Abha Bhattarai

Washington, D.C.

Reporter covering the U.S. economy

Education: Northwestern University, Medill School of Journalism

Abha Bhattarai is the economics correspondent for The Washington Post. She previously covered retail for the publication, and has also written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Reuters and Tampa Bay Times.
Latest from Abha Bhattarai

As debt ceiling negotiators finalize deal, the nation watches anxiously

As Washington inches toward a June 5 deadline to resolve the debt ceiling crisis, everyone is on edge.

May 28, 2023

U.S. debt default could hit Social Security payments first

The timing of an early June default threatens to hurt the country’s oldest and poorest Social Security recipients.

May 24, 2023

Fla. home prices are holding steady, and even rising, as people flock south

Florida home prices are holding steady — and in some cases, rising — as white-collar professionals flock to the state in search of tax breaks and beach views.

May 24, 2023

Small businesses are beginning to panic about a government default

Missed government payments — to businesses, but also to people who rely on government paychecks, food stamps, social security and other federal benefits — could quickly ripple through the economy.

May 21, 2023

Most of the country’s missing workers are back, propelling the economy

The U.S. economy has recovered 75 percent of the 4 million workers who stopped working because of retirements, lack of child care and health concerns.

May 5, 2023

Seven charts explain the current banking turmoil

The Fed's fight against inflation helped usher in the current wave of jitters in the financial system's regional banks.

May 4, 2023

Worker pay is rising, complicating the Fed’s path

Wages and salaries rose 5 percent in March from a year ago, complicating the Federal Reserve's fight against inflation.

April 28, 2023

U.S. economy grew at 1.1% in early 2023, points to ‘significant slowing’

The latest figures, released Thursday by the Bureau of Economic Analysis, mark a sharp slowdown at a time when Wall Street is already bracing for recession, in part because of fears that the banking sector’s troubles will curtail lending.

April 27, 2023

Sharp economic slowdown triggers new recession fears

The recession warnings began in early 2022, when inflation was surging, the economy was shrinking, and consumers were feeling glum.

April 27, 2023

Inflation is falling. Why aren’t people noticing?

Although inflation has slowly cooled from last summer’s highs, price pressures continue to feel like an uphill battle for consumers, politicians and policymakers alike.

April 12, 2023