AS THE ECONOMY TURNS is an ongoing weekly diary of links to and comments about publicly available information concerning our economy.  You should be able to click on the items printed in
RED to access the latest official report on a statistic.   By changing to a weekly format we will often cover more than one statistic in each commentary.  If you are reading this as an email, links to most of the important statistical reports are available at my website at AS THE ECONOMY TURNS To view any official report,  simply click on its name.


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There are at least two important points to note with these stories.  First, many of the statistics in the economy are closely interwoven and one cannot really fully understand the texture of any one thread without considering the whole cloth.  Secondly, the numbers refer to statistics about the past, which is finished, not the future, which is what we need to learn about to make our business decisions.  For that, we need to learn statistics, which uses the data from the past to make forecasts of the future.

GDP Report (End of month  release date)
Unemployment/Employment Repor
t (First Friday release date)
Consumer Prices
(Mid-Month release date)
Producer Prices
(Mid-Month release date)
Note on Employment Situation Report Questions
(June 12, 2003 entry)
Labor Productivit
y (quarterly release dates)
Money Supply Data from the Federal Reserve (Updated Weekly)

The following are cranky links to Census Bureau Reports which may be of some interest.  Unfortunately, the simple links do not always work. Instead, you may be sent to a Census bureau index page.  To short-cut the baloney, just copy the address shown below after the link and paste it for your browser to use.  that seems to work fine.  Sorry for the inconvenience.

Poverty and Insurance Coverage Report from Census Bureau August 2005 Press Release
The address is:

Inventory Report/Census Bureau
The address is:

Click here for links to other data sources.

September 23, 2006 In the Eye of the Beholder
July 27, 2006 Scratch My Back
June 9, 2006 Reading the Jobs Report

May 22, 2006 Measuring the Mountans and the Molehills
April 21, 2006 Stampede
April 10, 2006 Be Careful What you Wish For
March 25, 2006 There Has To Be a Better Way
March 7, 2006 Ghosts of Meetings Past
February 20, 2006 Gather Stones Together

January 30, 2006 Taking a Solid Hit
January 23, 2006 Car Crash

January 11, 2006 Football Money

January 9, 2006 Stubborn

December 12, 2005 Looking for Dark Clouds in a Clear Blue Sky

November 27, 2005 Even the Deus ex Machina Didn't Make House Calls
November 12, 2005 End of the World
October 24, 2005 Following in the Footsteps of a God
October 22, 2005  Get Out of Jail Free, So Far

October 2, 2005 Profit Is Not a Dirty Word