July 21st, 2013
11:50 AM ET
9 months ago

5 stories to watch this week

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama holds more campaign-like events on the economy this week after speaking on Monday to the group that helped him get a second term in the White House.

Here are five stories to watch in the week ahead.

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Filed under: Congress • Economy • President Obama
Republicans quick to say jobs report not good enough
July 5th, 2013
10:11 AM ET
10 months ago

Republicans quick to say jobs report not good enough

Washington (CNN) – Both the White House and Republicans are weighing in on the new unemployment report. And as expected, their reactions were completely different.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released a better than expected jobs report Friday, with 195,000 jobs added to the economy while the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 7.6%.
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Filed under: Alan Krueger • Economy • Jobs • John Boehner • President Obama • Reince Priebus
June jobs report: Hiring beats expectations
July 5th, 2013
08:58 AM ET
10 months ago

June jobs report: Hiring beats expectations

New York (CNNMoney) - The job market made some headway last month, as hiring continued at a pace that beat expectations.

The economy added 195,000 new jobs in June, the Labor Department reported Friday, the same as the hiring pace in May, which was revised higher. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 7.6%.

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Filed under: CNNMoney.com • Economy • Jobs
CNN Economy Poll: Are you better or worse off than last year?
June 19th, 2013
06:00 AM ET
10 months ago

CNN Economy Poll: Are you better or worse off than last year?

Washington (CNN) - Call it a mixed bag.

They're still a minority, but an increasing number of Americans say economic conditions right now are good, according to a new national poll.
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Filed under: CNN/ORC International poll • Economy
Obama to tap new top economist
June 10th, 2013
07:09 AM ET
10 months ago

Obama to tap new top economist

(CNNMoney) - President Obama is set to name Jason Furman as the chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, the fourth person to hold the top economics post since Obama took office.

Furman has served as assistant to the president for economic policy and as principal deputy director of the National Economic Council, a post he has held since the beginning of the administration. During his time in the White House, he has helped craft the stimulus bill passed in the administration's early days and was a major contributor to the shaping of health care reform legislation.

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Filed under: Economy • President Obama
Obama focuses on housing, immigration
June 1st, 2013
06:00 AM ET
11 months ago

Obama focuses on housing, immigration

(CNN) – As Congress returns from recess next week, President Barack Obama is urging his colleagues on the other side of Pennsylvania Avenue to get to work on a number of fronts, including housing and immigration.

“There are a lot of reasons to feel optimistic about where we’re headed as a country – especially after all we’ve fought through together,” he said in his weekly address. “We’ve just got to keep going.”
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Filed under: Economy • Immigration • President Obama
Furloughed federal workers can collect unemployment
Bill Coleman, a mechanical engineer who works for the Navy, expects to be furloughed for 11 days this summer. He will try to recoup some of his $4,400 in lost pay through unemployment claims.
May 29th, 2013
08:11 AM ET
11 months ago

Furloughed federal workers can collect unemployment

New York (CNNMoney) - Should federal employees on furlough be allowed to collect unemployment benefits? Engineers at a Navy shipyard in Philadelphia think so.

The local union affiliate of International Federation of Professional & Technical Engineers has signed an agreement with the Navy which would allow their civilian federal workers to group furlough days in one-week blocks. It's a strategy with one key goal: enable those employees to recoup some of their lost wages through unemployment checks.

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Filed under: Economy
Poll: How do you rate the economy?
May 24th, 2013
05:00 AM ET
11 months ago

Poll: How do you rate the economy?

Washington (CNN) - Two-thirds of Americans say that the nation's economy is in poor shape, but a new national poll indicates there are a few glimmers of optimism.

According to a CNN/ORC International survey released Friday morning, a third of the public says economic conditions are good right now. That's up seven percentage points from the 26% who felt that way in a CNN poll from December. And the 67% who rate the nation's economic conditions as poor is down from 74% at the end of last year.
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Filed under: CNN/ORC poll • Economy
Obama promotes jobs tour in weekly address
May 18th, 2013
06:00 AM ET
11 months ago

Obama promotes jobs tour in weekly address

(CNN) - President Barack Obama highlighted his recent jobs tour Saturday, emphasizing a need to focus on improving the economy rather than getting distracted by other issues in the nation’s capital.

“That’s why I like getting out of the Washington echo chamber whenever I can – because too often, our politics aren’t focused on the same things you are,” Obama said in his weekly address. “Working hard. Supporting your family and your community. Making sure your kids have every chance in life.”
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Filed under: Economy • Jobs • President Obama
Mood of the nation: Six-year high in optimism, CNN poll shows
April 12th, 2013
09:01 AM ET
1 year ago

Mood of the nation: Six-year high in optimism, CNN poll shows

(CNN) – As the stock market continues to show record highs, the number of Americans who say things are going well in the country has reached 50% for the first time in more than six years, according to a new national survey.

But that doesn’t mean the country is entirely out of the woods yet. The CNN/ORC International poll released Friday indicates that an equal 50% say the country is in bad shape.
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Filed under: CNN/ORC International poll • Economy
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