Higher Rock Education - Economics Blog

State of the Economy - January 2021

Friday, February 12, 2021

The recovery has stalled, but the future is encouraging. Income increased, but consumer spending fell. More people were added to payrolls, but job growth was discouraging. The unemployment rate fell, but primarily because more people were so discouraged that they stopped seeking employment. To learn more about our progress and the economy’s vulnerability, read our analysis and summary of January's vital economic statistics. More

State of the Economy - December 2020

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

2020 has been an extraordinary year for the US economy. Failure to contain COVID-19 caused a record 31.4% contraction in the second quarter, followed by the largest recorded recovery of 34.4% in the third quarter. Unemployment began in 2020 at 3.5%, a historical low, but soon peaked at 14.8%, the highest level since the Great Depression. Nearly seven million people were laid off in one week, the week ending March 28th. Higher Rock Education’s 2020 predictions proved too optimistic, but we did not anticipate COVID-19. We provide our scorecard and 2021 forecasts in the summary section. More

State of the Economy - November 2020

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Thank God for the vaccines! All of us are extremely grateful to all who contributed to developing a COVID-19 vaccine in record time. It will save thousands of lives and signal the beginning of an economic recovery for many. But COVID-19 still threatens the US economy. Without renewed help, many families will suffer and the impact would reverberate throughout the economy. It is true that many people have benefited. For example, the Federal Reserve reported that the net worth of the average household has grown to record levels, thanks to record highs in the stock market and appreciating home values. However, much of the gain has resulted from unsustainable government borrowing and spending. Reduced demand would eventually cripple the economy by not only slowing hiring but it would also lower profits. More

State of the US Economy - October 2020

Monday, November 16, 2020

The economy is headed in the right direction. Real Gross Domestic Product (RGDP) grew at a record clip. More people are being added to payrolls, and consumers continue to spend, all while new cases of COVID-19 increase at an exponential rate. Will the growing number of cases and deaths be enough to threaten the recovery? Review the recent economic statistics and what they mean. More

© 2018 Higher Rock Education and Learning, Inc. All rights reserved. No portion of this site may be copied or distributed by any means, including electronic distribution without the express written consent of Higher Rock Education and Learning, Inc.