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The economic data has already shown some impact from Hurricane Sandy, and we will see more over the next couple of months. As an example, auto sales were down in the Northeast at the end of October, home listings were down in New York and New Jersey in early November, and this morning the MBA reported mortgage applications were down sharply in those states.

Goldman Sachs analysts Sven Jari Stehn and Shuyan Wu tried to quantify the short term impact: The Effect of Hurricane Sandy on Near-Term Economic Activity

1. Employment dips and rebounds ... Both nonfarm payrolls and household employment typically fall one month after landfall and then rebound in the following two months. Our estimates suggest that the hit of Hurricane Sandy on November employment might be around 20,000 with a rebound in December and January. ...

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