Economy | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

Economy

RSS Feed
NPR

Fed Waits For Economic Growth To Pick Up

Even as the job market is improving and other indicators are positive, the Federal Reserve wants to keep interest rates super low until 2014. The Fed reaffirmed that policy Tuesday. That's likely because the economy is still growing slowly — not nearly fast enough to sustain consistent, long-term job creation.
NPR

Auto Parts Suppliers Hiring As Fast As They Can

During the Great Recession, hundreds of parts makers went bankrupt or slashed their payrolls. But now that Detroit automakers have turned the corner and stepped up their orders, many of their suppliers find themselves short-handed.
NPR

Federal Reserve Releases Bank 'Stress Test'

Melissa Block talks with Jim Zarroli about the results of the Federal Reserve's latest "stress tests" on large banks. It had been planning to release the results later in the week, but went ahead after banks started releasing the information themselves independently.
NPR

Federal Reserve Stands Firm On Interest Rates

Federal policymakers met Tuesday, but didn't make a change on interest rates. They are on record as favoring keeping short-term rates where they are well into next year. That has some analysts wondering whether the Federal Reserve is being too pessimistic about the economy.
NPR

Factories 'Reshore' Some Work From Overseas

Manufacturers cut millions of jobs during the recession. But since 2010, U.S. manufacturing employment has been ticking back up, with companies adding about 400,000 workers. At least a small portion of that growth came because of the return of factory work from abroad.
NPR

With Economy 'Expanding Moderately,' Fed Leaves Interest Rates Unchanged

The decision was widely expected. Stocks, which had been on the rise before the news, remain higher.

Pages