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Monday, August 10, 2009

Auto Sales and the Unemployment Rate

by Calculated Risk on 8/10/2009 06:11:00 PM

On Saturday I posted a graph and some analysis of Housing Starts and the Unemployment Rate

Today I received a request for a similar graph of auto sales and the unemployment rate.

Auto Sales and Unemployment Rate Click on graph for larger image in new window.

This graph shows light vehicles sales including SUVs and small trucks, and the unemployment rate (inverted - see right scale).

Light vehicle sales usually bottom sometime before the unemployment rate peaks - just like for housing starts. This makes sense since the usual two engines of recovery are housing and personal consumption. See Business Cycle: Temporal Order