Though the unemployment rate dipped to 8.5 percent last month, it remains uncomfortably high for a president seeking reelection. Economists crunch the numbers to see if it's possible for unemployment to dip to 8 percent by Election Day.
With the housing market and auto sales showing some signs of life, pundits predict a better economy for 2012. But the ripple from a European downturn could erode the economic pace in the US.
The payroll tax cut is far from optimal policy, but the economy still needs the stimulus it provides
Concerned with saving money, young people are delaying moving out of their parents' homes
Not since at least 1960 has the US standard of living fallen so fast for so long. The average American has $1,315 less in annual disposable income now than at the onset of the Great Recession.
Social Security recipients have not received a raise since 2009. That is set to change in 2012, when Social Security checks will be about 3.5 percent more than the last two years.
Starbucks asks customers to donate money to 'Jobs for USA' campaign. Starting Nov. 1, Starbucks program would fund loans to small firms, community groups that create jobs.