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Slow Jobs Growth Underscores Obamanomics' Failure

Economy: Darin Wedel, an out-of-work Texas electronics engineer who more than two months ago sent his resume to the White House at the request of President Obama, is still unemployed. It's a tale for our times.

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Rising Fuel Costs Burning Small Business

High gas prices are still impacting the nation’s small business owners, according to a new survey by the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council. The survey, “Entrepreneurs & the Economy: Trends, Issues and Outlook,” found that 72% of business owners are feeling pain from prices at the pump.

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GOP Hopefuls Must Focus On The Economy, Not Each Other

Election 2012: Ever deeper into the primary season the Republicans go without having yet chosen a nominee. They will eventually settle on one, but in the meantime the GOP candidates need to keep the focus on the economy.

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U.S. Consumer Confidence slips in March

The IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism Index dropped by 1.9 points, or 3.8%, in March posting 47.5 vs. 49.4 in February. The index is 4.7 points above its 12-month average of 42.8 and 3.1 points above its reading of 44.4 in December 2007 when the economy entered into the recession, and 2.4 points below its all-time average of 49.9.

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America's Big Wealth Gap: Is It Good, Bad, Or Irrelevant?

The gap between rich and poor is at its widest since the Roaring '20s. Obama complains that it's unfair, but a growing chorus of economists and sociologists say it's worse than that.

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Confidence Brightens For the Sixth Month in a Row

The IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism Index improved by 1.9 points, or 4.0%, in February posting 49.4 vs. 47.5 in January. The index is 7.0 points above its 12-month average of 42.4 and 5.0 points above its reading of 44.4 in December 2007 when the economy entered into the recession, and 0.4 points below its all-time average of 49.9.

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Consumer Confidence Brightens As Americans Become More Optimistic on Economic Outlook

The IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism Index improved by 4.7 points, or 11.0%, in January posting 47.5 vs. 42.8 in December. The index is 5.0 points above its 12-month average of 42.5 and 3.1 points above its reading of 44.4 in December 2007 when the economy entered into the recession, and 2.4 points below its all-time average of 49.9.

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Consumer Confidence Increases, Americans Still Pessimistic

The IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism Index improved by 2.2 points, or 5.4%, in December posting 42.8 vs. 40.6 in November.  The index is 0.1 points below its 12-month average of 42.9 and 1.6 points below its reading of 44.4 in December 2007 when the economy entered into the recession, and 7.2 points below its all-time average of 50.0.

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Unemployment Decline To 8.6%: A Statistical Fluke?

Jobs: Americans woke up Friday to the good news that the unemployment rate had dropped sharply from 9% to 8.6%. On closer inspection, the decline is highly questionable — and doesn't warrant a surge in optimism.

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Consumer Confidence Edges Up, Americans Continue to be Pessimistic

The IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism Index improved by 0.3 points, or 0.7%, in November posting 40.6 vs. 40.3 in October.  The index is 2.6 points below its 12-month average of 43.2 and 3.8 points below its reading of 44.4 in December 2007 when the economy entered into the recession, and 9.4 points below its all-time average of 50.0.

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Consumer Confidence Edges Up, Americans Still Pessimistic

The IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism Index improved by 0.4 points, or 1.0%, in October posting 40.3 vs. 39.9 in September. In August, the index had crashed to its historic low of 35.8.  The index is 3.4 points below its 12-month average of 43.7 and 4.1 points below its reading of 44.4 in December 2007 when the economy entered into the recession, and 9.8 points below its all-time average of 50.1.

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How Americans See President Obama's Economic Performance?

[Updated - September 10, 2012] In the latest TIPP poll, 35% of Americans give President Obama an A or B for creating jobs and economic growth,  33% give him good grades for his managing of the federal budget, and 37% give him good grades for his handling of the economy.

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TIPP Job Report

[Updated - May 6, 2013] According to our latest TIPP survey, 20% of U.S. households have at least one person looking for employment in April.  Nearly three-tenths (29%) of U.S. households are concerned that a family member may be laid off in the next twelve months. The share of "Job Sensitive" households is 40%.

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