Economy - Most Commented


The 'gargantuannaire' on a gargantuan problem

Feb 24, 2012
In Rome this week, Microsoft founder Bill Gates said the current system of delivering food aid to starving people is “outdated and inefficient.”
Posted In: bill gates, genetically modified food, Gargantuannaire

A few final voices from Michigan

Feb 24, 2012
As Jeremy Hobson wraps up his week in Michigan, we hear from a few last Michiganders on their forecasts for the U.S. economy.
Posted In: Michigan, election

As gas prices rise, Obama to speak on energy future

Feb 23, 2012
Rising prices at the gas pump could threaten the economic recovery and pose an election year problem for Obama. What can he do?
Posted In: gas prices, Barack Obama

West Michigan sees surge in manufacturing

Feb 23, 2012
Manufacturers are thriving all over west Michigan. Many companies can't even find enough skilled workers to hire.
Posted In: Michigan, manufacturing, Auto

The view of the auto industry, then and now

Feb 23, 2012
The auto industry bailout continues to be a point of controversy among the general population of America, but the view of carmakers has made a bit of a comeback in the last few years.
Posted In: Michigan, Auto, bailout, Gallup

What retail earnings are telling us about the economy

Feb 23, 2012
This week we're finding out how department stores have been faring. Macy's and Saks are in good shape; today, Kohl's says its yearly sales rose. Department stores can tell us a lot about the health of the economy -- at least part of it.
Posted In: Retail, middle class

PODCAST: Bailed out-rage

Feb 23, 2012
Last night's GOP debate on CNN included a lot of talk on the American auto bailout. In Michigan, employment has started to rebound in part thanks to manufacturing jobs associated with the auto industry. Elsewhere in the state, Jeremy Hobson sat down with the CEO of Domino's Pizza to see how the company is faring in these tough economic times, and to see what kind of effect Bain Capital had on the business. And speaking of the auto bailout, how do Americans in general feel about it?

Unemployment down -- but so are wages

Feb 23, 2012
The dip in unemployment and job claims indicate optimism -- but wages fell sharply for the majority of American workers last year in a way that they haven't since 2007.
Posted In: Unemployment, wages, economic indicators

Obama speaks about gas prices

Feb 23, 2012
The president spoke to the crowd at the University of Miami about American energy.
Posted In: gas prices, energy, Barack Obama

New plan to be outlined for U.S. corporate tax code

Feb 22, 2012
The Obama administration today will outline a broad overhaul of the nation's corporate tax code that will lower the tax rate that businesses pay, but could increase to amount of tax revenue heading to Washington.
Posted In: corporate, corporate tax, corporations, Obama