Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey

JOLTs since 2000

December 11, 2017 – The JOLTs report is the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey that tracks several trends in evaluating the labor market. Through JOLTs we are able to see voluntary and involuntary separations from employment in addition to new job openings and hires that have taken place. Job openings in October dropped to a rate of 5.996 million, …

Employment

Change in Nonfarm Payrolls

December 8, 2017 – The Employment Situation gives the most comprehensive look at the labor market in the U.S. This report tracks new jobs, additions or subtractions from the labor force, the unemployment rate, as well as average hourly earnings and hours worked.  There are implications for consumer purchasing power, spending on goods and services, and productivity. The labor market …

International Trade Balance

International Trade Balance

December 5, 2017 – The International Trade Balance looks at the U.S. Economy’s transactions with trading partners around the world for goods, services, income, and financial claims on liabilities. It is the major indicator for foreign trade and has implications for the net exports portion of GDP. A positive trade balance represents more exports than imports while the opposite is …

ISM Non-Manufacturing

ISM Non-Manufacturing Index

December 5, 2017 – The ISM Non-Manufacturing Index helps determine overall conditions in the services sector.  Components evaluated are employment, business activity, new orders, and supplier deliveries.  The nonmanufacturing sector represents a much larger share of the overall U.S. economy when compared to the manufacturing sector, making up approximately 80%.  Readings above 50 indicate an expansion while readings below 50 …

ISM Manufacturing Index

ISM Manufacturing Index

December 1, 2017 – The ISM Manufacturing Index is derived from a survey of purchasing managers and their outlook on overall conditions by looking at factors such as orders for durable goods, industrial production and hiring. It gives a general direction rather than the specific strength of the factory sector and manufacturing activity in the U.S. A reading above 50 …