Category: Economic News

United States Economy Gained 266,000 Jobs in April

This morning, the United States Labor Department had good and bad news about the nation's economic recovery. According to the agency's latest report, the U.S. added 266,000 jobs during the month of April. While any gain in jobs is a good thing, the disappointment comes from the fact that economists had anticipated numbers to reach as high as one million jobs. What's more, March's figures were revised down by 146,000,...

Survey: Majority of Remote Pandemic Workers Want to Remain Remote

With the COVID-19 pandemic now in its second year, many workers who were forced to move from the office to their home last spring may be getting used to the "work-from-home" arrangements. In fact, a new survey suggests that a significant number of pandemic remote workers are hoping not to have to return to the office. Recently, Flexjobs surveyed more than 2,000 people in the United States and Canada who...

Leading U.S. Credit Card Issuers Cut Limits by $99 Billion in 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic began to tighten its grip on the United States, leading to closures and lockdowns across the country, many feared for the economic worst. Indeed, the following weeks brought massive job losses and stock market volatility. Now, figures show that as this economic uncertainty was spreading, creditors were also slashing spending limits for some consumers. According to a report from Bloomberg, the 14 top credit card issuers...

IRS Opens "Get My Payment" Tool for 2021 Economic Impact Checks

With another round of Economic Impact Payments now going out to many Americans, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has updated its Get My Payment tool. According to the IRS, payments authorized by the American Rescue Plan Act began reaching individuals as early as March 12th, with an official payment date set for March 17th. This tool will provide individuals with the expected payment date, inform them that they're eligible but...

U.S. Economy Gains 379,000 Jobs in February

The short month of February saw thousands of jobs return to the United States. According to the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics data (as reported by Axios), the U.S. regained 379,000 jobs last month. That result well outpaced the 210,000 jobs that economists had expected to see. Furthermore, it was the best month for growth since October of 2020.

U.S. Economy Lost 140,000 Jobs in December 2020

There's no question that 2020 will go down as one of the most challenging years in recent memory for many Americans. Yet, after major job losses in the spring of last year, employment began to rebound as businesses were allowed to reopen. Unfortunately, following months of slowing growth, job figures ended the year on a down note. According to the latest report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the...

Tourism Falls to Lowest Level in 30 Years

It's no secret that one of the industries hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic has been the travel sector. From airlines and hotels to attractions and tourist-dependent cities, health concerns and government-mandated restrictions have dried up demand. In fact, new figures show that international travel fell to a 30-year low in 2020. Through October of 2020, international arrivals fell by more than 900 million — a pace that will likely...

Active Home Listings Reach Record Low as 2020 Nears an End

Just as the United States economy proved to be a bit of a roller coaster in 2020, the housing market saw similar shakeups and interesting trends. Now, with the year coming to a close, we can see just how wild things were. Additionally, even as cold weather takes over, the market for homes appears to be quite hot. According to the latest data from Redfin, active home listings fell to...