|Dwight Johnston, Vice President and Chief Economist for the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues|
THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE PROMISING
updated 09/25/13 09:14 AM
CA and NV Play 'Catch-Up'
After reviewing mid-year job creation data, California merits a "B," and Nevada is improving from an "F" to a "C+."
The unemployment rate for California has declined from a peak of 12.4 percent to 8.6 percent, and Nevada is down from 14 percent to 9.6 percent. But the unemployment rate calculation is taken from the household survey, which is narrow and includes "self-employed."
A better picture can be gleaned from the nonfarm payroll survey of larger businesses.
California lost approximately 1.4 million jobs, but recovered 700,000. What the data does not show is how consistent the uptrend has been since it began in earnest in late 2011.
CU TESTIFIES ON 'ERA TANDA' LOAN updated
12/02/13 11:02 AM
Banking Committee Reviews Program
Representatives from Travis CU recently testified before the California Senate Banking Committee about its new loan product that's geared to help the unbanked and under-banked Latino community access financial education and improve credit.
SURVEY: HOLIDAY SPENDING TO INCREASE updated
11/27/13 02:18 PM
Results are 'Encouraging,' Economist Says
More consumers plan to increase their spending during this year's holiday season, and fewer consumers plan to spend less than they did last year, according to the 14th annual holiday spending survey conducted by the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) and the Credit Union National Association (CUNA).
INSURANCE PARITY BILL MOVES FORWARD updated
11/19/13 10:00 AM
CA Congressmen Support Legislation
The House Financial Services Committee recently passed H.R. 3468, the Credit Union Share Insurance Fund Parity Act. Authored by Rep. Ed Royce, R-Brea, this legislation will extend insurance fund coverage for Interest on Lawyer Trust Accounts (IOLTAs).