From Calculated Risk is this graph of inflation. You can see the slight, recent, upturn. It is important to see the context: we are still way below “normal” levels and unemployment is still way above “normal” levels.
Here is similar data to to the Interactive Census Data but with a little more Manhattan orientation. The interactive chart let’s you look at different neighborhoods and shows the income distribution. You can also see how many people can afford to live there assuming they can pay 30% of their income for rent.
Here’s is Calculated Risk’s version of the scariest chart. It shows the change in employment as a percent since the peak employment near the beginning of the recession; for this recession, that’s Dec 2007. Don’t forget that the years up to 2007 weren’t particularly good as there was no net gain of jobs in spite of increasing population.
Inflation is at 2.2% which is lower then usual.
The dotted line is employment with the census workers taken out.
The top five executives at Bear Stearns and the top five at Lehman made $2.4 billion from 2000-2008. The popular imagining was they suffered financially with the collapse of their firms. The reality is they’d already cashed in huge amounts of stock before the collapse.
From Barry Ritholtz:
Ah, here’s the version normalized to the peak employment level before recession a started. From calculatedriskblog.com:
Is the past prelude? Here’s a comparison of job losses in all the post-WW2 recessions. Note how bad the slope is for the current recession. Be careful though, these are absolute numbers and not relative to population.
And here is the change in consumer spending over the past 50 years smoothed to six months — meaning some bad months have gotten smoothed over with the surrounding better months. Is this really the only the second time it’s gone negative in five decades? And that first time was only barely negative.