Friday, April 13, 2012

Charting the Health of Our Service Economy

The following chart shows the historical Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers: All Items minus the Producer Price Index: All Commodities index.

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Stick a fork in the 1980s and 1990s. That era is over.

The next chart shows retail trade employment growth.

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Feel free to reuse that same fork. Sigh.

Source Data:
St. Louis Fed: Custom Chart
St. Louis Fed: All Employees: Retail Trade


Stagflationary Mark said...

Here is a bonus chart that compares the CPI-U to the PPI: All Commodities.

It is the chart that inspired the chart within this post.

David Pearson said...

Great job on that chart! I posted a comment at Maxed Out Mama on it as it related to her recent post. Thanks for a great blog!

Stagflationary Mark said...

David Pearson,

You are too kind! :)