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Is "good news" good news for the economy right now?

Dec 14, 2023
When inflation was high, good news for workers could be bad news for prices. But it looks like the labor market is in better balance.
Strong labor market data — in other words, good news for workers — could keep the Federal Reserve's interest rate policy where it is, which would be good news for savers but bad news for borrowers.
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Unemployment just hit an even lower low

Oct 19, 2023
About 198,000 people filed new claims last week. The drop continues a downward trend, even in the face of higher interest rates.
"We are seeing some labor hoarding," companies hanging on to the workers they have, says Lydia Boussour, senior economist at EY-Parthenon.
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Is it possible for unemployment numbers to be too low?

Apr 7, 2022
This week jobless claims were at their lowest since 1968. What's the economic downside of too few people looking for work?
The unemployment rate doesn't necessarily paint the whole jobs picture.
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