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Share of uninsured Americans rises for 1st time in a decade

Proportion of Americans without health insurance rises for 1st time in decade; poverty rate falls.


UPDATED: Thu., May 9, 2019, 10:33 p.m.

U.S. hikes tariffs on Chinese goods, Beijing vows retaliation

President Donald Trump’s latest tariff hike on Chinese goods took effect Friday and Beijing said it would retaliate, escalating a battle over China’s technology ambitions and other trade strains.


UPDATED: Thu., March 28, 2019, 7:24 p.m.

U.S. economic growth revised down to 2.2 percent rate in Q4

U.S. economic growth slowed sharply in the fourth quarter last year to an annual rate of just 2.2 percent. There are concerns that growth has slowed even more in the …


The debt threat: Business debt, and worries about it, are up

Homeowners appear to have learned the lesson of the Great Recession about not taking on too much debt. There is some concern that Corporate America didn’t get the message.


U.S. consumer spending up a solid 0.4 percent in July

U.S. consumer spending rose a solid 0.4 percent in July, the sixth straight month of healthy gains. At the same time, a key gauge of inflation posted its sharpest annual …


Will stock plunge hurt U.S. economy? Depends how long it lasts

The tumble in U.S. stock prices has inflicted psychological pain and financial losses – at least on paper – for people with a meaningful stake in the market. Their anxiety …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 5, 2018, 9:14 p.m.

U.S. economy fundamentally strong despite stock market plunge

A wave of fear about inflation and higher interest rates has sent stock prices tumbling and raised concerns about corporate profits. On Monday, a plunge of over 1,100 points in …


Robert J. Samuelson: Will the economy save Trump?

For President Trump, a lot is riding on the economy in 2018. If it continues to do well, it should bolster his popularity and his claim that he understands it …


UPDATED: Thu., June 1, 2017, 5:29 p.m.

U.S. job market looks solid eight years after recession ended

Exactly eight years after the Great Recession ended, the U.S. job market has settled into a sweet spot of steadily solid growth.


UPDATED: Tue., May 30, 2017, 10:33 a.m.

Consumers spend at fastest pace in four months in a sign of spring economic rebound

Americans ratcheted up their spending in April at the fastest pace in four months in a sign the economy has rebounded this spring after a lackluster winter.


As Trump talks wall, China builds bridges to Latin America

An expected U.S. economic retreat from Latin America under Donald Trump is causing the region’s leaders to look halfway around the world, to China, for help weathering the possible financial …


U.S. unemployment aid applications remain at 43-year low

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits stayed at a 43-year low last week in the latest sign that layoffs are scarce.


Catherine Rampell: Pay raise may be on the way

Rage about inequality and resentment of the ultra-wealthy seem to subside when the non-rich see their own living standards rise, too.


IMF downgrades outlook for U.S. economy

The International Monetary Fund downgraded its forecast for the U.S. economy this year and said America should raise the minimum wage to help the poor, offer paid maternity leave to …


Lots of unknowns keeping the Fed cautious

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Tuesday that the U.S. economy faces numerous uncertainties from slowing job growth to stubbornly low inflation that compel the Fed to proceed cautiously in …


Fed keeps key rates unchanged; foresees fewer hikes in 2016

The Federal Reserve is keeping a key interest rate unchanged in light of global pressures that risk slowing the U.S. economy.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 6, 2015, 8:45 p.m.

Voices of consumers: Jobs report shows inclination to spend

Americans finally feel confident enough in the U.S. economy to splurge.


Fed survey shows one-quarter of American households ‘just getting by’

WASHINGTON – A quarter of U.S. households say they’re “just getting by” financially, a survey by the Federal Reserve shows. The Fed issued the first-time report Thursday, describing it as …


Largest hiring burst in years, but U.S. jobless rate up

The economy got what it needed in April: A burst of hiring that added a net 290,000 jobs, the biggest monthly total in four years.