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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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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Economists See Shortages Crimping GDP Growth
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Job Growth Heats Up in June, Adding 850,000 to Payrolls
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Are We There Yet? Air Travel Soars Back
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People Are on the Move Again and Rents Are Spiking
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Desperate Employers Try Bonuses to Lure Workers
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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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Progress in Weekly Unemployment Claims Levels Off
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The Pandemic Changed Saving Habits for Better and Worse
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People Are Anxious About Returning to In-Person Work
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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
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Fed Maintains Stance, but Sees 2023 Rate Hike
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Container Shortage Leaves People Waiting, Paying More
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Builders Find Some Relief As Lumber Drops 40% From Peak
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Restaurants Return to Pre-Pandemic Sales Numbers in May
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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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Downward March in Unemployment Claims Continues
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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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Strong Jobs Growth Is Ahead, The Conference Board Says
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Revolving Credit Balances Stay Low, but for How Long?
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Global Food Prices Hit 10-Year High After May Spike
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White House: States Have Right to Cut Off Unemployment
Job Growth Doubles in May but Still Misses Expectations
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Latest Gauges Buoy Hopes Ahead of Jobs Report
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Inflation’s Everywhere, Not Just in the U.S., OECD Says
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Ally Bank Does Away With Overdraft Fees
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Americans Hit the Gas on Car Buying
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Workers Are Needed Right Away, Job Ads Increasingly Say
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HSBC Gives Up on Mass Retail Banking, Sells Branches
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‘The Floodgates Are Finally Open’ on Services Spending
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Fed’s Preferred Inflation Measure Hits 28-Year High
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Hot Housing Market Extends to Rentals As Prices Surge
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Billionaires’ Share of Economy Grows Ever Larger
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Weekly Jobless Claims Drop Again, Sustaining Momentum
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Vaccine Not Yet a Shot in the Arm for the Economy
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Record-High Index Shows Economy Has More Upside
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Inflation May Be Understated Without Home Prices
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Is High Inflation Here To Stay?
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Jobless Claims Again Move Closer to Pre-Pandemic Levels
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Seniors Lead the Way Back to In-Person Grocery Shopping
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Retail Sales Show Spending Spree Continued in April
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Cost of Living Boost for Seniors Lags Inflation