Economic Measures


  • Phrases like “green shoots,” “animal spirits” and “real consumer spending” are dominating analysts’ weekend reports as they track economic recovery. Yet, the economists with National Bureau of Economic Research are reluctant to declare the recession over.

  • Which Fed Members Move Markets Most? Friday, 9 Apr 2010 | 3:35 PM ET
    Ben Bernanke

    Who do you listen to? When do they move markets? And do they move them up or down?  The award goes to Fed chairman Ben Bernanke.

  • Americans More Confident About Jobs and Finances Thursday, 8 Apr 2010 | 11:23 AM ET
    China Retail

    A majority of Americans see their personal financial situation as somewhat good, according to a new monthly report by RBC on consumer confidence.

  • Jobless Rates Drop or Hold Steady in Most Metro Areas Wednesday, 7 Apr 2010 | 2:46 PM ET

    Unemployment rates fell or remained unchanged in two-thirds of the 372 largest U.S. metro areas in February. The news adds to evidence that the job market is improving.

  • Fewer Consumer Loans are Being Paid Late: Survey Wednesday, 7 Apr 2010 | 4:37 AM ET

    Late payments for most types of consumer loans decreased in the final quarter of last year, a new industry survey shows.

  • Job Openings Rise in Several Sectors in February Tuesday, 6 Apr 2010 | 11:56 AM ET

    The Labor Department says job openings rose in several sectors of the economy in February, including retail, manufacturing, restaurants and hotels, and transportation.

  • Recovery 'Sustainable,' No Double-Dip: Fed's Lacker Tuesday, 6 Apr 2010 | 8:30 AM ET
    Jeffrey Lacker

    The US recovery is "sustainable" and the economy is unlikely to see another dip, Jeffrey Lacker, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, told CNBC  Tuesday.

  • Creditors can secure a court order to seize part of the debtor’s paycheck or the funds in a bank account, a procedure called garnishment. Such pay seizures are rising fast in some areas, the NY Times reports.

  • Friday's report on March employment is likely to be just the first sign that hiring is on the upswing and will continue into the summer, two analysts told CNBC.

  • Planned Job Cuts Jump 61% in March Thursday, 1 Apr 2010 | 7:31 AM ET
    Job Search

    Planned layoffs rose sharply in March, largely due to reduction of government payrolls, staffing consultancy company Challenger, Gray & Christmas reported Thursday.

  • Jobless Rate Will Stay 'Unacceptably' High: Geithner Thursday, 1 Apr 2010 | 7:12 AM ET
    Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner

    "We're just at the point now where the economy's likely to start creating jobs on net," Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner told NBC's "Today" show . "The unemployment rate is still terribly high, and it's going to stay unacceptably high for a long period of time," he added.

  • Stop the Money Presses: Fed Ends MBS Purchase Program Wednesday, 31 Mar 2010 | 1:15 PM ET

    When the financial crisis froze markets and drove the U.S. economy deeper into recession, the Federal Reserve stepped in. Now it is stepping out , and that leaves two important questions for investors.

  • March Jobs Forecast Remains Strong Despite ADP Report Wednesday, 31 Mar 2010 | 1:03 PM ET
    Laid off woman

    Economists aren't scaling back their predictions of sizable job growth in Friday's March payrolls report, despite a report Wednesday that the private sector unexpectedly lost jobs during the month.

  • Home prices showed the smallest annual decline in almost three years in January, indicating there are surprising areas of strength in the housing market.

  • Aesthetician performing a facial

    That tattoo you’ve been considering on your next trip to Minnesota may fall off your to-do list, if the state’s legislature is successful at passing a bill to tax that service. The push is part of a drive in various states to raise revenue by taxing services that largely go untaxed.

  • The SEC now has more staff with experience with complex financial products in the agency and has more financial crisis-related cases in the works, Mary Schapiro, chairman of SEC, told CNBC Monday.

  • Summer Jobs Outlook: Just as Tough as Last Year Friday, 26 Mar 2010 | 7:02 PM ET
    Teen movie theatre employee.

    This year, teens and young adults looking for summer jobs are going to have just as rough a time finding employment as they did last year as they compete with more experienced out-of-work professionals for the same jobs.

  • Rapid Rise in US Budget Deficit Projection Friday, 26 Mar 2010 | 4:24 PM ET

    Many Americans know the deficit has exploded this year. What may be less well-known is that the problem is not confined to this year or next, but stretches out at least a decade and represents a historic, multi-trillion-dollar change in the country's fiscal fortunes.

  • Unemployment

    Unemployment continued to rise several states in February—even breaking records in four states, according to government data released Friday.

  • U.S. Economic Recovery "on Steroids": Bernstein Thursday, 25 Mar 2010 | 2:57 PM ET

    Richard Bernstein, former chief investment strategist at Merrill Lynch and CEO of Richard Bernstein Capital Management, told CNBC today that he sees the economy charging ahead, as if "on steriods."