Store and restaurant closures have prompted consumers nationwide to stay home, spend less, and save more. Dwindling consumer confidence along with uncertainty in the job market has prompted a shift in behavior from spending to saving. The savings rate jumped from 8.4% in February this year to 32.2% in April as the pandemic took hold […]
The pandemic’s full effect on American cities remains to be seen, with major uncertainties regarding the sociological impact on individuals and communities. This widespread disruption of society magnifies concerns of widening socioeconomic inequality, as those lower on the economic ladder experience the worst impact. As businesses continue to adapt to the post-pandemic period cities will […]
The most recent labor statistics made available by the U.S. Department of Labor identifies more severe increases in unemployment in certain industries. Economists and analysts believe that the year-over-year increases in unemployment are attributable to the pandemic, where mandatory closures and restrictions are continuing to hinder businesses and workers nationwide. Unemployment is affecting various occupations […]
September Pullback Suggests Market Top Financial markets saw their first negative month in September since the crash as stock indices dropped from their all-time highs after the furious August rally. A pullback in red hot tech stocks combined with a plethora of growing economic and political concerns sent markets plunging at the start of the […]
Stimulus and pandemic uncertainties caused a pullback in markets in September, but the stock market still managed to close the third quarter higher. The technology sector was the primary contributor to the S&P 500 Index, which was up 8.93% for the third quarter. Consumer discretionary and industrial stocks also performed well during the quarter, keeping […]
Worries over a second wave of infections heading into the fall, election uncertainties, and wavering economic indicators dampened economic sentiment in the past month. Equities paused their upward trajectory in September, with technology stocks falling from their highs. Uncertainty surrounding vaccine deployment and the election are expected to influence market momentum and investor confidence. Election […]
Among the many disruptions caused by the pandemic, government data collection has been hindered considerably. Various agencies and departments of the federal government have relied on personal collection of data for decades as a reliable and validated process of gathering data. Numerous economic indicators and indices are vital for economists and government officials to decipher […]
As the pandemic has taken a toll on income for individual businesses, companies, and families across the country, it has also taken a toll on U.S. government income. The IRS releases a disclosure annually of the sources of income collected from taxes. Part of the revenue generated by the IRS is the enforcement of tax […]
Data compiled by the government via the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) maintains a separate tally of inflation for people over 62. The rarely heard of index, known as the CPI-E, is a variation of the traditionally recognized CPI (Consumer Price Index), but with an emphasis on goods and services mostly used by those over […]
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, American consumer choices have changed in the realm of diet, food preparation, and lifestyle habits. The transition into at-home cooking as a means of financial saving and risk reduction has expanded through American society and is projected to leave both short-term and long-term effects on consumer choices. In addition […]
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