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Business inventories decline, the largest dip since 2017

by Mitchell Hartman Jan 16, 2020
It could mean the economy's hot and stuff is flying off the shelf. Or it could mean spending is down.
Businesses are being careful to not stock up too much inventory.
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Where's the wage growth?

by Mitchell Hartman Jan 10, 2020
In December, wage gains slowed from earlier in 2019, with average hourly earnings up 2.9% year over year.
Women protest for higher wages for fast food workers on March 18, 2014, in New York City.
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The Fed says the economy is in a "good place." Could it be doing more?

by Kai Ryssdal and Bennett Purser Jan 9, 2020
The economy looks good on paper, but there's little the Federal Reserve can do to address economic inequality.
The Federal Reserve building in Washington, D.C.
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Changemakers

Welcome to Changemakers: Why are we doing this?

by Christabel Nsiah-Buadi Jan 7, 2020
The world is changing. Meet some people who are making a difference in big ways and small.
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Iran's painful economic reality

by Kai Ryssdal and Bennett Purser Jan 6, 2020
A George Washington University professor emeritus explains the consequences of 40 years of sanctions.
Young girls in Tehran walk in front of a mural showing the Iranian flag in April.
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Should the dollar's drop worry you?

by Nova Safo Jan 2, 2020
The weakened currency means imports get more expensive, but U.S. goods and services sold overseas become more affordable.
The U.S Federal Reserve started pumping more dollars into the U.S. financial system, one reason the dollar has weakened.
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What the U.S. economy could do better in 2020

by Meredith Garretson Jan 1, 2020
Economic experts weigh in on their New Year's resolutions for the U.S. economy.
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Economic growth for U.S. cities will depend on mix of industries

by Nova Safo Dec 23, 2019
Oxford Economics says San Francisco will see the fastest economic growth over the next two years among U.S. cities, thanks to its strength in the tech sector.
San Francisco is projected to grow at an average of 2.4% over the next two years thanks to its strength in the tech sector.
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Inflation: Maybe it's all in our heads

by Sabri Ben-Achour Dec 13, 2019
It's possible that prices aren't rising much because we don't expect prices to rise much.
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Republicans more upbeat on the economy than Democrats

by Mitchell Hartman Dec 11, 2019
New Pew survey: Most Americans say current economy helps the rich, hurts the poor and middle class.
Partisan views of the economy have historically been tied to the president.
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