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March 26, 2015

Chart of the Day

Gavyn Davies provides this “spider diagram” showing how a number of economic indicators are faring since they reached rock bottom during the Great Recession. For each indicator, the center represents their lowest point, the black circle shows the long-run normal level, the red line is the level when the Federal Reserve announced QE3, and the blue line is the level today.

“It is clear that in most respects, labour market activity has indeed improved significantly since QE3 started, but there is one crucial exception, which is the employment/population ratio. This…has in fact flatlined throughout the recovery, indicating that the number of jobs in the US economy has grown only in line with the number of people available for work.”

“If the Fed waits until the employment/population ratio improves substantially, then it will not taper for a very long time. But it seems that they are not fully convinced by the message this statistic is giving.”

  • David Bluefeather

    Several entries on the graph are functions of rapidly changing worker demographics. This will not change notwithstanding any changes in the economy. These changing demographics were aggravated by the deep recession in that many who had already planned to retire, retired early. These workers will NOT return to the workforce and anyone waiting for this doesn’t understand what they are measuring.

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