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Weaker job gains may weigh on outlook

Job gains are on a slowing trend through early 2018—except for a strong February—and becoming further concentrated in the West and Southeast. The slowing trend is the result of weakness in certain markets as much as the result of a tight...
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Job trends bolstering outlook for weak places in 2018

Job gains are supporting an outlook for sustained growth in 2018 and raising prospects for slower-growing places across the middle and Northeast part of the country—led by job gains in energy, mining and other goods industries. Although the strongest parts of…


Year-end outlook supported by job trends—despite weak places

The holiday spending outlook is being supported by a post-hurricane rebound in job gains in most industries except retail—and despite persisting weak pockets across the middle and Northeast parts of the country. An emerging recovery in the energy and mining sector…


Outlook supported by job gains despite weak spots

The Fall outlook for consumer spending is being bolstered by sustained job gains at a national level—although pockets of weak growth persist through the country’s mid-section and Northeast states. The weak spots—from Kansas and Wyoming to Alaska and West Virginia—remain depressed…


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Job gains suggest spending focus on travel, eating out

U.S. job growth in April returned to the strong pace of the start of the year, but the regional momentum remains mixed and skewed toward the Western and Southeastern states. A pickup in energy and mining-related jobs among goods industries is…



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Why July’s job gains do not ensure a strong outlook

Why will the U.S. spending outlook remain unevenly modest despite sustained strong job gains in July? It’s true that the gains are an encouraging sign. They show that the job market is overcoming the disruptions—primarily labor-strike and weather-related—that dramatically depressed the...
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