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View Diary: GDP Up Again; Job Growth Will Continue to Strengthen (110 comments)

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  •  It seems that companies (3+ / 0-)
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    Earnings are great, but revenue is lagging slightly - maybe it's because they aren't hiring enough for current demand?

    •  Actually personal consumption expenditures (5+ / 0-)

      were one of the strong points of this report, with then accounting for 2.55 points of the 3.2 point overall gain.  

    •  Earnings (5+ / 0-)

      I suspect the earnings are much like the high productivity figures: Companies have slashed workers concerned with longer-term production (R&D, etc), and thus have cut costs without having to cut output.

      Eventually they'll need to hire those people back to remain competitive, but for now they can get away with having cut them.

      Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.

      by Drew J Jones on Fri Apr 30, 2010 at 05:51:51 AM PDT

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      •  I agree... (1+ / 0-)
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        ...that's kind of the "cloudy" lining.

        While this is good news, my unscientific small-sample anecdotal (every other disclaimer you can think of) experience leads me to believe that worker productivity/utilization was going down, and now that business is better business is making more margin of the same labor/cost of goods sold.

        Hopefully if we keep trending up in productivity, we'll see some reverse-hockey-stick decline in unemployment.

        Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial we have always been...a nation of cowards. - Holder

        by malharden on Fri Apr 30, 2010 at 06:10:11 AM PDT

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