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Manufacturing Production Declines Due to Poor Weather
A perfectly timed winter storm at the end of last week coincided with news that cold weather has had a negative impact on consumer spending and manufacturing output.
National Association of Manufacturers – 2/18/2014

Real GDP Up Only 1.9% in 2013, Less than 2012 Increase
U.S. real GDP rose only 1.9 percent for 2013 as a whole, below the 2.8 percent figure seen in 2012.
National Association of Manufacturers – 2/3/2014

Economy grew at 3.2% rate in fourth quarter
The U.S. economy grew at a 3.2 percent annual rate in the October-December quarter on the strength of the strongest consumer spending in three years, an encouraging sign for 2014.
Los Angeles Times – 1/30/2014

US Manufacturers Likely Growing At Faster Rate Than China, Europe
In the global economy this week, data will probably show U.S. manufacturers are expanding at a faster rate than their counterparts in China and Europe. Growth at American producers held close to the highest level since early 2011.
Bloomberg – 12/28/2013

Constrction Jobs Rise for Tenth Month in a Row to Three-Year High as Firms Add 18,000 Employees in March and Unemployment Falls to 14.7 Percent
Employment Climbs in Most Categories but Infrastructure Hiring Lags While Energy Segment May Face Worker Shortage Unless Highway, Water Spending Increase and Immigration Reform Includes Construction
AED – 4/7/2013

US economy adds just 88,000 jobs in March
The US economy added just 88,000 jobs in March, the lowest increase for nine months, official data has shown.
BBC News – 4/5/2013

US economy ekes out 0.4% growth in fourth quarter
The US economy grew at a faster than expected 0.4% in the fourth quarter of 2012, the Department of Commerce has said.
BBC News – 3/28/2013

Construction employment increases in 145 out of 339 metro areas January 2012-13
Construction employment increased in 145 out of 339 metropolitan areas between January 2012 and January 2013, declined in 141 and was stagnant in 53, according to a new analysis of federal employment data by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). Association officials noted that after years of declining construction employment, contractors in some metro areas are beginning to worry about the availability of skilled workers now that they have resumed hiring.
Roads & Bridges – 3/22/2013

Measure of US economy's health rises in February
A measure of the U.S. economy's health over the next six months increased in February from January, a sign that growth could be improving.
Yahoo! News – 3/21/2013

Employment Report Shows Job Growth in All Significant Construction Sectors
According to the March 9 employment report by the Department of Labor, the construction industry added 48,000 jobs in February—the largest monthly increase since March 2007.
AED – 3/18/2013