A GM assembly line in Lansing, Mich.
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October 26, 2012 The news is sure to be a hot topic on the campaign trail as President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney push to the Nov. 6 election.
July 27, 2012 The nation's gross domestic product grew at a 1.5 percent annual rate, the Bureau of Economic Analysis estimates, down from a 2 percent pace in the first quarter.
Helping or hurting the economy?
July 16, 2012 A too-big financial sector can cause chronic problems, especially for research-dependent industries, concludes an analysis by two economists.
June 28, 2012 Neither of today's economic reports change the picture. They add to evidence of sluggish growth.
May 31, 2012 The widely watched ADP National Employment Report says just 133,000 jobs were added to payrolls in May. Meanwhile, there were 10,000 more people applying for unemployment benefits last week.
May 30, 2012 The U.S. is the world's biggest economy, but it's not the richest country. China is a huge world power, but it's still quite poor.
April 27, 2012 That's down from the 3 percent pace in fourth-quarter 2011, but is still better than the 1.7 percent growth for all of last year. And there was strong growth in consumer spending — a key driving force for the economy.
January 10, 2012 Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic Policy Research, explains why GDP per capita, the total GDP of a country divided by the number of people in the country, is such a controversial measure.
December 22, 2011 While that news points to a still sluggish economy, there's also word of another downward tick in first-time claims for jobless benefits — a welcome sign. Claims are running at their lowest level since the spring of 2008.
Are these tomatoes part of GDP? It depends.
October 28, 2011 It's an important indicator, but there's a lot it doesn't tell you.
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October 27, 2011 How do you measure the whole economy in one number? In the first of a series of videos we're doing with Slate, Adam Davidson goes shopping with economist Simon Johnson to find out the answer.
September 29, 2011 The economy's growth was slow, but slightly better than previously thought. And unemployment insurance claims dipped last week to their lowest level since early April.
August 26, 2011 That's slightly less than the last estimate and well below the level associated with a healthy economy. The government says exports and inventories expanded less than it previously thought.
August 3, 2011 Of all the ways to bring down government deficits and make the national debt more manageable, economic growth is by far the most pleasant. But growth is stalling.
Residents survey wreckage in Pratt City, Ala. just north of downtown Birmingham, on Wednesday, April 27, 2011.
April 28, 2011 Severe storms and tornadoes killed scores of people in southern states on Wednesday and early Thursday; Britain revoked the royal wedding invitation for Syria's ambassador; 1st quarter GDP results released today.
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