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Fertility Rate in the US Hits Record Low

May 18, 2018 |

Although you wouldn’t know it from the constant barrage of pregnant celebrity pics on social media, the fertility rate in the US—the number of births per 1,000 women ages 15 to 44—fell to 60 last year, its lowest level since the government started tracking the figure in…
Newser

As ECB Contemplates Rate Move, Storm Clouds Gather

April 25, 2018 |

Trade disputes and a stronger currency are threatening a hard-fought economic recovery in the 19-nation eurozone, potentially delaying a move by the ECB to follow the Federal Reserve in increasing short-term interest rates.
WSJ.com: What’s News Europe

Strong economy pushing Fed to consider faster pace of rate hikes even as trade-war risk grows

April 12, 2018 |

Federal Reserve officials leaned toward a slightly faster pace of tightening at their March meeting as their growth outlook and confidence in hitting their inflation target strengthened, according to minutes released Wednesday.

“A number of participants indicated that the stronger outlook for economic…


L.A. Times – Business

U.S. job growth slows sharply; unemployment rate stays at 4.1%

April 8, 2018 |

Job growth slowed sharply in March from the pace of recent months as employers in most sectors took a breather in hiring.

Wage gains went up only slightly last month even though businesses are finding it increasingly harder to attract qualified workers and more people are leaving their jobs voluntarily.


L.A. Times – Business

Fed increases key interest rate and signals faster pace of rate hikes next year amid stronger economic growth

March 22, 2018 |

Federal Reserve officials see a stronger U.S. economy and signaled Wednesday that would mean a slightly faster pace of interest rate hikes in coming years.

For the moment, they’re sticking with plans for three small hikes in their benchmark interest rate this year while adding one more hike in…


L.A. Times – Business

Fed Raises Benchmark Interest Rate

March 21, 2018 |

The Federal Reserve is raising its benchmark interest rate and signaling that it’s sticking with a gradual approach to rate hikes under its new chairman, Jerome Powell. The Fed is boosting its key short-term rate by a modest quarter-point to a still-low range of 1.5% to 1.75% and…
Newser

Will the wild stock market cause the Federal Reserve to slow interest rate hikes? And should it?

February 13, 2018 |

Financial markets delivered an unwelcome gift for Jerome H. Powell when he was sworn in last week as chairman of the Federal Reserve — a nosedive.

Triggered by fears of rising inflation and interest rates, the Dow Jones industrial average’s record 1,175-point plunge on Feb. 5 kicked off the worst…


L.A. Times – Business

Airlines are bumping passengers at the lowest rate in decades after dragging incident

February 11, 2018 |

The disturbing image of a bloodied passenger being dragged by security officers off of a commercial plane last April continues to have ramifications for passengers on all airlines in the U.S.

The nation’s biggest airlines reported that in 2017 they had the lowest rate of passengers involuntarily…


L.A. Times – Business

Jobs Report: Wage Growth at Fastest Rate in 8 Years

February 2, 2018 |

US employers added a robust 200,000 jobs in January, and wages rose at the fastest pace in more than eight years. The pay gains suggest employers are competing more fiercely for workers. Raises stemming from Republican tax cuts and minimum wage increases in 18 states also likely boosted pay….
Newser

CNN

Mexico reports highest murder rate on record

January 23, 2018 |

Soaring levels of drug-related violence made 2017 Mexico’s most murderous year on record, according to government statistics released Sunday.
CNN.com – RSS Channel – Regions – Americas