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Alex Carrick

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Economic News | alex carrick

By: Alex Carrick
January 16th, 2020

The following are economic ‘nuggets’ gleaned from the latest public and private sector data releases.

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Economic News | alex carrick

By: Alex Carrick
January 10th, 2020

A Dampening of Euphoria May Be Warranted Euphoria concerning the U.S. economy, as demonstrated by record-setting stock market indices, won’t be dampened much by the just-released and somewhat tame Employment Situation report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The total number of American jobs in December rose by a lukewarm +145,000. Also, November’s jobs total was revised downwards slightly, by -14,000.

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Industry Snapshot | alex carrick

By: Alex Carrick
January 10th, 2020

The accompanying table records the top 10 project starts in the U.S. for December 2019.

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Industry Snapshot | alex carrick

By: Alex Carrick
January 10th, 2020

December’s Starts Saved by Mega Engineering Projects ConstructConnect announced today that the latest month’s volume of construction starts, excluding residential work, was $34.0 billion (green shaded box, Table 3, below), -5.3% versus November’s figure of $35.9 billion (originally reported as $34.3 billion). December’s month-to-month decline was in line with usual ‘seasonality.’ Long-term, from the last full month of fall (November) to the month that kicks off winter (December), total nonresidential starts have fallen on average -5.0%. December’s drop would have been steeper without the support of several large engineering projects. Four mega projects (i.e., of $1.0 billion or more each) arose in the latest month, summing to $5.0 billion. Three of the four were heavy engineering jobs (see Top 10 Project Starts in the U.S. - December 2019).

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Industry Snapshot | alex carrick

By: Alex Carrick
January 10th, 2020

Clichés are often true and it is the case that a picture can be worth a thousand words.

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Economic News | alex carrick

By: Alex Carrick
December 18th, 2019

The following are economic ‘nuggets’ from the latest public and private sector data releases, and from some other sources.