Economic Indicators

China Industrial Output Growth Falls To 17-Year Low

Growth in China’s industrial output fell to a 17-year low, in the first two months of the year, pointing to further weakness in the world’s second-biggest economy… But investment picked up speed as the government fast-tracked more road and rail projects, offering some relief for policymakers as they work to avert a sharper slowdown, data showed on Thursday.

Hiring Slumps, Though Broad Picture Suggests Expansion Will Continue…

The breakneck pace of hiring slumped in February, a sign that U.S. growth is cooling, though strong wage growth and earlier robust job gains suggest the economy’s near decadelong expansion will endure. U.S. nonfarm payrolls rose a seasonally adjusted 20,000 in February, the Labor Department said Friday, marking the slowest pace for job growth since September 2017—when hurricanes skewed hiring patterns—and falling well below economists’ expectations for 180,000 new jobs.

European Central Bank Reverses Course With New Stimulus Measures

The European Central Bank signaled a major policy reversal Thursday, flagging plans for fresh measures to stimulate the eurozone’s faltering economy less than three months after phasing out a €2.6 trillion ($2.9 trillion) bond-buying program, making it the first rich-country central bank to ease policy in response to a global slowdown.

China’s Economy Is In “Long-Term Decline” And Growth From 2020 Will Be Increasingly Dependent On Foreign Capital, According To Morgan Stanley

China will likely become more reliant on foreign capital as the country looks set to enter into years of shortfall in its current account, Morgan Stanley predicted in a report. “The economy’s current account is in long-term decline and the future growth of the economy will be increasingly dependent on foreign capital,” said the investment bank in a report on Tuesday.

The Government Shutdown Cost The Economy $11 Billion

The federal government shutdown cost the economy $11 billion, according to a new analysis from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.
Although most of the damage to the economy will be reversed as the government re-opens and workers return to their jobs, the CBO estimated $3 billion in economic activity is permanently lost.