Federal Reserve Bank of New York President William Dudley last week indicated policy makers are more concerned about maintaining growth than they are about immediate inflation threats.
Manufacturing, which accounts for 12 percent of the economy, expanded in January at the fastest pace since August 2004, according to the Institute for Supply Management’s factory index released Feb. 1.
Some manufacturers are also beginning to bring back workers or hire. Caterpillar, the world’s largest maker of bulldozers and excavators, is recalling about 100 laid-off technicians at an Indiana plant because of increased demand and may be hiring more, Bridget Young, a Caterpillar spokeswoman, said Feb. 18.
“Caterpillar may be recalling or hiring employees in business units at various facilities this year based on demand fluctuation,” Young said.
Factories added 11,000 workers to payrolls in January, the first increase in three years and the most since April 2006, the Labor Department said on Feb. 5. Overall, payrolls declined by 20,000, and the unemployment rate fell to 9.7 percent.
Obviously the economic disaster we had been poised to experience due to failed government action the last 10 years and excessive speculation by bankers and wall street has been averted in the short term. But the failure to take seriously the huge risks failed policies (bought by special interests from politicians) put our economy in leaves us at great risk for future problems. The ability to avert disaster so far has been very successful but the danders are still large. But right now the 2010 economy is looking much better than anyone could have hoped for a year ago when disaster seemed likely.
The problem is that now those politicians, that collected huge payments for the last 20 years for those they have provided huge benefits to (allowing them to carry out strategies that risk the economic well being of the country, bailing them out if the gamblers lose, allowing tens of billion of dollars is profits due to extremely low short term interest rates, that allow dishonest credit card practices, providing tax benefits to the rich that pay the politicians well…), are acting as though the disastrous practices of those they are in bed with are fine. They are setting us up to repeat the same thing again. Which is really not that big a surprise given the lack of character of those we chose to elect.
Manufacturing has been a strong part of why the economy has been so strong the last few decades. But the politicians has sought to allow those that pay them well to engage in practices that ruin the economy for the benefit of a few speculators.
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