Why The Eurozone Crisis Is Not Over
It’s been six years, and we are still seeing the repercussions from the European Debt Crisis. There was a period of relative stability, but its possible the worst is yet to come.
Just hours ago, it was reported that the Greeks were preparing for a potential default if credit talks fail. It was then denied shortly after. So what’s the latest on the Eurozone? Today’s infographic tackles some of the most recent statistics out of Europe.
The Eurozone unemployment rate is currently 11.2%, which is much higher than those of the United States (5.7%) or Japan (3.6%). The unemployment of youth is one of the most dogging statistics with youth in Spain (50.9%), Greece (50.6%), Croatia (44.1%), and Italy (41.2%) lacking jobs. Those that are employed are having slow wage growth with compensation per employee increasing only 0.35% from Q2 to Q3 of 2014.
There are also challenges with migration and demographics. In 2013, net immigration to Germany totaled 437,000 people, which is the most since 1993. One study found that more than 120,000 Greek professionals (doctors, engineers, scientists) moved away from Greece since 2010. Apart from people moving around, they are also aging as a population. By 2030, the number of working age people will decrease by 7 million while the number of people reaching retirement age will increase by 5 million.
Original graphic from: Boston University
Charted: U.S. Egg Prices More Than Double in 2022
This chart shows the increase in the national average price of a dozen Grade A eggs in the U.S. in 2022.
Charted: U.S. Egg Prices Double in 2022
Eggs are a staple food for many countries around the world, and the U.S. is no exception. Americans eat between 250‒280 eggs a year on average.
Eggs are also easy to cook, protein-dense and supply many daily vitamins needed for healthy living, making them a popular meal or ingredient. So when egg prices rise, people notice.
MetalytIQ charted the rapid rise of egg prices in the U.S. during 2022, using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS).
Over the course of 12 months, the national average price for a dozen large Grade A eggs more than doubled, to $4.25 in December from $1.93 in January.
|Egg Prices Per Month (2022)||Price per dozen|
The biggest culprit has been an avian flu outbreak that resulted in 43 million chickens culled to prevent the spread of the disease.
This led to a severe shortfall in egg supply. Egg inventories in December had fallen by one-third compared to January. Combined with increasing demand during the holiday season, prices skyrocketed and empty shelves became apparent in some states.
This is not the first time avian flu has disrupted the industry.. In 2015, a similar outbreak pushed egg prices up 40% in nine months, reaching a high of $2.97 per dozen eggs in September 2015.
Will Egg Prices Drop in 2023?
Avian flu isn’t the only storm the egg industry has been facing in 2022.
In the near-term, egg prices are expected to remain high. Containing the avian flu outbreak will remain the biggest factor in determining the prices, but as suppliers increase production, prices may cool off a little in 2023.
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