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claims/challenger

Posted by WARREN MOSLER on August 20th, 2010

SMR pushing the erroneous measurement of claims story; attached is a chart showing gap between challenger layoffs and initial claims at a 12yr wide.

The claims data does look peculiar.

Karim and I agree that even if claims level off in the 475-500,000 range it’s probably not a double dip scenario.

One Response to “claims/challenger”

  1. Detroit Dan Says:

    Double dip? The first one never ended. From David Rosenberg today:

    “Our suspicions have been confirmed — the recession never ended. Macroeconomic Advisers produces a monthly U.S. real GDP series and it shows that the peak was in April, as we expected, with both May and June down 0.4% in the worst back-to-back performance since the economy was crying Uncle! back in the depths of despair in September-October 2008. The quarterly data show that Q2 stands at a +1.1% annual rate (so look for a steep downward revision for last quarter) and the “build in” for Q3 is -1.5% at an annual rate. Depending on the data flow through the July-September period, it looks like we could see a -0.5% to -1% annualized pace for the current quarter. Most economists have cut their forecasts but are still in a +2.5% to +3.5% range. What is truly amazing is that despite all the fiscal, monetary, and bailout stimulus, the level of real economy activity, as per the M.A. monthly data, is still 2.5% below the prior peak. To put this fact into context, the entire peak to trough contraction in the 2001 recession was 1.3%! That is incredible.

    Interestingly, and dovetailing nicely with our deflation theme, nominal GDP fell 0.3% in May and by 0.4% in June. This is a key reason why Treasury yields are melting.”

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