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NPR Topics: Economy

Mixed Jobs Report Adds Uncertainty To Fed Interest Rate Debate

The August jobs report boosted uncertainty about the Federal Reserve plan to raise interest rates. Employers added 173,000 jobs — fewer than expected — but the unemployment rate fell to 5.1 per...

Unemployment Rate Dips To 5.1 Percent Amid 173,000 New Jobs In August

The latest job-creation figure fell short of economists' forecasts. But the reports from the Department of Labor added a total of 44,000 jobs to the tallies for June and July.

China's Economy Slows As Focus Shifts From Manufacturing To Consumer Spending

Steve Inskeep talks to David Wessel, director of the Hutchins Center on Fiscal & Monetary Policy at the Brookings Institution, about his trip to China and his observations about the country's e...

Nativism And Economic Anxiety Fuel Trump's Populist Appeal

Many Americans don't see either political party as offering real solutions. So Trump — with his anger at immigrants, trade, Wall Street and Washington elites — is filling the void.

August Jobless Data To Influence Fed's Decision On Hiking Interest Rates

The monthly jobs report could tip the balance for the Federal Reserve. Policymakers are weighing whether to raise the Fed's official interest rates later this month.

Farmers Stage Massive Tractor Protest In Paris

More than 4,000 French farmers took to the streets over falling food prices. The protests are a fallout of EU's agricultural struggle to stay competitive globally.

Alleged 'Flash Crash' Trader Formally Indicted In U.S.

Federal prosecutors say that Navinder Singh Sarao used a computer program to "spoof" the markets, sending the Dow down 600 points in a matter of minutes in 2010.

How The Architect Of Netflix's Innovative Culture Lost Her Job To The System

Netflix is famous for pioneering a company culture that demands standout results from every employee. One of the architects of this philosophy ended up losing her job to the system she created.

School Districts Squeezed By Pennsylvania's Budget Impasse

Due to lack of a state budget, teachers are working without pay in the Chester-Upland school system. The district says it can't afford to pay them until it gets the money it is due from the state.

Manufacturers Notice Uptick In Sales Of Small Pickup Trucks

Truck sales are a key economic indicator. While Wall Street worries about China, sales of pickup trucks are through the roof. We examine what that means for the auto industry and the U.S. economy.