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US home construction up 4.4 percent in December

...the Union speech to Congress Tuesday night, describing 2014 a "breakthrough year for America."Jennifer Lee, senior economist at BMO Capital Markets, called the housing report good news. While building permits fell for a second straight...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-01-21/us-home-construction-44-pe
End of holiday season boosts applications for US jobless aid

...headcounts.The four-week average "still suggests solid job growth above 200,000 per month," said Sal Guatieri, senior economist at BMO Capital Markets.In its report last week on December employment, the government said the economy added a...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-01-15/end-holiday-season-boosts-
Augusta area expects to continue economic growth in 2015

...continuing in 2015.Using a different measurement ? the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages ? Mark Vitner, the senior economist for Wells Fargo, said Augusta's job growth for 2014 should come in about 2.4 percent."The June to June numbers...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/local-business/2015-01-03/augusta-are
US factory output eclipses pre-recession high

...manufacturing capacity "much closer to the 82 percent inflationary-threatening level," noted Jennifer Lee, a senior economist at BMO Capital Markets.Still, inflation has remained consistently below the Fed's 2 percent target, dragged...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-12-15/us-factory-output-eclipses
US factory growth slips, stays healthy in November

...about the outlook....we're not convinced that conditions are quite as good as the ISM implies," Paul Dales, senior economist at Capital Economics, said in a note to clients.The U.S. figures are also far ahead of many overseas economies...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-12-01/us-factory-growth-slips-no
US trade deficit drops to $43.4 billion in October

...4.8 percent below the same period in 2013. A lower deficit provides a boost to economic growth.Paul Dales, senior economist at Capital Economics, said that trade, which added to overall growth in the July-September period may be a slight...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-12-05/us-trade-deficit-drops-434
US home construction drops 2.8 percent in October

...improving trend should continue, supported by generally low rates ... and strong job growth," said Jennifer Lee, senior economist at BMO Capital Markets.Showing strength in October was the South, which posted a 10.1 percent jump on construction...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-11-19/us-home-construction-drops
US adds 321,000 jobs, the most in nearly 3 years

...pre-recession labor market health until October 2016 - nearly nine years since the recession began," said Elise Gould, a senior economist at the liberal Economic Policy Institute.Even so, the improving U.S. job market contrasts with weakness elsewhere...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-12-05/us-adds-321000-jobs-most-n
Federal Reserve ends bond-buying stimulus

...dollars, House Financial Services Chairman Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, said in a statement.Michael Hanson, the senior economist at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, said the Fed still appears likely to put off any rate increase until at least...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-10-29/federal-reserve-ends-bond-
US economy grew at 3.5 percent rate in third quarter

...Europe and Asia are likely to once again make trade a net-drag on American economic growth," said James Marple, senior economist at TD Bank Group.For the third quarter, consumer spending grew at a decent 1.8 percent annual rate, which...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-10-30/us-economy-grew-35-percent