Business & Economy

U.S. economy could be poised for stronger growth

An employee inspects a component for hybrid electric vehicle motors at the Toshiba International Corp. manufacturing facility in Houston.
An employee inspects a component for hybrid electric vehicle motors at the Toshiba International Corp. manufacturing facility in Houston.
Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A couple of indicators just out suggest the U.S. economy might be getting ready to shift into a higher gear.

So add all this up and, some analysts say, the economy could accelerate in the second half of the year.

"The economy is looking better," says David Kotok, the chief economist at Cumberland Advisors. And despite weaker than expected jobs growth in the month of April, Kotok says if you look over the past few months, both "wages and jobs are in a positive trend."

This year has seen pretty anemic growth so far for the U.S. economy — with gross domestic product increasing at less than 1 percent.

"I think real GDP growth will be stronger for the rest of the year," says Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody's Analytics. "The bottom line is that the economy is performing reasonably well, and all the economic trend lines look good for the foreseeable future."

A pickup now could have big implications for the presidential race. As NPR's John Ydstie reported on Morning Edition today:

"Most models that try to predict who's going to win the presidency take into account some measure of how the economy is doing. That's because generally if it's going strong in the six months or so before the election, history suggests the party currently in the White House will win. If it stinks, the party not in the White House takes over."

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.