By the numbers: The economy this week

Update for January 11, 2020

Highlights of key economic statistics from last week compiled by Putnam Investments.


  • The Markit U.S. Composite PMI Output Index fell to 55.3 in December from 58.6 in November.
  • Construction spending grew 0.9% in November, compared with October, the Census Bureau stated.
  • Factory orders increased 1.0% in November, according to the Census Bureau.


  • Initial jobless claims reached 787,000 in the week ended January 2, 2021, according to the Labor Department.
  • The U.S. lost 140,000 jobs in December and the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 6.7%, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported.


  • As of December 31, 2020, of the 13 S&P 500 Index companies reporting fourth-quarter earnings, 13 beat analysts’ estimates, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices.


  • Eurostat reported that the euro area Economic Sentiment Indicator rose in December.


  • The Markit Eurozone Composite PMI Output Index rose to 49.1 in December from 45.3 in November.
  • Eurostat noted that euro area retail sales fell 6.1% in November compared with October.
  • Eurostat reported that euro area industrial producer prices increased 0.4% in November compared with October.


  • The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose.
  • In its December meeting minutes, Federal Reserve policy makers noted “increased challenges for the economy in the coming months” due to the surge in COVID-19 cases and related social-distancing measures.


  • A slowdown in the pace of mobility gains globally due to regional virus case spikes will continue to act as a drag on economic recovery.
  • Global leverage, created by pandemic response packages, is at worrisome levels and will eventually will need to be paid for.
  • Pandemic and financial repression policies have exacerbated global wealth inequality.

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