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  • Unemployment rate falls to 8.5%; GOP still using jobs as battering ram (+video)

    The US economy netted 200,000 new jobs in December, and the unemployment rate fell. Even as Democratic politicians hail the jobs report, Republicans say any number above 8 percent is unacceptable by now.

  • Minimum wage milestone: Why Washington State surpassed $9 an hour

    Minimum wage laws raised the wage floor in eight states as of Jan. 1. Washington now tops all states, at $9.04 an hour. Economic effects of raising the minimum wage are in hot dispute.

  • For some making minimum wage, the new year holds modest promise

    For middle-class workers, the new year could mean the loss of the payroll tax cut. But for workers far down the pay scale, a Jan. 1 rise in the minimum wage in eight states offers some hope.
    12/22/2011 09:16 am

  • EPA unveils 'historic' air pollution rules. Can power industry cope?

    The EPA says its new rules to drastically reduce toxic air pollution will improve national health at a minimal cost. But the power industry says the rules could hurt the economy.
    12/21/2011 06:02 pm

  • Opinion Eight ingredients for a peaceful society

    What makes for a peaceful society? Hot spots from Congo to the Middle East would benefit from such knowledge. But so would the United States, which, at home, isn’t always so harmonious and abroad, is still at war in Afghanistan. The Institute for Economics and Peace, an international research group, has come up with eight ingredients for more peaceful societies. They’re laid out in a report, “Structures of Peace,” based on the institute’s annual Global Peace Index and more than 300 data sets from around the world. The US does pretty well on five of them, but falls far short on three key ingredients. Michael Shank, vice president of the institute’s US office gives his take on eight ingredients America needs to reap the economic and social benefits of peace.
    12/19/2011 09:20 am

  • Is the EPA really a 'jobs killer'?

    For Republicans, the EPA ranks up there with the IRS as one of the most-reviled agencies in Washington, calling it a 'jobs killer.' The record of the Obama EPA, though, is more nuanced.
    11/22/2011 11:15 am

  • Trade deals: three big winners from America's new free-trade agreements

    Trade deals passed by Congress Wednesday could be double-edged, but several economic sectors look set to gain the most from the trade deals with South Korea, Colombia, and Panama.
    10/13/2011 06:30 pm

  • Why China 'trade war' bill is tying House Republicans in knots

    House Republicans are blocking a vote on a bill to punish China for currency manipulation. Leaders say it could unleash a trade war, but many rank and file want to take China to task.
    10/13/2011 05:47 pm

  • Senate slap of China a sign that patience is wearing thin on trade

    With jobs at a premium in the US, senators from states hard-hit by job losses to Chinese manufacturing passed a bill to sanction China for manipulating its currency.
    10/12/2011 08:56 am

  • Senate hits China for 'cheating' to steal US jobs

    The Senate voted Monday to advance a bill that would punish China for manipulating its currency to drive exports. If it became law, the bill would risk a trade war over US jobs.
    10/04/2011 12:54 am

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