With industrial production for February (0% m/m vs +0.2% Bloomberg consensus), we have the following picture of key indicators followed by the NBER BCDC, plus S&P Market Intelligence monthly GDP.
Figure 1: Nonfarm payroll employment, NFP (dark blue), Bloomberg consensus of 3/17 (blue +), civilian employment (orange), industrial production (red), personal income excluding transfers in Ch.2012$ (green), manufacturing and trade sales in Ch.2012$ (black), consumption in Ch.2012$ (light blue), and monthly GDP in Ch.2012$ (pink), GDP (blue bars), all log normalized to 2021M11=0. Q3 Source: BLS, Federal Reserve, BEA 2022Q4 2nd release via FRED, S&P Global/IHS Markit (nee Macroeconomic Advisers) (3/1/2023 release), and author’s calculations.
Weekly Economic Indicators (Lewis-Mertens-Stock) for data available through March 11 indicates 0.96% for y/y growth. GDPNow as of yesterday indicates Q1 growth of 3.2% q/q SAAR, while S&P Market Intelligence/formerly IHS Markit has raised its tracking estimate to 0.6% (q/q SAAR), up from -0.5% a month ago.