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Today โ€” August 21st 2019NPR Economy

News Brief: U.S. Economy, Iran Sanctions, Syria's Civil War

By Noel King

White House takes steps to stoke the economy. The U.S. says it will continue sanctions against Iran. And, Syrian government forces advance into a strategic town in the country's last rebel stronghold.

  • August 21st 2019 at 11:15

Trump Mulls 2 Kinds Of Tax Cuts While Browbeating Fed About Interest Rates

By Scott Horsley

The Trump administration is boasting that the economy is strong. But the administration is also calling for the kind of dramatic economic stimulus one would usually only consider during a recession.

  • August 21st 2019 at 11:15

Employers Struggle With Hiring Undocumented Workers: 'You Cannot Hire American Here'

By John Burnett
The Pew Research Center estimates there are 7.5 million unauthorized workers in the United States concentrated in agriculture, construction and the hospitality industry.

Unauthorized immigrants often do manual, low-paying jobs, and employers say they have no choice but to hire them. But the White House and advocates for lower immigration say the law is the law.

(Image credit: Karina Perez for NPR)

  • August 21st 2019 at 11:00
Yesterday โ€” August 20th 2019NPR Economy

The Case For Summer Vacation

By Greg Rosalsky
Children walk on the beach with rubber rings around their necks — and a pink flamingo — in Narbonne-Plage during a sunny day of summer on July 3, 2019.

Economists have long criticized summer vacation as economically inefficient. But one has come to its defense.

(Image credit: Eric Cabanis /AFP/Getty Images)

  • August 20th 2019 at 12:30
Before yesterdayNPR Economy

Trump Dismisses Recession Fears, Saying Fed Must Help The Economy

By Scott Horsley
President Trump is downplaying the odds of a recession, but he

The Trump administration pushed back hard against warnings of an economic slowdown. But the president is also calling on the Federal Reserve to cut interest rates again to help boost growth.

(Image credit: Patrick Semansky/AP)

  • August 19th 2019 at 18:49

The CBD Market Is Booming. What Do We Know About The Product?

I Can't Believe It's Not Weed!

(Image credit: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

  • August 19th 2019 at 17:06

President Trump Tries To Tamp Down Recession Fears

By Tamara Keith

Some economic indicators suggest the U.S. could be approaching a recession — or a least a period of slower growth. The White House is downplaying fears of a slowdown as the 2020 election approaches.

  • August 19th 2019 at 14:04

Tenants Pushed Out As Developers Buy Single-Room-Occupancy Properties

By Chris Burrell

Single room occupancy housing, or SROs, have been a crucial place to live for low-income renters. The units are being threatened by developers looking for more profitable buildings.

  • August 19th 2019 at 13:20

Looking At The Economy's Health

Washington Post columnist Catherine Rampell tells NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro what she's looking for as she gauges the health of the American economy.

  • August 18th 2019 at 13:55

Wall Street's Wild Week

By Scott Horsley

Mixed economic signals have economists concerned about a recession, something President Trump is trying to factor into his reelection bid.

  • August 17th 2019 at 14:00

Companies Look For Workarounds To Avoid Trump's Tariffs As Trade War Grinds On

By Scott Horsley

As the trade war drags on, companies are beginning to make long-term adjustments. For some, that means hiring workers to redesign or reclassify products or seek new suppliers to sidestep import taxes.

  • August 16th 2019 at 23:18

How The Manufacturing Slowdown Is Impacting U.S. Businesses

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Shawn Donnan of Bloomberg News about how the manufacturing slowdown is impacting business around the U.S. and what it means for President Trump's economic record.

  • August 16th 2019 at 22:42

Friday News Roundup - International

Conflict in Kashmir, protests in Hong Kong and treatments for Ebola dominated the global news this week.

(Image credit: MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images)

  • August 16th 2019 at 17:06

Friday News Roundup - Domestic

We cover the week’s top domestic stories, from immigration regulations to inverted yield curves.

(Image credit: Win McNamee/Getty Images)

  • August 16th 2019 at 16:06

Restaurant Owners Grapple With Hiring Undocumented Immigrants

By John Burnett

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids at chicken processing plants in Mississippi last week raised an old debate: Who will do these jobs if not immigrant workers?

  • August 16th 2019 at 11:05

What Economic Indicators Are Telling Us About A Potential Recession

By Scott Horsley

The stock market paused to catch its breath on Thursday after a steep drop the day before. There are some warning signs of a recession ahead, but others suggest the economy is still resilient.

  • August 15th 2019 at 22:25

What An Inverted Yield Curve Could Mean For The U.S. Economy And Your Wallet

Why does it matter if a federal two-year bond's yield is greater than that of a 10-year bond?

(Image credit: JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)

  • August 15th 2019 at 16:40

Stock Markets Take A Breather After Steep Drop

By Scott Horsley
Major U.S. stock indexes posted small gains Thursday, a day after their steepest drops of the year.

Investors paused to catch their breath Thursday after the stock market suffered its worst drop of the year the day before. Consumer spending is still strong, despite signs of a looming recession.

(Image credit: Richard Drew/AP)

  • August 15th 2019 at 17:23

Financial Markets Respond To Signs Of Global Economic Slowing

NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Mohamed El-Erian, chief economic adviser at Allianz, about what's behind recent domestic and international market instability, and how that could affect U.S. consumers.

  • August 15th 2019 at 13:28

VIDEO: Why Do Irish Pubs Work So Well? There's A Formula To It

By Bronson Arcuri
Over 2000 Irish Pubs in 53 countries all come from one man and his company.

Here's what Kazakhstan, Hong Kong and Ireland have in common: They all have Irish pubs. And a bunch of them are the product of one man: Mel McNally.

(Image credit: NPR)

  • August 15th 2019 at 12:45
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