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US stocks hold steady despite Spain budget deficit

US stocks hold steady despite Spain budget deficit

In recent days, many signs have emerged pointing towards a steadily growing US economy.

December 30, 2011 More
China struggles in contrast to US economic growth

China struggles in contrast to US economic growth

In the wake of the 2008 recession that plagued global markets and employment, many economists suggested that China might overtake the United States as the largest economy in the world.

December 30, 2011 More
Despite extension, unemployment benefits remain at risk

Despite extension, unemployment benefits remain at risk

President Barack Obama and the White House won a significant victory last week with the extension of payroll tax cuts and federal unemployment benefits for January and February 2012.

December 30, 2011 More
U.S. economic gains spur oil price increases

U.S. economic gains spur oil price increases

The U.S. economy has received some positive news in recent days.

December 30, 2011 More
In a struggling economy, tourism increases could be much-need boost

In a struggling economy, tourism increases could be much-need boost

The American economy has benefited from some promising news in recent months.

December 29, 2011 More
American businesses prepared for potential European crisis

American businesses prepared for potential European crisis

Despite several weeks of positive news regarding the payroll tax cut extension and decreasing unemployment levels, there has been a constant state of concern in American markets regarding Europe’s current debt crisis.

December 29, 2011 More
Concerns over healthcare benefits cause employers to pause

Concerns over healthcare benefits cause employers to pause

President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform plan, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, has remained a divisive issue since it was signed into law in 2010.

December 29, 2011 More
Despite slight unemployment increase, U.S. investors seem unfazed

Despite slight unemployment increase, U.S. investors seem unfazed

Officials with the Department of Labor recently found that out-of-work Americans seeking unemployment benefits had risen by 15,000 in the last week.

December 29, 2011 More
Unemployment once again on the rise

Unemployment once again on the rise

Despite several weeks of perceived decline, the U.S. unemployment rate took an unexpected step backwards during the holiday week.

December 29, 2011 More
US economy expects minor growth in 2012, depends on Europe

US economy expects minor growth in 2012, depends on Europe

Following a recent survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor that pinpointed a slight decrease in national unemployment, economists see the potential for slow but steady economic growth in 2012, according to the Associated Press.

December 28, 2011 More
Michigan seeking to repay federal unemployment loans

Michigan seeking to repay federal unemployment loans

Among the states hit hardest by the recent economic recession, Michigan residents have been dealing with a particularly difficult financial situation.

December 28, 2011 More
Employees remain unsure about the future of health insurance

Employees remain unsure about the future of health insurance

While President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act healthcare plan has received its fair share of criticism and support in Washington, D.C., one aspect in particular has remained a swinging pendulum of public opinion – individual mandates.

December 28, 2011 More
Flakiness and unresponsiveness – major employer faux pas

Flakiness and unresponsiveness – major employer faux pas

In today’s world of digital information and communication, the job market has grown to an unprecedented size.

December 25, 2011 More
White House secures pay roll tax extension in time for the holidays

White House secures pay roll tax extension in time for the holidays

Following weeks of back and forth arguments between Democrats and Republicans in Washington, President Barack Obama signed legislation to extend the payroll tax break for an additional two months on Friday, according to the New York Times.

December 23, 2011 More
Increasing pressure surrounding Obama’s payroll tax cuts

Increasing pressure surrounding Obama’s payroll tax cuts

Negotiations between Congressional Democrats and Republicans have become increasingly fierce and divided in light of President Barack Obama’s payroll tax cut proposal.

December 21, 2011 More