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Weekly jobless numbers hit three year low

Dec 15, 2011
The number of Americans filing new unemployment claims this week has fallen to the lowest point since May of 2008 -- and it isn't just holiday retail hiring causing the shift.
Posted In: Jobs, Unemployment, Washington D.C.

Mixed messages from the U.S. economy

Dec 15, 2011
Weekly jobless numbers out this week show positive signs for the country's economy recovery, but mortage lending rates tell a different story.
Posted In: Unemployment

Fewer people seek jobless benefits

Dec 15, 2011
The number of people seeking jobless benefits fell last week to the fewest since May 2008. The four-week average has fallen in 10 of the past 12 weeks.
Posted In: Jobs, unemployment benefits

Checking in on the Bond Market

Dec 15, 2011
Lots of not-so-terrible news was enough to put markets in positive territory today, but not by much. It gives us a chance to take a step back and talk about something different. Bonds.
Posted In: bonds, mortgage

A compromise on Medicare

Dec 15, 2011
Republican Congressman Paul Ryan and Democratic Senator Ron Wyden have a plan.
Posted In: Health, Paul Ryan, Ron Wyden, Medicare

Payroll tax cut decision should come soon

Dec 14, 2011
David Mark, senior editor at Politico, explains why he thinks lawmakers will hammer out a deal on payroll tax cuts and the budget soon.
Posted In: politics, payroll tax, Washington D.C.

Attitude Check: Who do you trust?

Dec 14, 2011
What's the biggest threat to the future of America: big business, big government or big labor? Americans weigh in.
Posted In: big business, big government, survey, public opinion

Deadlines loom for Congress

Dec 14, 2011
The House and the Senate face a number of decisions before they can head off for the holidays. Is another government shutdown possible?
Posted In: Congress, payroll tax, Keystone pipeline, unemployment benefits

New rule could disclose CEO-to-employee pay ratio

Dec 14, 2011
The SEC says they should have a rule out mandating the disclosure of the ratio of CEO to average worker pay by the end of this year. It could shed more light on the widening income gap in the U.S.
Posted In: ceo, inequality, income

The pros and cons of the payroll tax cut

Dec 14, 2011
The payroll tax cuts expire at the end of the year, and the clock is ticking to make a decision to renew them or not. Why can they help or hurt the economy?
Posted In: payroll tax, Washington, politics

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