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Consumer Spending Boosts Economic Growth In Q4 2016, Initial Jobless Claims Drop 3,000 Last Week

‘Some of this softness is due to seasonal adjustment issues that will reverse later in the year. Consumer spending will lead growth thanks to higher incomes from more jobs and rising wages.’ – Gus Faucher, PNC Financial

The US economy expanded at a stronger than initially expected pace during the final quarter of 2016 amid higher consumer spending. The Commerce Department reported on Thursday the economy grew at a 2.1% annualised rate in the Q4 of 2016, compared to the previously estimated 1.9% pace. Nevertheless, for all of 2016, the economy expanded just 1.6%, the slowest pace of growth since 2011, following a 2.6% expansion in 2015. Moreover, the most recent economic indicators suggested that economic growth slowed further in the Q1 of 2017. According to the Atlanta Fed, the US economy expanded at a 1.0% rate in the Q1. However, economists claim that US employment data is more reliable than output data, as it paint a clearer picture of national income growth. Thursday’s data also showed consumer spending advanced 3.5% during the last quarter of 2016, up from the initially reporter 3.0% growth rate. Furthermore, domestic demand climbed 3.4% in the Q4 of 2016, the fastest pace of growth in two years, as imports posted a 9.0% jump, the biggest since the Q4 of 2014. Other data released on Thursday revealed that initial jobless claims dropped 3,000 to a seasonally adjusted 258,000 in the week ending March 25, remaining below the 300,000 level for 108 consecutive weeks.

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