Economics Blog

The Economics Blog focuses on what you need to know about the shifting winds of the economy to help you make the best possible decisions with your money. By asking the kinds of questions you might be asking, we connect with the nation's top economic minds. We seek reaction to the latest news as well as predictions about the outlook. Areas we watch closely include the job market, retail sales and the housing market. Ultimately, these areas affect your financial well-being. See the latest Economics Blog posts below.
Wednesday, January 11, 2017 6:00 am
By Mike Cetera · Bankrate.com

Trump will have a clear advantage not enjoyed by all incoming presidents: His party controls the legislative branch.

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Friday, January 6, 2017 9:57 am
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

The Labor Department says the nation’s unemployment rate rose a tenth of a percent to 4.7 percent in December. Some 156,000 jobs were added to payrolls.

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Wednesday, December 28, 2016 4:23 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Congress is giving service members a more than 2 percent pay hike, the largest since 2011.

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Friday, December 2, 2016 11:02 am
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

Unemployment has fallen to a nine-year low, but challenges — including slow wage growth — remain.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016 5:49 pm
By Jill Cornfield · Bankrate.com

The Federal Reserve’s final Beige Book for the year has a quietly optimistic tone.

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Thursday, November 17, 2016 11:25 am
By Holden Lewis · Bankrate.com

It looks like a Federal Reserve rate increase next month is practically a done deal.

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Monday, November 14, 2016 4:15 pm
By Jill Cornfield · Bankrate.com

A New York restaurant owner feels squeezed by some burdens on her business and is optimistic that Trump will help her and other small business owners.

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016 2:40 am
By Mike Cetera · Bankrate.com

Donald Trump’s victory was a polling surprise, but he has had plans for some time for making a big splash when he enters the White House.

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016 6:00 am
By Jill Cornfield · Bankrate.com

The Family Circle cookie poll has correctly forecast the election five out of six times since 1992.

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Sunday, November 6, 2016 5:15 pm
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

The October unemployment data is likely to keep the Fed on track toward a December rate hike.

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