UK public sector borrowing more than doubles in December

UK public sector borrowing more than doubled last month to hit the highest December figure on record, driven up by higher debt interest payments and the government’s measures to help households and businesses with soaring energy prices. Public sector net borrowing hit £27.4bn last month, up from a revised £10.7bn in the same month in […]

Wholesale prices fell 0.5% in December, much more than expected; retail sales fall

Prices for wholesale goods and services fell sharply in December, providing another sign that inflation, while still high, is beginning to ease. The producer price index, which measures final demand prices across hundreds of categories, declined 0.5% for the month, the Labor Department reported Wednesday. Economists surveyed by Dow Jones had been looking for a […]

U.S. unemployment rate falls in December, but rises for Black women, Hispanic men

Commuters arrive into the Oculus station and mall in Manhattan on November 17, 2022 in New York City. Spencer Platt | Getty Images The U.S. unemployment rate declined overall in December, but rose for Black women and Hispanic men, according to the latest nonfarm payrolls report. Black women saw unemployment increased to 5.5% last month, […]

Nonfarm payrolls rose 223,000 in December, as strong jobs market tops expectations

Payroll growth decelerated in December but was still better than expected, a sign that the labor market remains strong even as the Federal Reserve tries to slow economic growth. Nonfarm payrolls increased by 223,000 for the month, above the Dow Jones estimate for 200,000, while the unemployment rate fell to 3.5%, 0.2 percentage point below […]