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Macroeconomics

Fed banker: Don't raise rates next year

Fed banker: Don't raise rates next year

A top Federal Reserve official said Thursday in Billings that the U.S. central bank should be wary of raising interest rates next year while the rate of inflation remains low.

October 17, 2014 6:50 amLoading…

Robert J. Samuelson: Expanded EITC would do more for poor than minimum wage hike

WASHINGTON — The great virtue of the Congressional Budget Office's recent report on the minimum wage is that it injects a much-needed dose of reality into the debate over job creation. The Obama administration and its congressional allies have taken the position that raising the minimum wage…

February 26, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Wyoming's job market soft in last quarter 2012

CASPER — Officials with the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services say the state's job market grew marginally in the third quarter of last year.

May 16, 2013 3:57 pmLoading…
Why world markets focus on tiny Jackson Hole

Why world markets focus on tiny Jackson Hole

JACKSON HOLE — Every August, the world's financial markets shift their attention from the centers of global commerce — New York, London, Tokyo — to a mountain valley in northwest Wyoming. On Friday, they will hear a speech by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke.

August 30, 2012 5:34 pmLoading…

Guest opinion: Raise minimum wage to raise American economy

Time flies when you’re moving backward. With the federal minimum wage stuck at $7.25 an hour since July 24, 2009, workers now have less buying power than they did in 1997 at the start of the longest period in history without a raise.

August 09, 2012 12:05 amLoading…

Gazette opinion: Oil boom, slow overall recovery ahead in 2012

The year 2011 didn’t turn out as well as University of Montana economists predicted a year ago.

February 01, 2012 12:30 amLoading…

Policy center will track social, economic issues

Downstairs at the Petroleum Club on Saturday, Republicans savoring their general election victories chose their leaders and committee members for the 2011-2012 Legislature.

November 16, 2010 12:00 amLoading…

Robert J. Samuelson: Europe’s forced austerity threatens economic growth

WASHINGTON — We have entered the Age of Austerity. It’s already arrived in Europe and is destined for the United States. Governments throughout Europe are cutting social spending and raising taxes — or contemplating doing so. The welfare state and the bond market have collided, and the welfa…

October 15, 2010 12:00 amLoading…

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