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NPR news on the U.S. and world economy, the World Bank, and Federal Reserve. Commentary on economic trends. Subscribe to NPR Economy podcasts and RSS feeds.

Last Build Date: Mon, 19 Feb 2018 05:04:00 -0500

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Economists Are Confident The Fed Will Keep Control Of Inflation

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 05:04:00 -0500

The whiff of inflation sent the stock market tumbling recently. Inflation data released last week did show a pick-up, but it's not yet clear that the increase will be sustained.

Commerce Department Urges Crackdown On Imported Steel And Aluminum

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 15:34:00 -0500

President Trump is considering imposing tariffs or quotas on imported steel and aluminum. The Commerce Department says action is needed to protect the domestic industries vital to national security.

Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 10:06:30 -0500

One hour — or even 24 hours — might not be enough to wrap up this week’s news.

Black Restaurant Week: Across U.S., Events Remind Diners, 'We're Here. Support Us'

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 11:34:00 -0500

Blacks often struggle to raise capital to open and run restaurants, a legacy of discrimination. Over the past few years, promotions to help diners know which restaurants are black-owned have spread.

Trump's Proposed Budget Gives Up Fight Against Deficit Spending

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 16:24:00 -0500

President Trump is proposing a budget plan that gives up the fight against deficit spending, which has long been a Republican goal. But Trump's budget concedes that goal; tax revenues will not catch up to spending as far as the eye can see.

Cost Of U.S. Opioid Epidemic Since 2001 Is $1 Trillion And Climbing

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 06:00:00 -0500

Economists tracking federal mortality data say the opioid crisis is undercutting the productivity of people in their prime working years — 30s and 40s.

Trump Offers Spending Blueprint, But Congress Already Wrote The Check

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 11:55:00 -0500

President Trump has unveiled his spending priorities Monday, calling for more spending on the military, border security and the opioid crisis.

Stock Market Swings May Rock More Minds Than Wallets

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 05:00:55 -0500

Many consumers will watch to see where the market swings this week. Few take a direct financial hit when the markets fall, but that can still affect attitudes about the economy — and the president.

Trump To Unveil Long-Awaited $1.5 Trillion Infrastructure Plan

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 22:44:00 -0500

The proposal is expected to shift much of the funding burden onto states and local governments. Critics say that will lead to higher state and local taxes and an increased reliance on user fees.

All About The Deficit

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 08:02:00 -0500

Congress' two-year budget deal includes spending increases for the military, domestic programs and disaster relief. But it might also bring back trillion dollar annual deficits.

A Republican Case For Supporting A Budget-Busting Spending Bill

Sat, 10 Feb 2018 18:01:00 -0500

Congress passed a budget deal this week to avert a government shutdown. NPR's Michel Martin speaks with Republican Congressman Bill Flores of Texas about why he voted for the budget.

Driver's Suicide Highlights 'Race To The Bottom' In Cab Industry, Union Director Says

Sat, 10 Feb 2018 08:02:31 -0500

NPR's Scott Simon talks with Bhairavi Desai, executive director of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance, about a driver's suicide and the financial challenges drivers face in a changing economy.

The Stock Market's Week

Sat, 10 Feb 2018 08:02:31 -0500

Wages are up but stocks are on a roller coaster. NPR's Scott Simon talks with former Obama administration economist Jason Furman.

Despite Tumultuous Stock Market, Some Economists Say Inflation Threat Is Exaggerated

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 17:05:00 -0500

The economic expansion has come with high corporate profits, but barely any wage growth. Now, markets are in a tizzy over a a recent bump up in wages. But Germany has an even tighter job market without higher inflation, and one measure of job market tightness — the number of people who quit jobs to take new ones — remains low.

Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 10:06:30 -0500

It was a week of ups and downs.