Marilyn Geewax appears in the following:
Friday, December 06, 2013
Here's something you haven't heard in years: The U.S. economy had a great week, with reports showing jobs being created in several sectors, new-home sales surging and factories humming. Oh, and unemployment is the lowest it's been since 2008.
Monday, November 25, 2013
Travelers will find gasoline prices are down considerably from last Thanksgiving. But consumer confidence is slumping too. So AAA, the auto club, says it expects to see a dip in holiday travel, compared with 2012.
Friday, November 08, 2013
October's jobs report looks good. But many economists believe the economy is becoming too complicated and technologically advanced for the Bureau of Labor Statistics to measure accurately using current methods.
Wednesday, November 06, 2013
As of Tuesday's election, New Jersey is the latest state to raise the minimum wage. In the past few years, 21 states, the District of Columbia and scores of cities have boosted wages above the federal minimum.
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Despite the Great Recession, slow recovery and political dysfunction in Washington, the United States remains a top destination for the world's wealth. The Obama administration is urging foreign business leaders to build more plants and offices in this country.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Gas prices are down sharply. Grocery costs haven't budged lately. Meanwhile, the housing recovery is slowing. Amid evidence of continued sluggishness in the economy, the Federal Reserve says it's not ready yet to end its easy-money policy.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
The September jobs report showed a labor market moving forward, but at a slow pace. That may push the Federal Reserve to keep trying to stimulate the economy.
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Whenever a gridlocked Washington faces a money-related crisis — such as those involving the federal debt ceiling, the annual budget or sequestration — solutions involve small sideways moves rather than grand strategies. Still, the U.S. and global economies, while far from robust, are growing.
Monday, September 02, 2013
With the oil and gas sectors booming, the need for truckers is growing. But the ranks of well-trained drivers are shrinking, especially as baby boomers hit retirement age. And competition for drivers has become fierce, with the annual turnover rate nearing 100 percent.
Friday, August 30, 2013
As the U.S. economy improves, people are eager for one last summer adventure, according to trade groups that track travel. Labor Day weekend travel is expected to jump by 4.2 percent over last year.
Thursday, August 15, 2013
Millions of Americans have been living with relatives or renting, trying to ride out the Great Recession and the slow recovery. Those people may be now itching to buy homes before interest rates go up further. But some experts point to negative factors that could hold back a housing boom.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
The Justice Department's opposition to the merger of US Airways and American Airlines stunned industry analysts, but many predict the $11 billion deal will eventually win approval. Some industry watchers see the government's lawsuit as a tactic to force American Airlines to surrender routes and slots.
Friday, August 02, 2013
While the number of jobs did increase last month, the hiring pace was slower than in the spring, marking a setback for unemployed Americans. "The labor market begins the second half of 2013 with a fizzle," says economist Heidi Shierholz, with the Economic Policy Institute.
Thursday, August 01, 2013
Most economists say this year's back-to-school sales will be slower than last summer's because consumers have been coping with more expensive gasoline and higher payroll taxes. Still, several states are offering tax-free shopping to encourage purchases.
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
President Obama is launching an effort to renew focus on job creation for the middle class, at a time when many Americans think the country is still in a recession. While the economy continues to improve, weakness lingers — especially in the job market.
Sunday, July 21, 2013
Baggage fees, first imposed in summer of 2008, helped financially desperate carriers stay aloft as the U.S. economy was spiraling down. Today, baggage fees are not only the norm but are heading higher still.
Thursday, July 18, 2013
For many workers, hours are not only short, but increasingly erratic as managers scramble to cover shifts without the steadying influence of experienced full-time employees.
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Worried about the impact on U.S. consumers, farmers and even taxpayers, some senators expressed qualms about the intentions of Shuanghui International Holdings, a Chinese firm that is buying Smithfield Foods.
Wednesday, July 03, 2013
When the Labor Department releases new unemployment data Friday, the news likely will be disappointing. Not really bad, just not very good. Unfortunately, that assessment sums up the entire recovery, which began four years ago. "We're just running in place," one economist says.
Thursday, June 20, 2013
Supplies of oil have been surging this year, and U.S. drivers, who have been switching to more fuel-efficient cars, are using less gasoline. That would seem to be the right economic combination to push down prices at the pump, but gasoline prices have remained stubbornly high this summer.