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Economic Roundup January 2013

Consumer Prices

In November, overall CPI inflation rose slightly to 1.2% on a year-over-year basis from 1.0% in October. The year-over-year Core CPI (CPI less food and energy) was unchanged at 1.7%. The core inflation rate is still trending below the Fed’s long-term goal of 2.0% and remains below the trigger rate for policy action of 2.5%.

Retail Sales

In November, Retail Sales rose 4.7% on a year-over-year basis up from 4.1% in October. On a month-over-month basis, Retail Sales rose 0.7% in November, which exceeded the consensus forecast.

Labor Markets

The December employment report was weaker than expected as payrolls rose by just 74,000 versus the 200,000 consensus estimate. Unfavorable weather may have been a contributing factor. The unemployment rate declined to 6.7% from 7.0%, but the decline was largely driven by a drop in the labor participation rate. Net revisions for job growth in October and November were +38,000. Average nonfarm payroll growth during the fourth quarter 2013 was about 172,000 per month. Private payrolls increased by 87,000 in December while government jobs contracted by 13,000.

Housing Starts

Single-family housing starts jumped 20.8% in November after rising 3.8% in October. Housing starts have recently regained some momentum.

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