Personal Income Hit By Sandy, Real Consumer Spending Decreases -0.3% for October 2012

The October personal income and outlay's report is not good news. Consumer spending decreased -0.2% from last month, and when adjusted for inflation was a -0.3% decline for October. Consumer spending is another term for personal consumption expenditures or PCE.

Initial Unemployment Claims 410,000 for November 17, 2012 - Sandy Still Pounds Workers

The DOL reported Initial weekly unemployment claims for the week ending on November 17th, 2012 were 410,000, a 41,000 drop from the previous week of 451,000. Superstorm Sandy's devastating effects can be seen in state not seasonally adjusted claims for the week of November 10th.


Industrial Production Drops a -0.4% Bomb in October 2012 Thanks to Storm Sandy

Hurricane Sandy wiped out almost a full percentage point of industrial production even though the storm hit New Jersey on October 29th. Twenty percent of industrial production activity is in counties affected by the storm and 3-4% of industrial production related employment is in the same areas. It matters where a Hurricane hits in terms of the economy.