All Posts Tagged: labor market

U.S. Outlook: Why recent GDP growth doesn’t look sustainable

Scott Anderson
Chief Economist

Headline third-quarter GDP growth came in at a robust 3.5% after coming off of a sizzling 4.2% pace of growth in the second quarter.

Two signs in store window for sales - 50% and 70% - with reflection of shoppers faintly visible.However, the foundation that this growth is built upon is looking a little shaky.

For more on this, see highlights of my report below, followed by a link to the full U.S. Outlook, delivered on Oct. 26.

Key observations:
  • Robust consumer spending and inventory building drove the strong GDP growth last quarter.
  • Residential construction spending is already contracting, dropping at a 4.0% pace in the third quarter.
  • Perhaps the most convincing reason to be skeptical about continued growth at recent rates is the fact that business participation in the expansion is declining, rather than ramping up.
  • We expect U.S. GDP growth to slow again in the fourth quarter to around a 2.4% pace, and continue to gradually slow in 2019.
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U.S. Outlook: Is tighter monetary policy already beginning to bite?

Scott Anderson
Chief Economist
Federal Reserve building (Washington DC) at dusk.

The September FOMC minutes, released Wednesday, revealed an upbeat assessment of current U.S. economic conditions and the outlook.

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U.S. Outlook: On the hunt for a better job

Scott Anderson
Chief Economist
Business man on Wall St. at top of escalator carrying folded newspapers

It is widely known that the U.S. economy is creating new jobs at a rapid pace. Since the expansion started, the economy has added nearly 20 million jobs.

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U.S. Outlook: Job growth cools in July

Scott Anderson
Chief Economist
Sun-drenched shot of workers hurrying across a bridge at the start of the workday.

Despite the miss on the headline job growth last month, it is impossible to describe the labor market as soft.

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U.S. Outlook: The wage growth conundrum

Scott Anderson
Chief Economist
Teacher Helping Students Training To Work In Catering Chopping Vegetables

The moderate pace of wage growth since the end of the Great Recession is unusual compared to previous expansions.

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