U.S. Economy News

Unemployment rates, inflation, GDP. Making sense of the most relevant economic indicators can be daunting. The Balance not only keeps you updated, but helps you understand what to watch for while navigating these uncertain times.
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Jobless Claims Continue Descent, Hit New Pandemic Low
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Here’s Where the Jobs Will and Won’t Be This Decade
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Workers Lose Spot in the Driver’s Seat, Survey Suggests
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Spending Less Now? Here’s How It May Affect the Economy
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Gig Work Prevalence Highlights Impact of Lost Benefits
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Virus Cases Slam the Brakes on August Job Growth
BARATARIA, LOUISIANA - AUGUST 31: The Maldonado travel by boat to their home after it flooded during Hurricane Ida on August 31, 2021 in Barataria, Louisiana. "I've lost everything in my trailer because of the hurricane. I've lost everything, my family has lost everything and we're now trying to find help. We all live in this area and now its all gone," said Fusto Maldonado when asked about the storm's effect. Power is out throughout New Orleans and the surrounding area. Ida made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane on August 29 in Louisiana and brought flooding and wind damage along the Gulf Coast.
Ida’s Gulf Coast Flood Victims More Likely To Be Insured
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Jobless Claims Fall to 340,000, a New Pandemic Low
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White House Doubles Fourth-Quarter Inflation Outlook
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Vaccine Inequity Could Cost World Economy $2.3 Trillion
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Wages, Child Tax Credit Boost Household Income in July
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Fed May Pare Bond Buying in 2021, but No Rate Hike Yet
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Jobless Claims Barely Move as Progress Stalls
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Jobless Claims Drop to New Pandemic-Era Low
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Fed To Pare Bond Buying if Employment Grows
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July Retail Sales Fall As Spending Shifts to Services
Think it's time for a change
Consumer Sentiment Sinks as Virus Stokes Economy Fears
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Social Security Benefits Could Get 6.2% Inflation Hike
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At Restaurants, Prices Can’t Keep Up With Pay Hikes
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Jobless Claims Fall for Third Straight Week
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Inflation Cools a Tad, But Don’t Get Too Excited
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Summer Bummer: Pandemic Spike Hits Consumer Confidence
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Job Openings Hit Record High for Fourth Straight Month
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Consumer Credit Jumps in June, Fed Says
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US Economy Adds 943,000 Jobs, Most in Nearly a Year
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Jobless Claims Show a Slight Improvement
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Consumer Loan Demand Jumps As Banks Loosen Standards
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Private Companies Add Fewer Jobs Than Expected in July
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Here’s Where Job Seekers Have the Best Pickings
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Larger Paychecks Fuel June Spending Spree
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US Economy Grows 6.5%, Now Above Pre-Pandemic Peak
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Jobless Claims Drop to 400,000
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Fed Says It’s Not Raising Rates, Inflation Not Alarming
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IMF Sees Inflation in Check for Now but Warns of Risks
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Returning to the Office? Consider Your Extra Expenses
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Indeed Job Postings Up 36.5% Over Pre-Pandemic Base
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Jobless Claims Jump Most Since Late March
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2020’s COVID-19 Recession Only Lasted 2 Months
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Months After Stimulus Payments, Spending Goes On
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Jobless Benefits Do Keep Some on Sidelines, Poll Shows
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Unemployment Claims Show Slow Progress
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Inflation Speeds Up Once Again, Now at 5.4%
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IMF: Inflation Could Last, Speed Up Interest Rate Hikes
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Unemployment Claims Tick Up, Resisting Full Recovery
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Help Still Wanted: Job Openings Hit New Record in May
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Job Growth Heats Up in June, Adding 850,000 to Payrolls
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Initial Unemployment Claims Hit a New Pandemic Low
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Consumers Leave the House, Ready To Spend
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The Pandemic Changed Saving Habits for Better and Worse
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Federal Government Forgives New Batch of Student Loans
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Rents Surge in May, Following Pandemic Lull
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Initial Unemployment Claims Up, First Time Since April
Male and Female Construction Workers
Builders Find Some Relief As Lumber Drops 40% From Peak
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Consumers Like Their Chances in This Job Market
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Inflation Rate Rises to 5%, Highest Since 2008
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Small Businesses Feel Staffing Crunch
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FTC Refunds Underscore Pitfalls of Rent-To-Own Plans
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Workers Gain the Upper Hand As Job Openings Hit Record
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Global Food Prices Hit 10-Year High After May Spike
U.S. President Joe Biden walks toward Marine One for a departure at the Ellipse, south of the White House, June 2, 2021 in Washington, DC. President Biden and first lady Dr. Jill Biden will spend two nights at Rehoboth Beach in Delaware.
White House: States Have Right to Cut Off Unemployment