Economic Measures


  • Finding a Job Now Toughest Since Recession Began Friday, 9 Oct 2009 | 7:22 PM ET

    The employment crisis is expected to worsen as companies stay reluctant to hire. Many economists expect a jobless recovery, putting pressure on President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats to stimulate job creation.

  • US No Longer Top Global Financial Center: Roubini Thursday, 8 Oct 2009 | 10:51 AM ET
    Nouriel Roubini

    The United States has lost its perch as the global financial center of the world, something economist Nouriel Roubini attributes to the lingering effects of the 2008 credit collapse.

  • Agriculture Will Reap Big Profits: Rogers Wednesday, 7 Oct 2009 | 5:25 PM ET

    Agriculture will be the biggest industry to profit from in the coming decades, well-known  investor Jim Rogers told CNBC.

  • Stimulus Scorecard

    There has been quite a bit of newsprint, bandwidth and hot air invested in whether the Obama Administration might push for a second stimulus package. But when you look at the current stimulus package, it's a bit of a head scratcher, considering so little of it has been spent.

  • Winners and Losers in Recession's Battle of the Sexes Wednesday, 7 Oct 2009 | 2:18 PM ET
    Stressed out man

    Men account for three quarters of the 7 million U.S. job losses, leading to talk of a “man-cession.” With male unemployment rampant, women are on the cusp of a historic breakthrough.

  • Sluggish Growth, More Job Loss in 2010: El-Erian Tuesday, 6 Oct 2009 | 4:43 PM ET

    Strong headwinds will hit the US economy once 2009's stimulus programs run out, Pimco's Mohamed El-Erian said Tuesday.

  • Nouriel Roubini

    A "wall of liquidity" has helped prevent another Great Depression even though the economy faces a period of long, slow growth ahead, economist Nouriel Roubini told CNBC.

  • Jobless Rate Likely to Pass 10%: Greenspan Sunday, 4 Oct 2009 | 10:51 AM ET
    Alan Greenspan

    Former Fed Chief Alan Greenspan predicts that the unemployment rate will push past 10 percent and stay at that level for a while.

  • A New York Stock Exchange trader.

    Uneven economic news is spooking stocks this October, but third quarter earnings could be one factor that helps keep the market's 7-month rally intact.

  • Bill Gross

    Policy makers are likely to continue backing a weak dollar until the economy shows substantial improvement, Pimco's Bill Gross told CNBC.

  • Friday Look Ahead: Stocks Hang on Monthly Jobs Report Thursday, 1 Oct 2009 | 6:25 PM ET
    Unemployment Line

    Wall Street's bears have the upper hand ahead of Friday's September jobs report, expected to show a decline in September of about 200,000 non-farm payrolls and an unemployment rate of 9.8 percent.

  • Prices Key for Toy Sellers with Santa on a Budget Thursday, 1 Oct 2009 | 3:15 PM ET
    Parents shop in the toy aisle at a Target store, Kingston, Massachusetts

    Toy retailers and makers plan to make the best of it by offering more deals and cut-price versions of more expensive toys that they hope will spur parents to spend even if they're scrimping elsewhere. Two influential lists of expected hot holiday toys show only one over $100.

  • Jobless Benefits Extension Hits Snag in Senate Thursday, 1 Oct 2009 | 11:57 AM ET

    A 13-week extension of unemployment benefits in the 27 states with the highest jobless rates is being slowed by some lawmakers upset that their own states would be left out.

  • Market Insider: Bernanke And Data Will Be Key Wednesday, 30 Sep 2009 | 10:31 PM ET
    A specialist is surrounded by screens as he works at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Tuesday, June 5, 2007. Stocks dipped Tuesday after comments from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and a strong reading on the U.S. service sector suggested the central bank has little reason to lower interest rates.

    Thursday's economic reports should paint a fairly current picture of the state of manufacturing, housing, and the consumer, all key pillars of the economy.

  • Jobless Rates Drop in Most US Metro Areas in August Wednesday, 30 Sep 2009 | 4:22 PM ET

    The August unemployment rate fell in about 60 percent of metropolitan areas from the previous month, as layoffs eased nationwide.

  • Market Insider: Wall Street Waits for Jobs Report Tuesday, 29 Sep 2009 | 11:07 PM ET
    New York Stock Exchange workers finish up trading minutes before the closing bell at the Exchange, Tuesday, April 3, 2007 in New York. Stocks surged Tuesday on signs of resilience in the housing market and the U.S. consumer, with falling oil prices giving investors an extra reason to rally. The Dow Jones industrials gained more than 120 points. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

    Traders are looking straight past quarter end to the September jobs report at the end of the week.

  • US Income Gap Widens as Poor Take Hit in Recession Tuesday, 29 Sep 2009 | 6:41 AM ET
    Recession-themed newsprint cuttings

    The recession has hit middle-income and poor families hardest, widening the economic gap between the richest and poorest Americans as rippling job layoffs ravaged household budgets.

  • Wall Street traders

    Wall Street will quickly shift its focus to corporate earnings news once the books are closed on the third quarter this week.

  • Banks May Have to Prepay FDIC Insurance Premiums Monday, 28 Sep 2009 | 3:50 PM ET

    The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. is expected to take the unprecedented step of collecting banks' regular premiums early to inject cash into the shrinking deposit insurance fund.

  • Week Ahead: Bulls and Bears Fight Over October  Friday, 25 Sep 2009 | 8:08 PM ET
    Traders at the New York Stock Exchange

    October could bring some rock and roll back to the stock market. "It's been a good run so far, so we should expect some kind of turbulence," said J.P. Morgan chief equities strategist Thomas Lee.

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