Since the 1930s, consumers have been key to lifting America out of a downturn.
Tightening belts this way costs businesses and government less than layoffs. But it’s tough on families.
The fewest consumers in six decades say their own finances are improving.
Where no anthems play, the world's foremost feel-good sports festival attracts athletes from around the world
The University of Illinois and Chicago's best public schools are charged with granting admission to children of donors and the well-connected.
Social networks are speeding up hiring with ‘twésumés’ and other new tricks.
They aren’t included in July’s unemployment rate of 9.4 percent. But as they start looking for jobs again, the rate could jump.