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August 11, 2014

Trucking Conditions Index Moves Higher

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index showed some positive movement in June after moderating slightly during the prior two months.

July 30, 2014

Economic Watch: GDP Surges, July Employment Gains

The U.S. economy surged in the second quarter of the year, bouncing back from its worst performance in five years, according to new U.S. Commerce Department figures.

June 25, 2014

Economic Watch: GDP Posts Biggest Drop Since Great Recession

UPDATED -- The U.S. economy shrank at its steepest rate in the first quarter of the year since first quarter of 2009, amid the Great Recession, according to a new estimate from the Commerce Department.

June 6, 2014

Economic Watch: U.S. Employment Grows by 217,000, Trucking Adds 1,500 Jobs

Four consecutive +200k monthly non-farm payroll reports is impressive, but it will take more than headline improvement to thrust the economy above current trend growth. Employment gains thus far have not yet led to wage pressures. Without adequate income growth, the consumer remains limited in spending capacity, which is restraining near-term growth prospects.

June 4, 2014

Economic Watch: Fed's June Beige Book Report says Economy Expanded In All Districts

Manufacturing activity expanded throughout the nation with a notable improvement along the East Coast. Growth was particularly strong for several Distracts related to motor vehicles, aerospace, and metals. Both non-residential construction activity and commercial real estate markets were generally steady to stronger since the last report.

June 4, 2014

Economic Watch: April Factory Orders, Construction Spending Rise

New orders for manufactured goods were up for the third consecutive month in April, rising 0.7% to $499.8 billion. April was at the highest level since the series was first published on a NAICS basis in 1992 and followed a 1.5 percent March increase.

May 29, 2014

Economic Watch: First Quarter GDP Falls 1%, Jobless Claims Hit 2007 Level

UPDATED -- The broadest measure of American economic health shows it throttled back in the first quarter of the year, according to the U.S. Commerce Department.

April 30, 2014

Economic Watch: First Quarter Growth Flat, April Employment Jumps

UPDATED -- The American economy picked up very little steam in the first quarter of the year, recording its weakest reading since the fourth quarter of 2012, according to a new U.S. Commerce Department report released Wednesday.

March 31, 2014

Economic Watch: Consumer Spending and GDP Gain Among Other Indicators

New figures show biggest driver of the U.S. economy increased last month while the overall economy grew more than estimated a month ago.

February 28, 2014

Economic Watch: Fourth Quarter Growth Revised Downward

The estimated level of U.S. economic growth in the fourth quarter of last year was revised sharply downward by the Commerce Department on Friday.

January 30, 2014

Economic Watch: GDP Advances at Annual Rate of 3.2% for Quarter

The U.S. economy expanded at a healthy pace in the final quarter of last year amid a big jump in consumer spending, according to new Commerce Department figures.

December 20, 2013

Economic Watch: Gross Domestic Product Clocks In at Perky 4.1% Increase

The American economy expanded more in the third quarter of the year than earlier projections, according to the U.S. Commerce Department.

December 5, 2013

Economic Watch: Third Quarter GDP Grows 3.6%

The broadest measure of health of the nation’s economy shows it expanded at an annual rate of 3.6% in the third quarter of the year, more than originally reported, according to the U.S. Commerce Department on Thursday.

November 7, 2013

Economic Watch: Third Quarter GDP Rate Jumps

A new report shows the American economy expanded in the third quarter of the year at a surprisingly higher rate than expected.

September 26, 2013

Economic Watch: Three New Reports Show Slow Improvements

Growth for the nation’s economy picked up dramatically in the second quarter of the year with the gross domestic product increasing at an annual rate of 2.5%.

June 26, 2013

Economic Watch: GDP Growth Revised Downward for First Quarter

The U.S. economy grew less in the first quarter of the year than previously estimated, thanks to lower consumer spending numbers and fewer exports, but the final GDP number is still an improvement over the previous quarter.

May 30, 2013

U.S. Economy Grew at 2.4% Rate in Q1, Down Slightly from First Estimate

The U.S. Commerce Department reports the gross domestic product expanded at an annual rate of 2.4%, down from 2.5% reported last month. The rate is still much higher than the 0.4% rate reported in the final quarter of last year.

April 12, 2013

Latest Economic Numbers Disappointing

Retail sales and consumer confidence have taken a downturn, but the reasons for it aren’t clear, while producer prices fell and business inventories have barely moved higher.

February 4, 2013

U.S. Factory Orders Rise, Following Lackluster Report on GDP

Factory orders in December offered better economic news than last week's GDP numbers, though not as good as analysts were expecting.

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