Category Archives: unemployment

Bank of Canada prematurely hikes interest rates underestimating potential damage to employment

The Bank of Canada announced a further 25 basis point increase in the bank rate despite the fact that unemployment is still above 6 % and there is absolutely no evidence of inflationary pressure in the economy. Whatever rise in … Continue reading

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Economic stagnation persists in Europe: austerity policies are the cause

This week Stats Canada has announced it is recalculating its employment numbers because of a processing error in its July tabulation. It will be interesting to find out in what direction and way they erred in their earlier release. The … Continue reading

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How long will inflation stay low ? Have we entered a new age of low inflation , slower growth and sluggish employment ?

The question on many people’s minds in the financial and futures markets is all about judging the future inflation rate. Inflation has not been a problem for most of the past decade and certainly not a problem since the crash … Continue reading

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Unemployment Rises in Canada, falls in U.S. but weak numbers in both countries suggest possible slow down

Statistics Canada and the U.S. bureau of labour statistics published their December unemployment numbers and there are signs of potential trouble in both sets of numbers. The unemployment rate rose in Canada to 7.2% and fell in the U.S. to … Continue reading

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Demographic slowdown in U.S. may be one of the causes of the deep recession and slow recovery

First of all a healthy and happy New Year to everyone. With any luck and some good policies this year should be more prosperous for more people than 2013.  We are beginning the sixth year since the crash and financial … Continue reading

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Austerity and destruction of trade unions in Europe seeks to restore the anti Keynesian economic policies of the 1930s

The unemployment rate dropped slightly in the U.S. which is of course a good thing. Check out the U.S. Bureau of Labour statistics for the latest numbers. However, there are still some very bad things happening in Europe around economic … Continue reading

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U.S. government Shutdown Irrationality & higher Unemployment in Europe:A very bad combination

The long predicted but nevertheless very foolish self inflicted irrational Tea party Inspired shutdown of all but essential U.S. government services has occurred as of midnight last night, Washington time. It is difficult to predict how long it will last … Continue reading

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