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.
Thursday, July 3, 2014 11:56 am
By Crissinda Ponder · Bankrate.com

The government’s latest employment reading shows hiring was better than expected during June.

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014 6:05 am
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

This week’s employment report may provide more clarity about hiring, pay and other issues.

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Thursday, June 12, 2014 11:41 am
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

Growth in retail sales largely reflects sales of cars and the fuel to run them.

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Friday, June 6, 2014 11:17 am
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

The government’s latest jobs report points to progress, though there’s still room for improvement.

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Thursday, May 29, 2014 12:12 pm
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

A report showing a very weak economic performance during the first quarter is already being discounted.

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014 2:09 pm
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

Winter may have ended, but weak retail numbers show many merchants still felt a chill in April.

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Friday, May 2, 2014 11:40 am
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

The government’s latest jobs report shows a big warm-up in hiring after a not-so-hot winter.

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014 1:55 pm
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

Economic growth was a squeaker during the first quarter, but the near future looks brighter.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014 3:35 pm
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

It’s still mostly quiet on the inflation front, and that’s not necessarily a good thing.

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Friday, April 4, 2014 3:41 pm
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

The latest employment reading shows that the job market is moving forward, but in a lower gear.

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