Capital Utilization

Total capacity utilization measures the percentage of total economic output that is being utilized. It is compiled from physical data from trade and government sources, as well as from survey data from the census when physical data is not available. A high rate of total capacity utilization is an indicator of inflation as an economy nears its maximum level of output. Low capacity utilization makes …

Change in Nonfarm Payrolls

Nonfarm payrolls give an overview of the overall employment outlook of the US economy; nonfarm payrolls do not include those employed in agriculture because of the seasonal nature of their work. This report obtains these numbers from 142,000 businesses and government agencies to track the new jobs added in non-farming sectors of the economy. The unemployment rate is at 3.5%, …

ISM Non-Manufacturing Index

The ISM Non-Manufacturing Index helps determine the overall economic strength of the services sector.  Components evaluated are employment, business activity, new orders, and supplier deliveries; which are then compiled into an index.  The nonmanufacturing sector represents a much larger share of the overall U.S. economy when compared to the manufacturing sector, making up approximately 80%; the sector’s economic weight makes …

Total Capacity Utilization

Total capacity utilization measures the percentage of total economic output that is being utilized. A high rate of total capacity utilization is an indicator of inflation as an economy nears its maximum level of output. Low capacity utilization makes it difficult to stimulate the economy because incentives for increasing production that the government provides are often unable to reach many producers, this is because of the limited number …

ISM Manufacturing Index

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 is an indicator that …

An Unprecedented Shift in Demographics

The millennial generation has surpassed the baby boomers as the largest contributors to our nation’s workforce. Those born between the early 1980’s and early 2000’s have created the most populous generation of workers ever. This generation may also remain in the workplace longer than any group before them. As data shows, and projections suggest, technology and health care will continue …

What’s for Dinner?

For the first time since the data has been recorded, sales at restaurants and bars in the United States have eclipsed those of grocery stores. The recent jump in discretionary spending in this space has pushed wages in the restaurant and bar service industry higher recently as the labor market has tightened and demand has increased. We hear a lot …

Home Spreads are Normalizing

It has been 6 years since the end of the Great Recession. During which, the economy has slowly recovered. In 2008 and 2009, houses were being sold out of necessity. We saw huge spreads between asking price and sales price. As the economy recovered, frictional costs lowered, and transactions came about for different reasons, the data shows the spread decreasing …