Economic Measures


  • What's Next?

    Friday's better-than-expected jobs report, while cheering stock investors, hasn't taken the threat of a double-dip recession off the table.

  • Open sign in window

    While Washington debates how to help the country’s struggling small businesses, states and municipalities have stepped up with an array of initiatives to stanch closings and save jobs. The New York Times explains.

  • The number of buyers who agreed to purchase previously occupied homes fell sharply in January, a sign that demand for housing is sinking this winter, especially after stormy weather hit much of the country.

  • What Do You Expect From the February Jobs Report? Thursday, 4 Mar 2010 | 11:05 AM ET

    Forecasts for February payrolls range from a drop of 150,000 jobs to an increase of 100,000. What do you expect? Vote in our poll.

  • Democrats Struggle to Advance Jobs Bill Friday, 26 Feb 2010 | 2:41 PM ET

    Despite professed enthusiasm from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Friday, some Democrats are saying they may not have enough votes to pass a jobs bill next week.

  • No Rate Hikes Soon, But Still Preparing: Evans Friday, 26 Feb 2010 | 1:28 PM ET
    Charles Evans

    The Federal Reserve will keep interest rates low until a stronger recover is underway, but the Fed is still bracing itself to pull easy money from the market, said Charlie Evans, the Chicago Federal Reserve President.

  • Double-Dip Recession Fears Creep Back Into the Market Thursday, 25 Feb 2010 | 4:55 PM ET
    What's Next?

    A miserable week of economic news has rekindled a big question in the market: Is the economy headed for a double-dip recession?

  • Low Rates Are Needed to Feed Recovery: Fed's Yellen Monday, 22 Feb 2010 | 1:02 PM ET
    Janet L. Yellen

    Record-low interest rates are still needed to foster the economic recovery and to relieve high unemployment, a Federal Reserve official said Monday.

  • Bill Gross

    The Fed's move to normalize the rate it charges banks to borrow money is not a precursor to an imminent hike of its closely watched funds rate, Pimco's Bill Gross said.

  • Fed Move Shows Hawks Gaining Ground: Economist Friday, 19 Feb 2010 | 8:07 AM ET

    The Federal Reserve's surprise move to raise the discount rate is not likely to affect other interest rates but it shows inflation hawks are gaining ground, Giles Keating, head of Credit Suisse global economics and strategy, told CNBC Friday.

  • Fed's Next Step Is to Withdraw Liquidity: Meyer Friday, 19 Feb 2010 | 8:00 AM ET

    The Federal Reserve's move to rise its discount rate does not signal an imminent rise in the fed funds rate and has nothing to do with Friday's inflation figure, Laurence Meyer, former Fed governor, told CNBC Friday.

  • NJ Governor Says State Addicted To Spending Thursday, 18 Feb 2010 | 11:43 AM ET

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie declared a state of fiscal emergency on Thursday, blaming the $2 billion budget gap to the state's spending addiction.

  • One Year Of US Stimulus: Reason to Celebrate? Wednesday, 17 Feb 2010 | 10:59 AM ET
    Stimulus Package

    Happy Anniversary! Well, sort of. Even for supporters of the American Recovery and Re-investment Act, the one-year anniversary of it being signed into law might not be a time for celebration -- at least not yet.

  • The US could end up with the same problems as debt-laden Greece if it does not get its spending under control and deal with its structural deficit, David Walker, president and CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, told CNBC.

  • Manufacturing Gauge Up; Treasury Holdings Fall Tuesday, 16 Feb 2010 | 10:23 AM ET

    A gauge of manufacturing in New York state rose in February as inventories jumped, while holdings for US Treasurys fell the most on record, according to separate economic reports.

  • Use of Temps May No Longer Signal Permanent Hiring Monday, 15 Feb 2010 | 12:42 PM ET

    When employers hire temporary staff after a recession, it's long been seen as a sign they'll soon hire permanent workers. Not these days.

  • Low Global Growth Will Persist: Roubini Friday, 12 Feb 2010 | 8:08 AM ET
    Nouriel Roubini

    The Unites States, Europe and Japan will face a period of low economic growth due to the impact of a balance-sheet recession, where governments, individuals and banks are forced into austerity measures, Nouriel Roubini, economics professor and chairman at RGE.com, told CNBC Friday.

  • Friday's Economic Data  Friday, 12 Feb 2010 | 5:30 AM ET

    The federal government is open for business again Friday after a blizzard shut down Washington, delaying some economic reports.

  • Procter & Gamble Deepens Olympic Drive Thursday, 11 Feb 2010 | 9:38 AM ET

    The consumer products maker unveiled a "Thanks, Mom" campaign, with commercials highlighting the role of U.S. athletes' mothers while also offering them financial help with Vancouver travel expenses.

  • Critical Time for the Double Dip Scenario Monday, 8 Feb 2010 | 4:49 AM ET

    A pause is all very well, but if the monetary crutch that has supported recovery is kicked out too soon, that double dip scenario could become a reality.