Economics isn’t rocket science, but the U.S. economy is a little like a rocket. If it has enough thrust, it can escape the tug of economic gravity. Not enough, and it just might go into a tailspin. Economists at the Federal Reserve and elsewhere are studying whether today’s slow growth is a precursor to an outright recession -- and if so, why.
Phil Lubov wore his favorite striped blue tie and brought a stack of resumes, aiming to land a holiday-season sales job to replace the retail position he lost in May. Part-time journalism teacher Gabe Walker said he arrived early, trying to boost his income.
In selling an expanded payroll tax cut to lawmakers, the Obama administration faces the predicament it confronts in defending its $825 billion stimulus package: making a case that the economy would be worse without it.