How economists are keeping up in the fast-paced COVID-19 recession

Apr 23, 2020
Quarterly and monthly data, like GDP and the unemployment rate, don't really give us a picture of what is happening today.
Economists are using real-time data in the COVID-19 pandemic and recession.
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Economic disruption could lead to less reliable economic data

Mar 12, 2020
The COVID-19 epidemic may make it harder for government agencies to track and report rapid changes in the U.S. economy.
Economic data could become less reliable as people change their behaviors during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Our economy has changed. Should our economic indicators change, too?

Nov 26, 2019
That question stumped Kai and Molly on this week's "Make Me Smart." Here's the answer.
Don't count manufacturing out yet.
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Why this yield curve inversion could be different

Aug 14, 2019
This time around, it may not be telling us that a recession's on the way.
Investors, spooked by economic fears, dumped stocks on Wednesday, sending the Dow Jones Industrial Average down 800 points. Above, the New York Stock Exchange.
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Making sense of stats that don't make sense

May 17, 2019
Don't question your sanity when economic indicators point in opposite directions.
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Could the latest government jobs data show the economy is slowing?

Feb 12, 2019
The Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey — aka JOLTS — may be pointing to a downturn. Today's report should tell us more.
The Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey — aka JOLTS — may be pointing to a downturn. Today's report should tell us more.
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Why lower unemployment doesn't mean higher inflation

Oct 3, 2014
Inflation hawks see the specter of higher wages and prices in lower unemployment numbers, as workers gain leverage versus bosses.

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The JOLTS report, or how secure you feel about your job

Sep 9, 2014
What this report tells us outside the numbers.

Pardon my (economic) language

Jul 16, 2014
Here's a new economic indicator for you: The frequency of CEO profanity.

Wall Street is doing great. What about your street?

Nov 5, 2013
This year, the stock market has been doing great. But what about everyone else?