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Jon Talton

Analysis and commentary on economic news, trends and issues, with an emphasis on Seattle and the Northwest.

Topic: GDP growth

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April 30, 2014 at 10:16 AM

The toxic consequences of slow growth

The graphic, showing the percentage of year-over-year quarterly growth in gross domestic product,  shows our problem. Our problem received an adamant punctuation mark with today’s report that output grew a mere 0.1 percent annualized rate in the first quarter. In the fourth quarter of last year, it increased 2.6 percent. True, GDP doesn’t measure national…


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December 20, 2013 at 10:43 AM

Reasons for caution about the leap in GDP

The final revision for gross domestic product growth in the third quarter is a roaring 4.1 percent. Talk about a hot summer. This is the second-best performance in the measure of all goods and services produced by the economy since the end of the recession. But happy days may not be here again.


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