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Report: impact of hotel tax hardest outside Atlanta

...stays, and it could plug the tax into its existing economic models and historical data, according to Jamie Lane, senior economist with PKF. The firm did the study on its own and not at the request of any client. "We just did it because we felt...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-04-28/report-impact-hotel-tax-ha
US employers added just 126K jobs in March

...months, increasingly out of tune with other economic indicators, which have pointed to a slowdown," James Marple, senior economist at TD Economics, wrote in a research note. "The reckoning in March closes at least some of this gap.'"At the...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-04-03/hiring-slowdown-us-employe
Home construction slipped in January

...We have strong job growth, strong consumer confidence, still low borrowing costs," said Jennifer Lee, a senior economist at BMO Capital Markets.In the past three months alone, the economy has gained more than a million new paychecks...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-02-18/home-construction-slipped-
Fed officials in no hurry to raise rates

...inflation will return to the 2 percent target before beginning the normalization process," said Sal Guatieri, a senior economist at BMO Capital Markets.He predicted the first rate hike could be delayed until September or possibly even later...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-02-18/fed-officials-no-hurry-rai
US trade deficit jumps 17.1 percent to $46.6 billion

...of the December trade data was already reflected in the first GDP report released last week. But Jennifer Lee, senior economist at BMO Capital Markets, said she thought the trade gap numbers, along with weaker growth in business stockpiles...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-02-05/us-trade-deficit-jumps-171
US economic growth in fourth quarter revised down to 2.2 percent

...quarter of 2006.Friday's report was the second of three estimates for fourth quarter GDP.Sal Guatieri, the senior economist at BMO Capital Markets, said that "while the economy ended the year with less momentum than in the summer and fall...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-02-27/us-economic-growth-fourth-
Fed inching toward interest rate increase, economy shows signs of weakness

...We've had snowfalls that have exceeded seasonable norms in many parts of the country," said Anika Khan, a senior economist at Wells Fargo. "We should see some rebound in the coming months."On Tuesday, the government said the pace...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-03-17/fed-inching-toward-interes
Yellen reiterates Fed's patience in raising rates

...worrisomely" continue to weaken in the months ahead, "making liftoff a late-summer event," said Gregory Michael, senior economist at BMO Capital Markets.Yellen's reiteration of the Fed's patience bolstered Wall Street. Major U.S. stock...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-02-24/yellen-reiterates-feds-pat
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-
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