Friday, September 25, 2009

New report on Colo. Metro areas from Bureau of Economic Analysis

Here are selections form the release:


New statistics released today by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis show that the slowdown in U.S. economic growth was widespread: 60 percent of metropolitan areas saw economic growth slow down or reverse. Real GDP growth slowed in 220 of the nation's 366 metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) in 2008 with downturns in construction, manufacturing, and finance and insurance restraining growth in many metropolitan areas. Growth in real U.S. GDP

In contrast, growth accelerated in 146 metropolitan areas, most notably in areas where natural resources and mining industries are concentrated such as Casper, WY and Grand Junction, CO. Grand Junction had the fastest real GDP growth (12.3 percent) of any metropolitan area in 2008 due largely to growth in natural resources and mining. The professional and business services industry group also showed strong growth in 2008, contributing the most to real GDP growth in 112 metropolitan areas.

The statistics of GDP by metropolitan area in current and real (chained) dollars are available from the Regional Economic Accounts page of the BEA Web site at

Friday, September 18, 2009

FDIC out of money

FDIC May Tap Treasury Line to Bolster Fund, Bair Says

Sept. 18 (Bloomberg) -- The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. is considering tapping a Treasury Department line of credit as the agency examines ways to replenish a reserve fund depleted by 92 bank failures this year, Chairman Sheila Bair said.

Unemployment rates for states

Five states are now over 12%: Michigan, Nevada, Rhode Island, Oregon, and California. Of course, these are also the "official" numbers that exclude discouraged workers and the underemployed such as former financial sector workers who now work waiting tables.

See here for all states.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Double-Dip Recession Looms

Nothing fundamental has changed in the economy since a year ago when Lehman Brothers went under. Savings rates have increased, but Americans are so deeply in debt, they are still nowhere near the level of savings necessary for actual capital accumulation to take place. Unemployment is increasing, the government is engaged in massive inflation of the money supply, and there are simply no resources that can be pulled from a hat that will get Americans investing in production or spending on consumption. So, we are left with an economy that is essentially the same as it was when the financial panic hit and when the recession started way back during the fourth quarter of 2007.

The recent uptick is only a result of inflationary money flooding the economy through the stimulus plans.

Economist William White agrees.