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Welfare Programs

Welfare programs are government subsidies to the poor. Here's the facts for 6 in the U.S.: TANF, Medicaid, Food Stamps, SSI, EITC, and Housing Assistance.

Consumer Spending

Consumer spending drives nearly 70% of the U.S. economy. But what do these statistics mean? What are the current consumer trends and habits?

Durable Goods Orders Report

In June, durable goods orders rose .7%. This leading indicator measures demand for military equipment, commercial airplanes and business machinery.

What Is Retailing?

Retailing is how producers of goods and services get their products to consumers.

Current Inflation Rate

The inflation rate was .3% in June. The core inflation rate was 1.9% year-over-year, just under the Fed's target.

Manufacturing Jobs

Manufacturing jobs create new products from raw materials. They pay well, but are disappearing thanks to robotics.

How Jobs Outsourcing Affects the U.S. Economy

Jobs outsourcing is how U.S. companies hire lower-paid workers in emerging markets instead of Americans.Here's the different types of outsourcing, and their impact.

Income Inequality in America

U.S. income inequality has worsened significantly in the past 30 years. What is the cause, what can be done about it, and how does it affect you?

Average Income Levels in U.S.

The average U.S. income is worse today than in 2000.Levels are falling because the government has focused on debt reduction instead of job creation.

Why Are Gas Prices So High?

High gas prices are caused by futures investments, not supply and demand. Find out why prices are high, and why they rose from 2008 to the present.

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