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5 takeaways from the front lines of the inflation fight

Inflation may be slowing, but prices are still climbing much faster than Americans are used to. The Federal Reserve's dramatic steps to bring it to heel appear to be working - somewhat. → Read More


The U.S. gained 263,000 jobs last month. It's good news for workers, but not the Fed

Hiring slowed slightly in November amid rising interest rates. But the U.S. job market remains unusually tight. Employers added 263,000 jobs in November while unemployment held steady at 3.7%. → Read More


Inflation won't win Thanksgiving: Here's NPR's plan to help you save on a meal

Turkey, stuffing, pie — it's all way more expensive this year. But you don't have to let inflation spoil your meal, if you're willing to get creative. → Read More


Stock market surges after inflation report shows the pain of high prices may ease

Stocks experienced their biggest rally in two years after a report that inflation is currently running at 7.7%. → Read More


Rising prices are on the menu for Thanksgiving, with inflation currently at 7.7%

With Thanksgiving just two weeks away, food and family are on many people's minds. But turkey and travel will carry a hefty price tag this year. The annual inflation rate in October was 7.7%. → Read More


Inflation is top issue in this week's midterms

Rising prices are a top concern for voters in this year's midterm elections, outpacing abortion, crime and defending democracy. Prices in September were up 8.2% from a year ago. → Read More


U.S. hiring cooled slightly in October. That could help to ease inflation

Hiring slowed modestly in October, as employers added 261,000 jobs. That might take some of the upward pressure off inflation. → Read More

A cooling job market could help to ease inflation

Forecasters think hiring slowed modestly in October. That might take some of the upward pressure off inflation. → Read More


GDP, LNG and Meta's Q3

How did energy-starved Europe end up with too much natural gas? New GDP numbers look strong, but how is the economy really doing? And is Meta betting too big on the metaverse? This week's indicators explain.For sponsor-free episodes of The Indicator from Planet Money, subscribe to Planet Money+ via Apple Podcasts or at → Read More


New GDP report shows an economic turnaround, but don't be fooled

Thursday's GDP report shows the U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of 2.6% in July, August and September, after shrinking in the first half of the year. → Read More


U.S. factories emerge as a strong point in a weakening economy

Factories have added 467,000 jobs in the last 12 months, as production jumped to its highest level since 2008. But manufacturing remains a much smaller slice of the U.S. economy than it used to be. → Read More


Ben Bernanke among 3 American winners of Nobel Prize in economics

Former Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke and two academic economists — Douglas Diamond and Philip Dybvig — share this year's Nobel Prize in economics for their work on bank runs. → Read More


Stocks sink despite Friday's report that hiring cooled in September

A new jobs report showed a modest slowdown in hiring last month that was not enough to soothe Wall Street's worries about inflation and the Fed. The unemployment rate edged down to 3.5% → Read More


Memories of the 1970s haunt the Fed, pushing its aggressive rate moves

The Federal Reserve is cracking down hard on inflation, in hopes of avoiding a repeat of the 1970s, when price hikes were so sustained, they got baked in to people's thinking. → Read More


Women are returning to (paid) work after the pandemic forced many to leave their jobs

The number of women in the workforce has finally returned to pre-pandemic levels, which is good for the economy. But after time away from the job market some women are reassessing their priorities. → Read More


Fed orders another super-sized interest rate hike as it battles stubborn inflation

The Federal Reserve raised interest rates by another 0.75 percentage points today, as it tries to control runaway prices. The central bank also signaled that additional rate hikes are likely. → Read More


Americans are paying more and getting less as inflation hits home

Rising inflation has meant fewer restaurant meals, getaways and even doctor visits for many Americans, as nearly 4 in 10 say their family finances have gotten worse in the last year. → Read More


Soaring electricity bills are the latest inflation flashpoint

Inflation eased slightly in August thanks to falling gasoline prices, but the cost of many essentials continues to climb, including soaring power bills that are straining family budgets. → Read More


Is it fair to forgive student loans? Examining 3 of the arguments of a heated debate

President Biden's plan to forgive hundreds of billions of dollars in student debt will help millions – but it's also raising concerns about inflation, economic fairness and college tuition costs. → Read More


These are some of the ways inflation is changing Americans' spending habits

From Walmart to the neighborhood supermarket, retailers across the country are having to adjust as Americans watch their pennies in the face of high inflation. → Read More