Consumer Price Index – All Urban (CPI, CPINS)

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What is it? The Consumer Price Index is a measure of trends in the prices that consumers typically buy. The headline CPI index tracks the prices of a typical basket of goods that an urban household purchases. The CPI is calculated as follows:CPI = (cost of basket in current year / cost of basket in reference period) * 100The reference … Read More

Building Permits (000’s) (PRMT)

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What is it? Building Permits are an authorization that must be granted by either a government or regulatory body prior to construction of a new or existing building project can legally occur. This is released by the U.S. Census Bureau once a month, measured in thousands. Who is interested? Economist, Analyst, Investors, Developers, Builders What does it tell me? Building … Read More

Average Hourly Earnings/Wage (EARN)

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What is it? EARN is a monthly figure on average hourly earnings of all private employees, released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. It measures the average hourly wage of employees, not including benefits, of workers by industry. The value is in USD, and SONAR tracks the following industries:CONS – constructionEDUC – education and health servicesFINC – financial activitiesHOSP – … Read More

Employment Levels (EMP)

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What is it? The employment levels are monthly employment data based on surveys conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) that provides employment levels in the various economic sectors. The numbers represent an estimation of actual employed individuals in the sector in thousands. They are divided into seasonally (EMPS) and non-seasonally (EMPN) adjusted figures. Who is interested? Transportation industry … Read More