October 31, 2012 In the last of a three-part series, All Things Considered talks with several North Carolinians who are living in poverty, but aspire to the middle class. Hard work is key to a better life, they say — but it's not easy to keep moving up the ladder.
October 31, 2012 Six of the 10 most expensive storms since 1900 have hit since 2000. But after you adjust for increases in population and wealth, the picture looks different.
October 30, 2012 As the massive cleanup begins, business owners, workers and investors are wondering what impact the megastorm ultimately will have on their wallets. Did Sandy weigh down economic activity enough to drown the recovery? Or will the rebuilding efforts boost growth over the longer term?
October 30, 2012 The New York Stock Exchange will reopen for regular trading after being shut down for two days because of Hurricane Sandy. The exchange said its building and trading floor are fully operational. It was the first time since 1888 that the NYSE remained closed for two consecutive days due to weather.
October 29, 2012 Economists will need many days — maybe weeks or months — to assess the financial harm being done by Hurricane Sandy. But whatever the final figure, it will be huge — well into the tens of billions of dollars — after everything from property damage to lost sales is tallied up.
October 29, 2012 Like millions of other people, I stocked up on canned food this weekend. Why didn't grocery stores raise prices to take advantage of the pre-hurricane rush?
October 29, 2012 Class, wealth and personal responsibility have dominated much of the national conversation throughout the presidential election. In the first of a three-part series, All Things Considered asks several wealthy Americans with very different perspectives how they account for their own economic prosperity.
October 26, 2012 The economy is growing and consumer confidence is rising. But the data are too mixed to point to a robust economy. And it may be too late anyway to change voters' impressions.
October 26, 2012 Mitt Romney's pledge to add 12 million jobs to the economy over four years may sound like a very big number, especially coming out of a deep recession followed by three years of lackluster job growth. But some economists say it's realistic, and even if President Obama wins re-election.
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.