Entries by Jing Fu

CPI Slipped in December

In December, a big drop in energy prices dragged down headline inflation below zero, while core inflation remained steady. The Consumer Price Index (CPI), reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), declined by 0.1% in December on a seasonally ad...

Job Growth Surged in December

At the end of 2018, job growth surged. Total employment increased by 312,000 in December and the unemployment rate rose to 3.9%; however, this increase was good news because it was generated by growth in the labor force. Residential construction employ...

Home Price Appreciation Stepped Up in October

National home prices rose faster at a seasonally adjusted annual growth rate in October than in September. In October, Las Vegas reported the highest gain while two metro areas, San Francisco and Seattle, experienced home price declines. The Case-Shill...

Headline Inflation Flat in November

The pace of headline inflation slowed from 0.3% in October to 0.0% in November as energy prices declined sharply. The Consumer Price Index (CPI), reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), was unchanged in November on a seasonally adjusted basis...

Job Market Slowed in November

After a big job gain last month, hiring slowed in November. Total employment increased by 155,000 and the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 3.7%. Residential construction employment increased by 7,900 in November. The industry has added 205,000 j...

Home Price Appreciation Slowed in September

In September, national home prices continued to rise but at a slower pace. Moreover, two metro areas experienced home price declines in September. The Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price Index, reported by S&P Dow Jones Indices, rose at a seasona...

Energy Prices Pushed CPI Higher in October

The CPI accelerated over the month of October reflecting an increases in energy prices and the “core” CPI. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that the Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose by 0.3% on a seasonally adjusted basis in October, faster ...

CPI Growth Slows in September

Headline inflation rose slower in September relative to August, while core inflation was unchanged. The Consumer Price Index (CPI), reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), rose by 0.1% on a seasonally adjusted basis in September, slower than ...