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November Small Business Optimism Index rises to highest level in 34 years

Not since the roaring Reagan economy has small business optimism been as high as it was in November, according to the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Index of Small Business Optimism, rising another 3.7 points in November to 107.5.READ MORE

November Producer Price Index up 3.1 percent year-on-year, highest rate since January 2012

The Producer Price Index for final demand increased 0.4 percent in November. On an unadjusted basis, the final demand index rose 3.1 percent for the 12 months ended in November, the largest advance since a 3.1-percent increase for the 12 months ended January 2012. READ MORE

Job openings fell 2.9 percent in October as hires rate rose more than separations

The number of job openings fell by nearly three percent to 6.2 million on the last business day of October. Over the month, hires increased 4.4 percent to 5.6 million and separations fell 1.3 percent to 5.2 million.READ MORE

Today's archidose #988

Here are some photos of the Centro Botín (2017) in Santander, Spain, by Renzo Piano Building Workshop. (Photos: Ximo Michavila.) To contribute your Flickr images for consideration, just::: Join and add photos to the archidose poolTo contribute your Instagram images for consideration, just::: Tag your photos #archidose

Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index rises to 13-week high

Improved sentiment about the buying climate and personal finances helped carry household optimism to a 13-week high to 52.3. One sign of the stock market’s effect on optimism was that confidence among those who are unemployed, which includes retirees, reached a new 16-year high as the values of retirement accounts climbed. READ MORE

Consumer sentiment index dips to 96.8 in early December reading

Consumer sentiment has remained quite favorable although it continued to slowly recede in early December from its October cyclical peak. Most of the recent decline was concentrated in the long-term prospects for the economy, while consumers thought current economic conditions have continued to improve. READ MORE

November consumer credit use rose at highest rate in 11 months

American consumers increased their borrowing by $20.5 billion in October. It was the biggest gain in 11 months and reflected strong increases in the use of credit cards and in auto and student loans. READ MORE

Job growth dipped slightly in November to 228,000, unemployment rate remains at 4.1 percent

Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 228,000 in November, and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 4.1 percent. Employment continued to trend up in professional and business services, manufacturing, and health care. The labor force participation rate remained at 62.7 percent in November and has shown no clear trend over the past 12 months. Show More Summary

3Q 2017 productivity grew at 4.1 percent, highest rate since 3Q 2014

Nonfarm business sector labor productivity increased 3.0 percent during the third quarter of 2017, as output increased 4.1 percent and hours worked increased 1.1 percent. The productivity increase was the largest since the third quarter of 2014, when output per hour increased 4.4 percent. Show More Summary

ADP: November job growth of 190,000 dips slightly from October

According to ADP, private-sector employment increased by 190,000 from October to November on a seasonally adjusted basis. This compares with 235,000 jobs the previous month and 226,000 jobs in the same month of 2016.READ MORE

Book Briefs #32

"Book Briefs" are an ongoing series of posts with two- or three-sentence first-hand descriptions of some of the numerous books that make their way into my library. These briefs are not full-blown reviews, but they are a way to share more books worthy of attention than can find their way into reviews on this blog. Show More Summary

ISM November non-manufacturing index dips 2.7 points to 60.1

The NMI® registered 57.4 percent, which is 2.7 percentage points lower than the October reading of 60.1 percent. Comments from the survey respondents indicate that the economy and sector will continue to grow for the remainder of the year. READ MORE

Glass Tops in Union Square

Over the weekend I was running errands around Union Square and came across the construction site for the renovation of the old Tammany Hall building at the northeast corner of the park. Designed by BKSK Architects, the new project, 44 Union Square East, features a glass dome atop the old building. Show More Summary

Sound in Space

Grabbing my morning pastry today, I noticed an enticing sign on the door of the coffee shop: What struck me just as much as the image and the subject of the exhibition – architecture and photography – is the venue: New York Presbyterian Church. Show More Summary

ISM November manufacturing index dips 0.5 points to 58.2

The November PMI® registered 58.2 percent, a decrease of 0.5 percentage point from the October reading of 58.7 percent. Comments from the panel reflect expanding business conditions, with New Orders and Production leading gains, employment...Show More Summary

Markit Purchasing Managers' Index dipped slightly in October to 53.9

The seasonally adjusted IHS Markit final US Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index™ (PMI™) registered 53.9 in November, down from 54.6 in October. The latest index reading signaled robust, albeit slower, overall growth in the manufacturing sector. The latest upturn was in line with the long-run series average.READ MORE

Factory goods orders fall 0.1 percent in October after two months of strong growth

Orders for U.S. manufactured goods fell 0.1% to a seasonally adjusted $479.6 billion in October after two straight months of strong growth. Excluding transportation, a volatile part of the overall reading, factory orders were up 0.8% in October from the previous month. Show More Summary

Mortgage applications fall 3.1 percent in latest survey; rates flat

The Market Composite Index decreased 3.1 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from one week earlier, with purchase loans down two percent and refinances falling eight percent. The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages remained unchanged from the week prior at 4.20 percent.READ MORE

Fed's Beige Book shows continued modest growth, but home construction remains constrained

Economic activity continued to increase at a modest to moderate pace in October and mid-November, according to anecdotal reports from contacts across the 12 Federal Reserve Districts. Residential real estate activity remained constrained, with most Districts reporting little growth in sales or construction. Show More Summary

Today's archidose #987

Here are some photos of La Muralla Roja (1973) in Calpe, Spain, by Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura. (Photos: Lukas Schlatter, who has more shots of the park in this Flickr set.) To contribute your Flickr images for consideration, just::: Join and add photos to the archidose poolTo contribute your Instagram images for consideration, just::: Tag your photos #archidose

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