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September Jobs Report Shows Decent Gain

Numbers could keep the Fed on track to raise interest rates

(Newser) - Job gains in September were slightly weaker than the 172,000 jobs that Wall Street economists expected, but the 156,000 jobs that employers did add were enough to welcome new workers and bring back some of those who fell off the map after the Great Recession, per the New ... More »

Rate Debate Reaches Fever Pitch Ahead of Fed Meeting

Chair Janet Yellen has said there's a strong case for a rate hike—but pushback continues

(Newser) - "Let's get on with it already." That's the opinion of one investment strategist ahead of the Federal Reserve's two-day rate meeting starting Tuesday, calling for Chair Janet Yellen to push for a rate increase that many are still wary of implementing. Per Reuters , a good... More »

Middle-Class Income Sees Fastest Growth Ever: Report

Poverty rate fell too, though some say it's not enough to warrant a celebration just yet

(Newser) - For seven long years, the US has been struggling to break out of a sluggish economy after the Great Recession, Bloomberg notes. Some "remarkable progress" on that front came Tuesday, per the White House blog : A US Census Bureau report says median household income (adjusted for inflation) for 2015... More »

June Jobs Report Shows Huge Gains

Unemployment rose slightly to 4.9%

(Newser) - Employers shook off two months of weak hiring by adding 287,000 jobs in June, a robust pace that suggests a resilient US economy. The hiring spurt marked a sharp improvement from May's dismal showing, when just 11,000 jobs were added, reports the AP . A modest 144,000... More »

I Don't Have $400 for an Emergency, Likely Neither Do You

47% of Americans are in the same boat: writer

(Newser) - Neal Gabler has written and published books and hundreds of articles, won awards and fellowships, appeared on a movie-review TV show for three years, and even sold the rights to one of his books to Martin Scorsese. Yet he is among the 47% of Americans who, according to a 2013... More »

Forget 50 States: America Is 7 Regions

Parag Khanna wants us to think differently

(Newser) - America's political division into 50 states is only hurting its ability to compete in the global economy, writes Parag Khanna at the New York Times . That's because the US, like other nations, is clustering into city-centered economic regions that need social and economic support. "The 50-state model... More »

Shrinking Gender Gap Could Give Economy Huge Boost

Increasing equality could add $2.1T to GDP

(Newser) - Shrinking the gender gap in American workplaces could give the US economy a boost almost as big as the GDP of California, according to the latest McKinsey Global Institute study. The institute found that while the economy could grow by $4.3 trillion if the gender gap was completely eliminated,... More »

Trump Predicts Dire Future for US Economy

GOP candidate sees 'very massive recession' ahead

(Newser) - In a wide-ranging interview this week, Donald Trump said the US economy is headed for disaster—unless, it seems, he takes the reins. He also compared himself to the Lone Ranger and predicted the American people will "be falling asleep" if he becomes president. Among the highlights of his... More »

Middle Class Plummets to Less Than 50% of US

Most of that demographic's gains were wiped out by Great Recession

(Newser) - In 1971, the middle class made up 61% of the US population. That figure has now plummeted to just below half, and analysts are worried about the breakdown of what the Los Angeles Times calls "a pillar of the US economy." A Pew Research Center report released Wednesday... More »

Stock Market Closes With Biggest Monthly Gain in 4 Years

But for the day, Dow, S&P 500, and Nasdaq are all down

(Newser) - The stock market drifted lower Friday but finished October with its biggest monthly gain in four years. US government data released during the month showed feeble economic growth, wage growth, and consumer spending growth. But the outlook for future growth brightened and fears waned that a slowing Chinese economy would... More »

Dow Ends Day Up 14

S&P 500, Nasdaq also slightly up

(Newser) - Stocks are closing with tiny gains after spending most of the day in the red. The Dow climbed 14 points, or 0.1%, to 17,230 Monday. The Standard & Poor's 500 index edged up a fraction to 2,033. The Nasdaq composite edged up 18 points, or 0.... More »

Dow Ends Week Up 74

S&P 500, Nasdaq also up

(Newser) - Stocks are closing higher after a day of meandering, giving the market its third straight week of gains. The Dow edged up 74 points, or 0.4%, to 17,215 Friday. The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose nine points, or 0.5%, to 2,033. The Nasdaq composite... More »

Dow Ends Day Up 217

Stocks see best gain in nearly 2 weeks

(Newser) - Stocks are notching their best gain in nearly two weeks as investors respond to some positive earnings surprises. The Dow Jones industrial average jumped 217 points, or 1.3%, to 17,141 Thursday. The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 29 points, or 1.5%, to 2,023. The... More »

Dow Ends Day Down 157

S&P 500, Nasdaq also down

(Newser) - Stocks are closing lower Wednesday, led by declines in retailers after a disappointing forecast by Walmart. The Dow Jones industrial average gave up 157 points, or 0.9%, to 16,924. The Standard & Poor's 500 lost nine points, or 0.5%, to 1,994. The Nasdaq composite declined... More »

Stock Market Closes Out Best Week of the Year

Dow, S&P 500, Nasdaq all up

(Newser) - The stock market is closing out its best week this year with a modest gain, helped by airlines and industrial companies. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 33 points, or 0.2%, to 17,084 Friday. The Standard & Poor's 500 gained a point to 2,014. The Nasdaq... More »

Dow Ends Day Up 138

Nasdaq, S&P 500 also up

(Newser) - Stocks are closing solidly higher on Wall Street, continuing a weeklong advance. Investors were relieved Thursday by minutes from the Federal Reserve's latest meeting, which showed that policymakers were in wide agreement to keep rates low. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 138 points, or 0.8%, to 17,... More »

Dow Ends Day Up 13

S&P 500, Nasdaq both down

(Newser) - A rally in energy stocks wasn't enough to lift the broader market, leaving indexes mostly lower at the closing bell Tuesday. The Dow Jones industrial average edged up 13 points, less than 0.1%, to 16,790. It jumped 304 points the day before. The Standard & Poor's... More »

Dow Ends Week Up 200

S&P 500, Nasdaq also up

(Newser) - The stock market reversed an early stumble and ended higher, led by gains in energy companies. The Dow gained 200 points, or 1.2%, to 16,472. It was down as much as 258 earlier. The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 27 points, or 1.4%, to 1,... More »

Dow Ends Day Down 12

S&P 500, Nasdaq both slightly up

(Newser) - Stocks are getting the fourth quarter off to a weak start as investors wait for the government's monthly jobs report. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 12 points, or 0.1%, to 16,271 on Thursday. The S&P 500 rose three points, or 0.2%, to 1,923.... More »

Dow Ends Day Up 235

S&P 500, Nasdaq also up as third quarter closes

(Newser) - US stocks are closing out a rough quarter on a positive note. Major indexes rallied on Wednesday, but the market still ended the third quarter with its worst loss in four years. All five of the biggest drops in the year occurred in the last three months as traders worried... More »

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