Thursday, January 22, 2009

Another Record

The Lehmann Letter ®

Today the Census Bureau said ( ) that work began on 550,000 housing units in December. The chart below reveals that is a post-WWII record low.

Housing Starts

(Click on chart to enlarge)

(Recessions shaded)

Worse yet, this is a 101,000 drop from November’s 651,000 total. That’s a huge decline and seems to say we may not have hit bottom.

But when will that happen?

And how many more of these record lows – spread out over a variety of indicators – can we stand?

Could we be headed for a depression?

The economic stimulus package better be enacted – and begin stimulating – real soon.

(The chart was taken from [Click on Seminars and then Charts.] Go there for additional charts on the economy and a list of economic indicators.)

© 2009 Michael B. Lehmann

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