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RV Sales Way Up!

Sales of Recreational Vehicles in the $6000 to $500,000 range are set to beat a 39 year high this year, the best since 1977, with the potential to do even better in 2017. This jump in nonessential purchases suggests that folks feel fairly confident about the prospects of future incomes. The Kiplinger Letter 7.15.16  Possibly an indicator of an interest in domestic travel as opposed to going abroad. All good indicators of a strong and growing US economy.

Dave is Back

Dave is Back!!!

daveJust a year and a half after retiring Dave DeMontigny is back with Car People. "I retired too early, I'm too young to call it quits!"

Dave will assume the Office and Accounting plus all Parts Positions that we work with. With 18 years under his belt here at Car People, Dave is up to speed and ready to go. Give him a call.

Cadillac's New Look

Look for some big changes at your local Cadillac store. With sales down 12% Project Pinnacle is geared to upgrade service to include suits and ties, roadside and concierge service and a revamp of how dealerships and sales people are paid. More bonus heavy for hitting sales goals by Tier and customer rating targets plus complying with a lengthy list of new standards. Coming to a store near you this October. Automotive News

Nissan Joins the Big Boys for Market Share

US Vehicle Sales are UP

Make                    US Market Share % YTD

General Motors                16.6%
Ford                                     15.3%
Toyota                                14%
Chrysler                              13.2%
Honda                                 9.2%
Nissan                                 9.2%
YTD sales are up 1.2% over 2015

Record Car Sales for March, Q1 and 2016

Just When You Thought Things Couldn’t Get Any Better

IRVINE, Calif., March 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- New-vehicle
sales are expected to increase 8 percent year-over-year to a
total of 1.66 million units in March 2016, resulting in an estimated
17.2 million seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR), according
to Kelley Blue Book www.kbb.com, the vehicle valuation and
information source trusted and relied upon by both consumers
and the automotive industry.  Two additional selling days will
help this month's volume totals as the SAAR will stay relatively
consistent with recent months.

"The industry continues to maintain its momentum in March as
we expect the highest volume of any month in more than 10
years," said Tim Fleming, analyst for Kelley Blue Book. 
"However, we continue to follow indicators that demand for new
cars is weakening, while there is increased incentive spending
and an increasing share of fleet sales."

The 1.66 million units will bring the first quarter total to 4.15 million,
which is up 5 percent year-over-year, making this the second
highest first quarter on record, surpassed only by Q1 2000. 
This also could be the highest March sales total since 2000,
when sales also hit 1.66 million units, and the highest volume
total of any month since July 2005.

Unemployment Nears All Time Lows

Current Unemployment Rates for States / Historical Highs/Lows
Seasonally Adjusted
  Feb. 2016 Historical High Historical Low
State Rate Date Rate Date Rate
Alaska 6.6% Aug. 1986 11.2% June-07 6.3%
California 5.5% Oct. 2010 12.2% Dec. 2000 4.7%
Colorado 3.0% Oct. 2010 8.9% Dec. 2000 2.7%
Hawaii 3.1% Jan. 1976 10.4% Dec. 2006 2.4%
Idaho 3.9% Dec. 1982 10.2% June-07 2.9%
Montana 4.2% May-83 8.8% Feb. 2007 2.9%
Nevada 5.9% Nov. 2010 13.7% Jan. 1999 3.7%
Oregon 4.8% May-09 11.9% Feb. 1995 4.7%
Washington 5.8% Nov. 1982 12.2% June-07 4.6%
Wyoming 5.0% Dec. 1986 9.4% May-79 2.5%
 
 
BLS: http://www.bls.gov/web/laus/lauhsthl.htm

Vegas Odds in March

     Las Vegas Odds
             as of 3-8-2016
US Presidential Election

     2016
Tuesday 8th November 2016

Candidate                          Odds

Hillary Clinton                        4/9

Donald Trump                      10/3

Ted Cruz                             16/1

Bernie Sanders                    20/1

John Kasich                         20/1

Marco Rubio                        25/1

Joe Biden                            40/1

Paul Ryan                            66/1

Mitt Romney                      100/1

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Record New Car Sales Year

Recond Year in Car Sales
2015 saw a record 17.5 million new cars sold in the USA. Passing a 15 year old record it totalled over $570 billion with the average sale at $34,450. Low gas prices, low interest and continued pent up demand paved the way.

Car Sales Strong

Despite a multitude of problems
from recalls to cheating, the US
market remains strong!

