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U.S. Economic Snapshot

“The US LEI declined in May, primarily due to a sharp increase in initial claims for unemployment insurance. The growth rate of the LEI has moderated over the past year,” said Ataman Ozyildirim, Director of Business Cycles and Growth Research at The Conference Board. “While the LEI suggests the economy will continue growing at a moderate pace in the near term, volatility in financial markets and a moderating outlook in labor markets could pose downside risks to growth.”  – The Conference Board

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Brexit Updates

Because of Great Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, the supply chain industry can expect a period of uncertainty as countries open negotiations and future relationships with Great Britain. 

This uncertainty will inevitably lead to a challenging time for business, so maintaining effective supply chains that strengthen, retain, and build market share will be essential.

Although there is a time of uncertainty, one area is reasonably clear; the Customs landscape will not change for at least two years. Those that operate Customs procedures, apply for Customs Authorizations, or plan to implement duty saving procedures, will remain unhindered for the time being. Brexit2

MIQ Logistics is working closely with the UK and European trade associations to lobby on behalf of our customers all over the world to protect their interests throughout this re-negotiation period. We will monitor the progress and advise all our customers of any developments as they occur.

To stay up to date with the latest issues, regularly check our News section, follow us on Twitter (@MIQLogistics_hq), and subscribe to our email updates.

U.S. Unemployment Situation June 2016

Bureau of Labor Statistics

Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 287,000 in June, and the unemployment rate rose to 4.9 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Job growth occurred in leisure and hospitality, health care and social assistance, and financial activities. Employment also increased in information, mostly reflecting the return of workers from a strike.

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June 2016 Manufacturing ISM Report on Business

Institute for Supply Management  

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in June for the fourth consecutive month, while the overall economy grew for the 85th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM® Report On Business®.

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ATA Truck Tonnage Index Increased 2.7% In May

American Trucking Associations

American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted (SA) For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index increased 2.7% in May, following a revised 1.7% drop during April. In May, the index equaled 139 (2000=100), up from 135.3 in April. The all-time high was 144 in February.

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Cass Freight Index Report – May 2016

Cass Information Systems

Although North American freight shipments continued to climb in May, they are still well below those of the last several years. Expenditures for freight fell for the third time in five months. The
current economic outlook is volatile, which has led to slow uneven growth. What is perceived as a strong sign one week often looks like a sign of economic weakness the next. Even the Federal
Reserve is having difficulty pinning down the direction and strength of the economy. At their June 15 meeting, they lowered their economic growth projection from 2.2 percent to 2.0 percent. The global economy is facing many unsettling influences, such as Britain’s possible exit from the EU, China’s economic woes and currency problems, and oil prices.

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BTS Releases April 2016 Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI)

U.S. Department of Transportation

The Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI), which is based on the amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry, rose 1.3 percent in April from March, rising after two months of decline, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics’ (BTS). The April 2016 index level (121.1) was 27.9 percent above the April 2009 low during the most recent recession.

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Port Tracker report calls for slow summer import volume growth

Logistics Management

Keeping in line with its previous edition, the Port Tracker report issued today by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and maritime consultancy Hackett Associates pointed to slow growth in the summer months for United States-based retail container ports.

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U.S. Economic Snapshot 060616

U.S. Economic Snapshot

“The U.S. LEI picked up sharply in April, with all components except consumer expectations contributing to the rebound from an essentially flat first quarter,” said Ataman Ozyildirim, Director of Business Cycles and Growth Research at The Conference Board. “Despite a slow start in 2016, labor market and financial indicators, and housing permits all point to a moderate growth trend continuing in 2016.”

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U.S. Unemployment Situation – May 2016

Bureau of Labor Statistics

The unemployment rate declined by 0.3 percentage point to 4.7 percent in May, and  nonfarm payroll employment changed little (+38,000), the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Employment increased in health care. Mining continued to lose jobs, and employment in information decreased due to a strike.

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