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US Factory Orders "Unexpectedly" Decline; US Car Sales "Unexpectedly" Decline

Michael542 Wrote: Aug 03, 2012 1:49 PM
The number that should be rep[orted is the actual number of people working versus the total available workforce. You can't arbitrarily change the actual number of those employed. Total number available to work minus those employed equals number not employed. I would guess that number/percentage to be higher than most would care to think about.

The words for the day once again are "unexpectedly declined". I have a couple of examples.

The New York Times reports U.S. Factory Orders Fall Unexpectedly

New orders for factory goods unexpectedly fell in the United States in June, a fresh sign that the slowdown in the country’s manufacturing sector will probably stretch into the second half of the year.

The Commerce Department said on Thursday that new orders for manufactured goods dropped 0.5 percent during the...