October 5, 2012 In September, employers added 114,000 workers and the unemployment rate fell to 7.8 percent. As President Obama notes, job growth is steady. But as his rival Mitt Romney points out, job increases have not kept pace with population growth.
October 3, 2012 This first presidential debate will focus on domestic issues, with the economy topping the list of homefront problems. Here are three economic terms likely to come up in the debate.
October 1, 2012 According to a new analysis by the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center, it could cost the average household nearly $3,500 a year.
September 26, 2012 A federal Inspector General's report says there is no proof that Freddie Mac "obstructed homeowners' abilities to refinance their mortgages" to boost profits at the government-sponsored enterprise. Some of Freddie's investments rise when homeowners remain stuck in high-rate loans.
September 25, 2012 Neither President Obama nor Republican challenger Mitt Romney has offered many specifics on how to fix the economy. But economists say that, based on what we do know, the candidates offer very different visions for spurring growth.
September 6, 2012 As Europe's Central Bank announced the latest plan to deal with the Continent's debt crisis, markets on both sides of the Atlantic rallied. Now investors are turning their focus to Friday's U.S. unemployment report, searching for signs that the job market is strengthening.
August 31, 2012 With the remnants of Isaac dissipating, economists are saying the storm's national economic impact will be relatively muted and short-lived. After the Labor Day weekend, gasoline prices are expected to begin easing down from their storm-related run-up.
August 30, 2012 Each presidential candidate is pushing harder to make the case that he would be a better leader for the economy. But technological innovations (such as those by Bill Gates), new business practices, global political shifts and social changes may shape the economy more than a president's policies.
August 27, 2012 When the political conventions were kicking off in 2008, the direction of the U.S. economy was clear: down. The state of the 2012 economy will provide Republicans and Democrats with much to debate.
August 14, 2012 After months of sitting on their wallets, Americans went shopping in July. The uptick is boosting economists' hopes for a reasonably strong back-to-school season, but shoppers seem to be spending carefully. Retailers are looking for clues about how the holiday shopping season will turn out later in the year.
July 27, 2012 The Commerce Department's latest report confirms that economic growth was as lousy this spring as you suspected it was. Now the question is: Can anyone do anything to make it better in the year's second half? Next week, the Federal Reserve's policymakers may take another stab at it.
July 25, 2012 The government forecasts food prices will go up as much as 3.5 percent this year; meat prices will rise as much as 4.5 percent. If the drought continues, prices may go up even more. "Until we get that first heavy rain, we're not going to know for sure" just where prices will end up, a USDA economist says.
July 20, 2012 The debate over Mitt Romney's tax returns is the latest example of America's mixed feelings about wealthy presidential candidates, including John F. Kennedy, Ross Perot and John Kerry. Some of the lingo related to all this can be baffling. So just what are blind trusts, tax shelters and offshore accounts?