What happened to the retail apocalypse?

Aug 28, 2018
About a year ago, we were doing a lot of stories about a retail apocalypse — online shopping leading to the destruction of department stores, malls, anything built out of bricks and mortar. Fast forward to this year and things couldn’t be more different. In the last few weeks, we’ve seen strong quarterly results from everyone […]
A shopper carries away his purchases from a Target store on Aug. 22, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. Target today reported a 6.4 percent jump in store traffic for the quarter, the biggest increase in at least a decade. The retailer also reported a 41 percent increase in online sales for the quarter. 
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In the red vs. blue political struggle, which areas are seeing more job growth?

Many voters backed President Donald Trump on the promise of new job growth in their respective parts of the country. But a report from the Associated Press shows that hasn't been the case – instead, it's the places who backed Clinton in 2016 that are reaping the benefits of rising employment.
Nick Dindash, 78, who supports Donald Trump, poses for a portrait at his home back on Aug. 13, 2016 in Windber, Pennsylvania. The small Western Pennsylvania town of just over 4,000 residents was founded as a company town for nearby coal mines, most of which have closed.
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Here’s why U.S. small businesses don’t export more

May 21, 2018
The Commerce Department kicks off World Trade Week on Monday. It’s honoring 43 U.S. exporters. Thirty-three of them are small- or mid-sized businesses. But as it turns out, small businesses could be exporting more. Click the audio player above to hear the full story. 

Moderate job growth in March: aberration, or sign of the future?

Apr 6, 2018
The March jobs report shows there were 103,000 jobs added in the month, though many economists expected something closer to an additional 175,000. And that very well may be because March was a tough month weather-wise, slowing down things like construction in parts of the country. But could we also be seeing something else going […]

Under Trump administration so far, monthly job creation has continued

Dec 8, 2017
Job growth this year has been "impressive," one economist says.
President Donald Trump speaks to the press during a Cabinet meeting at the White House on Wednesday.
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Weekly Wrap: What the numbers are really telling us

Apr 7, 2017
Sudeep Reddy of Politico and Linette Lopez of Business Insider join us to discuss the week’s business and economic news. This week, they talk about what numbers we should really be focusing on to judge the economy, and the latest happenings at the Federal Reserve.

Fed chairs and presidents: a history of rocky relationships

Mar 13, 2017
President Donald Trump and the Fed have had a bit of an up-and-down relationship even before he became president. At one point, he accused Fed Chair Janet Yellen of keeping interest rates low to help President Barack Obama. Another time, he said raising rates would be a disaster. To be fair, he has also said […]

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Amazon to add 100,000 jobs as companies increasingly outsource fulfillment operations

Jan 16, 2017
Amazon has announced plans to add more than 100,000 full-time jobs over the next 18 months. The news comes as U.S. companies try to burnish their credentials as a job-creator — a priority of the incoming Trump administration. Amazon’s growth isn’t a complete surprise, however, for a company expanding into so many different product categories. […]

Clothing startups are bringing some jobs back home

Mar 22, 2016
CEOs of high-tech garment companies want to build a future using U.S. factories.

Unemployment is low — but many aren't looking anymore

Jan 8, 2016
Millions of prime-age workers have left the labor force since the recession. What are they doing, and how are they making ends meet?