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Robots May Look Like Job-Killers, But It’s Hard to See in the Numbers

Robots are goosing the productivity of the world’s factories, but does that mean fewer jobs for humans? It isn't that simple.

Fed’s Mester: ‘All Meetings Are on the Table’ For Rate Rises

Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland President Loretta Mester said Friday she is not yet willing to rule out supporting a rise in rates at central bank's June policy meeting despite data showing a very weak start to growth in 2015.

Fed’s Mester Says Improved Household Finance Supporting Outlook For Growth

Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland President Loretta Mester said Friday brighter household finances are providing notable support to the U.S. economy.

Grand Central: My Hero, Zero

The Wall Street Journal’s Daily Report on Global Central Banks for Friday, May 1, 2015. Brian Blackstone considers the implications for the ECB of an earlier-than-expected end to a period of falling prices in the eurozone.

Parsing Bank of Japan’s New Price Patience: Fresh Easing Delayed?

Many analysts are now pushing back their forecasts for when the Bank of Japan will take fresh action, following the central bank's extension of its self-imposed inflation deadline.

Democratic Lawmakers’ $12 Minimum-Wage Pitch Aims to Highlight Income Inequality

Democratic lawmakers upped the ante Thursday in their push to raise the federal minimum wage, latching onto an income-inequality debate that is quickly becoming a focal point of the 2016 election.

U.S. Inflation Undershoots the Fed’s 2% Target for the 35th Straight Month

It’s now been nearly three years since U.S. inflation hit the Federal Reserve’s 2% target, according to new data from the Commerce Department.

Grand Central: Bank of Japan Moves Goalposts, Keeps Playbook — For Now

The Wall Street Journal’s Daily Report on Global Central Banks for Thursday, April 30, 2015. Jacob M. Schlesinger considers the Bank of Japan options as it once again lowers its inflation forecasts.

Read the Full Text of the Fed’s April Statement

Here is the full statement from the Federal Reserve’s policy-making committee.

Democratic Lawmakers Pitch $12-an-Hour Minimum-Wage Plan

Democrats are upping the ante on the minimum wage, pitching a plan to lift the federal pay floor 66% by 2020.

Trade Woes Bedevil Obama, Fed

Recent trade woes pose a challenge to the Fed's rate decision and Obama's trade-deal push.

Fed’s Tarullo Seeks Simpler Capital Rules for Small Banks

Fed governor Daniel Tarullo suggested banking regulators should look for ways to simplify the set of capital rules imposed on small banks since the 2008 financial crisis.

Trade Woes Bedevil Both Obama and the Fed

This poses special challenges to both the Federal Reserve, which must decide whether to go ahead with an interest rate increase in coming months; and to President Barack Obama, who is trying to sell a trade deal just as trade is dragging the U.S. economy down.

Trans-Pacific Partnership – At A Glance

Ten things to know about the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade deal under negotiation by the U.S., Japan and 10 other nations.

Swiss National Bank Posts Record Loss

The Swiss National Bank swung to a record loss in the first quarter as the strong franc eroded the reported value of its euro reserves, raising the prospect it won't be able to make payments to Switzerland's federal and regional governments. On...Show More Summary

New Zealand Signals Rates May Fall

New Zealand's central bank kept interest rates at 3.5%, but signaled a willingness to cut if necessary in what many economists interpreted as a shift toward an easing bias. In a statement Thursday, Gov. Graeme Wheeler dropped earlier...Show More Summary

The California Metro Area With a European-Style Jobless Rate

The city of El Centro, Calif., has an unemployment rate of 19.9%, the highest of any U.S. metropolitan area. At the other extreme, Ames, Iowa and Lincoln, Neb., had the lowest jobless rates in March at just 2.3%, the Labor Department said.

Economists React to the First-Quarter GDP Report: That Was Pretty Ugly

Economists weigh in on the U.S. GDP report Wednesday, which found the U.S. economy all but ground to a halt in the first quarter this year.

How the Yuan Could Win Reserve Currency Status Even if the U.S. Objects

Will the U.S. back Chinas latest bid to make the yuan a global currency? It may not really matter.

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