Category: Economic News

American Consumers Added $67.1 Billion to Credit Card Debt in Q2

As 2022 rolls on, American consumers are now piling on more credit card debt. According to the latest Credit Card Debt Study from WalletHub, credit card debt among U.S. adults increased by $67.1 billion during the second quarter of 2022. That marks the largest increase seen during a Q2 and is 50% higher than the $44.9 billion in debt consumers added in Q2 2021. Furthermore, the site notes that the...

Nationwide Average Gas Price Falls for 10th Consecutive Week

After hitting record highs earlier this summer, Americans have been getting a bit of relief at the pump as the average price per gallon of gas has continued to recede. Last week, the national average gas price came in at $3.86 per gallon — down 5.1¢ from the week prior. This marked the 10th straight week of falling prices. According to data from AAA, that ranks as the second-longest streak...

July Report: U.S. Economy Regains Jobs Lost During Pandemic

In March of 2020, following a month that saw unemployment fall to 3.5%, the United States economy shed 459,000 jobs. This was followed up by a massive 20.5 million job loss in April, bringing unemployment to 14.7%. Now, 27 months later, the U.S. has returned to that February 2020 high. According to the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics report, the economy added 528,000 jobs in July. This was more than...

U.S. Economy Adds 372,000 Jobs in June

In the face of recession fears, the United States jobs market continued to add jobs last month. According to a new Bureau of Labor Statistics report, the economy gained 372,000 jobs in June. As noted by CNN Business, that well outpaces the 272,700 jobs the economists surveyed had anticipated. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate stayed steady at 3.6%. With the latest jobs figures, the nation moves even closer toward reaching the...

Inflation Hits Fresh 40-Year High in May 2022

As many Americans are surely aware, the price of goods in the United States has been on the rise. This issue has been blamed on many factors, including supply chain issues, the war in Ukraine, labor shortages, and more. Regardless of the reasons behind it, the upward trajectory has not stopped. In fact, the latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows inflation hitting a new four-decade high. For...

U.S. Economy Adds 390,000 Jobs in May 2022

In early 2020, the United States economy lost more than 22 million jobs. Now, just over two years later, the deficit has been chipped down to fewer than one million jobs. This milestone comes as the economy faces new headwinds, yet continues to see job gains. According to the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics report, the United States economy added 390,000 jobs during the month of May. Despite amounting to...

Gas Prices Reach New Record Highs Ahead of Memorial Day Holiday

With the Memorial Day holiday weekend ahead, motorists are likely to be paying more to fill their tanks. According to the latest figures from GasBuddy, average gas prices hit new record highs this past week — marking the fifth week in a row that prices have climbed. The app's data (collected from more than 150,000 stations across the country) show an average price of $4.57 per gallon, which is up 11¢ from...

Survey: 64% of Credit Users Cite Inflation Among Top Money Concerns

Overall inflation in the United States continues to reach multi-decade highs. In fact, in March 2022, the Labor Department's Consumer Price Index recorded an 8.5% year-over-year increase, marking the largest annual gain since December 1981. As a result, consumers are feeling the pinch as prices on the goods they buy increase. Now, a survey of more than 1,200 credit card customers found that many are not only worried about the...