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11 Responses to “What’s the State of the Economy?”

  1. chartist says:

    Reporting from America’s heartland, my large Japanese employer is hiring. The party line is we need to reduce headcount to save money, but overtime is running high and we are hiring. The Japanese seem to like to build new plants in the middle of the country concentrating on right to work states.

    • rj chicago says:

      I imagine that by America’s heartland we would have to exclude ILLANNOY as this place is forcing business out to surrounding states. One person net is leaving the state of ILLANNOY every ten minutes. This is not a good trend nor one that will aid in the fiscal disaster created in Springfield.

  2. DeDude says:

    Looks like the big problem is deflation. With inflation at the lowest end of the typical range and falling.

    • Frwip says:

      And mortgages delinquencies at the highest end of the typical range.

      Summary: the middle class is still pretty broke.

  3. MayorQuimby says:

    I much prefer this gauge of inflation:

    I also look at necessities and see *much* more than 1% inflation (ie housing, energy, healthcare, tuition).

  4. NoKidding says:

    Mortgage delinquencies as defined for this chart were below 4 percent for 20 years.

    The rate jumped from about 3% in Jan 2008 to about 10% in 2009, and have not dipped below 9% for 4 years.

    Nice definition of typical.

    I propose that the useless blue color bar representing a “typical” 1% to 11% range be replaced with a more informative pair; a pink color bar representing “pre-schity economy” and a fudge color bar representing what we have now.

  5. TDHawk says:

    This chart looks good if the economy was at maximum production. However, despite QE raising the S&P index, the US Macro index is dropping. These ratios are too simple without any contextual information.

    How can interest rate be considered typical when they are being held down by the feds?

    For example, a 0 to .14 employment growth is good on top of a big employment number already. However, having .14 growth is not so impressive when employment never bounced back from a sharp drop.

  6. resuscitate says:

    One has to wonder what these indicators looked like circa 2007-2008, before the collapse. The parameters were even better then than now one would imagine. Looking at the same set of economic parameters how does one differentiate a healthy from a sick one? Or are these metrics the wrong things to analyze?

  7. ashpelham2 says:

    Wow. A deflationary environment, with dirt low interest rates? And High mortgage delinquencies? This just doesn’t look like the rosy picture the S&P has been painting for 2 years now.