October YTD -

YOY

Make % change
Buick -0.20%
Cadillac 13.00%
Chevrolet 17.60%
GMC 18.00%
General Motors 15.90%
Ford 14.30%
Lincoln -4.50%
Ford Motor Co. 13.40%
Lexus 13.20%
Scion 49.90%
Toyota 12.00%
Toyota/Scion 13.00%
Toyota Motor Sales 13.00%
Chrysler 0.90%
Dodge 12.30%
Ram 2.90%
Fiat 0.90%
Jeep 33.30%
FCA US 14.70%
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles 14.60%
Acura 4.20%
Honda 9.30%
American Honda Motor Co. 8.60%
Infiniti 23.20%
Nissan 11.50%
Nissan North America 12.50%
Hyundai 19.80%
Kia 12.00%
Hyundai-Kia 16.10%
Audi 16.80%
Porsche 11.00%
VW 0.20%
VW Group Of America 5.80%
Subaru 20.00%
BMW -3.80%
Mini -22.90%
BMW Group -6.60%
Mercedes-Benz 3.30%
Smart USA 23.20%
Daimler AG 3.70%
Mazda 35.40%
Mitsubishi 19.80%
Jaguar -1.90%
Land Rover 97.60%
Jaguar Land Rover N.A. 76.10%
Volvo Cars N.A. 86.90%
Tesla 15.30%
Other*** 2.10%

TOTAL U.S.              

LIGHT VEHICLE

13.60%

Social Media

Social Media
65% of companies surveyed found new hires through social media in the past year.  57% through Linkedin, 30% through professional or association network sites and 19% through Facebook. The Society of Human Resource Management conducted this survey and also learned that HR professionals almost unanimously recommend that job seekers should have a strong presence on the web. Employers are increasingly searching these sites for potential hires.

On the flip side a large percentage of employers check the web sites of potential hires for content, as do we. Most are pretty well displayed, but too many are not professional and give a negative impression. Poor grammar, bad spelling, inappropriate topics or graphics. It is amazing what people have on their media knowing that an employer has full access to it. If you are in a job search, be sure to police your online presence. Build them like you would a resume with spell and grammar check. If some of your friends post inappropriate items that hit your wall be sure to unfriend them. It just takes one questionable item to hit your wall at the wrong time and you could miss that opportunity.

Big 3 Gains

Detroit 3, Nissan post double-digit gains in September

AutoNews bulletin, David Phillips

The Detroit 3 and Nissan Group, helped by Labor Day promotions and higher light truck demand, all reported double-digit U.S. sales gains for September amid fresh forecasts that the industry would record its strongest performance in more than a decade.

Las Vegas Odds for President

Las Vegas Odds

2016

2016 US Presidential  2016 US Presidential
Election Election
Paddypower.com bovada.com   
Sports Betting oddsshark.com
Sept. 20, 2015 odds Sept. 20, 2015 odds
Hillary Clinton 11/8    Hillary Clinton +150
Jeb Bush 9/2    Jeb Bush +450
Donald Trump 11/2    Donald Trump +500
Bernie Sanders 8/1    Joe Biden +800
Joe Biden 10/1    Bernie Sanders +1000
Marco Rubio 14/1    Marco Rubio +1400
Carly Fiorina 18/1    Scott Walker +2000
John Kasich 25/1    Carly Fiorina +2500
Scott Walker 33/1    John Kasich +2500
Rand Paul 33/1    Ben Carson +3000
Ben Carson 40/1    Ted Cruz +4000
Chris Christie 40/1    Chris Christie +5000
Bobby Jindal 40/1    Elizabeth Warren +10000
Ted Cruz 50/1    Rand Paul +10000
Mike Huckabee 50/1    Bobby Jindal +25000
Rick Santorum 66/1 Plus is the amount you need to bet to win $100.

$15 Minimum Wage

Lead, follow or get out of the way because $15 per hour minimum wage will be here sooner or later.......People today are assuming it will be law and asking for it now.
Are you prepared?    Read more..

Minimum Wage Historical

Year Federal
Minimum In 2015
Wage Dollars
1955 0.75 6.60
1956 1.00 8.76
1957 1.00 8.76
1958 1.00 8.44
1959 1.00 8.06
1960 1.00 7.93
1961 1.15 8.99
1962 1.15 8.93
1963 1.25 9.66
1964 1.25 9.43
1965 1.25 9.34
1966 1.25 9.16
1967 1.40 9.99
1968 1.60 11.00
1969 1.60 10.50
1970 1.60 9.89
1971 1.60 9.37
1972 1.60 9.02
1973 1.60 8.77
1974 2.00 10.17
1975 2.10 9.95
1976 2.30 9.73
1977 2.30 9.73
1978 2.65 10.02
1979 2.90 10.06
1980 3.10 9.49
1981 3.35 9.11
1982 3.35 8.37
1983 3.35 8.06
1984 3.35 7.77
1985 3.35 7.47
1986 3.35 7.20
1987 3.35 7.12
1988 3.35 6.82
1989 3.35 6.53
1990 3.80 7.08
1991 4.25 7.46
1992 4.25 7.24
1993 4.25 7.03
1994 4.25 6.84
1995 4.25 6.67
1996 4.75 6.50
1997 5.15 7.62
1998 5.15 7.50
1999 5.15 7.38
2000 5.15 7.19
2001 5.15 6.95
2002 5.15 6.84
2003 5.15 6.68
2004 5.15 6.56
2005 5.15 6.35
2006 5.15 6.14
2007 5.85 6.83
2008 6.55 7.32
2009 7.25 8.10
2010 7.25 7.88
2011 7.25 7.77
2012 7.25 7.54
2013 7.25 7.41
2014 7.25 7.25
2015 7.25 7.20

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