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January 5, 2018

Economic Watch: Employment, Factory Activity, and a Possible Drag on GDP

The number of overall job additions in the U.S. slowed in December as the trucking industry shed some positions, while separate reports show a bit of softening in the factory sector, amid a new concern about the overall economic performance in the final part of 2017.

January 3, 2018

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Surges, Construction Scores Record High

Two readings of the nation’s manufacturing sector showed solid increases in December with one showing the strongest growth in nearly three years while another report showed construction spending hit a record high.

January 2, 2018

Analysis: Will We Avoid the First-Quarter GDP Blues?

While final economic numbers for 2017 have yet to roll in, economic growth was strong. Will it keep moving higher into the New Year? Analysis by Business Contributing Editor Evan Lockridge.

December 27, 2017

Economic Watch: Consumer Confidence Slips, Overall Expectations Still High

Uncertainty about tax reform was the likely culprit as a measure of consumer confidence retreated this month after hitting a 17-year high. However, expectations are the current quarter will show solid overall economic performance once more numbers start rolling in.

December 4, 2017

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Still Hearty Despite Small Declines, Construction Jumps

Manufacturing activity in the U.S. remains strong, despite small declines recorded in three reports, while the construction sector posted its biggest gain in nearly half a year.

November 29, 2017

Economic Watch: Growth Revised to Highest Level in 3 Years, Consumers Upbeat

Total U.S. economic activity in this year's third quarter increased more than originally estimated, according to revised numbers issued Wednesday by the Commerce Department.

November 1, 2017

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Keeps Expanding but Construction Uneven

The nation’s manufacturing sector continued growing over an array of industries last month, though there is a bit of disagreement as to how fast it is expanding, following the release of two reports.

October 6, 2017

Analysis: 3 Takeaways From This Year's FTR Conference

Trying to narrow down the single, biggest point made at the annual FTR Transportation Conference would be a fool’s errand. The event was content rich, covering everything from the economy and freight to equipment and everything in between. Business Contributing Editor Evan Lockridge found three takeaways.

October 2, 2017

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Surges, Construction Rebounds

Manufacturing activity in the U.S. turned higher in September, hitting its highest level in 13 years, according to newly released survey results of supply executives. A separate report showed construction spending rebounded after two straight monthly drops.

September 22, 2017

Economic Watch: September Manufacturing, Leading Indicators Improve

A first-look at how the manufacturing economy is performing this month shows conditions have improved to a two-month high, while a separate report indicates the overall economy improved again in August as the outlook calls for continued growth through the second half of the year.

September 13, 2017

Hurricanes Could Cost GDP Half a Percentage Point in Q3

Speaking about the impact of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma at the FTR Transportation Conference, analysts estimated that the economic impact on the region could cost GDP 0.5% in the third quarter of 2017.

September 13, 2017

Analysis: Why GDP Numbers Are Better Than You Think

In the early 1990s, it was common to hear economists define a healthy economy as one with gross domestic product growth of around 3% annually.These days, when growth gets close to that “magic number,” it’s greeted with a yawn — and it shouldn’t, says business contributing editor Evan Lockridge.

September 13, 2017

FTR Conference: Expect 'Sauntering' Economy to Continue

"Sometimes growing stronger is also the next thing that leads to the next recession." Dr. Larry Davidson, professor emeritus of business economics and public policy at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, talked about "secular stagnation" at the FTR Transportation Conference.

August 30, 2017

Economic Watch: GDP Best in 2 Years as Employment and Consumer Confidence Remain High

The widest measure of the health of the American economy was revised higher for the second quarter of the year, hitting its best pace in two years, while separate reports show hiring and consumers' feeling about the economy remain strong.

August 15, 2017

Economic Watch: Retail Sales Gains Push GDP Hopes Higher

One of the biggest drivers of the U.S. economy shifted into high gear in July, posting its biggest gain in seven months, according to a new Commerce Department report.

August 1, 2017

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Solid, Construction Disappoints

U.S. manufacturing activity in July remained solid, according to two reports issued Tuesday while separate ones showed overall construction activity in the U.S. eased as consumer spending and personal incomes barely improved.

July 19, 2017

Economic Watch: Concerns Remain Despite Housing Rebound

Housing starts in the U.S. bounced back, according to a new Commerce Department report, but concerns remain about the future of the housing market as well as the wider economy.

June 29, 2017

Economic Watch: Overall Growth Revised Upward

The U.S. economy grew faster in the first quarter of the year than earlier estimates indicated, according to a Commerce Department report released Thursday, but there’s little optimism there the second quarter will show a big surge.

June 1, 2017

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Firms, Construction Down as Personal Spending Jumps

Results from two surveys of the nation’s purchasing executives indicate manufacturing activity in the U.S. during May was nearly unchanged from the month before. Meanwhile, separate reports show construction spending eased, but consumer spending increased, resulting in hopes that the current quarter will be stronger for the overall economy than the previous one.

May 26, 2017

Economic Growth: GDP Not as Weak as First Estimated; Factory Activity Slows

Growth in the U.S. economy during the first quarter didn’t slow as much as first estimated, according to government numbers released Friday, while separate reports showed weaker factory activity but continued high consumer sentiment.

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