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.
Friday, January 9, 2015 4:04 pm
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

The job market continued to get its strength back in December. So where’s your raise?

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015 6:05 am
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

The November jobs report was a stunner. Will the December numbers look good, too?

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Thursday, December 11, 2014 11:35 am
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

The retail report is the proverbial hot mess of numbers because of sales by auto dealers and gas stations, both moving in opposite directions.

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Friday, December 5, 2014 1:36 pm
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

Santa Claus arrived early for the U.S. labor market, bringing a fat sackful of new jobs.

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Friday, December 5, 2014 10:53 am
By Chris Kahn · Bankrate.com

Looking for the real location of Santa’s workshop? A trading partner in the East dominates the holiday season.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014 11:47 am
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

The economy is growing faster than first thought but faces risks from overseas.

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Friday, November 14, 2014 12:06 pm
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

A report on October retail sales indicates low gas prices are taking some pressure off consumers.

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Friday, November 7, 2014 1:30 pm
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

Though unemployment fell again, the latest jobs report leaves a lot to be desired.

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014 2:34 pm
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

The election has ramifications for taxes, health insurance and other consumer issues.

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Friday, October 3, 2014 11:59 am
By Crissinda Ponder · Bankrate.com

The unemployment rate dips to a six-year low during a big month for hiring.

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