ConstructConnect announced today that July’s volume of construction starts, excluding residential activity, was $38.8 billion − a month-to-month change of -6.2%. Historically, there has been a June to July climb, thanks to favorable seasonality, of +3.5%. July, though, is usually the last month of the year in which the bias, due to construction-friendly weather, is […]

Total employment in Canada recorded the best month-to-month increase so far this year in July, +54,000 jobs, according to the latest Labour Force Survey results published by Statistics Canada. Prior to July, the best month-to-month improvements in 2018 had occurred in March and June, tied at +32,000 jobs. The pick-up in hiring in July was […]

The lead paragraph of the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)’s July Employment Situation report highlights that total nonfarm payroll employment in the U.S. rose by 157,000 jobs during the latest month. And that the unemployment rate declined again to 3.9% from 4.0% in June. The lowest the unemployment rate has reached in this cycle was […]

Computers, the internet and other high-tech advances have profoundly affected the workaday lives of every one of us. Many of the thought leaders who have sparked the innovation waves have become celebrities beyond the confines of the business sector. And their companies have been richly rewarded through enormous increases in the value of their shares […]

June 2018’s figure on total employment in construction in the U.S., as calculated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), was +4.1% compared with June 2017. The comparable number for north of the border from Statistics Canada was a percentage point lower at +3.1%. But +3.1% was a commendable climb nonetheless.   Meanwhile, total jobs […]

You’ve heard that the U.S. economy is performing quite nicely, thank you, but you’re still not totally convinced that boom times have returned. You’re right to hold back on expressing boundless enthusiasm. After all, there are worries about potential fallouts from an escalating foreign trade and tariff war, interest rates that are on the upswing […]

Due to its complexity, much of the subject matter concerning the economy requires detailed editorial commentary, often supported by relevant tables and graphs. This infographic looks at U.S. motor vehicle foreign trade. At the same time, though, there are many topics (e.g., relating to demographics, housing starts, etc.) that cry out for compelling ‘short-hand’ visualizations. […]