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  1. The Idolatry of Interest Rates

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    Thu, 21 May 2015

    is the output gap. The latter can be approximated using Okun’s law, Yt = -2 (Ut – U*), where U is the unemployment rate and U* is the natural rate of unemployment.” Ultimately, the popularity of the equilibrium real interest rate amongst central bankers

  2. Michigan matches U.S. jobless rate for first time in 15 years

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    Wed, 20 May 2015

    May 20 (Reuters) - Michigan's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 5.4 percent in April, matching the national jobless rate for the first time since September 2000, Governor Rick Snyder said...

  3. CLS: Employment Update – Managing Fear – Staying Invested

    Headlines

    Tue, 12 May 2015

    energy, fell 15,000, but it was offset by strength in construction, which saw growth of 45,000 jobs. The unemployment rate fell to 5.4%, from 5.5% in March. The week’s increase in jobs represents a solid rate of growth following

  4. Wage growth may be on tap as more Americans quit jobs

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    Tue, 12 May 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Americans are becoming more apt to quit their jobs, a government report showed on Tuesday, a sign that a stronger labor market and falling unemployment rate could result in healthier wage growth and inflation.

  5. The Goldilocks Employment Report

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    Sat, 9 May 2015

    was up 0.6% (7.2% annualized) for food and hotel workers. Unemployment Falls for All the Right Reasons The unemployment rate continued to trend down, ending April at 5.4%, down from 5.5% a month ago and 6.2% a year ago. This is

  6. U.S. job growth recovers, keeps 2015 Fed rate rise in play

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    Fri, 8 May 2015

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. job growth rebounded last month and the unemployment rate dropped to a near seven-year low of 5.4 percent, suggesting underlying strength in the economy at the start of the second

  7. Traders keep bets on Fed rate hike in December, just barely

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    Fri, 8 May 2015

    May 8 (Reuters) - U.S. short-term interest-rate futures contracts rose sharply Friday after a U.S. government report showed the unemployment rate fell to near a seven-year low in April, but March job...

  8. OGE's 1Q Results Pressured by Commodity Prices at Enable; 10% Dividend Growth Reaffirmed

    Commentary

    Thu, 7 May 2015

    Although commodity prices have caused job loses in the oil and gas sector of Oklahoma's economy, the state's 4% unemployment rate remains one of the lowest in the nation. Recently unemployed oil and gas workers appear to be quickly finding jobs

  9. Fed's Evans: rate hikes could start sooner, if kept slow

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    Mon, 4 May 2015

    COLUMBUS, Ind. (Reuters) - With U.S. inflation uncomfortably low and the unemployment rate still too high, the Federal Reserve should hold off on raising short-term interest rates until early next year, a top Fed policymaker said on Monday.

  10. From Barron’s, May 4, 2015 (Part 2)

    Commentary

    Sat, 2 May 2015

    announcements, consumer credit on Thursday; wholesale inventories, jobs report +212,500 to +250,000 and unemployment rate 5.4% on Friday. Closed: Russia, Japan [ actually, M-W ] closed on Monday; [ unclear if UK is open/closed

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