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  • GE Washer

    The company and the Consumer Product Safety Commission say one front-loading model poses a fire and elctric-shock hazard, but the problem has already been corrected in new machines.

  • A Few Steps Short on Jobs Wednesday, 9 Jun 2010 | 12:19 PM ET
    Job seekers wait in line to have their résumés reviewed at the second annual Anaheim/Orange County Job Fair.

    One of the political mysteries of the last year is why the White House and Congress have not been even more aggressive about trying to put people back to work. The NYT explains.

  • Farrell: Who Do We Believe on Economy's Numbers? Wednesday, 9 Jun 2010 | 9:35 AM ET

    What we should figure is never to believe government figures when they first come out. Consumer credit last month rose $1.0 billion. March's increase was originally reported to be an increase of $2.0 billion. That was revised to a decline of -$5.4 billion.

  • Media "hype" surrounding the BP oil spill is exacerbating the situation for Florida's tourist industry, said David Kong, president and CEO of Best Western, the world’s largest hotel chain.

  • Temp Hiring Firms Are Contrarian Play: Greenberg Tuesday, 8 Jun 2010 | 12:02 PM ET

    Government job data doesn't show a lot of fulltime job growth but it is showing a steady trend of temporary hiring—and has since that number turned positive in October.

  • Unemployment line

    If you think the jobs situation has become pretty hopeless, you're not alone. Roughly 1.1 million workers have given up hope of finding employment.

  • On Jobs, Economists From Mars, Investors From Venus Monday, 7 Jun 2010 | 11:59 AM ET
    Unemployment line

    If ever were there were proof that economists are from Mars and investors are from Venus, look no further than the upbeat commentary from forecasters over the weekend to the Friday job’s report.

  • As if Friday's jobs report wasn't bad enough, there's another worry for the markets: With over half the stimulus money chewed up, how does the economy survive?

  • A Jobless Rate Still Unaffected by New Hiring Friday, 4 Jun 2010 | 11:49 AM ET
    Unemployment line

    Many people are beginning to hunt for jobs again, but the initial return may prove dispiriting since so many others are already chasing too few jobs, the New York Times reports.

  • Europe Must Follow Through on Rescue: Geithner Thursday, 3 Jun 2010 | 6:35 PM ET
    Timothy Geithner

    The US recovery will continue, despite financial turmoil in Europe, as long the governments on the continent follow through on their promised rescue package, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner told CNBC Thursday.

  • Job Cuts Unchanged in May: Challenger Report Wednesday, 2 Jun 2010 | 7:30 AM ET
    Unemployment line

    Employers fired as many staff in May as the previous month, according to the latest job-cut report released by global outplacement consultancy Challenger on Wednesday.

  • Fears of EU Debt Hitting US Economy May Be Easing Tuesday, 1 Jun 2010 | 4:43 PM ET

    "The recovery is still on track," said Brian Bethune, a senior economist at IHS Global Insight. While Europe's troubles will put a drag on profits at US companies that do business overseas, Bethune said, "it's not going to be a show-stopper."

  • Crisis in Europe Could Affect US Growth Tuesday, 1 Jun 2010 | 4:34 PM ET
    What's Next?

    Just how much the US economy will expand this year and next remains a question among economists—with the wild card being the impact of European turmoil on US growth.

  • Don’t Bet Against US Economy: 'Ace' Greenberg Tuesday, 1 Jun 2010 | 3:24 PM ET
    Alan C. "Ace" Greenberg

    The economic problems in Europe have will have little effect on the United States, said Alan "Ace" Greenberg, former CEO and chairman of the board of Bear Stearns.

  • Economists expect the US economy added about 540,000 jobs in May—mostly from Census hiring—and analysts hope that's enough to assure investors that Europe's debt crisis won't cause a double-dip recession.

  • As Stimulus Money Vanishes, So Do Jobs for Youth Tuesday, 1 Jun 2010 | 1:59 AM ET
    Job Search

    Stimulus money that helped cushion some government job programs last summer is running out, and private employers are reluctant to hire, the New York Times reports.

  • Many Americans Still Suffer Debt-Induced Stress Monday, 31 May 2010 | 4:54 AM ET

    The economy trudges ahead yet debt dogs many Americans, stressing them out even as they firm up their own financial foundations.

  • Fed Chief Sees Delicate Dance over Stimulus Exit Monday, 31 May 2010 | 2:04 AM ET
    Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke

    Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke says central banks round the world face a delicate tasks of dciding when to start boosting interest rates and reeling in all the stimulus pumped out during the global financial crisis.

  • EU-style Crisis Could Hit US in a Decade: Josh Bolten Friday, 28 May 2010 | 11:34 AM ET

    As European politicians fight to contain the debt crisis, the United States could see a similar situation within the next decade, Josh Bolten, former Office of Management & Budget director told CNBC on Friday.

  • Banks Unlikely to Ease Lending Standards: FICO Thursday, 27 May 2010 | 12:02 PM ET

    Banks aren't likely to ease lending standards anytime soon due to continued worries about delinquencies, according to a survey by FICO, a decision management and analytics firm that determines consumer credit scores.