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  • Who Needs Jobs When Wall Street Has the Fed? Friday, 3 Dec 2010 | 1:15 PM ET
    Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke

    Pay no attention to those 15.1 million unemployed people—Wall Street instead is more focused on the man behind the Fed curtain and what he'll be doing to fire up the equity markets.

  • Unemployed, and Likely to Stay That Way Friday, 3 Dec 2010 | 10:36 AM ET

    The longer people stay out of work, the more trouble they have finding new work. That is a fact of life that much of Europe, with its underclass of permanently idle workers, knows all too well. But it is a lesson that the United States seems to be just learning. The New York Times reports.

  • The Business Strike Shows Up in The Jobs Numbers Friday, 3 Dec 2010 | 10:34 AM ET

    The shockingly weak jobs numbers released this morning are evidence of something I've talked about in this space: American businesses are on strike.

  • Luxury Goods, Emerging Markets Seen Fueling Recovery Friday, 3 Dec 2010 | 10:18 AM ET

    NYU's Stern School of Business Dean Peter Henry believes the recovery will be slower in the US and other advanced economies, where discretionary spending has cooled, while emerging markets—and their newly discovered taste for fine goods—will bounce back more quickly.

  • Out of Work

    As bad as Friday's anemic jobs report turned out, it's just the beginning of a further rise in unemployment that will reach double digits, Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody's told CNBC.

  • US Has 'Lost Its Leverage' in the World: Friedman Friday, 3 Dec 2010 | 8:59 AM ET

    America has "lost its leverage" in the world because of its dependence on the Middle East and China, said Thomas Friedman, foreign affairs columnist at The New York Times.

  • Alan Greenspan

    Rising stock values not only have benefited investors but also have played a critical role in the economic recovery, former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan told CNBC.

  • How Muni Bond 'Molotov Cocktail' Could Do Big Damage Thursday, 2 Dec 2010 | 6:39 PM ET

    It's the other U.S. debt problem. States are scrambling to close $114 billion in budget shortfalls over the next year and a half. For now, they can borrow at curiously low rates in the bond market — but they better hurry.

  • Transports Signal Economic Recovery Thursday, 2 Dec 2010 | 2:54 PM ET

    America may not make as many goods as it used to, but it's moving goods around at a pace not seen since before the recession.

  • Economically, We're All Living in Allentown, PA: Gross Thursday, 2 Dec 2010 | 2:52 PM ET
    William H. Gross

    For a vivid display of the current economic conditions, Pimco's Bill Gross harkens back to a 1981 Billy Joel song to assert that we're all living in "Allentown" now.

  • Consumer Confidence Up, But Below Average: RBC Report Thursday, 2 Dec 2010 | 11:53 AM ET

    The RBC reported that consumer confidence rose 3.2 points from November at 45.2—the highest level since the recession began. Although the number is up, it’s still lower than the average, which is at 50.

  • Read Full Text Here Wednesday, 1 Dec 2010 | 2:03 PM ET

    Reports from the twelve Federal Reserve Districts indicate that the economy continued to improve, on balance, during the reporting period from early/mid-October to mid-November.

  • Private Sector Adds 93,000 Jobs as Market Improves: ADP Wednesday, 1 Dec 2010 | 8:53 AM ET
    Downsizing

    Planned job cuts for November were 28 percent higher than those reported for October, a report by global outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas showed Wednesday.

  • US States Face More Financial Stress: Official Report Wednesday, 1 Dec 2010 | 4:06 AM ET

    Legislatures around the country may have to make more spending cuts over the next couple of years because of dwindling help from the federal government and a slow recovery in tax revenue, according to a new report.

  • 'Sunspot Analyst' Sees Major Military Conflict in 2012 Tuesday, 30 Nov 2010 | 2:50 PM ET

    Technical analyst Charles Nenner, who sees a correlation between sunspots and the stock market and other types of activity, told CNBC Tuesday that there would be a major military conflict starting at the end of 2012 and early 2013.

  • 'RV Indicator' Says Economy Is Improving Tuesday, 30 Nov 2010 | 11:07 AM ET
    Airstream Interstate 3500

    Shipments of RVs, an economic indicator, for 2011 are expected to be up 8.2 percent from those this year. Currently, about 8.3 million households now own an RV.

  • Mohammed el Erian

    More European countries will need bailouts until policy makers address the underlying causes of their financial problems, which include too much government debt and not enough spending controls, Pimco's Mohamed El-Erian told CNBC.

  • Busch: 5 Things You Need to Know This Week Monday, 29 Nov 2010 | 9:51 AM ET
    Dublin, Ireland

    Ireland, North and South Korea, Congress and more - here's what you need to know for this week.

  • FDA Would Boost Food Inspections Under Senate Bill Monday, 29 Nov 2010 | 5:01 AM ET

    The Food and Drug Administration would have to step up inspections of food plants under legislation the Senate is expected to pass this week.

  • Kill Economic Theories: 'Zombie Economics' Author Friday, 26 Nov 2010 | 9:39 AM ET

    The world is on the brink of another financial crisis if the economic theories shaping today’s financial and public policy are not killed off, John Quiggin, author of "Zombie Economics: How Dead Ideas Still Walk Among Us," told CNBC Friday.