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Economic Pulse
Fridays at 5:44 pm, Mondays at 7:30 am

Dr. Kamran Afshar presents a synopsis of the week's economic news with a detailed look at trends in the Lehigh Valley and the nation. Listen to Economic Pulse Fridays at 5:44 PM during All Things Considered, and Mondays at 7:30 AM during Morning Edition.

Latest Episodes
  • The Lehigh Valley Business Sentiment Index rose by 2.8% in January... Dr. Kamran Afshar takes a look at this and more in his synopsis of the week's economic news and trends across the Lehigh Valley and the nation.
  • The GDP rose by 2.9% in the 4th quarter of 2022... Dr. Kamran Afshar takes a look at this and more in his synopsis of the week's economic news and trends across the Lehigh Valley and the nation.
  • National debt, as a percent of the GDP, is dropping from its record high in 2020...Dr. Kamran Afshar takes a look at this and more in his synopsis of the week's economic news and trends across the Lehigh Valley and the nation.
  • Monthly inflation in December dropped to negative one-tenth of 1%...Dr. Kamran Afshar takes a look at this and more in his synopsis of the week's economic news and trends across the Lehigh Valley and the nation.
  • The unemployment rate dropped to 3.5% in December...Dr. Kamran Afshar takes a look at this and more in his synopsis of the week's economic news and trends across the Lehigh Valley and the nation.
  • Dr. Kamran Afshar reviews the major economic trends of 2022 for the Lehigh Valley and the nation, including GDP, the unemployment rate, inflation, and more.
  • Gross Domestic Product rose by a significant 3.2% in the third quarter...Dr. Kamran Afshar takes a look at this and more in his synopsis of the week's economic news and trends across the Lehigh Valley and the nation.
  • Monthly inflation in November rose by 0.1%, lower than expected...Dr. Kamran Afshar takes a look at this and more in his synopsis of the week's economic news and trends across the Lehigh Valley and the nation.
  • Rapidly rising mortgage rates have put a damper on the housing market...Dr. Kamran Afshar takes a look at this and more in his synopsis of the week's economic news and trends across the Lehigh Valley and the nation.
  • The period of time from Thanksgiving through Cyber Monday saw a resurgence of retail sales...Dr. Kamran Afshar takes a look at this and more in his synopsis of the week's economic news and trends across the Lehigh Valley and the nation.