Thursday, March 7, 2013

Is it a recovery yet? (Weekly report, 03-07-13)


A recovery would be indicated by weekly initial jobless claims holding below 500,000. (See this post.)

IT'S A RECOVERY! (And it has been a recovery for every week since the Nov. 25, 2009 report, with the exception of the Aug. 19, 2010 report.)

"First-time jobless claims fell by 7,000 to 340,000 in the week ended March 2, pushing the monthly average to a five-year low, the Labor Department said today in Washington." (Bloomberg)

Initial jobless claims fell to 340,000 last week, near 5-year low (The Los Angeles Times)

Labor Market Gains Help Brighten Americans’ Outlook (Bloomberg) [But ...] With Positions to Fill, Employers Wait for Perfection (The New York Times)

SEE LAST WEEK'S POST HERE.

     The aim of this blog is to show (mostly from reports in mainstream respected news sources) that there is reason to believe that both the United States and the global economies remain fragile in the wake of the financial crisis of 2008 and that a number of threats that exist today could, if they worsened, bring about economic depression -- not just a minor depression, but a depression worse than the Great Depression. This blog further attempts to show that the financial crisis of 2008 was largely a result of the devastating consequences of excessive risk taking and the absence of effective regulation of such behavior. Furthermore, this blog maintains that not only have the lessons that should have been learned from this experience not been learned, but that the risks to the economy, including the persistent building up of "too big to fail" institutions, have actually increased since the crisis began. Finally this blog also brings to light, from time to time, reports of a parallel threat to economic well-being developing in the energy industry, which suggest that an energy shock may be coming much closer in time than is generally imagined.

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