Economic Pulse with Dr. Kamran Afshar http://wdiy.org en The Manufacturing Industry's Decline on Economic Pulse http://wdiy.org/post/manufacturing-industrys-decline-economic-pulse <p></p><p></p><p><em>What happened to manufacturing? Are we producing anything anymore?</em></p><p>Employment in manufacturing has dropped from 18 million in 1972 to 12 million in 2010, however, the fewer manufacturing employees are producing a lot more products than their significantly larger manufacturing employees did in 1970s.</p><p>(Original air-date 7/11/2014)</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 16:27:40 +0000 Shamus McGroggan 43110 at http://wdiy.org The Manufacturing Industry's Decline on Economic Pulse Optimistic Signs from the Consumer Price Index on Economic Pulse http://wdiy.org/post/optimistic-signs-consumer-price-index-economic-pulse <p></p><p></p><p>June consumer sentiment index recorded a slight increase over its May’s level. The index has been relatively unchanged in the last 6 months, this is remarkable considering the size of the GDP drop in the 1st quarter. Consumers clearly considered this a one time events.</p><p>(Original air-date 7/4/2014)</p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 16:23:09 +0000 Shamus McGroggan 43105 at http://wdiy.org Optimistic Signs from the Consumer Price Index on Economic Pulse Nationwide Drop in GDP on Economic Pulse http://wdiy.org/post/nationwide-drop-gdp-economic-pulse <p></p><p></p><p>The nation’s real Gross Domestic Product or GDP dropped&nbsp; by a surprisingly large 2.9% during the 1st quarter of 2014, last winter was a lot worse than we thought.</p><p>(Original air-date 6/27/2014)</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 16:19:57 +0000 Shamus McGroggan 43104 at http://wdiy.org Nationwide Drop in GDP on Economic Pulse The Valley's shift towards service industry jobs on Economic Pulse http://wdiy.org/post/valleys-shift-towards-service-industry-jobs-economic-pulse <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The Lehigh Valley’s employment level has now exceeded its pre-recessionary high. However, not all the jobs lost have been recovered.&nbsp; Recoveries in the job market are seldom even across the sectors. Usually the new jobs are somewhat or a lot different from the ones lost. The same is true about the Lehigh Valley’s recovery. Many of the jobs lost are not going to come back. The Valley is moving in the direction of services and away form production.</p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 19:19:18 +0000 Shamus McGroggan 42559 at http://wdiy.org The Valley's shift towards service industry jobs on Economic Pulse The Unemployment Rate explained on Economic Pulse http://wdiy.org/post/unemployment-rate-explained-economic-pulse <div><p></p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 19:03:07 +0000 Shamus McGroggan 42558 at http://wdiy.org The Unemployment Rate explained on Economic Pulse Inflation Concerns on Economic Pulse with Dr. Kamran Afshar http://wdiy.org/post/inflation-concerns-economic-pulse-dr-kamran-afshar <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>While inflation over the last 12 months still registers only at a low 2.0%, if we look at the first 4 months of this year the picture changes significantly. The consumer price index, the instrument we use for measuring inflation rose by 1.3% over the last 4 months. This translates into a 5.2% inflation at annual rates. That is if this trend continues for the rest of the year we are going to re-visit inflation for the first time since 2007! (Original air-date 5/16/2014)</p> Fri, 16 May 2014 14:36:24 +0000 Shamus McGroggan 40471 at http://wdiy.org Inflation Concerns on Economic Pulse with Dr. Kamran Afshar Quarterly Economic Review on Economic Pulse http://wdiy.org/post/quarterly-economic-review-economic-pulse <p></p><p>On this special hour-long edition of Economic Pulse, Dr. Afshar looks at the financial and economic state of the Lehigh Valley during the first quarter of 2014. His roundtable panel includes Jennifer Mann (President of Mann Consulting), Kevin Flemming (President of Integrity Personnel), and Josh Dodd (Senior Vice President at Univest Bank &amp; Trust). (Original air-date 5/8/2014)</p> Sat, 10 May 2014 19:36:45 +0000 Shamus McGroggan 39701 at http://wdiy.org Quarterly Economic Review on Economic Pulse The Federal Reserve's Influence on the Economy on Economic Pulse http://wdiy.org/post/federal-reserves-influence-economy-economic-pulse <div><p></p><p><em>How does the Federal Reserve influence the economy?</em></p></div><div style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="line-height: 115%; font-family: Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;">Dr. Afshar explores what the Federal Reserve is, how it affects banks and businesses, and the specific tools it uses to influence the economy. </span></div><div>&nbsp;</div> Fri, 02 May 2014 14:46:10 +0000 Shamus McGroggan 39280 at http://wdiy.org The Federal Reserve's Influence on the Economy on Economic Pulse Paying down our national debt's interest on WDIY's Economic Pulse http://wdiy.org/post/paying-down-our-national-debts-interest-wdiys-economic-pulse <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><em>Our national debt is now larger than our GDP, how are we going to pay the interest on such a large debt? Asks Dr. Kamran Afshar.</em></p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:07:18 +0000 Wagner Previato 38648 at http://wdiy.org Paying down our national debt's interest on WDIY's Economic Pulse How Are We Paying The National Debt? On Economic Pulse http://wdiy.org/post/how-are-we-paying-national-debt-economic-pulse <p></p><p></p><p>Economic Pulse with Dr. Kamran Afshar is a synopsis of the week’s economic news, with a detailed look at trends in the Lehigh Valley, and important issues to watch in the coming week.&nbsp; Economic Pulse airs Fridays at 5:44pm and Mondays at 7:35am. &nbsp;(Original air-date April 18, 2014).</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:11:02 +0000 Wagner Previato 38827 at http://wdiy.org How Are We Paying The National Debt? On Economic Pulse