Economic Pulse with Dr. Kamran Afshar

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

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

Orders for consumer durables—a leading economic indicator—are flat. Dr. Kamran Afshar looks at this and more in the week's economic news for the Lehigh Valley.

The month of December saw a decline in payroll employment of 140,000 jobs. Dr. Afshar warns this may be the start of a secondary recession which will create economic hardship for many through the winter.

Economic Pulse: 2020 Year in Review

Jan 1, 2021

Dr. Kamran Afshar reviews 2020 in this week's economic news for the Lehigh Valley.

Consumer sentiment posted a surprising increase in early December. Dr. Kamran Afshar looks at this and more in the week's economic news for the Lehigh Valley.

Economic Pulse: Week of 12/11/20

Dec 15, 2020

The Lehigh Valley's economy grew by 3.4 percent in 2019. Dr. Kamran Afshar looks at this and more in the week's economic news for the Lehigh Valley.

Economic Pulse: Week of 12/4/2020

Dec 4, 2020

Despite a drop in income, personal consumption expenditures rose in October.

Economic Pulse: Week of 11/27/2020

Nov 30, 2020

Retail sales are expected to rise this holiday season. Dr. Kamran Afshar looks at this and more in the week's economic news for the Lehigh Valley.

The GDP rose significantly during the third quarter. Dr. Kamran Afshar discusses what this means for the Lehigh Valley's economy.

The Lehigh Valley has recovered more than half the jobs lost since spring. Dr. Kamran Afshar discusses what this means for the area's economy.

Economic Pulse: Week of 11/13/2020

Nov 13, 2020

Payroll employment increased by 638,000 jobs in October according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Dr. Kamran Afshar discusses what this means for the country's economic recovery.

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