Marilyn Geewax appears in the following:
Sunday, January 31, 2016
To economists, the phrase means job seekers roughly equal job openings. Unemployment is at 5 percent, but depending on where you live, your race or your education level, you still might not find work.
Monday, January 25, 2016
The nation's business economists see higher wages coming for workers, but that good news did not cheer Wall Street investors on Monday. They continued to worry about supercheap oil prices.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Back in the old days, say 2011, political leaders talked about, and acted upon, worries involving federal borrowing. But a new CBO report shows deficits surging — even as political attention drifts.
Friday, January 15, 2016
Stocks all over the world plunged Friday as investors became even more nervous about China's weakness and oil's collapse. The worries triggered a broad stock sell-off and sent oil below $30 a barrel.
Friday, January 15, 2016
Stock prices continue to fall as global investors worry about China's slowing demand. At the same time, oil prices are plunging as supplies surge. Together, it's making for a tough day in the markets.
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
GE says it will move its headquarters from Fairfield, Conn., to Boston. The company will be getting huge tax breaks, but more than that, it will be gaining access to universities and nonstop flights.
Monday, January 11, 2016
The economy has improved dramatically in the Obama era. But problems still abound because of the soaring national debt, a deformed tax code, shrunken paychecks and a growing skills gap.
Friday, January 08, 2016
The Labor Department's latest jobs report provided reassurance that the domestic economy is on track for 2016. That was welcome news, given all of the gloomy reports coming out of China.
Thursday, January 07, 2016
China's economy and stock market are taking hits. Billionaire George Soros says it's setting the stage for another global meltdown. But others argue China's troubles will not trigger a crisis.
Wednesday, January 06, 2016
Prices already are averaging less than $2 a gallon nationwide, and a new report shows gasoline inventories are surging. Experts say that sets the stage for more price drops in coming days.
Tuesday, January 05, 2016
In the past, when political tensions increased, oil prices went up too amid supply risks. But now OPEC's power is down and U.S. oil supplies are much greater, helping hold prices steady.
Sunday, December 27, 2015
Compared with the Great Recession years, 2015 was a fairly tame time. Still, at least five stories had major impacts. They involved everything from crashing oil prices to merging beer companies.
Monday, December 21, 2015
Investors might wish for a device to peer into the future, but they must settle for economic forecasters. For 2016, most forecasters are seeing signs pointing toward more profits and jobs.
Thursday, December 17, 2015
Conservatives don't like the price tag and liberals don't like the priorities. Still, Congress is making quick progress on a massive legislative push affecting government spending and business taxes.
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
After holding rates near zero for seven years, the Fed approved a small increase Wednesday. While that step seems minor, the impact could be huge in 2016 as borrowing costs head up.
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
The Federal Reserve's thinking about interest rates may seem mysterious. But here are some graphs that should help you see where the central bank has been, and why it may be ready to raise rates.
Monday, December 14, 2015
The last time Fed policymakers raised rates, young Americans' lives were different. They couldn't share the news or comment via Twitter on iPhones and iPads because those things didn't exist.
Wednesday, December 09, 2015
In the post-World War II economy, most Americans lived in middle-income homes. But that has been shifting for decades. Today, middle-income families make up less than 50 percent of all households.
Saturday, December 05, 2015
The U.S. economy turned up encouraging signs for most Americans. Workers can now find more jobs, and drive to them using cheaper gas. And retirement accounts are getting a boost from rising stocks.
Thursday, December 03, 2015
The $305 billion highway bill funds transportation infrastructure projects. But it also offers wins and losses for unrelated businesses. The Export-Import Bank gets saved, but big banks lose out.