Economic Trends

According to new employment data released last week by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the leisure and hospitality industry boosted economy-wide employment gains by adding 74,000 jobs in the month of September. Specifically, food service and drinking places gained 29,000 new staff, helping to drop the sector unemployment rate by 1.4 points to 7.7…

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Economic Trends

We’ve seen a mixed bag when it comes to economic news over the past few weeks with consumer prices continuing to rise at restaurants but restaurant spending stagnating through August. According to the Consumer Price Index report for August as released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), prices at full-service restaurants rose by 0.6%…

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Economic Trends

As referenced above, BLS data now shows many industry-average wages exceeding the $15 per hour mark. Additionally, as we approach the September expiration of the unemployment premium benefit that is keeping many from returning to work, further data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics released a week ago shows there were 10.1 million job openings…

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Economic Notes

Inflation concerns are back in a real way as consumer prices rose 0.9 percent for the month of June according to data released this week by the Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose to an annualized rate of 5.4 percent, and for the month, almost doubled the projected…

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Economy Moves Front & Center

As we move closer to a complete reopening of the American economy in the wake of decreasing COVID -19 infections and increasing citizens being fully vaccinated, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) information is getting much more play in news cycles – and for a bunch of not-so-encouraging reasons. First off, the labor shortage appears to…

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Miscellaneous

Starbucks Shareholders yesterday rejected an eye-popping executive compensation proposal for the C-Suite that included a $1.86 million payout for CEO Kevin Johnson as a performance bonus for fiscal year 2020 along with $50M in “retention pay” if the CEO were to stick around with the company through fiscal year 2022! Although the rejected resolution was…

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Business and Consumer Confidence

While the COVID vaccine becomes more available and more states relax some of their onerous restrictions on business operations, both business and consumer confidence continue to play on the metaphorical see-saw. A survey by the National Federation of Independent Business found the outlook of small business owners improving slightly with 15% of its respondents reporting…

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Economic Observations

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) last week reported that average hourly earnings increased 0.4 percent from November to December 2020. The increase stems from an increase of 0.8 percent in hourly earnings coupled with a 0.4 percent rise in the Consumer Price Index (CPI). Year over year, average hourly earnings increased 3.7 percent…

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Miscellaneous

Earlier this month, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that average hourly earnings for all employees actually increased 0.1 percent from September to October 2020. Notwithstanding ongoing challenges from the coronavirus pandemic and its recent spikes, real average hourly earnings year over year increased 3.2 percent from October 2019 to October 2020. The Consumer…

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Economic Notes

As the economy continues to rebound, albeit more slowly than we’d all prefer, the leisure, food service and hospitality industries are more than pulling their weight. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the leisure and hospitality industry adding 174,000 jobs total in August, of which restaurants and bars accounted for 133,600 of them…

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