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BEA Releases Advance Estimate of Second Quarter GDP (July 2016)


The Bureau of Economic Analysis released its “advance” estimate of second quarter 2016 Gross Domestic Product.  The advance estimate is based on data that may be incomplete or subject to revision.  The second estimate, released in August, will be based on more complete data.

The advance estimate shows that real GDP increased at an annual rate of 1.2 percent during the second quarter of 2016.  In the first quarter of 2016, real GDP increased 0.8 percent (revised).

The increase in real GDP in the second quarter reflected positive contributions from personal consumption expenditures (PCE) and exports which were offset by negative contributions from private inventory investment, nonresidential and residential fixed investment and state and local government spending.  Imports, which is subtracted in the GDP calculation, decreased. 

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

The next release—for the second estimate of second quarter GDP 2016 and preliminary estimate for corporate profits, second quarter 2016 will be released on Friday, August 26, 2016. 



BLS Releases June 2016 Employment Situation (July 2016)


The Bureau of Labor Statistics has released employment data for June 2016. Unemployment rose 0.2 percentage points to 4.9%, though nonfarm payroll employment increased by 287,000.

Employment rose in the information sector after workers returned from a strike. There was also job growth in leisure and hospitality, health care and social assistance, and financial activities.

The full release is available as a PDF below:


BEA Releases Third Estimate of Q1 GDP and Revised Corporate Profits Estimate (June 2016)


The Bureau of Economic Analysis has released its third estimate of first quarter 2016 gross domestic product and revised estimate of first quarter corporate profits.

The third estimate of GDP, based on more complete data, shows GDP increasing at an annual rate of 1.1%, which is up from 0.8% in the second estimate and 0.5% in the advance estimate. This is still a slight deceleration, however, from fourth quarter 2015, which saw GDP increasing at an annual rate of 1.4%. The data used in the third estimate paint a similar general economic picture, but show an increase in exports.

The revised estimate of corporate profits shows a greater increase of $34.7 billion, which is up from the preliminary estimate of $6.5 billion. This increase shows a great contrast with the $159.6 billion decrease seen in the fourth quarter of 2015.

The full report is accessible via the link below:


BLS Releases May 2016 Consumer Price Index (June 2016)


The Bureau of Labor Statistics has released Consumer Price Index data for May. The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.2% in May.

The food index saw a decline of 0.2% as a result of the decline in all six major grocery store food group indexes. The gasoline index, however, rose 2.3%, driving an increase of 1.2% in the energy index.

The full report is available as a PDF below:


June 2016 Livingston Survey Results (June 2016)


The Livingston Survey which began in 1946 is the oldest continuous survey of economists’ expectations.  The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia has released results from the  December survey.  Bob Chase, senior economist at EPR has been a member of the Livingston Survey since the early 1990s.

Forecasters project that real GDP will grow at an annual rate of 1.4% during the first half of 2016, lower than previously estimated. They expect growth to rise to 2.4% during the second half of the year, which is more in line with projections in the December 2015 survey. Unemployment is expected to be 4.9% this month and 4.7% in December. Long term, forecasters see the real GDP growth rate at 2.2% and the CPI growth rate at 2.25%.

The full report is available below as a PDF:


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