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Supply includes three components. Labor has been the most important, but has become less so thanks to the recession and longer-term income inequality. Capital has become more important, but its unregulated use helped cause the financial crisis in 2008. Natural resources includes America's biggest import, oil. Find out how all three affect the U.S. economy and you.

The Power of the U.S. Economy
The U.S. economy is powerful. It provides 20% of the world's total output, and has one of the highest standards of wealth in the world.

Unemployment Benefits Extensions
Why Unemployment Benefits Extensions are the most cost effective way to boost the economy.

Job Creation
Creating jobs is critical to best utilizing the labor supply.

Unemployment Solutions
Find out shich of the many unemployment solutions proposed is the most cost effective.

Current U.S. Unemployment Rate Statistics
The current unemployment rate remains high, even though the recession ended in 2009.

How Is Employment Defined?
How the government measures and reports on employment.

When Will Job Opportunities Improve?
When will job opportunities improve? What is the outlook for improved job opportunities?

How Can I Find Jobs in My Area?
How to find out where there are jobs in your area.

The Impact of an Aging Labor Force on the U.S. Economy
As Baby Boomers age, the labor force will age, also. However, many workers will not be able to afford to retire. What this means for the U.S. economy.

Freelance Economy
The freelance economy means that companies are laying off full-time, often older, workers and replacing them with part-timers, temp help and free lance workers. How to find jobs in the freelance economy.

Aggregate Supply
The U.S. is blessed with an abundance of supply in land, labor and capital.

How to Make the Freelance Economy Work for You
How to make the freelance economy work for you. Ideas, questions and suggestions on finding freelance work.

Income Inequality in the U.S.
Explains why and how incomes have become less equal in the past 30 years.

Why You are Working Harder, But Feel Like You Are Earning Less
Productivity is up in the U.S., which helps the economy remain competitive. However, since foreign workers are paid less, U.S. companies can't afford to increase wages. Therefore, most American workers are working harder, but earning less per unit of output.

Post-American World
A review of The Post-American World, by Fareed Zakaria.

Retirement
Retirement is a dream for most Americans, but without planning very few will realize it. Find out how this impacts the economy and what you should do about it.

Durable Goods Orders Report
Find out how to use the Durable Goods Orders Report to gauge manufacturers' confidence in the economy.

Manufacturing Jobs
What are manufacturing jobs? Examples of types of manufacturing jobs. How automation and new processes will change them, and why they are important to the economy.

Exports
Exports are part of supply that is shipped overseas.

The U.S. is Losing Its Competitive Edge
Find out why the U.S. economy is losing its competitive edge in the global market.

How to Increase US Competitiveness and Jobs
How do you think the U.S can create more jobs for Americans?

How We Compete Book Review
How the impact of globalization affects how companies compete. A review of the book, "How We Compete."

U.S. Has Lost Skills to Build New Nuclear Power Plants
Describes how the U.S. has asked Japan to help build new nuclear power plants to decrease reliance on foreign oil.

Nuclear Power in the U.S. Economy
What we can learn from the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant Disaster for the U.S. economy.

Three Mile Island Nuclear Disaster Effects on Economy
What we can learn from the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant Disaster for the U.S. economy.

How Is Unemployment Defined?
What you need to know about how unemployment is measured.

Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant Disaster Economy Effects
What we can learn from the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant Disaster for the U.S. economy.

What's the Best Way to Prevent Unemployment?
Suggestions on how to find jobs that are unlikely to be eliminated.

What Is the Real Unemployment Rate?
What is the real and true unemployment rate? Is it closer to the unemployment rate during the great depression, as many fear?

What Is Being Done to Control Unemployment?
How the government controls unemployment.

Natural Unemployment Rate
The natural unemployment rate occurs due to simple job turnover or even a mismatch between jobs and skills.

Cyclical Unemployment
When there aren't enough jobs to employ all workers who want one, that's cyclical unemployment. It usually happens during a recession, when demand falls and businesses must lay off workers to maintain profit margins.

