June 2018
Non-Operating
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National Non-Operating Observations
Overall, macroeconomic conditions remained stable in May. U.S. employment, as measured by the monthly change in non-farm payrolls, has shown consistent growth since early 2011, averaging about 200,000 new jobs per month. This growth has driven the unemployment rate below 4 percent, from a high of nearly 10 percent in the aftermath of the 2008-09 financial crisis. U.S. policymakers have kept a keen eye on the overall employment picture and its corresponding impact on wage inflation, especially as the U.S. economy appears to be nearing “full employment.” Financial markets were strong in May. U.S. employment data has continued to be robust, providing support to the U.S. economy and driving the Federal Reserve to continue increasing interest rates. The Federal Reserve has raised its benchmark interest rate twice in 2018 and is broadly expected to raise rates twice more before year end. This has put upward pressure on short-term rates. However, long-term interest rates have not increased as much, and these rates even decreased broadly from April to May 2018. This has led to a broad flattening of the borrowing yield curve, with investors only demanding relatively small increases in yield for lending money for longer maturities. Hospitals expect profitability to be stronger in July, although numbers are expected to fall slightly under last year’s performance. Expectations are cautiously optimistic.
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