Tesco, are eager to enter a market that analysts estimate will double to over $780 billion by 2015. Moreover, the Indian government promises foreign investment will curb India’s high inflation rate and low rupee, and reduce the waste caused by the rotting of 40% of fruits and vegetables prior to selling.Read more »
ECONOMY November 24, 2011 | 10:17 AM
- Revised quarterly GDP 0.5% lower than predicted, 2.5% yearly rate expected
- Inventory slump may boost fourth-quarter growth
- Banks and corporations record quarterly profits
Third quarter gross US domestic progress figures have been adjusted by the Department of Commerce, revealing a downward revision from 2.5% to 2% growth.
The slower growth figure surprised economists, who expected the figure to remain in tact, and disappointed those who were eagerly awaiting an economic rebound in the first half of 2012. Despite the downward revision, the new figure is still much higher than the meager 1.3% growth reported in the second quarter.Read more »
ECONOMY November 21, 2011 | 11:35 AM
- Unemployment claims lowest in 7 months; state unemployment benefits down to a 3-year low
- New building permits up 11% last month
- Home-builder sentiment index reaches 20
In the latest data to suggest an economic recovery, separate reports were posted that reveal a decline in unemployment claims and a spike in home construction permits: Unemployment claims dropped 5,000 to 388,000, while building permits for housing development soared to nearly 11% last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 653,000.
As the US begins its economic recovery, the European debt crisis and rising gas prices remain two major obstacles to growth. Despite these promising figures, Europe's debt kept global stocks low.Read more »