Economic Measures


  • Unemployment

    Friday's jobs report is the first big economic report of the new year and as such, it heralds what could be the first really big trading day of the year.

  • Expect Sustained, Not Spectacular Growth: Mishkin Thursday, 7 Jan 2010 | 11:03 AM ET

    The likelihood of a double-dip recession is diminishing, and the economy is expected to exhibit sustained yet not “spectacular” growth, Frederic Mishkin, former Federal Reserve Board governor and professor at the Columbia Business School told CNBC on Thursday.

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  • Fed's Bullard: U.S. Jobless Rate to Start Falling Thursday, 7 Jan 2010 | 6:07 AM ET
    The Federal Reserve headquarters in Washington, DC.

    The labor market in the United States is improving and the economy is close to the point when the unemployment rate will start to fall, a top U.S. Federal Reserve official said.

  • Look Ahead: US Retailers to Unwrap Holiday Results Wednesday, 6 Jan 2010 | 11:46 PM ET

    Retailers on Thursday will report December sales results, taking the wraps off their holiday season and possibly showing the best comparisons in 20 months.

  • Fed Likely Won't Raise Rates Until Next Year: Gross Wednesday, 6 Jan 2010 | 4:03 PM ET

    The Federal Reserve likely won't raise short-term interest until 2011 because economic growth and inflation remain weak, Pimco's Bill Gross told CNBC.

  • Washington Failing in Fiscal Control: Ex-Comptroller Wednesday, 6 Jan 2010 | 11:37 AM ET

    The American public believes that Washington is failing on fiscal responsibility, David Walker, former U.S. comptroller general told CNBC on Wednesday.

  • Look Ahead: Markets Hanging on US Jobs Report Tuesday, 5 Jan 2010 | 10:10 PM ET

    Markets are hanging on Friday's December employment report, which some economists say could show job growth for the first time in two years.

  • Americans' Job Satisfaction Falls to Record Low Tuesday, 5 Jan 2010 | 6:28 AM ET

    Even Americans who are lucky enough to have work in this economy are becoming more unhappy with their jobs, according to a new survey that found only 45 percent of Americans are satisfied with their work.

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    U.S. consumers and businesses are filing for bankruptcy at a pace that made 2009 the seventh-worst year on record, with more than 1.4 million petitions submitted, an Associated Press tally showed Monday.

  • Midwest Business Growth Less Than Earlier Thought Thursday, 31 Dec 2009 | 1:04 PM ET

    Business activity in the U.S. Midwest expanded less robustly than originally thought this month, an industry association reported Thursday, and the sector's employment recovery failed to reach expansionary territory.

  • ‘No Way’ Unemployment Stays at 10%: Economist Tuesday, 29 Dec 2009 | 6:06 PM ET

    Expect to see job growth in the Jan. 8 jobs report and say goodbye to 10 percent unemployment in the New Year, John Herrmann, president of Herrmann Forecasting, told CNBC Tuesday.

  • US Economy Could Grow 3% in 2010: Economist Tuesday, 29 Dec 2009 | 8:04 AM ET

    US gross domestic product could grow at an annual rate of as much as 3 percent next year as consumers and businesses start to regain confidence, Peter Cardillo, chief market economist from Avalon Partners, told CNBC Tuesday.

  • 'Meltdown' is Coming for Bond Market, Strategist Says Tuesday, 29 Dec 2009 | 7:37 AM ET
    Lowered stock

    As interest rates are set to rise, investors should position themselves away from bonds to avoid being caught in a severe fall in prices, Dan Deighan, founder of Deighan Financial Advisors, told CNBC Tuesday.

  • Borrowing Off Your House Is Now a Thing of the Past Friday, 25 Dec 2009 | 5:35 PM ET

    Millions of homeowners borrowed from the house to improve their standard of living. Now, unable to count on rising home values, they can't get home-equity loans.

  • Jobless Claims Hit 2009 Low; Durable Goods Orders Rise Thursday, 24 Dec 2009 | 8:36 AM ET
    Unemployment Line

    The number of workers filing new applications for jobless benefits fell last week to the lowest level in more than 15 months while orders for big-ticket goods posted a small increase.

  • Look Ahead: Wall Street Waits for Santa Claus Wednesday, 23 Dec 2009 | 5:53 PM ET
    New York Stock Exchange

    Many traders expect a rally to drive the market higher through year end. But the big questions are what does the first quarter bring when absent investors return to their desks? And what do investors do to prepare for that?

  • Recovery Act May Be Stimulus For Fraud and Waste Wednesday, 23 Dec 2009 | 3:08 PM ET
    Stimulus Scorecard

    With so much focus on job creation, there is a huge elephant in the Recovery Act room: fraud and waste.  According to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, organizations lose seven percent of annual revenues to fraud. If you apply that metric to the Recovery Act, that's $55 billion dollars.

  • Bad Corporate Endings Yield Startup Success Stories Wednesday, 23 Dec 2009 | 11:13 AM ET
    Maxine Tatlongari

    The percentage of job seekers starting a business has doubled in this recession. Here are some laid-off professionals turned  happy, successful entrepreneurs who give new meaning to economic recovery.

  • Slack Credit Markets Weigh on Economy: Rogoff Wednesday, 23 Dec 2009 | 8:36 AM ET

    The risks of a second leg down for the economy is small but the economy, especially the housing sector, still has a long way to go before it reaches recovery, Harvard Professor Kenneth Rogoff told CNBC Wednesday.