How’s the Economy 

Jobs- Increasing unemployment numbers continue to weigh on markets and on employers. Even if business is good for us we perceive news reports as more indicative of how things are really going. Unemployment figures are lagging indicators, which means that even as other areas of the economy recover job losses may continue to rise. Oil- Oil prices which had gotten a bit over $70 a barrel dropped to below $65 a barrel because of concerns that if folks are out of work they won’t travel as much, there will be a lower demand for oil. That matters to us as consumers, because we like low oil prices. But local employers, such as Cianbro, who are developing oil refinery rigs, have potentially more work when oil prices are higher and the risk of development is rewarded with higher profits. Housing – Figures for Maine are mixed with May sales for Penobscot county up. Figures statewide show sales over a three-month period declining. Prices also continue to drop but they are down by 12% over March, April and May. What does it all mean? Things aren’t great, but they aren’t continuing to nosedive. They seem to be more stable. Be cautious and steady in your finances. Marion R. Syversen, MBA – [email protected]com Check out or website that includes weekly streaming Voted Bangor’s Best Financial Planning Firm 2008 by Market Surveys of America In compliance with requirements from FINRA, all e-mail sent via the WSFG domain will be subject to review and archiving by Wall Street Financial Group, Inc. Email management, archiving & monitoring technology powered by Smarsh, Inc. Disclosure:Only securities and advisory services offered through Wall Street Financial Group, Inc. Registered Investment Advisor. Member FINRA/SIPC. Norumbega Financial and Wall Street Financial Group, Inc., are separate entities, independently owned and operated.