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Economy & Labor

The trove of U.S. Census Bureau stories

The U.S. Census Bureau is one of the valuable tools a journalist can use. It can be a supplemental element to everyday business stories, as well as a reliable annual

Two story ideas for covering unemployment

The unemployment rate is one of the major indicators of a country’s healthy economy. There is a great deal of content available about unemployment and its implications in the U.S.

Are Americans overly confident about retirement?

That’s the question business reporters should follow, after studying a number of recent surveys that are making headlines. Those responding to Charles Schwab’s 401(k) Participant Study say they’ll need $1.7

Understanding China’s belt and road initiative

The U.S.-China Trade War has been getting coverage from major outlets for the past year. This coverage is well-founded, but it is just a part of China’s larger economic strategy

Reporting on the “Fight for $15”

According to a Congressional Budget Office analysis, the federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour for most workers. This federal rate hasn’t changed since 2009, though 29 states have a

With the possibility of new rules on retirement funds, business reporters should tackle the topic. ("Look left, look right" image by Franck Michel via Flickr, CC BY 2.0)

3 top retirement regrets to banish

The three “legs” on the traditional retirement planning model—Social Security, pensions, and personal savings—have been wobbly for awhile. The future stability of Social Security benefits is challenged, pensions aren’t being

Always take projections with a shaker of salt

Covering business means you’re always hearing estimates, projections, and predictions from companies, industry analysts, think tanks, and others. The view as to where things might go can be helpful in

What is the true face of U.S. consumer debt?

The face of U.S. debt is changing, according to the New York Federal Reserve Board. Viewed from one perspective, U.S. consumer debt is unrelenting in its steady creep upwards. In

Planning your summer hiring coverage

With Memorial Day approaching, it’s not too soon to start planning your coverage of summer hiring or take a pulse on the local job market. Are local companies planning to

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