The Pain Of This New Economic Downturn Is Starting To Show Up All Over The Country
The Pain Of This New Economic Downturn Is Starting To Show Up All Over The Country by Michael Snyder for The Economic Collapse Blog
It is going to take a miracle for the U.S. economy to pull out of this tailspin, because the economic numbers are really starting to deteriorate very rapidly now. On Tuesday we got some more new numbers, and they were just as bad as we thought they might be. But even before today’s numbers all of the data were telling us the exact same thing. The New York Fed’s Empire State manufacturing index just suffered the worst one month decline in U.S. history, Morgan Stanley’s Business Conditions Index just suffered the largest one month decline that we have ever seen, global trade numbers are the worst they have been since the last recession, and just last week I detailed the complete and utter “bloodbath” that we are witnessing in the U.S. trucking industry right now. So considering what we already knew, it shouldn’t have been a surprise that new home sales in the U.S. were down a whopping 7.8 percent during the month of May…
Sales of new U.S. homes slumped 7.8% in May, as sales plunged in the pricier Northeastern and Western markets.
The Commerce Department said Tuesday that new homes sold at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 626,000 in May, down from 679,000 in April. During the first five months of the year, purchases of new homes have fallen 3.7% compared to the same period in 2018.
Those are absolutely horrible numbers, and this is precisely what a recession looks like.
On Tuesday we also learned that U.S. consumer confidence is rapidly declining…
Consumer confidence is on the decline.
The Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index tumbled to 121.5 in June, dropping from a downwardly revised reading of 131.3 in May and snapping three consecutive months of improvements.
June’s results missed consensus expectations for a reading of 131.0, according to Bloomberg-compiled data, and marked the lowest level in nearly two years.
Once again, this is precisely what we would expect to see during a recession.
And yet I continue to see some clueless mainstream media reports that insist that the U.S. economy is doing well. Apparently FedEx didn’t get that memo, because they lost nearly 2 billion dollars in the quarter ending May 31st…
In the fiscal fourth quarter, which ended May 31, FedEx reported a loss of $1.97 billion, compared with profit of $1.13 billion a year earlier.
FedEx blamed this horrible number on the ongoing global economic slowdown, and unfortunately things are not likely to get any better for them any time soon.
Many in the mainstream media continue to speak of “the next recession” as some future event, but when we get the final economic numbers many months from now we may discover that it had already started by now. In fact, one prominent economist recently stated that he believes that “we’re probably already in a recession”…