Small Business Optimism Index rises in July


July NFIB Small Business Optimism Index:+0.7. to 95.7 vs. consensus of 95.8, 95 prior.

"On the positive side expectations for business conditions and outlook for expansion accounted for virtually all of the net gain in July’s Index".

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  • bbro
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    Job Hiring Plans at +13.... a near 7 year high....
    12 Aug 2014, 08:20 AM Reply Like
  • mrdirt
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    Job Hiring plans up. Actual Hiring is the number to look at, and most of that will be
    part time temp help.
    12 Aug 2014, 09:43 AM Reply Like
  • bbro
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    The Job Hiring plans has a strong inverse correlation to the jobless rate....
    12 Aug 2014, 09:55 AM Reply Like
  • mrdirt
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    i agree, more people will be added but at minimum wage, part time/temp help.
    12 Aug 2014, 10:06 AM Reply Like
  • bbro
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    The industries in the private payroll employment that are higher paying have increased over the last 4 years 4.744 million...total private payroll employment has increased over the last 4 years 9.266 million....The Higher Paying Private Payoll employment to Total Private Payroll employment ratio is currently 49.48%...this ratio
    was 51.86% in December 2007. Higher Private payroll employment consists of Goods Producing,Wholesale Trade,Utilities,Inform... Activities,Professional and Business Services and Offices of Physicians...
    12 Aug 2014, 12:00 PM Reply Like
  • mrdirt
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    5 Signs Americans Are Flat-Out Broke
    Despite improvement in certain areas of the economy, the Great Recession never truly ended for millions of Americans. Households across the nation are still trying to overcome a sluggish labor market, stagnant wages, and rising living costs. Making matters worse, the struggle does not appear to be ending anytime soon.

     

    The Federal Reserve’s wealth effect is in short supply. According to a new report from the central bank, 25 percent of American households say their families are “just getting by” financially, and another 13 percent are “finding it difficult to get by.” Compared to five years earlier, 34 percent feel like they are worse off today, while the same number feel about the same. Only 30 percent repot that they were somewhat or much better off financially. The survey polled more than 4,100 respondents between September and October last year

     

    Read more: http://bit.ly/1Aduqjz
    13 Aug 2014, 08:39 AM Reply Like
  • mrdirt
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    US retail sales go flat in July, stoke growth fears

     

    U.S. retail sales were unexpectedly flat in July, pointing to some loss of momentum in the economy early in the third quarter.
    The Commerce Department said on Wednesday retail sales, which had increased 0.2 percent in June, were held back by a second straight month of declines in receipts at auto dealers, as well as weak sales of furniture and electronics and appliances.

     

    July's reading was the weakest since January. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast retail sales, which account for a third of consumer spending, increasing 0.2 percent last month. http://cnb.cx/1vHfmfd
    13 Aug 2014, 08:44 AM Reply Like
  • mrdirt
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    The traditional source of household income data is the Census Bureau, which publishes annual household income data in mid-September for the previous year.
    The June 2014 real median annual income is 6.6% below our turn-of-the-century starting point and 7.2% below is 21st century high in January 2008. Note, however, that the Sentier calculations are based on pre-tax data. The expiration of the 2% FICA tax cut in December of 2012 put an additional hit on disposable incomes, especially for those household on tight budgets.

     

    Is there seasonality to the monthly data? The column chart shows the monthly averages of nominal month-over-month change since 2000.

     

    In Summary…

     

    As the excellent data from Sentier Research makes clear, the mainstream U.S. household was struggling before the Great Recession. At this point, real household incomes are in worse shape than they were four years ago when the recession ended. http://bit.ly/1Adt4VM
    13 Aug 2014, 08:28 AM Reply Like
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