Economic Measures Inflation

  • Unemployment

    As experts debate the potential speed of the US recovery, one figure looms large but is often overlooked: nearly 1 in 5 Americans is out of work or under-employed.

  • US reliance on a growing Chinese economy to continue to spur growth of the American economy could be an ill-fated notion, Bill Gross, Pimco's founder and CEO, told CNBC.

  • Additional economic stimulus such as a payroll tax cut would boost hiring, Mike Jackson, the CEO of AutoNation, told CNBC on Thursday.

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    A British charity is pioneering the idea of reducing the country's bulging debt by encouraging people to buy gift vouchers that will be sent to the Treasury.

  • Stimulus Scorecard

    On Thursday, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) will issue its bimonthly report on the Recovery Act, and the focus will be squarely on jobs, addressing the accuracy criticisms, while offering recommendations on how to improve the system of reporting. The GAO has determined that the overall number of jobs created or saved is not valid.

  • "Until you get the small business sector back on its feet and get it vibrant, you are basically knocking out about 20 percent of the GDP," said Camden Fine, president & CEO of Independent Community Bankers of America. "And it's hard to have a robust recovery if you have 20 percent of the GDP lagging."


    Sometimes stating the obvious and repeating it frequently can be a very effective policy, especially in managing inflation expectations.

  • The Consumer Price Index, a measure of the average price level of a basket of consumer goods and services, was up 0.3% for the month of October, while the core CPI rate, excluding energy and food, rose 0.2%.  On a year-over-year basis, consumer prices were down .2%.

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    Industrial production edged up 0.1 percent in October, a smaller-than-expected increase that signals a bumpy recovery ahead.

  • Hundred Dollar

    The White House has told domestic agencies to assume their budgets will be frozen or even cut by 5 percent as it signals a big push to take on the deficit next year.

  • Sen. Dodd’s reform bill would jeopardize the Fed’s ability to safeguard the U.S. economy, said Frederic Mishkin, former Federal Reserve Board governor and a Columbia University economics professor on Thursday.

  • The commodity’s rallying, and despite common wisdom that’s a good thing.

  • The U.S. economy could face a double-dip recession next year, in the absence of stimulus measures and extended incentive programs, Kirby Daley, senior strategist at Newedge Group, said Monday.

  • Unemployment

    A new report, released by employment Web site CareerBuilder.com, ranked the top metro areas with the most job postings on the site between January and October 2009.

  • The U.S. unemployment rate blasted past the psychologically important 10-percent mark Friday as nonfarm payrolls fell by 190,000 last month. It's the first time the unemployment rate -- now at 10.2 percent -- was in double digits since June 1983.

  • Euro strength is far from over and the dollar could fall to an all-time low against the bullish currency, Phil Roberts, technical analyst from Barclays Capital, told CNBC.

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    In citing three conditions, the Federal Reserve has provided a roadmap by which market participants can gauge with greater precision the evolution of monetary policy, in particular the exit strategy for the Fed’s current stance, says bond expert Tony Crescenzi.

  • Nouriel Roubini

    The "mother of all carry trades" that Nouriel Roubini warned of recently is growing and threatening to cause a global implosion, the economist warned in a CNBC interview.

  • Job Losses

    Places such as the southwest Missouri city of Lamar, have seen the cornerstones of their economies disappear, leaving a gap that even billions in roadwork and government aid cannot fill.

  • The President’s Economic Advisory Board will hold a public meeting on job innovation today, and Charles Phillips, president of Oracle and a member of the board shared a preview with CNBC's "Squawk Box' team on Monday.