Thursday, February 12, 2015


Market Watch | Jobless claims rise sharply, top 300,000 again
The number of people who applied for unemployment benefits topped the 300,000 mark in early February for the fourth time in the past six weeks, a sign that the pace of layoffs is starting to level off after an extended decline.

Econ Comments & Analysis                                                                                            
Washington Post | The decline of American entrepreneurship — in five charts
By many accounts, the American economy is roaring back. Hiring is accelerating, wages are rising and the labor force is growing. Confidence among business leaders regarding the year ahead is on the rise, too.

Wall Street Journal | Great Recession Didn’t Cause U.S. Productivity Slowdown
The deep U.S. recession of 2007-2009 caused lasting damage to many areas of the U.S. economy. Worker productivity growth, however, is not one of them, according to researchers at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.