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, January 16, 2014 4:32 pm
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

A group of private economists predicts the U.S. will see the strongest growth it’s had in several years, and that employment will rise.

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Monday, January 13, 2014 12:58 pm
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

The healing of the job market has been frustratingly slow. ManpowerGroup CEO Jeff Joerres says this recovery is different.

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Friday, January 10, 2014 3:20 pm
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

Although unemployment dipped in December, the Labor Department reported that the number of jobs created fell far short of expectations.

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014 4:58 pm
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

Those looking for work should expect hiring to accelerate this year and the quality of jobs to improve.

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Thursday, January 2, 2014 1:45 pm
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

The first reading on employment in 2014 fared a bit better than expected.

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Tuesday, December 31, 2013 12:56 pm
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

The U.S. is not alone in seeing improved growth prospects for 2014.

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Monday, December 30, 2013 12:18 pm
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

The U.S. economy appears to be on a firm path of recovery. What are the risks for 2014?

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Friday, December 20, 2013 4:50 pm
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

Stocks have staged an impressive advance in 2013. Has the market risen too far?

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013 1:06 pm
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

Congress is wrapping up an unproductive year, but avoiding disaster.

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Monday, December 16, 2013 3:32 pm
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

CFTC Commissioner Bart Chilton says the Volcker Rule was needed to stop risky trades.

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