Economic Pulse with Dr. Kamran Afshar

Fridays at 5:44pm, Mondays at 7:41am

Dr. Afshar presents a synopsis of the week's economic news with a detailed look at trends in the Lehigh Valley and the nation. Fridays at 5:44 PM; Mondays at 7:41 AM.

Economic Pulse: Week of 1/22/2016

Jan 26, 2016

Dr. Afshar presents a synopsis of the week's economic news with a detailed look at trends in the Lehigh Valley and the nation.

(Original air-date: 1/22/2016)

Economic Pulse: Week of 1/15/2016

Jan 26, 2016

Dr. Afshar presents a synopsis of the week's economic news with a detailed look at trends in the Lehigh Valley and the nation.

(Original air-date: 1/15/2016)

Economic Pulse: Week of 1/8/2016

Jan 26, 2016

Dr. Afshar presents a synopsis of the week's economic news with a detailed look at trends in the Lehigh Valley and the nation.

(Original air-date: 1/8/2016)

In this special hour-long edition of Economic Pulse, Dr. Kamran Afshar welcomes members of the business community for a roundtable discussion on the results of the quarterly economic review of Lehigh Valley businesses.

(Original air-date: 5/7/2015)

A Drop in the Unemployment Rate on Economic Pulse

Aug 29, 2014

PA Department of Labor and Industry reported a significant drop in the unemployment rate, falling from 7.7% in July 2013 to 5.9% in July 2014. But let’s look at the calculations; there were 2,500 new jobs created in the last 12 months which is ok, and if this was all, unemployment rate would have dropped to only 6.7%. Then how did we moved down to 5.9%, where did the other 0.8% come from?

(Original air-date 8/29/2014)

Exploring the Return of Inflation on Economic Pulse

Aug 22, 2014

Inflation is back, although we have not completely felt it  yet. Inflation over the 12 months was 2%, inflation rate in 2014 is 2.4% and  in the last 3 months this rate has increased to 2.8%. Actual inflation is accelerating. (Original air-date 8/22/2014)

Dr. Kamran Afshar hosts a special, one-hour Quarterly Economic Review on Economic Pulse. Dr. Afshar discusses the economic state of the Lehigh Valley with guests:

• Dave Kepler (Executive Vice President of Univest Corporation)
• Ed Meehan (Executive Director of the Rider Pool Foundation)
• Thomas Demshock (Owner of Fishburn Realty Co.)
• Bill Kreitz ( President of Hampson Mowrer Kreitz Insurance)

(Original air-date 8/7/2014)

Lehigh Valley's Housing Market on Economic Pulse

Jul 26, 2014
Express-Times

This week on Economic Pulse, host Dr. Kamran Afshar looks at the June data for the Lehigh Valley housing market. While there is potential price strength for the local housing market, there is also low volume and other indicators that predict a decent, but not great summer.

(Original air-date 7/25/2014)

The Manufacturing Industry's Decline on Economic Pulse

Jul 11, 2014

What happened to manufacturing? Are we producing anything anymore?

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.

(Original air-date 7/11/2014)

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.

(Original air-date 7/4/2014)

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