Category: Economic News

U.S. Economy Adds 199,000 Jobs in December 2021

When the ball dropped on 2021, the United States found itself holding a bit of a mixed bag. While there was reason to be optimistic and believe that 2022 will be better than its predecessor overall, a new twist in the pandemic threw a wrench in the plans of many. Now, a look at the current economy and job market is also decidedly mixed, simultaneously offering points of disappointment and...

U-Haul Data Shows Which States Americans are Migrating To

As 2022 gets underway, many are still reflecting on the past year and the trends it displayed — especially economic trends. On that note, well-known truck rental service U-Haul has just released its 2021 U-Haul Growth Index. Using data from more than two million one-way truck rentals, U-Haul can determine which states more Americans are moving to. In 2021, the state seeing the largest growth was Texas. The Lone Star...

GasBuddy: Fuel Prices Expected to Rise For Several More Months

With 2022 about to get underway, there have been several predictions about what the new year will bring. Among them is a forecast that gas prices will get worse overall before they get better. According to data from GasBuddy (as reported by CNN Business), it is expected that the average price per gallon of gas will reach $3.41 in 2022 compared to a $3.04 average this year. Moreover, the site...

Consumer Price Index Sees Largest 12 Month Increase in 30+ Years

Amid the United States' continued efforts to recover from the pandemic and get Americans back to work, one of the biggest economic stories in recent months has involved inflation. Anecdotally, many consumers have reported seeing prices on essentials rise, impacting their personal finances. Now, the Bureau of Labor Statistics' October Consumer Price Index shows that prices are not only increasing but are doing so at levels not seen in three...

IRS Increases 401(k) Contribution Limit for 2022 Tax Year

As the new year approaches, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced some changes to its retirement account contribution limits as part of its regular cost‑of‑living adjustments. Most notably, this includes an increase in the total amount employees can contribute to their 401(k) during the tax year. Additionally, income limits for IRAs and the Saver's Credit have been adjusted upwards as well. Next year, the employee contribution limit for 401(k)...

Millions of Americans Expecting to Purchase Vehicles This Labor Day

Like many American holidays, Labor Day is often tied to various sales at numerous retailers. In particular, the September date has long been associated with auto sales as dealerships look to offload the current year models ahead of new arrivals. Sure enough, a survey from the personal finance site WalletHub finds that a large number of consumers will be looking to buy vehicles this holiday weekend. Extrapolating the survey's findings,...

GasBuddy Data Shows Gas Prices Continue to Rise Nationwide

With more Americans hitting the road once again, motorists may be noticing rising gasoline prices. In fact, new data from the gas price tracking tool GasBuddy shows that the average price at the pump increased yet again last week. According to the latest figures compiled by the app (using data collected from more than 150,000 stations across the nation), the average gas price climbed to $3.18 per gallon. With this...

LendingTree Highlights Best and Worst Metros for First-Time Homebuyers

Current first-time homebuyers seeking an affordable abode may find their search to be a bit perilous these days. Due to an overall lack of inventory, prices for homes that are for sale have reached record highs. Nevertheless, the site LendingTree has just released its rankings of the best and worst metro areas for first-time buyers. The latest report was compiled using data from more than 100,000 LendingTree users during the...