inflation http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Commentary: Temper The Economic Optimism For 2014 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/commentary-temper-economic-optimism-2014 <p>The end of the year is always a time to take stock of what has transpired during the past year and what is likely to happen in the one about to begin.&nbsp; Let’s do so by considering several key economic measures.</p><p>Economic expansion limped along for another year.&nbsp; Gross Domestic Product (GDP), adjusted for inflation, is the best measure of the economy’s total output. It increased this year, but not nearly as fast as many would hope, especially three years out form the end of the Great Recession.</p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 03:06:03 +0000 R.W. Hafer 32499 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Commentary: Temper The Economic Optimism For 2014 Area CPI more than double the national level http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/area-cpi-more-double-national-level <p>The <a href="http://www.bls.gov/ro7/cpistl.htm">costs of goods and services in the St. Louis region</a> rose 2.5 percent between the last six months of 2009 and the last six months of 2010 - more than double the <a href="http://www.bls.gov/ro7/cpistl.htm">national rate over that same time.</a></p><p>Though the Bureau of Labor Statistics data show electricity prices going up 13.1 percent and motor fuel going up 10.1 percent, bureau economist Jacqueline Michael Midkiff says they weren&#39;t the real drivers of the increase.</p> Thu, 17 Feb 2011 21:01:12 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 556 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Area CPI more than double the national level