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Why is inflation rising? Our economics reporters will explain and answer your questions.

The Washington Post’s Heather Long and Rachel Siegel will answer your questions on Thursday, June 17, at 1 p.m. Eastern time.
  • Jun 17, 2021

FAQ: Why inflation is rising and whether you should worry

Inflation jumped 5 percent in the past year, the fastest pace in 13 years. Few are panicking yet, but there’s a big debate about how long prices will stay high.
  • Jun 10, 2021

Everything’s becoming a subscription, and the pandemic is partly to blame

There’s a subscription for about everything now: delivery services, socks, razors, gyms, streaming services and even restaurants and car washes. It’s bringing convenience -- and a lot of monthly fees.
  • Jun 1, 2021

Do deficits matter anymore? Biden’s first budget signals they don’t.

The president’s first budget predicts a $1.8 trillion deficit for 2022 and deficits of $1.3 trillion for years to come to fund big investments in education, infrastructure and the social safety net.
  • May 28, 2021

It’s not a ‘labor shortage.’ It’s a great reassessment of work in America.

Hiring was much weaker than expected in April. Wall Street thinks it’s a blip, but there could be much deeper rethinking going on of what jobs are needed and what workers want to do on a daily basis.
  • May 7, 2021

Biden’s big bet: He can remake the economy without any negative side effects

The American Families Plan is part of a bold gamble Biden wants to make: that he can improve the lives of lower- and middle-class Americans without unleashing years of inflation, slower growth and less incentive to work.
  • Apr 28, 2021

Top 5 takeaways from Biden’s American Families Plan

Biden has an ambitious plan that would greatly expand the U.S. government’s role in daily life. It will be tough to pass -- and make the changes permanent.
  • Apr 28, 2021

A quarter of women say they are financially worse off a year into pandemic, Post-ABC poll finds

A Washington Post-ABC News poll underscores the ongoing struggles that women and people of color face as they deal far more with job loss, caring for children and rising food and rent prices.
  • Apr 27, 2021

Biden’s economy shows strength, but recovery is far from complete

The American Rescue Plan stimulus package and broad economic optimism have helped businesses and consumers, but many Americans are still jobless.
  • Apr 26, 2021

Many left behind in this recovery have something in common: No college degree

The latest hiring numbers show encouraging signs that women are returning to the labor force, but major struggles remain for men and women without college degrees.
  • Apr 22, 2021