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BLS Releases January 2018 Employment Situation (Feb. 2018)


Employers added 200,000 nonfarm payroll jobs in January of 2018, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  The unemployment rate was unchanged at 4.1 percent.

Job gains occurred in construction, food services and drinking places, manufacturing, and health care. The number of jobs in construction increased by 36,000 over the month, while food services and drinking places gained 31,000 jobs, manufacturing gained 15,000 jobs and health care gained 21,000 jobs.

Job growth in December 2017 was revised to 160,000, up from the initially estimated 148,000.  Over the past three months, job growth has averaged 192,000 additions a month. 

Average hourly earnings rose by nine cents to $26.74. Over the year, average hourly earnings have risen 2.9 percent.  

The full BLS press release on the January 2018 employment situation can be accessed in the link below:

The next employment situation report for February 2018 will be released on Friday, March 9, 2018. 


BLS Releases December 2017 Consumer Price Index (Jan. 2018)


According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Consumer Price Index for all urban consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.1 percent in December of 2017 on a seasonally-adjusted basis.  An increase in the index for shelter was the main contributors to the monthly increase, as the shelter index rose 0.4 percent.

Excluding the volatile costs of food and energy, the index for all items less food and energy rose by 0.3 percent in December.  Many indexes increased in December including those for medical care, used cars and trucks, new vehicles, and motor vehicle insurance.

The all items index has risen 2.1 percent over the last 12 months ending in December, a smaller rise than the 2.2 percent average rise for the 12 months ending in November. 

The full press release can be found via the link below.

Next release is Wednesday, February 14, 2018, for the January 2018 Consumer Price Index.


BEA Releases Advance Estimate of Fourth Quarter GDP (Jan. 2018)


The Bureau of Economic Analysis released its “advance” estimate of fourth quarter 2017 Gross Domestic Product.  The advance estimate is based on data that is subject to further revision compared to the “second” estimate. The advance estimate shows that real GDP increased at an annual rate of 2.6 percent during the fourth quarter of 2017. 

The increase in real GDP in the fourth quarter reflected increases in personal consumption expenditures, nonresidential fixed investment, exports, residential fixed investment, federal government spending, and state and local government spending. These increases were partly offset by a decrease in private inventory investment.  Imports, which is subtracted in the GDP calculation, increased. 

The full BEA press release on the advance estimate of fourth quarter GDP can be accessed in the link below:

The next release—for the second estimate of fourth quarter GDP 2017 will be released on February 28, 2018. 


EB-5 Investors Magazine 2018 Las Vegas EB-5 & Global Investment Immigration Convention January 23-24, 2018 (January 2018)


Jeffrey B. Carr attended and presented. 

Please see the pdf version of his presentation below.


Vermont Consensus Forecast Update (January 2018)


On January 18, 2018, Jeffrey Carr of EPR presented the updated consensus revenue forecast for the State of Vermont before the Vermont Emergency Board.  Click below to download a copy of the Forecast Update Report.


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