Positive Signs for the Manufacturing Sector but Employment Remains Weak

– August 3, 2020

The ISM Manufacturing survey showed another gain in July as orders and production expanded but the survey suggests labor dynamics remain weak.

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Initial Claims for Unemployment Benefits Suggest Labor Market Recovery is Faltering

– July 30, 2020

Initial claims for unemployment benefits rose again, suggesting the emerging recovery may be at risk.

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U.S. Economy Posts Record Decline During Lockdowns

– July 30, 2020

The U.S. economy suffered a historic contraction in the second quarter. Uncertainty, confusion, and risk aversion among consumers and businesses may put the recovery at risk.

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Reopening Boosts Consumer Optimism, But COVID Dampens the Outlook

– July 28, 2020

Consumer attitudes declined in July as resurging COVID-19 cases dampened the outlook more than reopening boosted views of current conditions.

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New Durable-Goods Orders Rise Again in June

– July 27, 2020

Manufacturers’ new orders for durable goods rose again in June, showing that easing government restrictions should lead to economic recovery, but resurging COVID-19 increases risks.

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New Home Sales Jump to the Highest Level Since 2007

– July 24, 2020

Sales of new single-family homes rose to a 12-year high as low mortgage rates support increased demand.

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