Structural Unemployment
Structural unemployment is when unemployment is caused by outside forces beyond the regular business cycle.

The Big Squeeze - Book Review
The Big Squeeze by Steven Greenhouse explains the challenges affecting the U.S. worker.

What Is the Minimum Wage?
The minimum wage may increase unemployment while it raises the income for some workers. Find out the pros and cons.

Economic Slowdown Affecting All Income Levels
All U.S. income levels are being affected by the economic slowdown. Middle income levels are going into debt just to pay the bills, thanks to compressed wages, income inequality and inflation.

US Minimum Wage
The minimum wage in the U.S. is $7.25 an hour. Find out the exceptions, the history and where state laws apply instead.

Ways to Create Jobs
Find out some great things the U.S. could do to create jobs.

Do Tax Cuts Create Jobs
What is the best way for the government to create jobs?

How Jobs Outsourcing Affects the U.S. Economy
Emerging market countries provide cheap labor that is often highly skilled. Find out how this supply has led to a loss of jobs in the U.S.

How IT Outsourcing Impacts the Economy
IT (Information Technology) outsourcing is blamed for reducing jobs for American workers. Find out how much IT outsourcing occurs, how IT outsourcing impacts the economy, and what should be done to reduce IT outsourcing.

Call Center Outsourcing
How call center outsourcing affects the U.S. economy.

Bureau of Labor Statistics
Find reports from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the most important employment and unemployment statistics.

How Does Human Resource Outsourcing Affect the U.S. Economy?
Human resource outsourcing is being affected by the recession. Find out the trends in human resource outsourcing, and how human resource outsourcing affects the U.S. economy.

Cultural Diversity
How cultural diversity improves productivity in the workplace.

Statistics on the Cost of Domestic Abuse to the Economy
Statistics show that domestic abuse cost the U.S economy as much as $67 billion a year. Find out how these domestic abuse statistics are computed. Learn the statistics on the cost of domestic abuse for businesses, and how to calculate the cost of domestic abuse to your business.

What Is Banking?
Find out how banking supplies capital to the economy.

The Role of Capital in the U.S. Economy
How capital plays a strong role in the U.S. economy.

Federal Reserve Is Printing Money
Liquidity is how the availability of capital.

A Primer on Interest Rates and How They Are Determined
How interest rates are determined. How this can affect the supply of the capital that fuels the economy.

Liquidity
Liquidity means the availability of capital, one of the key components of supply.

Causes and Effects of Economic Inflation
How supply shocks cause inflation.

How Natural Resources Boost the U.S. Economy
U.S. natural resources, such as open land and abundant oil, are a key source of comparative advantage to the U.S. economy

Gas Prices in 2008
Why did oil and gas prices hit new records in 2008, and then plummet to new lows the same year?

How Oil Prices Affect Gas Prices
The relationship between oil and gas prices, how crude oil prices affect gas prices,and how both affect the U.S. economy.

Has Shale Oil Production Lowered Gas Prices?
Shale oil has made North Dakota the second largest oil-producing state.

Will Oil Shale Make America an Oil-Exporting Nation?
Oil shale is an abundant source of alternative fuel. In order for it to be widely used, the technology must be improved.

Oil Price Forecast
Forecast of crude oil prices by Gavin Longmuir, petroleum expert, in an interview done July 2006.

Oil Reserves
Find out how the US government's Strategic Petroleum Reserve protects the economy from a shortage of oil.

Do Alternative Sources Mean the Era of Cheap Energy Is Over?
Many alternative fuels won't become feasible until the price to produce them comes down.

BP Gulf Oil Spill
The BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico created the largest spill in the U.S. Find out how it impacted the economy.

Effect of Exxon Valdez Oil Spill on the Economy
Estimates of the economic impact of the Exxon Valdez oil spill.

Strategic Petroleum Reserve
The U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve maintains enough oil to supply the country for a few days in case of emergency.

Financial Capital
Financial capital funds the factors of production that creates supply in the economy.

How Does Commodities Trading Affect the US Economy?
Commodities trading distorts the real cost of important supplies, such as gas, oil and food.

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