Economy: These Below-the-Radar Indicators May Signal Growth

U.S. economists and markets are almost hard-wired to respond in knee-jerk fashion to the latest numbers issuing forth from the U.S. Commerce Dept., the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and other government agencies, as well as established industry organizations such as the Institute for Supply Management. By recent measures, the U.S. economy isn't rebounding as quickly as some had hoped. But there's a wealth of lesser-known metrics that offer a more nuanced view of the economy—and in some cases, these hidden indicators reflect greater confidence that the recovery is on track and sustainable in the long run.

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