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U.S. Economy Grows Faster Than Forecast on Consumer Spending

Bloomberg (09/25/15) Shobhana Chandra

The U.S. economy grew at an annual 3.9% pace in the second quarter instead of 3.7%, revised government data show. The median forecast of 76 economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for a 3.7% gain. Higher consumer spending and somewhat stronger business investment mostly accounted for the upward revision, reports the U.S. Department of Commerce. Consumer spending, the main engine of U.S. growth, rose 3.6% versus an earlier 3.1% estimate. Business investment in structures was revised up to 6.2% from a 3.1% increase. Home construction climbed at a 9.3% rate instead of 7.8%. The value of inventories increased by $113.5 billion, down from a prior $121.1 billion estimate.

Janet Yellen Says Fed Is Likely to Raise Interest Rates This Year

New York Times (09/25/15) Binyamin Appelbaum

The U.S. Federal Reserve still intends to raise its benchmark interest rate this year, barring unexpected negative news, Fed chairman Janet Yellen said on Thursday. Yellen, speaking a week after the central bank announced it was not ready to raise interest rates just yet, reiterated that the central bank was not planning to wait much longer. She said that labor market conditions were improving and that the Fed expected inflation to follow. However, she added that if the Fed’s expectations for growth were disappointed again, it might again delay lifting rates.

“Achieving these conditions will likely entail an initial increase in the federal funds rate later this year, followed by a gradual pace of tightening thereafter,” Yellen said. “But if the economy surprises us, our judgments about appropriate monetary policy will change.” Yellen also played down the likelihood that slower growth in other countries would cause the Fed to delay raising rates. “The committee is monitoring developments abroad, but we do not currently anticipate that the effects of these recent developments on the U.S. economy will prove to be large enough to have a significant effect on the path for policy,” she said. The committee next meets Oct. 27 and 28, and then again Dec. 15 and 16.

Kansas City Fed: Manufacturing Activity Declines in September

Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City (09/24/15)

Manufacturing activity in the Plains states declined again in September, on pace with previous months, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. Producers expectations about future activity dropped considerably.

The month-to-month composite index was -8 in September, largely unchanged from -9 in August. The production index jumped from -16 to 1, and the indexes for new orders, shipments, and order backlogs also improved somewhat but stayed negative. The employment index inched up from -10 to -7.

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Welcome New ASA Members

The ASA board of directors and staff welcome the following new members, which joined during the week ending Sept. 20.

The A List Staffing
Austin, TX

First Class Workforce Solutions
Columbia, IL

Flagg Labor
Union, NJ

Murray Resources
Houston, TX

Veritas Recruiting Group
Lake Mary, FL