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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44% of US Adults Are Not Financially Ready for Recession
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Your Shopping in June Helped Boost Retail Sales by 1%
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Is Your Leased Car Actually a Gold Mine?
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Will Your Job Be a Victim of the Fed’s War on Inflation?
SOUTH BURLINGTON, VERMONT - JUNE 20: Shoppers look at a fresh vegetables display June 20, 2022 at the Market 32 Supermarket in South Burlington, Vermont. Prices for food in 2022 have increased nearly 10% since the same period in 2021.
Why You Saw Bigger Bills in June: Inflation Rose to 9.1%
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You Might Want To Brace for Worse Inflation This Year
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Strong June Jobs Report Might Ease Your Recession Worries
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How Bad Will the Next Recession Be?
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Shoppers Lose Resilience as They Face Off Inflation
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Mortgage Applications Increase, Keep an Eye on GDP
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Faith in Economy’s Future Sinks to a 9-Year Low
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Consumer Confidence Takes a Dive, Home Prices Rise
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High Prices Drove Up Orders for Big-Ticket Items in May
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 23: Jerome Powell, Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System testifies before the House Committee on Financial Services June 23, 2022 in Washington, DC. Powell testified on monetary policy and the state of the U.S. economy.
Why Does Raising Rates Slow Inflation?
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Mortgage Rates, Manufacturing Looking Like 2008
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Gas Prices Are Easing, but Don’t Expect Them To Plunge
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New Home Construction Takes Double-Digit Tumble
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Empty Shelves? Long Waits? Blame the Labor Shortage
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 15: U.S. Federal Reserve Board Chairman Jerome Powell speaks during a news conference following a meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) at the headquarters of the Federal Reserve on June 15, 2022 in Washington, DC. Powell announced that the Federal Reserve is raising interest rates by three-quarters of a percentage point, the highest rate hike in 28 years.
Fed Intensifies Inflation Fight With Outsized Rate Hike
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Retail Sales Fall As Inflation Dogs Consumers
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No Relief in Sight as Inflation Heats Up to 8.6% in May
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Unemployment Claims Edge Upward, But Remain Low
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Up Again? Gas Prices Rise at Fastest Pace in Months
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Home Prices Up Again As Buyers Lock in Last Low Rates
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Higher-Priced Basics Eat 70% of Social Security Checks
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Job Market Maintains Momentum Despite Headwinds
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Private Sector Hiring Slows, Jobless Claims Stay Low
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High Gas Prices Turn Off Motorists, Driving Down Demand
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Job Openings Dip, But So Do Layoffs
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Home Prices Increased at Historic Level Again in March
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As Consumers Keep Spending, Inflation Eases Slightly
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First-Quarter GDP Slid a Bit More Than First Reported
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New Home Sales Plunge to 2-Year Low
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Seeing Is Believing: Supply Chains Remain Tangled
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Home Sales Drop for Third Month Amid Rising Rates
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Homebuyers, Builders Hold Off as Mortgage Rates Rise
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Coming Soon to a Big Box Store Near You: More Inflation
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Loss of Refineries a Factor in High Gas Prices
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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?