US 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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Retail Sales Rise Again, Despite Higher Prices
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Inflation Rate Slows to 8.3% in April
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Gas Prices Break New Record After Brief Reprieve
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Inflation Rate Finally Seen Slowing (a Tad)
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Economy Adds 428,000 Jobs, Chugs Toward Full Recovery
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Federal Reserve Uses Entire Arsenal on Inflation
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Private Sector Has Slowest Hiring Month of Pandemic Era
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Earning the Federal Minimum Wage Is Worth 17% Less Now
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Home Prices March Higher; Job Openings Hit Record Again
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Labor Shortages Slowing Growth, Manufacturers Say
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If Your Pay Rose Faster Than Prices, You’re Lucky
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Measure of Core Inflation Improves Slightly
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Oil Dictionary: Your Guide to the Jargon
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Economy Shifts Into Reverse as GDP Declines 1.4%
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Some Low-Wage Workers Are Staying Ahead of Inflation
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Houses Got Pricier Again in February
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Gas Prices Are Already Ticking Back Up
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Jobless Claims Stay Low, Mortgage Rates Climb
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Inflation Takes a Toll on Retail Sales
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Gas Prices Were Actually Higher in the Past
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Wholesale Prices Jump in Worrisome Sign for Inflation
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Inflation Accelerates to 8.5%—But Is It the Peak?
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Are We Heading Into a Recession? How Bad Would It Be?
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Jobless Claims Haven’t Been Lower in a Half Century
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Why Are Gas Prices So Different in Different Places?
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Workers Are Coming off the Sidelines
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US Maintains Momentum, Adding 431,000 Jobs in March
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Inflation Erodes Wage Gains, Eats Into Spending
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Recession Dictionary: Your Guide to the Jargon
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US Continues to Add Private-Sector Jobs in February
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Job Openings Are Still Abundant, Home Prices Accelerate
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New Unemployment Claims Drop to Fresh 52-Year Low
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US Gas Prices Are Starting To Fall, Except in California
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Rising Rates Curb Mortgage, Refinancing Applications
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Ready to Drive 55? Group Proposes Gas-Saving Measures
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Fewer Homes Sell in February as Mortgage Rates Rise
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Jobless Claims Fall Again, More New Houses Are Started
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Fed Lifts Benchmark Interest Rate, as Expected
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Retail Sales Rise, But Modestly, as Shoppers Step Out
Falling Like a Feather
Gas Prices: Up Like a Rocket, but Down Like a Feather
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Supply Chain Dictionary: Your Guide to the Jargon
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After Skyrocketing, Gas Prices Level Off
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Inflation Bites More at Grocery Stores Than Restaurants
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Inflation Burns Even Hotter, Rising to 7.9%
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The Price of Punishing Putin: More Pain at the Pump
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Banning Russian Oil Will Likely Mean Higher Gas Prices
OTC -- Wage Gap
The Black-White Wage Gap Just Won’t Die
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Breaking Down SWIFT Sanctions and What They Mean
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Job Market Gains Momentum in February as Omicron Fades
As Prices Rise, Ends Aren't Meeting
As Prices Soar, More People Struggle to Make Ends Meet
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Jobless Claims Unwind Omicron Uptick, Mortgage Rates Fall
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High Auto Prices Could Spur Unfair Repos, Agency Says
 People who fled the conflict in Ukraine arrive on the Romanian side of the border, on March 1, 2022 in Isaccea, Romania.
Fed Stays Course on Anti-Inflation Interest Rate Hikes
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February Saw Solid Private Sector Job Growth, ADP Says
Jerome H. Powell, Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve
Russia-Ukraine War Complicates Fed’s Inflation Fight
Inflation Bites
The New Reason to Stay Home: Higher Food Prices
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Consumer Spending Rises Despite Inflation, End of Aid
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Jobless Claims Get Back on Track, New Home Sales Drop
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Why Russia and Ukraine Matter to the Stock Market
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Home Prices Soar, Inflation Makes Consumers Gloomier