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U.S. POLITICSFEB. 6, 2013

Public Hearing Better News About Housing and Financial Markets

The good news about housing and financial markets is counterbalanced by persistently negative views of news about gas prices and prices for food and consumer goods.

via Pew Research Center | Nonpartisan, non-advocacy public opinion polling and demographic research.

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155,000 Jobs Added in December – Jobless Rate Is Steady at 7.8% – NYTimes.com

In the aftermath of the 2012 election, good news of the economic recovery continue.

“Despite concerns about looming tax increases and government spending cuts, American employers added 155,000 jobs in December. Employees also enjoyed slightly faster wage growth and worked longer hours, which could bode well for future hiring.”

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A Recovery No Better than the Recession | Pew Social & Demographic Trends

The median income of American households decreased by as much in the two years after the official end of the Great Recession as it did during the recession itself. The latest estimates from the Census Bureau show that the median income for U.S. households in 2011 was $50,054.1 In 2009, the year the Great Recession ended,2 the median income of U.S. households had been $52,195 (in 2011 dollars). Thus, in the two years since the end of the recession, median household income has fallen by 4.1%.

The decrease in household income from 2009 to 2011 almost exactly equaled the decrease in income in the two years of the recession. During the Great Recession, the median U.S. household income (in 2011 dollars) dropped from $54,489 in 2007 to $52,195 in 2009, a loss of 4.2%. By this yardstick, the recovery from the Great Recession is bypassing the nation’s households.

via A Recovery No Better than the Recession | Pew Social & Demographic Trends.

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The American economy: Unmired at last | The Economist

SINCE Florida’s property market collapsed and its economy tanked, Hillsborough County has endured almost nonstop austerity. In the past five years the government of the county, halfway up the state’s Gulf coast, has eliminated a quarter of its 6,000 positions through attrition and …

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Private Sector Jobs Grew in February – NYTimes.com

The pace of job creation by private employers in the United States accelerated more than expected in February, a report by a …

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Is Our Economy Healing? – NYTimes.com

How goes the state of the union? Well, the state of the economy remains terrible. Three years after President Obama’s inauguration and two and a half years since the official end of the recession, unemployment remains painfully …

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So Much Fun. So Irrelevant. – NYTimes.com

Two things have struck me about the Republican presidential candidate debates leading up to the Iowa caucuses. One is how entertaining they were. The other is how disconnected they were from the biggest trends shaping the job market of the 21st century. What if the 2012 campaign were actually about the world in which we’re living and how we …

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American business: Hard times, lean firms | The Economist

EVERYONE complains that corporate America is reluctant to hire additional workers. Far less attention has been paid to the flip side of the jobless recovery: the remarkable improvement in …

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World economy to trudge on in 2012 despite Europe: poll | Reuters

Europe faces another year of dismal economic performance in 2012 that will weigh on global growth, but emerging markets and the United States should at least keep the world economy moving in the right direction.

MORE via World economy to trudge on in 2012 despite Europe: poll | Reuters.

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The American economy: A very good week | The Economist

PERHAPS it’s time to dial back some of the gloom. This week gave us positive news on two fronts. First, the underlying American economy seems to be in reasonably good shape. Second, the biggest risks hanging over

via The American economy: A very good week | The Economist.

Filed under: Blogosphere, consumers, Election 2012, Job Sector, Mass Media and Public Opinion, Mortgages, News, Public Policy, Pundits, Unemployment, WeSeeReason,

For a Weekend, at Least, Retailers See Record Numbers – NYTimes.com

Spurred by aggressive promotions from retailers, American consumers opened their wallets over the holiday weekend in a way they had not since before the …

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Early Black Friday sales appear to pay off for retailers – latimes.com

An early kickoff to the holiday shopping season appeared to pay off for retailers, who bet correctly that extended late-night hours would draw even more bargain hunters to the …

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