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Economic Signals for US Markets Indicate Economic Downturn

Economists and normal people alike have been not so eagerly waiting for this week’s economic updates. One month ago the economy was being regarded as the strongest it has ever been in history. Yet only one month later signs are building that the economy is anything but that. Some of these figures are on a level that has not been seen in this country for nearly 100 years with the last time being during the original Great Depression.

<h2>Troubling indicators amongst the new economic indicators</h2>

So what exactly are these new signs and how do they reflect the state of the economy in the United States. There is a growing viewpoint that just using stock prices is an inadequate way to measure the condition of the economy as a whole. Here are the indicators that economists have been most interested in this week.

<h2>Highly increasing unemployment rate</h2>

Each and every week for the last four weeks in a row we have seen over 5 million new jobless claims. These are just the initial claims too. That means that in total 22 million people filed for unemployment for their first time in the month of March. This is unbelievable and will have demoralizing effects on the economy long term.

<h2>The drop in homebuilding higher than anticipated</h2>

One of the lesser-known ways that economists like to measure the overall health of an economy is to look at how many properties are being built and how many are being ordered. Right now there has been a large decline in the number of new homes being built. This is often a signal that a recession is just around the corner.

Economic Coefficient Index shows daunting times ahead</h2>

The coefficient index is a measure of the economy that is put together by a team of economists that are identified as The Conference Board. This indicator is made to measure current economic conditions in the country by analyzing multiple points of the economy and distilling the data into one easy to understand number. This has also been showing continuous negative growth at a sharp rate.

<h2>What Does This Indicate for the Future?</h2>

Most economists will tell you that it is not worth the time to try and predict the future. If anything the past few weeks should tell you that things can change dramatically rapidly. For now, the best thing you can do is concentrate on the present moment but the more numbers that are coming in the more that it looks like we are stepping into into a critical recession.

See more information at <a href=””>Bloomberg</a>

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