Stories tagged: "economy"


The US stock market has stayed high despite punishing economic indicators during the pandemic.
Yes, the Stock Market Is Doing Mostly Well. No, the American Economy Is Not.

Little more than half of Americans actually own stock. That helps make the stock market a less-than-ideal indicator of how the US economy is actually doing.

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Americans Spent Less Money in August—a Worrying Sign for the Economy

Spending dropped after enhanced federal unemployment benefits expired, making it harder for people to pay for everyday items.

While the economic toll of 2020's wildfires is still not known, the US has experienced huge increases in billion-dollar weather disasters in the past four decades due to climate change (AP Photo/Noah Berger).
Billion-Dollar Disasters Are More Frequent Than Ever in the US—Wildfires Are Only Part of That Toll

Wildfires in the West will have an enormous financial toll, but they are part of a more worrying trend of huge financial losses tied to extreme weather events caused by climate change.

A solar power array in North Carolina. (Image via Shutterstock)
What A Clean Energy Economy Could Do For North Carolina

Implementing clean energy is about more than protecting the environment—it also creates equity and fuels economic growth, NC officials say.

FILE - In this April 24, 2020, file photo, Kendall Ballew, an employee of the Anderson Mall, cleans the doors before the mall opened to limited business in Anderson, S.C. Records obtained by The Associated Press show governors working closely with business interests as they weighed when and how to reopen their economies during the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro, File)
Emails Show States Reopened Too Soon Because of Pressure From Businesses

“The interest in trying to reopen and restart economic activity had a much greater pull at the time ... than did public health concerns or question marks about how it would go."

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a campaign event at the William "Hicks" Anderson Community Center in Wilmington, Del., Tuesday, July 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Biden’s Economic Plan Seeks to Address Racial Inequality and Systemic Racism

“It’s about jobs—good paying jobs, financial stability, building wealth for families of color."

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With Trump Coming to Town for Scaled-Back RNC, Charlotte Might Shut Down Nearby Homeless Encampment

Residents of Charlotte’s "Tent City" homeless encampment might be forced to move when a downsized Republican National Convention comes next month.