A Gift Of Knowledge: Top 10 Economic Charts Of 2023 You'll Likely Want To Share During Your Holiday Gatherings

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  • Explore 10 key economic charts of 2023, including ones on record-breaking employment and robust GDP growth.
  • Learn how inflation rates halved and tech stocks set new records.

As you gather with your family during the holiday season, there’s a lot to discuss and share when it comes to the performance of the U.S. economy in 2023.

From record-breaking employment numbers to remarkable economic growth, the expectations of many economic forecasts that had foreseen a potential recession have been defied. And let’s not forget the astonishing performance of Nasdaq 100’s tech stocks, which set new records in December.

This year has undeniably delivered a series of extraordinary developments that are worth sharing with your loved ones during these festive holidays. So, let’s delve into 10 economic charts of 2023 that you’ll definitely want to share with them.

  1. There Has Never Been More Employment In The U.S.

The number of employed individuals in the U.S. reached a record high of 161.97 million in November 2023, surpassing pre-pandemic levels by over 3 million employees since February 2020.

  1. U.S. Economy Tops $27 Trillion, Doubling In Size Compared To 2009

The U.S. now boasts a $27 trillion GDP, which has doubled in size since the first quarter of 2009. The country’s economy achieved this milestone during the third quarter of 2023, with an annualized growth rate of 4.9%, marking its most robust expansion since Q4 2021.

  1. Inflation Rate Has Halved In 2023

Inflation has continued to decline rapidly throughout the year. In January 2023, the Consumer Price Index stood at 6.4% year-on-year, dropping to 3.1% by November.

  1. Mortgage Rates Have Eased, But They Remain Elevated

The 30-year average mortgage rate has slightly eased in recent weeks but remains elevated. In October 2023, the cost of home loans reached 7.8%, the highest since 2020, and has only decreased to 6.95% since.

  1. Markets Already Pricing In 1.60% Of Fed Rate Cuts In 2024

Money markets have already factored in 160 basis points of Fed rate cuts in 2024, equivalent to six 25-basis-point reductions. However, the Fed’s latest median projection suggests only 75 basis points of cuts next year.

  1. Americans Beat Inflation: Purchasing Power Has Strengthened

The average hourly earnings of Americans grew by 4% year-on-year in November, surpassing the annual inflation rate of 3.1%. This translates to increased purchasing power for the average American citizen.

  1. Services Sector Has Consistently Outperformed Manufacturing

The U.S. services sector has consistently outperformed the manufacturing sector every month in 2023, according to Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) surveys conducted by S&P Global.

  1. U.S. Government Debt Reaches $33.8 Trillion, 122% of GDP

The U.S. government debt has reached an unprecedented $33.8 trillion, the highest ever recorded, corresponding to a debt-to-GDP ratio of 122%.

  1. U.S. Tech Stocks Reach Record Highs

U.S. tech stocks included in the Nasdaq 100 Index, tracked by the Invesco QQQ Trust QQQ, have recently achieved new record highs, surpassing previous peaks set in 2021 and defying expectations at the beginning of the year.

  1. Consumer Delinquency Rates Surge

Delinquency rates on consumer loans have surged to 2.5%, reaching their highest level since January 2003. However, it’s important to note that these rates, while elevated, are relatively contained when compared to the levels observed during the global financial crisis (GFC).

Read Now: Thursday’s Economic Digest: Q3 GDP Revised Downward, Jobless Claims Hold Steady, Philly Fed Manufacturing Declines

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