Economics & Economy

The Trump administration announced it would investigate possible tariffs on auto imports on national security grounds. But, how exactly is the auto industry connected to national security? We sent Marketplace's Sabri Ben-Achour on a hunt for answers. And while we're on the subject, we talked to a sales manager at a German auto parts company with a U.S. factory about what the Trump administration’s investigation into possible auto import tariffs could mean for his business.

College students who graduate into a recession fall into a deep job market hole. That’s clear from the economic  literature, and its also clear from the words of 2008 graduates from the University of Central Arkansas.

The pot lobby hits Capitol Hill

May 24, 2018

Medical marijuana is legal in 29 states and the District of Columbia. But when it comes to federal law, marijuana is illegal. This legal-illegal thing makes it complicated and expensive to operate a pot business. That's why a couple hundred business owners and members of the National Cannabis Industry Association hit Capitol Hill this week to press lawmakers to legalize marijuana, or at least ease certain banking and tax laws. 

(Markets Edition) The Trump team is looking into penalties on imported cars and trucks, which may be an attempt to target Mexico since they're one of our largest exporters. We'll explore why this might hurt hurt the auto industry, particularly in areas like the Midwest, and how the U.S. is pushing Mexico to create alliances with the European Union.

Inventory shortage driving existing home sales market

May 24, 2018

There’s a shortage of existing homes for sale in some parts of the country and prices are going up steadily. Part of the problem is that people aren’t moving and there aren’t enough new homes being built.  

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