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A Guide to Everyday Economic Statistics

A Guide to Everyday Economic Statistics

ISBN 9781260092943
Edition 8
Publication Date
Publisher Mcgraw Hill
Author(s)
Overview
CHAPTER 1: INTRODUCTION

How the Statistics in This Book Were Chosen1

A Frame of Reference 2

The Many Faces of Economic Statistics5

Abusing Economic Statistics7

Using Economic Statistics9

And Beware of Forecasts!      10

A Final Word       12

CHAPTER 2: TOTAL OUTPUT and INPUT

Gross Domestic Product       13

Recession vs. Depression     23

The NIPAs       27

Personal Income       30

CHAPTER 3: PRODUCTION and GROWTH

Purchasing Managers' Index       35

Index of Industrial Production      39

Capacity Utilization        43

Labor Productivity       46

Leading Economic Index               50

CHAPTER 4: INVESTMENT and CAPITAL EXPENDITURES

Gross Private Domestic Investment      57

New Building Permits and Housing Starts        62

Business Inventories       66

Inventory/Sales Ratio       70

Durable Goods Orders       72

CHAPTER 5: EMPLOYMENT and UNEMPLOYMENT

Total Employment       75

New Jobs Created       78

Unemployment Rate       81

Help-Wanted Advertising       87

New Jobless Claims       90

CHAPTER 6: SPENDING, PROFITS, and EXPECTATIONS

Consumer Spending       93

Retail and E-Commerce Sales       96

Wholesale Sales       99

Consumer Expectations and Confidence        101
Employment Cost Index              104

Corporate Profits      106

Beige Book      108

CHAPTER 7: PRICES, MONEY, and INTEREST RATES

Consumer Price Index      113

Producer Price Index      120

Money Supply      123

Fed Funds Rate      126

Primary Credit Rate      129

Treasury Bill Rate      132

Prime Rate      134

The LIBOR      137

CHAPTER 8: STOCK PRICES and INTERNATIONAL TRADE

The Dow Jones Industrial Average      141

The Standard & Poor's 500       146

The Russell 3000 Index      149

The Wilshire 5000      152

The NASDAQ Composite      155

The Balance of Trade      158

International Value of the Dollar      162

Foreign Exchange      166


APPENDIX: CHAIN WEIGHTING      169

INDEX:      173

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