Economic Measures


  • 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.

  • European Countries Need Bank Stress Test: Geithner Tuesday, 25 May 2010 | 12:50 PM ET

    Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner is urging Europeans to conduct some form of  a banking stress test, a senior Administration official told CNBC Tuesday.

  • Poll: Economists More Upbeat Despite Deficit Worries Monday, 24 May 2010 | 9:58 AM ET

    A survey of leading economic forecasters predicts the pace of U.S. growth will pick up in the year ahead as consumers and businesses accelerate spending.

  • Car Manufacturing

    Another month of positive numbers for U.S. manufacturing is moderated by persistent uncertainty on future business demand and shaky global markets.

  • Most States Show Improvement In Jobless Rates Friday, 21 May 2010 | 10:37 AM ET
    Job Search

    Most states across the country saw an improvement in employment in April as jobless rates dropped from the previous month, according to government data realeased on Friday