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Political Economy Archive: U.S. Economy

IMF weighs financial crisis at D.C. conference

On Monday, the International Monetary Fund kicks off a two-day conference of top economists to try to distill some lessons from the global financial crisis.

By Howard Schneider  | March 7, 2011; 10:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  International Economics, International Monetary Fund, U.S. Economy, Unemployment  
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Feb. unemployment report: just 'decent'?

At first glance, the numbers in the February unemployment report are spectacular. An estimated 192,000 jobs were added last month to nonfarm payrolls, compared with 63,000 in January, 152,000 in December and 93,000 in November. There are lots of reasons...

By Ariana Eunjung Cha  | March 4, 2011; 12:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  Federal Reserve, Manufacturing, U.S. Economy, U.S. Labor Department, Unemployment  
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Reactions to Obama's plan to restructure the housing market

The Obama administration today released a white paper that proposes winding down mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and putting new measures in place that would lessen government's role in the housing finance system. The Post's Zach Goldfarb has a full report on the plan and its potential impact. The long-anticipated report has prompted responses and assessments from politicians, industry groups and analysts in Washington and beyond. Here's a look at some of them.

By Sarah Halzack  | February 11, 2011; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Congress, Housing, Small business, U.S. Economy  
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January jobs report to offer important read on economy

There has been plenty of economic data lately pointing to better times ahead. Just this week, a key survey of manufacturers showed the strongest pace of expansion since 2004, and the number of people filing claims for jobless benefits fell...

By Neil Irwin  | February 4, 2011; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  U.S. Economy, U.S. Labor Department  
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Fed report: Economic recovery on track at end of 2010

he U.S. economy "continued to expand moderately" in November and December, the Federal Reserve said Wednesday in a new report that shows an economic recovery that, while not particularly rapid, is on track.

By Neil Irwin  | January 12, 2011; 2:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Federal Reserve, U.S. Economy  
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Five things to watch in today's jobs report

There has been a string of promising economic data in recent weeks, offering hope that the labor market was finally picking up as 2010 ended. This morning's jobs report will offer the most important evidence yet of whether that rising optimism is justified.

By Neil Irwin  | January 7, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  U.S. Economy, U.S. Labor Department, Unemployment  
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Older Entries in This Category »

Former comptroller of currency Dugan returning to Covington & Burling, Amanda Becker, Capitol Business , December 20, 2010
U.S. trade gap narrows on jump in exports, Howard Schneider , December 10, 2010
Biden says passage of tax cut is critical to growth, Lori Montgomery , December 9, 2010
The Great White (hopeful) North, Howard Schneider , December 8, 2010
Fed lowers economic expectations for 2011, Neil Irwin , November 23, 2010
Five questions for the Fed on the eve of QE2, Neil Irwin , November 2, 2010
Two new polls show economic worries ahead of midterms, Ariana Eunjung Cha , October 29, 2010
Bernanke on unemployment and structural change, Washington Post staff , October 15, 2010
Chinese imports widen U.S. trade gap, Howard Schneider , October 14, 2010
Larry Summers and America's innovation dilemma, Neil Irwin , September 29, 2010
Data Digest: Wholesale costs inch up for second month, Washington Post editors , September 16, 2010
Industrial growth slowed in August, Anne Bartlett , September 15, 2010
Retail sales jump the most in five months, Ariana Eunjung Cha , September 14, 2010
'Recovery Summer' goes bust in GOP video, Ariana Eunjung Cha , September 7, 2010
Five reasons to be optimistic about the economy, Neil Irwin , September 1, 2010
Exiting Romer to call for more spending, Lori Montgomery , September 1, 2010
Commerce official: Immigrants as export power?, Howard Schneider , August 27, 2010
Scholars: Lackluster recovery is par for the post-crisis course, Washington Post Editors , August 27, 2010
GDP growth falls sharply in 2Q, Ariana Eunjung Cha , August 27, 2010
Jobless claims fall, but not enough, Ariana Eunjung Cha , August 26, 2010
The recovery is losing steam, fast, Neil Irwin , August 24, 2010
Obama the Energizer Bunny?, By Michael D. Shear , August 16, 2010
Stocks fall for third day on increase in jobless claims, foreclosures, Ariana Eunjung Cha and Sonja Ryst , August 12, 2010
Bottom keeps falling out of trade data, Neil Irwin , August 11, 2010
U.S. stocks in the red after Fed announcement, Ariana Eunjung Cha and Sonja Ryst , August 11, 2010
FOMC Preview: What to look for, Neil Irwin , August 9, 2010
Bernanke: U.S. has long way to go on economic recovery, Ariana Eunjung Cha , August 2, 2010
July consumer confidence takes sharp dive, Sonja Ryst , July 30, 2010
Economic growth slows to 2.4 percent in 2Q, Neil Irwin , July 30, 2010
Home construction lower than expected in June, Washington Post staff , July 20, 2010
Fed leaders: Economic recovery slower than expected, Ariana Eunjung Cha , July 14, 2010
Second-quarter growth is looking crummy, Neil Irwin , July 14, 2010
 
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