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Higher wages could end economic stagnation

Higher wages could end economic stagnation

President Barack Obama’s top economists say that even as the U.S. has managed to kick start a lasting and growing recovery, modest wage gains are far from making up for…

Job market frustrations continue for unemployed

Job market frustrations continue for unemployed

The job market remains a frustrating place for America’s 9 million unemployed — perhaps more so as hiring has accelerated along with job postings. The pace of job growth over…

Lower gas prices fuel economic growth

Lower gas prices fuel economic growth

The U.S. economy likely grew at a brisk clip in the fourth quarter as lower gasoline prices buoyed consumer spending, in a show of resilience despite a darkening global outlook.…

Obama goes bullish on economic messages

Obama goes bullish on economic messages

For most of last year, President Barack Obama tempered his pitch on the economy: It may be improving, he would say, but millions of Americans had yet to benefit from…

Are things looking up for Obama?

Are things looking up for Obama?

President Barack Obama’s approval rating is creeping upward. The economy is growing. And a flurry of aggressive executive actions on domestic and foreign policy have energized the West Wing. Obama’s…

Clinton’s economic message under scrutiny

Clinton’s economic message under scrutiny

If Hillary Rodham Clinton seeks the White House again, her message on the economy could be an important barometer as she courts fellow Democrats. Members of her party are watching…

A strong monthly job gain: Will it continue?

A strong monthly job gain: Will it continue?

Just after a midterm election that was driven by voters’ anxiety about the U.S. economy, the government is likely Friday to report the latest strong monthly job gain. Employers are…

Can Americans even get pay raises any more?

Can Americans even get pay raises any more?

What will it really take to give America a raise? A lot of well-credentialed policy experts have been writing nonsense about why Americans can’t be paid more. One bogus story…

Jobless rate drops to lowest level since July 2008

Jobless rate drops to lowest level since July 2008

U.S. employers added 248,000 jobs in September, a burst of hiring that helped drive down the unemployment rate to 5.9 percent, the lowest since July 2008. The Labor Department report…

Pssst! It’s still the economy, stupid!

Pssst! It’s still the economy, stupid!

Recent headlines could make you think this election would be different. Perhaps, for the first time since the Great Recession, the economy wouldn’t be the top issue. The latest Associated…

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