Business

  • April 1, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    One brief comment on the jobs numbers. The net addition of 216,000 jobs, from the so-called payroll survey, is respectable. But the “household survey” reports roughly the same number of unemployed Americans: 13.5 million. You can’t tell a lot from … Continue reading

  • March 31, 2011   BY Murrey Jacobson  

    In the litany of books and hundreds of stories that have been written about the financial crisis, the Federal Reserve’s pivotal role in calming markets and restoring liquidity in the fall and winter of 2008 is well-documented. But what became … Continue reading

  • March 31, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    Editor’s Note | If you’re one of the millions of Americans who filled out a college basketball national championship bracket this year, odds are you’re out of luck. ESPN reports that only two brackets out of over 5.9 million submissions … Continue reading

  • March 31, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    Editor’s Note: On Friday’s NewsHour: an eye-opening look at the fate of many veterans attempting to transition back into a tough job market. Today, there are over two million veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. And despite government … Continue reading

  • March 30, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    Paul Solman answers questions from NewsHour viewers and web users on business and economic news most days on his Making Sen$e page. Here’s Wednesday’s query: Name: Alex Question: Maybe it’s my background as a college instructor (and union member), but … Continue reading

  • March 29, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the nation grew almost ten percent over the last decade — from 281.4 million in 2000 to 308.7 million in 2010. The country’s racial mix has shifted, too. The number of people that identify … Continue reading

  • March 28, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    Paul Solman answers questions from NewsHour viewers and readers about business and economic news most days on his Making Sen$e page. Here’s Monday’s query: Name: Dr. Gene Audette Question: Every year it’s prognostications, prognostications. But seldom do “columns” like yours … Continue reading

  • March 25, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    Paul Solman answers questions from NewsHour viewers and web users on business and economic news most days on his Making Sen$e page. Here’s Friday’s query: Name: Richard R. Palmer, MD Question: I hope that prior to the 25th of March … Continue reading

  • March 24, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    Updated March 25, 2011 at 1:33 p.m. with a fixed link to the Slate interactive. Income inequality has changed over time: today the richest 1 percent of Americans hold about 24 percent of U.S. wealth. But almost a century ago … Continue reading

  • March 23, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    Ever wonder why a gallon of gas will cost $3.21 today, $3.12 yesterday and maybe $3.79 next week? The price of the gas at the pump fluctuates mainly with the price of crude oil, plus a time lag. The price … Continue reading