All Posts Tagged: Great Recession

Labor Market Shows Signs of Life in May

Scott Anderson
Chief Economist

The May Employment Report released this morning from the Bureau of Labor Statistics captured more of the economic reopening than we expected, allowing for a surprising 2.51 million gain in nonfarm payrolls and a drop in the unemployment rate to 13.3% from 14.7% in April.

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Labor Market Devastation – Who Is Bearing the Brunt?

Scott Anderson
Chief Economist

The widespread business shutdowns that began in mid-March to try to contain the rapidly spreading coronavirus led to millions of Americans being thrown out of work.

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An Unprecedented Drop in Retail Sales and Manufacturing

Scott Anderson
Chief Economist

It is hard to believe but April retail sales were even worse than our already below consensus forecast for April. Retail sales dropped off a cliff last month, plunging 16.4% after dropping 8.3% in March. The March decline broke records last month and April’s sales declines were nearly twice as bad for retailers.

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Federal Government to the Rescue

Scott Anderson
Chief Economist

For the first time since the Great Recession, people are again using words like “unprecedented” and “uncharted territory” to describe the current economic and financial environment as business shutdowns and layoffs quickly follow the virus’s spread around the world.

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