Daily Archives: June 3, 2014

ADP Employment Report: May 2014 Preview

Private nonfarm payrolls in the US are projected to increase 220,000 (seasonally adjusted) in May over the previous month in tomorrow’s release of the ADP Employment Report, based on The Capital Spectator’s median econometric point forecast. The expected gain matches the previously reported increase for April.
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Is April’s Drop In Consumer Spending A False Warning?

Last week’s update on personal income and spending rattled some analysts because the report showed that consumption fell 0.1% in April vs. the previous month. By some accounts, this is a clear sign that the economy is in trouble. Maybe, but that’s premature at this point. No matter how hard you scrub the monthly comparisons, they’re usually too volatile to draw reliable conclusions about the big-picture trend–a caveat that surely applies to the latest spending data.
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